NEW YORK, PC Expo, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Strengthening its position in the Digital Camera marketplace, Philips Electronics announced today the introduction of three new Digital Cameras for both business and entertainment -- the Philips ESP50 and ESP60 VGA Digital Cameras and the Philips ESP80 High- Res Zoom Digital Camera. The new models join the ESP2, Philips's first offering in the digital camera market, introduced in November 1997. Philips new Digital Camera offerings will be on display at the Philips Electronics booth #4210 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during PC Expo, June 16 - 18. Philips new Digital Camera models offer high levels of digital imaging, making them ideal for professional business presentation, advanced photo editing and private photo hobby use. The Philips ESP50 and ESP60 VGA Digital Cameras feature removable SmartMedia cards for all storage modes. The Philips ESP80 High-Res Zoom Digital Camera is the company's first advanced mega pixel Digital Camera (SXGA 1280x960 pixels), offering users a 3 position (3 times) optical zoom lens with synchronized flash. "These three new Digital Cameras strengthen Philips' innovative digital product portfolio and allow consumers worldwide to take greater advantage of Philips' strong global competencies in a wide range of digital imaging technologies," said Lisa Haley, Vice President and General Manager, New Business, Philips Consumer Electronics Company. "As with Philips' ESP2 Digital Camera, our new digital cameras will fit into Philips' unique systems- oriented approach that includes a family of compatible hardware, software, and accessories. This approach leverages the value of Philips digital cameras as part of a total package of custom digital photography solutions for professional, business, leisure and educational activities." Philips new ESP Digital Cameras easily integrate with other Philips products in the company's expanding digital portfolio of technologies for capture, storage, manipulation, transmission and display of information. Images captured with the Philips ESP Digital Cameras can be transferred to PC or stored on Compact Disc and retrieved from Philips CD or DVD units. They can also be displayed on Philips monitors, televisions, and LCD projectors, using connection cables included with the cameras, and manipulated and transmitted over E-mail using Philips Internet TV browser products. The diversity of Philips' digital product portfolio provides customers with the widest range of integrated, user-friendly digital solutions for both home and business applications. Philips ESP50 and ESP60 VGA Digital Cameras New in the Philips ESP Digital Camera Series, the Philips ESP50 and ESP60 VGA Digital Cameras will be available at retail stores in July at the suggested retail prices of $349 and $399, respectively. Featuring an optical viewfinder and flash for a familiar point-and-shoot look and feel, both models deliver superb VGA picture quality in 24 bit vibrant colors in over 16 million shades. Additionally, both cameras offer three different picture modes -- fine, normal and economy. A key feature with the ESP50 and ESP60 is their SmartMedia card storage capabilities. The ESP50 model comes with a standard 2 MB SmartMedia card that records up to 50 images, while the ESP60 model comes with a 4 MB removable SmartMedia card for recording up to 100 images. Optional 4 MB and 8 MB cards are available for both models. Each card is removable and may be replaced with new cards when memory is full. Picture quality is delivered in all storage modes, with a picture recording speed of less than one second. Other key features of the Philips ESP50 and ESP60 VGA Digital Cameras include: * Ease of Use, State of the Art, Imaging Software -- With easy-to-use Philips PhotoStudio Lite software developed in a PC and Mac compatible CD-ROM format, even inexperienced computer users can rotate, crop, or change the color depth of their pictures, make slide shows, and create postcards with the skill of a professional. * LCD Screen with Brightness Control - Ultra-fast picture recording capabilities of less than one second allow for instant image review on the Quick Refresh 1.8" LCD screen. Users can also use the LCD screen as a viewfinder as it tracks sudden action and fast moving sporting events with ease. * Quick and Easy PC Connection -- High transfer speeds allow high- resolution pictures to be quickly transferred into the PC using the PC cable connection. With optional SmartMedia adapters for laptop or desktop PCs, users can use the SmartMedia card for easy and faster transfer of files. The optional SmartMedia floppy disk drive adapter allows for use with any PC with a standard 3.5 inch floppy disk. Pictures stored on the card are in the standard JPEG format, and most modem software packages will be able to read the images. * Business Capabilities - Using a standard TV cable connection, users can present and review their pictures for business presentations almost anywhere in the world. TV and LCD projector connection cables are included. The slide show menu enables users to create three different slide shows based on the same files. Both models offer automatic date recording and advanced automatic power save mode, require 4 x 1.5V, type AA alkaline, NICAD or NiMH cell batteries, and come with an AC power adapter. The ESP60 comes with a standard credit card-sized combined Camera/Television remote control that can be used for taking self-portraits and tripod-mounted night-time pictures, as well as controlling slide shows or business presentations. The remote control is optional for the ESP50. Philips ESP80 Hi-Res Zoom Digital Camera Also joining the Philips ESP Digital Camera portfolio is the ESP80 Hi-Res Zoom Digital Camera, the company's first SXGA high-resolution camera, featuring 1.3 million pixels for an effective pixel matrix of 1280x960. This model will be available at retail stores this fall at a suggested retail price of $799. The ESP80 offers outstanding mega pixel digital image quality, equal to four times VGA quality, and a rotating three times continuous optical zoom lens with synchronized flash, auto-focus, auto-exposure and auto-white balance that gives users quality images on the spot. The ESP80 also offers the added convenience of annotating pictures with eight seconds of audio recording, and features an attractive lightweight pocket-size design for easy transport and operation. The ESP80 offers SXGA and VGA image quality in all storage modes. Using 4 MB SmartMedia memory cards, users never need film again. When memory is full, users simply put in another erasable 4 MB SmartMedia card, each with the capacity to store up to 23 images SXGA. Optional 2 MB and 8 MB cards are available for this model so users can store up to twice as many images. The camera also offers the three different picture modes -- economy, normal and fine -- and provides instant image feedback on a large 2" Quick Refresh LCD screen with brightness control. In addition to quick and easy PC connection, the ESP80 model offers JPEG or uncompressed storage. Pictures can be stored on the SmartMedia cards in the standard JPEG format, or can be uncompressed into TIFF. Most modern software packages can read all images. The ESP80 also offers a TV and LCD cable connection, an ultra-small credit card remote control and an AC power adapter. In addition to the Philips PhotoSudio Lite software, the ESP80 is packaged with DU-4 Image Browser and Twain Driver, which allow the customer even more capabilities to edit and enhance the images. Philips digital camera customers will have access to a toll-free customer support line with extended hours. All Philips ESP Digital Cameras come with the worldwide Philips F1st Choice Guarantee program, which is a 24-hour express exchange program that provides a replacement if the customer's camera must be sent in for repair. Philips Consumer Electronics Company designs, manufactures, markets and services consumer and business electronics products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, it is a division of Philips Electronics North America Corporation, with more than $7 billion in annual sales and corporate headquarters in New York. The company is also part of Philips Electronics N.V. (NYSE: PHG), with nearly $39 billion in annual sales and based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Philips maintains a site on the World Wide Web at www.philips.com and at www.philipsmagnavox.com . Philips Digital Camera also maintains a site on The World Wide Web at www.digitalcamera.philips.com. The Philips Digital Camera Toll-free Hotline is 888/262-2673.
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