The Gear Ahead
6. DIGITAL FRAMER In July, we showed you Epson's planned digital rangefinder, the R-D1. Not one to cater only to collectors, Epson also has plans for some more mass-market digicams. First up is the PhotoPC L-410 ($399 expected street) with a 4MP CCD sensor, 3X optical zoom, and 1.5-inch LCD. It also has Epson's PRINT Image Framer (PIF), which can add customized digital frames to your image files while you take pictures or afterward, without connecting to a computer. The camera comes with frames preloaded and ships with software to make your own frames.
7. LEARNING TOOLS Fujifilm followers have been focusing a lot of their attention on the FinePix S3 (Pop Photo's October 2004 cover camera). Meanwhile, Fuji has launched a new line of compacts, the E-series, for photographers who aren't ready for a DSLR, but have outgrown fully automatic digital point-and-shoots. As the top E-series dog, the E550 ($400 street) packs 6.3MP, 4X optical zoom, 2-inch LCD, a shutter lag of only 0.05 sec, and click-to-click time of 1 sec. The 5.2MP E510 ($300 street) and 4.1MP E500 ($250 street), both with 3.2x optical zoom, fill out the line.
8. AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE Hewlett-Packard surprised everyone this year with the sleek little 5MP Photosmart R707 (reviewed September 2004). Here comes its little brother. The R607 ($300 expected street) is a 4.1MP camera with 3X optical Pentax zoom lens and 1.5-inch LCD. Like the 707, it includes HP's Real Life in-camera editing suite, such as redeye removal, panorama preview, and HP's Adaptive Lighting exposure adjustments.