Kodak Introduces Sleek, Technically Sophisticated PalmPix Camera For New Palm m500 and m505 Handhelds

Eastman Kodak Company today introduced a PalmPix™ camera that quickly and affordably transforms the latest Palm™ handheld computers, the m500 and m505, into color digital cameras. The new PalmPix camera, with its color sensor, represents the next generation of Kodak devices that enable pictures to become information that can be easily recorded, documented and shared.

Designed for style-conscious Palm handheld users, the sleek new PalmPix camera compactly folds to carry with you anywhere your handheld goes. By simply attaching the camera to the m500 or m505, owners of the Palm handhelds can take color digital pictures effortlessly.

“The new PalmPix is the latest example of how Kodak is combining image science and information technology in innovative ways, making it easier for you to take, store and share pictures as information,” said Willy Shih, president of Kodak’s Digital and Applied Imaging group. “New, smarter personal devices, such as the PalmPix camera, are always on and ready when you are.”

“The new PalmPix camera was designed for enhanced portability, convenience and style,” said Byron Connell, vice president, Product Management and Planning, at Palm Inc. “Lightweight, the new PalmPix camera folds up like a cell phone so you can take it anywhere. It’s the perfect accessory for the Palm m500 series handheld.”

The new camera offers SVGA resolution that captures color images at 800 x 600 pixels for printing photo-realistic pictures up to 4 x 6-inches. The new PalmPix also has an adjustable focal range with three settings: macro (4 inches), portrait (2 ft. to 12 ft.) and landscape (8 ft. to infinity), that make taking pictures of documents, flip charts or groups of people easier than ever. Images can be transferred in seconds to a personal computer via the HotSync cradle that comes with the handheld. Once on a personal computer, the images are stored as standard JPEG or bitmap files and JPEG or PICT files for Macintosh. Images can be accessed as full-color SVGA pictures, then incorporated into presentations, emailed, or printed. The PalmPix camera also features a four-element (f2.8) glass lens that enhances picture quality and a 2X digital zoom. Until images are transferred to a computer, they can be stored in the Palm handheld’s internal memory (each PalmPix image requires approximately 160KB of memory) or on Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMediaCard memory cards. The new SD and MultiMediaCard expansion slot on the Palm m500 and m505 handhelds lets users expand their handheld’s memory and take a virtually unlimited number of pictures with the PalmPix camera. In addition, a new PalmPix application software feature lets you convert 320 x 240 images to JPEG files on the handheld. These files are stored on the expansion slot memory card for sharing without using Palm’s HotSync® cradle.

Kodak PalmPix application software for the Palm handheld and host computer, as well as a user’s manual, will be bundled with the new PalmPix camera. The PalmPix is compatible with Windows 98 or higher and Macintosh OS 8.6 to 9.1. For added convenience, a custom portfolio case and stylish holster are available separately.

The Kodak PalmPix Camera for the Palm m500 and m505 handhelds will be available online at www.kodak.com/go/shop for $129.95 and at major computer retailers in the first half of 2001.

The PalmPix for the Palm m500 and m505 handhelds is the third in a series of PalmPix cameras designed for PDAs. An earlier version of the PalmPix camera is compatible with Palm III, IIIe, IIIx, IIIxe, IIIc, VII, and VIIx handhelds; IBM Workpad C-3 and TRGpro; as well as with Palm V and Vx handhelds (DockV adapter required). There is also a PalmPix camera for the Palm m100 and m105 handhelds.


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