Sony Japan announce new black coloured DSC F-55KB (known as the F-55 outside Japan). No other specification changes are made and the camera is noted for release in "July 1999" at 10,000 YEN more (~ US$82) than the older silver coloured camera.
This seems to be in keeping with the new black look of the recently announced revamped Sony DSC-D770. Whether this camera will be available outside Japan is as yet unknown.
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