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NEWS SEPTEMBER 26 , 2000
Agfa Unveils 1.3 Megapixel Camera for $229
Two new models bring down the cost of low-end digital imaging

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
dnagel[email protected]

Agfa today unveiled two new models in its line of ePhoto digital cameras, shifting the price point down on the low end while bringing the resolution up. The lowest-rez camera, the ePhoto CL20, is a 640 x 480 camera that interpolates up to 1,280 x 960 using Agfa's PhotoGenie technology (which has appeared in other Agfa cameras, such as the ePhoto 780c). The other camera, the CL34, brings the hardware (true) resolution up to 1.3 megapixels.

The CL34 features an optical viewfinder and 1.8" color LCD screen. Maximum resolution is a true 1.3 MP (megapixels). It can also use PhotoGenie technology to boost the resolution up to twice the hardware resolution, or about 2,560 x 1,920. The camera provides 2 MB of internal memory and has a CompactFlash slot for expanded storage. It also offers a videoclip capability for recording live action on location. Maximum video resolution is 320 x 240 at 30 frames per second. The video can be fed through the camera's USB connection. It should be available in December and will sell for $229.

The CL20 offers the same features as the CL34 but without an LCD display. It has an optical viewfinder and a CompactFlash slot for additional capacity. The internal memory can hold up to 4 images at the highest resolution (1.3 megapixels with PhotoGenie) and 24 images at 640 x 480 resolution. The CL20 offers live video only with the USB interface at a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 at 20 FPS or 320 x 240 at a higher 30 FPS. It will be available in November for $149.

Both cameras come with PhotoWise software for image manipulation, cataloging and capture. For more information, visit http://www.agfa.com.

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