Devices have introduced the eFilm PicturePAD.
This new portable digital
storage device for photos is designed for the traveling digital photographer and
features a built-in color LCD screen for viewing photos and a high capacity hard
drive for storing them.
By simply inserting a flash memory card, the user
can instantly access a number of features for viewing, showing, storing, and organizing
digital images. The PicturePAD is designed to accompany a digital camera since
it is roughly the size and weight of a palm size PDA and comes with its own carrying
case. The unit works independently of a PC but does offer the flexibility to connect
to a computer via a USB port. Its many functions include the ability to transfer
and organize digital photos as well as the flexibility of viewing them on either
the unit itself or a TV.
Delkin President and CEO Martin J. Wood points
out that the latest digital cameras not only need higher storage capacities, but
today's photographers are more mobile and are looking for easy solutions when
it comes to the way they manage their photographs. "Many vacationers and
professionals who travel with their camera equipment insist on packing light.
The new high-resolution cameras that require bigger file sizes also require additional
costly memory cards. We feel that the eFilm PicturePAD will be a great companion
for all levels of digital camera users that not only want to save money on memory,
but who are also looking for the portability and convenience that the PicturePAD's
compact size and range of functions offers."
Initially the PicturePAD's
hard drive will be available in capacities of 20GB and 30GB, but additional sizes
will follow shortly after its initial release. The ultra-bright 1.8" color
backlit LCD screen allows for image viewing instantly as well as presenting the
operating menu for the unit. You can create your own custom slide shows, perform
viewing functions such as zoom, pan, rotate, and pause as well as traditional
file editing operations like copy, cut, paste, and delete. To optimize the display
on the LCD screen, the built- in video jack allows the unit to connect directly
to a TV or video monitor. Both international TV standards (PAL and NTSC) are supported,
so the PicturePAD can be operated on practically any TV in the world. Wood believes
that being able to see your photos immediately and check for correct exposure
and focusing is one of the PicturePAD's primary benefits. " Not only can
you easily take it with you on your travels, it's ideal for family gatherings
and business presentations. Seconds after vacationers take a picture, they can
transfer them to the hard drive, view their shots and organize them before they
share their images."
The rechargeable Lithium Ion 3.7V 1400mAh battery
can power the unit for over 30 file transfers (based on a 64MB CF Card) and provide
up to an hour of LCD viewing with a full charge. The 110/220 AC power adapter
automatically recharges the PicturePAD when the unit is plugged in. For the many
users that will require additional batteries, Delkin will offer back-up batteries
and a full line of accessories to enhance the PicturePAD's performance. The unit's
hardware and software is designed to accommodate a number of new standards and
peripherals such as a Printer Accessory, and connection devices for FireWire,
USB 2.0, Ethernet, and MP3 music players. The Printer Accessory enables the unit
to connect directly to a printer without the need of a PC. The accessory snaps
easily on the top of the PicturePAD and integrates with the printer menu in the
operating system where you'll be able to select the printer model, type of paper,
print size, and print resolution. Currently the Printer Accessory is compatible
with the Epson Stylus Photo, and HP Deskjet and PhotoSmart Series of printers.
Delkin will regularly be updating its printer support list on its website at www.delkin.com.
order to keep the PicturePAD pocketsize and portable, the unit has just a single
built-in CompactFlash slot for CF and IBM Microdrive flash memory cards so adapters
are available for SmartMedia, MultiMediaCard/Secure Digital, and MemoryStick formats.
Packaged software contains all necessary drivers and includes Photoshop Elements
from Adobe, which lets the user create professional quality digital images for
both print and the web. Along with the remote control with battery, carrying bag,
rechargeable battery for the unit, AC adapter, and Adobe Photoshop Elements, The
PicturePAD comes with USB and Video RCA cables and a multi-language users manual
with a quick start guide.
The PicturePAD will be sold at consumer photography
and electronic stores worldwide and online at Delkin's website at www.delkin.com.
The MSRP for the 20GB model is $549.00US (plus VAT in some countries). Or an estimated
price of around 450 in the UK.