Steve's Digicams - Breaking News - Concord 02/12/04 Press Release
Press Release - February 12, 2004
Concord Camera Corp. Introduces Breakthrough Pricing For 5 & 4 Megapixel Digital Cameras
Concord Eye-Q 5062 AF & Concord Eye-Q 4062 AF Combine Affordability & Ease of Use with Elegant Style for Under SRP
LAS VEGAS, NV - February 12, 2004 - Concord Camera Corp. ("Concord") (Nasdaq:LENS), a leader in high-quality low-priced digital cameras, today announced at Photo Marketing Association (PMA) the new Concord Eye-Q 5062 AF and Concord Eye-Q 4062 AF digital cameras for under . Priced with an SRP of .99 and .99 respectively, the cameras are high-quality 5 and 4 megapixel digital cameras with automatic features for effortless picture taking along with more advanced features that consumers will appreciate as their familiarity with digital photography increases, such as spot metering, multi-area auto focus, sepia mode, macro mode, ISO select, white balance, continuous shooting, video clips with audio, and exposure compensation. These features are remarkable to find in such affordably priced digital cameras.
Whether placed in a shirt pocket or hanging by their straps, the Concord Eye-Q 5062 AF and Concord Eye-Q 4062 AF digital cameras will be the center of attention with their compact sizes and stylish designs with a black high-tech body for the 5 Megapixel and a sleek platinum silver finish for the 4 Megapixel. Beneath the eye-catching exteriors are advanced optics of an all glass 10.00mm, f/3.0-f/6.0, 5-element lens (48mm 35mm format equivalency) with auto focus from .6m to infinity and macro focusing from 15cm. In addition to the standard spot metering, these cameras offer advanced user selectable exposure control functionality. In this mode the camera processes an increased amount of scene data from a matrix of values taken across the scene to produce a more accurate result.
Both cameras offer multi-area auto focus for more precise focus calculation and setting. The cameras feature two options: center focus, which finds the most contrasted area to insure that the camera is focused on the true subject; and three-area focus, where the camera determines the optimum focus of the picture by looking at three different areas of the scene to be shot. The cameras also have an auto focus assist light, which beams a red light to lock in the focus if the ambient light is too dim.
Capturing AVI video at 30 frames per second and with audio, both cameras outshine other digital cameras on the market that offer just 15-16 frames per second. At 30 frames per second, mini-movies will look more real and exciting. Video length is determined by the capacity of the SD card and can then be replayed on a TV for the whole family to see with the included video out cable.
The Concord Eye-Q 5062 AF offers a unique feature combination of a high resolution 5 Megapixel CCD sensor with a 6x digital zoom. The user can select among 6 image resolution choices (VGA, 1.2, 2, 3.1, 4, and 5 MP), depending on how the image will be used such as printing or emailing. The camera features a large 1.8 inch LCD, auto flash and 5 user selectable flash modes, along with 7 preset scene modes for perfect exposure for beach/snow, party/indoor, sunset, night landscape, night portrait, fireworks and sports. Just select the situation and shoot, and the camera will select the perfect exposure/shutter speed and flash for your scene. The Concord Eye-Q 4062 AF offers many of the same exciting features as the 5062 AF but with a 4 Megapixel CCD sensor and 1.5 inch LCD.
Carrying a suggested retail price of .99 for the Concord Eye-Q 5062 AF and .99 for the Concord Eye-Q 4062 AF, both cameras are expected to be available through retailers in Q2 2004. Cameras come complete with 2 AA batteries, video out cable, USB cable, pouch, wrist strap, manuals, CD with drivers and Arcsoft PhotoImpression 2000, Arcsoft Photo Transfer, Microsoft Direct X 9.0 and Adobe Acrobat 5.1 Reader. For more information, see the Concord Camera Corp. web site: www.concord-camera.com.
About Concord Camera Corp.
Concord Camera Corp. is a global developer, designer, manufacturer and marketer of high quality, popularly priced, digital, instant, Advanced Photo System (APS), and 35mm cameras. Concord markets its cameras under the trademarks CONCORD, POLAROID AND CONCORD EYE-Q. Concord sells and markets its camera products worldwide through direct sales offices in the United States, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and France and through independent sales agents. Concord manufactures its products in its vertically integrated manufacturing facilities in the People's Republic of China.
CONCORD and CONCORD EYE-Q are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Concord Camera Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. The POLAROID trademark is owned by Polaroid Corporation and is used by Concord under license from Polaroid. All other brands and product names are either registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.
Except for the historical matters contained herein, statements in this press release are forward-looking and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements, including the statements regarding anticipated or expected results and the future introduction of new products, involve risks and uncertainties which may affect the Company's business and prospects, including the risks discussed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 28, 2003 and subsequently filed reports. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent our estimates only as of the date hereof, or as of such earlier dates as are indicated, and should not be relied upon as representing our estimates as of any subsequent date. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our estimates change. ###