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C-211 ZOOM digital camera
by Rick Smith (July 25, 2000)


Today, Olympus America Inc. and Polaroid Corporation announced the first digital camera with photo printing capability in North America. The Olympus C-211 Zoom leverages the strengths of both companies - Olympus with their camera technology and Polaroid with their “instant” photography and camera technology.

This partnership creates the perfect camera for people who want a digital image for further image processing and archival but also want to have a “conventional” print right away. I could have used a C-211 when I have taken pictures of people’s cars digitally - now I could give them a print right away.

This new C-211 ZOOM is a 2.1 megapixel, digital camera that stores images on SmartMedia digital film and has a built-in instant photo printer. It will be available in October 2000 and has a suggested list price of $799. It uses Polaroid 500 instant film which is sold as a 10-photo pack with a retail price under ten dollars.

By being able to produce a high quality proof “in the field”, the C-211 can help verify that the desired image was captured properly and also serves as a hard copy backup, in case of any digital “errors”. It also provides proof that the stored digital image wasn’t altered, making the C-211 extremely useful in the insurance, real estate and construction industries, as well as for law enforcement and medical applications.

Copyright © 2006 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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