Kodak Advantix Preview
bridges digital and film worlds
by Rick Smith (November 20, 2000)
With one foot in the digital domain and the other in advanced film, the Kodak Advantix Preview camera provides an excellent blend of these two imaging technologies. One of the key advantages of “shooting” digital is the ability to immediately SEE the image you have taken and this latest Advantix camera provides this capability to film picture takers.
During the preview mode, you can decide how many reprints are desired, if any, and that information is stored magnetically on the film. During processing, the selected number of each print is automatically produced. Even if zero prints are selected, the image is still permanently stored on the film negative and can be easily reprinted.
Kodak has also eliminated another problem with film photography - changing the film speed partway through a roll of film. To solve this with film today, and without wasting film, you either have several cameras or interchangeable camera backs, each loaded with a different film, to be able to change film speed. Now, this Advantix camera lets you change film, in the MIDDLE of the roll, and reinsert it later, WITHOUT losing any images!
This camera provides a wonderful transition camera for anyone who wants to start getting “into” digital, but isn’t ready to take the full plunge. I feel this camera would be great on outdoor trips, since having a bag full of film is much simpler than dealing with image downloads in the field. When you get home, you can order Picture CDs from Kodak, so you can easily have digital images, prints and long lasting film negatives.
The Kodak Advantix Preview camera also:
is the world’s first camera to add preview to an Advanced Photo System (APS) camera
has a zoom lens and state-of-the art flash
features easy point and shoot capability
is reasonably priced at around $300.
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