Nikon USA's latest venture, NikonNet is said to "offer a broad array of online services for storing, organizing, sharing photographs; and creating prints and custom frames for its amateur and professional customers." Based on Zing's Infrastructure NikonNet should appeal to longterm Nikon owners.

Nikon Selects Zing to Provide Infrastructure for NikonNet

First Major Online Photography Resource Targeted to Both Photohobbyists and Consumers (Phil: First? Huh?)

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 9, 2000--Zing Network, Inc., the leading online photo service and digital imaging infrastructure provider, today announced that Nikon Inc., the world renown leader in the photo/imaging and optical fields, has selected Zing to build and operate its first consumer photography community Web site, www.NikonNet.com. Based upon Zing's core technology and infrastructure, NikonNet will offer a broad array of online services for storing, organizing, sharing photographs; and creating prints and custom frames for its amateur and professional customers. Nikon and Zing have been working in close partnership for the past few months to ready NikonNet for its operational launch today.

"At Nikon, we sought to create a one-stop photography resource to provide both the tools to help consumers maximize their pictures by sharing them online with family and friends, and an e-commerce solution, for ordering prints and framed enlargements,'' said Jerry Grossman, vice president, Internet Development and Marketing, Nikon Inc. "As the leading online photo services company, Zing is the perfect partner for us in this venture. Our shared vision for NikonNet is to offer photohobbyists a place where they can build a photography studio online.''

NikonNet uses the Zing Network as its foundation, providing NikonNet users with:

  • A complete suite of digital photo capabilities: simple image uploading, photo editing and enhancement, greeting cards, private or public shared albums for instant sharing with family, friends or customers
  • Online e-commerce store offering prints, customized picture framing and gift services
  • A secure, private online digital archive
  • An interactive magazine featuring exciting professional work from Nikon photographers, as well as photo advice and tips, product reviews, and contests.

Zing and Nikon USA will continue to collaboratively manage the site to ensure that NikonNet is the premier online photo-sharing site for photohobbyists on the Internet.

"NikonNet is a great example of how Zing is expanding its network to all digital device manufacturers, in an effort to reach new audiences and advance the growth of digital photography,'' said Mark Platshon, chairman, Zing Network, Inc. "Nikon is a trusted brand and a leader in film and digital photography. Combined with Zing's leading infrastructure, NikonNet will prove itself a valuable resource for amateur and professional photographers and we are excited to be hosting this service.''