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Agfa Introduce CL30 Clik!

Sep 22, 1999 at 04:00 GMT

At long last and after a lot of anticipation Agfa have sealed their tie-up with Iomega with a real product. It's a 1 megapixel digicam with a fixed lens, the damage? $549!! Yeah.. right.

Specifications

Here's what they say:

"Agfa Corporation's Desktop Products Group (USA-DTP), a leading provider of award-winning digital cameras and desktop scanners, introduces the ePhoto CL30 Clik!(TM) digital camera - a high-performing, USB-compatible digital camera offering 40 megabytes of removable storage on Iomega Clik! disks. The ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera is the first digital camera to offer a built-in Iomega Clik!(TM) drive."

"The ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera is ideal for those digital camera users looking to take unlimited digital photos, offering 10 times more pictures than your average 4MB digital camera," said Christopher Fremont, Director, USA-DTP. "We are excited to launch this camera to the entire digital imaging community, being the first to offer Clik! drives built-in to our camera."

The combination of megapixel quality and affordable, easy-to-use 40MB disks makes the CL30 Clik! digital camera ideal for all types of digital camera users.

"The ePhoto CL30 Clik! camera is as easy to use as popular floppy-based models," said David Henry, vice president and general manager, magnetic product management, Iomega Corporation. "The Clik! disk's 40MB capacity eliminates the hassle of viewing multiple images one floppy at a time. By simply connecting to your PC via the USB port, all of your images can be viewed and edited immediately."

The stylish ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera features both an optical viewfinder and 1.8" color LCD screen - perfect for framing shots or playing them back. The LCD screen features an "on" and "off" switch, so the user can make the most of his or her power supply and extend the life of the batteries. The digital camera operates on four AA-sized alkaline batteries and ships with a 40MB Clik!(TM) disk - enough capacity to store between 60 and 360 images, depending on the resolution setting

In addition to providing expanded storage capacity, Clik! disks are an affordable solution for users looking to capture and easily organize the many images they may have on their memory cards. 40MB Clik! disks are currently available for an estimated street price of $9.99 (U.S.) each when purchased in a 10-pack.

The ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera offers image resolution of 1.5 million pixels (a true one million pixel image enhanced by Agfa's PhotoGenie(TM) technology) and A 2X digital zoom.

The ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera features a USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface which allows for extremely fast data transfer - up to 10 times the rate of serial communication. USB also gives true meaning to the phrase "plug-and-play", allowing users to plug and unplug the ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera for convenient switching with other USB devices, without having to reboot the PC or to "chain" multiple peripheral devices.

PhotoGenie and Easy Pilot

Agfa's ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera delivers a photo-quality image from a one million pixel CCD sensor using the company's breakthrough PhotoGenie technology. Agfa's PhotoGenie removes image artifacts, such as those from JPEG compression, pixelation, jagged edges, and posterization - which are common in digitally captured images. PhotoGenie also increases the resolution of pictures taken using the ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera's highest capture mode, to produce photo quality images with 1440 x 1080 pixels -- or 1.5 megapixels. No other megapixel digital camera outside the ePhoto family has this unique capability.

Pictures taken with the ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera in the "P-Genie" setting (1440 x 1080 pixels) can be used to output prints of at least 8" x 10" on any photo-quality inkjet printer. For smaller prints, Web publishing, proofs or other applications, users can choose from other modes: High (1152 x 864 pixels), Medium (1024 x 768 pixels) , Low (640 x 480 pixels) and "Text", a mode for capturing high resolution images (1152 x 864) in grey-scale.

All camera settings on the ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera are accessed using the EasyPilot(TM) button. The EasyPilot is a powerful, multi-function control that works like a computer mouse. The feature lets users scroll through menus, while providing point and click selection control.

Agfa's PhotoWise Software

The ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera ships with Agfa's award-winning PhotoWise(R) software, a full-featured application for accessing, managing and enhancing digital photos. PhotoWise provides complete OLE 2.0 support for drag-and-drop, as well as in-place editing for any OLE compliant application. With PhotoWise, users can organize images on their computer, print contact sheets or 8" x 10" prints, and create slide shows that can even be viewed by those who don't have the PhotoWise application.= PhotoWise runs on Windows(R) 95, Windows(R) 98 and Windows(R) NT, as well as MacOS(R) 7.0 or above.

Pricing and Availability

The ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera is a complete, out-of-the-box solution for most applications. Included are: camera, cables (PC, Video), AC adapter, powerful software, a 40MB Clik! removable disk, one set of four AA-sized alkaline batteries and a soft protective case. In the U.S., the ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera will be available in November for the suggested price of $549.

Agfa will offer a $50 mail-in rebate upon immediate availability of the ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera. Rebate coupons will be available to customers at national retail chain stores that carry the camera, as well as via the Agfa DTP Web site (www.agfahome.com/promotions/usa.html.). In addition, customers can obtain a rebate coupon via fax, by calling 617/747-0943.

Initially, the ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera will be a PC-only digital camera. The ePhoto CL30 Clik! digital camera is scheduled to be available as a hybrid unit (able to work on both PC and Macintosh platforms) before the end of this year.