PC Watch's resident professional cameraman Yamada reports on the World PC Expo 99 in Japan for the second time, this time he visits Kodak, Casio, Ricoh, Canon, Epson, Toshiba and Panasonic (Matsushita in Japan). My interpretation of his report:


Kodak were showing off the 2.3 megapixel DC290 Zoom, Yamada points out that this camera is a natural progression from the DC260 / DC265, the major differences being the increase in resolution (from previous 1.6 megapixels to 2.3), improved LCD display, an improved hand grip and faster processing / more buffer memory which means you can up to five consecutive images before having to wait for the buffer to write out to the CompactFlash card.

Digita FX was being demonstrated by Flash Point Technology which allows in-camera processing and alteration of images through special Digita software which can be uploaded to a Digita compatible camera (such as the DC290).

They were also showing the DC215 in various colours (everyone's gone iMac colours mad this season) the picture of the stand shows DC215's in Sliver, Champagne, Cyan, Yellow and a delightful Purple (yum!). Also on show was the DC240 in iMac colours and partially transparent casing...


Casio were exhibiting the QV-2000UX (2.0 megapixels, 3x zoom) and QV-8000SX (1.3 megapixels, 8x zoom).


Ricoh also strategically (and utterly predictably) jumped on the iMac colour bandwagon by releasing the RDC-5000 in a variety of fruity colours.


Canon were exhibiting the the A50, the S10 which everyone had been hoping to see wasn't on show this time. (At the risk of being branded as a chauvinist I have to point out the two girls from the Fuji stand having their photos taken in the second Canon photo).

The rest: Epson had the CP-800 on show which is a 2.1 megapixel, 3x zoom. Toshiba were only exhibitting the PDR-M4, again, it had been hoped that they would have shown the PDR-M5 but alas no.