Stories by Daniel Grotta

Big CD-R Storage, Improved Digital Pictures

Kiss floppies good-bye with Sony Corp.'s new Mavica, the first digital camera that saves images to CD-Recordable discs. This allows users to permanently record far more photos and video clips, and the larger file sizes significantly improved image quality.

High-Tech Frames for High-Tech Photos

Forget photo printers. Want a really easy way to display all those cool pictures you've shot with your digital camera? Enter Ceiva Logic LLC and Digi-Frame Inc., whose digital picture frames promise to take care of that task--and provide you with a simple way to keep your personal photo gallery up to date automatically.

Clik Your Way to More Photos

If you're an inveterate shutterbug, you'll like Agfa Corp.'s $499 EPhoto CL30 Clik digital camera. Thanks to its built-in 40MB Iomega Clik drive, the EPhoto supplies plentiful storage for your images, so you can snap more often between downloads. And at 25 cents per megabyte, Clik disks cost less than traditional media like compact flash, which run $3 to $4 per MB. While the Iomega drive may attract high-volume shooters, the camera weighs a hefty 13 ounces, is a bit clunky to hold, and needs extra time between shots.

Camera Has MicroDrive, Maxi Storage

Big camera, big storage, high resolution, hefty price: The only petite attribute of Casio Computer Co. Ltd.'s $999 QV-3000EX 3.34 True Megapixel digital camera is its removable IBM Corp. MicroDrive--a 340MB hard drive the size of a matchbook. That's enough room to save 245 images at this innovative 3.34-megapixel camera's top resolution of 2048 by 1536. Alternatively, you can use the unit to capture scores of 30-second AVI video clips at 320 by 240 resolution--or some combination of still shots and video. Unfortunately, there's no microphone for recording audio.

New Products: Quick Takes

Are you the sort of photographer who routinely
puts a camera in jeopardy? Whether you shoot on the high seas or you're just a
klutz, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc.'s DS-260 HD digital camera, aka Big Job, may
be the answer to your prayers--if your wallet can stand the $1099 street price.
The ruggedized Product is about the size and weight of a Conventional 35mm
single-lens reflex camera. It sports lots of rubberized trim for easy gripping,
and its Controls are large enough for a person wearing gloves to operate. While
not quite intended for scuba diving, Big Job can be splashed and even briefly
immersed in up to about a foot of water without damage. A 2-inch LCD viewfinder
magnifies captured images up to four times for close inspection. There are some
drawbacks: The 1.5-megapixel resolution is a tad low for cameras in this price
range, and the vendor says that the rechargeable lithium ion battery will run
for only about an hour between charges. But if durability is your paramount
need, the Big Job may be a good choice. Fujifilm, www.fujifilm.com,
800/800-3854.

New Products: Panasonic's PalmCam: Shoot 'Em Up

Want a digital camera that won't run out of room before you run out of inspiration? The built-in LS-120 drive on Panasonic Corp.'s PalmCam PV-SD4090 ($840 street) lets you capture photos on roomy, 120MB SuperDisks (or on 1.44MB floppies).