As you may have noticed, in the last year or so the price of digital cameras has dropped repeatedly. Agfa's ePhoto 1280 slipped into affordability range when the company announced at PC Expo that it was lowering the price from $849 to $649.
The 1280 has a lot of features you find on cameras costing much more: a 2-inch, high-resolution LCD monitor, 280-degree swivel lens, smart media slot and a 4MB smart media card. The camera has 3x continuous zoom (38-114 mm) with macro capability, automatic and manual focus and exposure, 46 mm threads for filters and lenses and a video out port. The 1280 also comes with a battery charger.
The ePhoto 1280 uses Agfa's excellent PhotoWise image handling software. It allows you to view images in the camera, edit them using the photo editing tools, save them into "photo albums," and delete them from the camera.
The editing tools allow you to make corrections to various aspects of the image (brightness, color, saturation, hue) via slider controls.
Information: (800) 926-2432 or www.agfahome.com
And bags to carry a digital camera and gear: Case Logic has released a new line of padded camera bags especially designed for stowing all of the hardware and accessories associated with digital cameras.
The most useful, the DC-70 ($25), measures 6 inches wide by 2 inches deep by 5 inches high.
Made of Koskin fabric, the bag has one large main compartment to store the camera and computer connection cables.
A zippered front panel contains several interior mesh pockets and a zippered accessory compartment for batteries, additional cables, floppies, CD-ROMs, etc.
The bag comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and a belt loop.
Information: (800) 925-8111 or on the Web at www.caselogic.com.
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