Firstly Epson announce the new Epson PhotoPC 650 which is a 1.09 megapixel USB (using Lexar's new JumpShot CF cards) for less than US$350! Secondly they officially announce the PhotoPC 800 (2.1 megapixel) in the US at US$699.

New PhotoPC 650 Offers Megapixel Resolution and Plug `n Play USB and Serial Image Transfer for Under $350

Epson America Inc., the creator of high-quality, award-winning digital imaging products, today unveiled the value-packed, high-performance PhotoPC(R) 650 megapixel digital camera. Epson's PhotoPC 650 is an economical choice for home, education or business consumers who are unwilling to compromise image quality, ease of use and performance. The PhotoPC 650's 1152 x 864 pixel resolution enables consumers to print images up to 5" x 7" with stunning results. Supporting USB and serial image transfer on Windows(R) and Macintosh(R) computers, the PhotoPC 650 will be available for an estimated street price of $349. "The PhotoPC 650 sets a new standard in digital photography by providing excellent image quality at an affordable price," said Lisa Dempsey, assistant product manager, digital cameras, Epson. "Epson is dedicated to providing digital imaging solutions for a variety of customers, including those who are just beginning to explore and embrace digital photography."

In addition to a 1.09 megapixel CCD sensor, the Epson PhotoPC 650 features an auto-focus, aspherical glass lens system for capturing sharp, detailed images. The camera's 37mm threads enable consumers to add optional wide angle, telephoto and close-up lenses to suit their picture-taking needs at home, school or work. The built-in 1.8" LCD monitor allows instant preview and playback to ensure a perfect shot each time. For added convenience, a status display LCD provides information regarding number of pictures remaining, battery life and resolution mode. A protective lens cover has also been included to keep dust and dirt off the lens. To ensure sufficient storage capacity, an 8MB USB-enabled CompactFlash(TM) card by Lexar Media(TM) comes standard with the camera for storing 47 fine or 88 standard resolution images.

The PhotoPC 650 also comes bundled with Lexar Media's JumpShot(TM) USB cable to enable USB image transfer to Windows 98, iMac(TM) and PowerMacintosh G3(TM) computers with a USB port. Using the JumpShot cable, transferring pictures from the camera's 8MB USB-enabled CompactFlash card to the computer is amazingly quick and easy -- simply insert the card into the JumpShot cradle, plug the cable into a USB port and then drag and drop the pictures from the card to the desktop. Since this method of image transfer doesn't require the camera to be connected and powered, consumers will benefit from extended battery life.

Epson Unveils Its First Two-Megapixel USB Digital Camera; New PhotoPC 800 Packs the Ultimate in Performance and Image Quality into a Compact, Portable Design

Epson America Inc., the creator of high-quality, award-winning digital imaging products, today unveiled its first two-megapixel USB digital camera, the PhotoPC(R) 800. The PhotoPC 800 is a solid performer that weighs less than a half pound and is perfect for business and photo enthusiasts. The camera offers a 2.14 megapixel CCD sensor and Epson's revolutionary HyPict(TM) image enhancement technology, which provides consumers with the flexibility to print up to 11" x 14" prints with excellent results. The camera supports both USB and serial image transfer and will be available for an estimated street price of $699. "The PhotoPC 800 provides consumers with a compelling alternative to a traditional film camera with no-compromise on image quality and the instant gratification of digital photography," said Lisa Dempsey, assistant product manager, digital cameras, Epson. "Epson is committed to understanding and addressing the needs of business consumers and photo enthusiasts by continually improving and enhancing our digital imaging offerings."

Whether capturing an important visual for a business application or using the camera on a summer vacation, this high-performance camera gives the consumer the confidence that a perfect photo won't be missed. With a high speed processor and a Quick Shot mode, consumers can snap a picture approximately every second. The PhotoPC 800 is compact, powerful and loaded with a host of valuable features including an 8MB CompactFlash(TM) card; three picture-taking modes, black and white, macro and panorama; and a high-quality 1.8" LCD monitor. The LCD can display one, four or nine images at a time to allow consumers to view photos instantly and easily. For added convenience, consumers can use the built-in microphone to record a voice message up to ten seconds in length for each image. This feature especially benefits business professionals in the law enforcement, real estate and insurance fields, whose jobs depend on providing accurate documentation daily. Additionally, the PhotoPC 800's USB compatibility lets customers download a two-megapixel image in about three seconds to iMac(TM), Power Macintosh(TM) G3 and Windows 98 computers.

The PhotoPC 800 digital camera is expected to be available at the end of July for an estimated street price of $699 through computer and office superstores, mail order and other major retailers. Carrying a one-year warranty, the PhotoPC 800 is supported by the EPSON Connection, a fully automated customer support and technical assistance line. For more information on Epson and its products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766) or visit the company's website at

You can find samples here on the Epson Japan page