SmartDisk Corporation announced today that its FlashTrax portable, palm-sized
digital multimedia device now displays histograms, the graphic representation
of the range of image tones in a photograph. Histograms are especially helpful
to professional photographers when reviewing digital shots on location.
"FlashTrax provides full detail on the tonal range of an image, solving
one of the most challenging aspects of field photography," said Charles
Klinker, Vice President, Marketing for SmartDisk. "Current FlashTrax
owners can download this newest feature through firmware available at the SmartDisk
FlashTrax is a palm-sized multimedia storage device integrating a hard drive,
flash reader, LCD, and USB connectivity. FlashTrax safely stores high-resolution
images transferred from any flash memory card onto the built-in hard drive and
displays them on a 3.5" LCD. A user can change the image, zoom in, zoom
out and pan, or choose a slide show function without the assistance of a PC.
In addition to rapid JPEG view and zoom, FlashTrax can display most RAW format
files using the JPEG data typically embedded in such files. Images may be viewed
on the LCD screen or on any TV using the included remote control. FlashTrax
includes a built-in MP3 player and also supports video playback of motion picture
JPEG files, a format typically used for the short "movies" supported
by many digital still cameras. With USB 2.0 transfer speeds of up to 480MBps,
FlashTrax can also serve as an external hard drive to transfer, store and access
data or act as a simple backup device.