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Digital Photography on the Cheap

Techstination feature for Monday, August 28, 2000

Intel's cheap and easy way to take digital pictures. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. We use the word cheap cautiously when talking about digital photography. Everything is relative. In a world where most digital cameras sell for four hundred dollars and up, Intel's 150 dollar Pocket PC Camera is a pretty good deal for families just getting started with this stuff. First of all, it's versatile. Product Manager Dwayne Canfield...

"What's great about it is at 149 dollars with the ability to take photos and video on the go and the ability to connect it to your PC and make video phone calls or record video emails, it has a great amount of value for the 149 dollar price."

The Pocket PC Camera does triple duty... as a camera attached to the PC, a digital video camera, for short clips and as a digital still camera. The trade offs... there is no LCD panel for reviewing photos on the spot, there's no flash and the resolution is only 640 by 480. You won't get good print outs above snap shot size... but as Canfield points out...

"Because consumers mostly are buying digital cameras to share images over the Internet, it's really perfect. It creates files that are really small enough that it doesn't swamp someone's email in box to receive photos from family members."

So don't abandon your traditional film camera, but if you want to take shots for email or the Web, the Pocket PC Camera is a good choice. You can find more info at Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg News.