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by Jim Bennett (February 2, 2000)

PMA/DIMA 2000 Coverage
Daily Show Diary
Digital camera and Printer Shootout Results!
New Sony Products Announced
PMA 2000 Product Previews
DigitalFocus Event

Background

The Photo Marketing Association (PMA) has grown during its 75 years and has rapidly evolved to meet the changing needs of the imaging industry. Based in Jackson Michigan, PMA serves 18,000 members in more than 100 countries. Every segment of the imaging industry is represented ranging from photographers and corporations to retailers.

Digital imaging is the hot topic at PMA 2000 and attendees are coming to learn and look at products and services, before investing their company's money. Rapid changes are sweeping the industry, according to many attendees.

Monday, January 31, 2000

Registration started at 12 noon and a pre convention discussion followed at 4 PM. One of the issues discussed was how the academic picture industry needs to "roll up its sleeves" and actively participate in an information and idea exchange. Closing out the day was an early bird reception graciously sponsored by Fuji Photo Film USA. See Product Preview of Fuji's newest cameras.

Tuesday, February 1, 2000

Conferences continued at a rapid pace, providing attendees with the latest information by leading executives of PMA members and supplier firms.

Niche marketing and how to target key customers was compared against one stop shopping. The pros and cons were candidly debated. The evening events started with the DIMA opening keynote address by Sergio Zyman, former senior VP and COO of the Coca-Cola Company. He gave some examples of innovative approaches to marketing to the attentive audience.

The evening concluded with two major events that I eagerly anticipated - the Digital Camera Shoot- Out (4th Edition) and the digital Printer Shoot-Out (5th Edition). This is where the rubber meets the road and the critical differences in the quality of these many different systems will be evaluated.

The camera competition is divided in four categories, and takes place within studios constructed on site and each print out will be from the same printer. Event attendees will have a chance to cast ballots for their favorites and the camera with the most votes will be announced on Friday, February 4th, 2000.

The Digital Printer Shoot-Out also took place on Tuesday and on Wednesday, attendee can also cast ballots for their favorites and the winners will also be announced on Friday. Printers are divided into seven different categories. Each winning entry will receive up to four different awards based on the following elements:

  • Media
  • Inks
  • Color Management
  • RIP (Raster Image Processing)

    An unexpected bonus on Tuesday was to meet some late working participants in the digital camera shoot out.

    Some of these people included:

  • Joe Guzman, Kodak consultant, (purple shirt)

  • David Sheily, ImageXpress, Inc.

  • Herb Paynter, President ImageXpress, Inc.

  • William Pearson, President Argus Camera

    (I'm in the upper right hand corner.)

    In addition, I met with the late working Vicki Milton, Technical Evangelist, to discuss some of Microsoft's' latest imaging directions.

    Wednesday, February 2, 2000

    Fujio Mitarai, president and CEO of Canon, Inc. and Kinya Uchida, president and CEO of Canon U.S.A., along with Tim Andree, vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A. officially introduced the latest and most advanced EOS system camera and accessories at their press conference.

    See coverage of Digital Focus event.

    Thursday, February 3, 2000

    Trade Show floor opened today.

    Saw several exciting new products at the Sony press event. See our coverage of these products.


    Nikon bandanna invitation

    Nikon "Are you Ready?" event was great. See our coverage of the new Nikon 990 digital camera.

    Friday, February 3, 2000

    I toured the show floor again today and saw some great products. I also took some pictures with my Nikon 35mm camera and Fuji film. Will share these with you once we scan them.

    Results of the the 2000 DIMA digital camera and printer shootout, along with the 2000 DIMA Innovation Awards were announced.

    Digital camera Shootout
    18 manufacturers participated and submitted 40 entries. Images were processed with Adobe Photoshop (see review) and Adobe Photo Deluxe and printed on an Epson Stylus Photo 870 on Photo glossy paper. Pictures were taken in identical lighting. Cameras were broken into 4 categories, Point and Shoot, Professional, Commercial Studio and Scanning camera. The first two categories were broken down by price.

    Point and Shoot
    Price Range
    Manufacturer
    Model
    under $300 KodakDC-215
    $300 - $599Fujifilm Foto MX 1700 Zoom
    $600 - $899ToshibaPDR M5
    over $900Olympus2500L-SLR

    Professional
    Price Range
    Manufacturer
    Model
    under $5,000 FujifilmS1 Pro
    more than $5,000Phase 1 Light Phase

    Commercial Studio
    Manufacturer
    Model
    Phase 1Power Phase

    Scanning Camera
    Manufacturer
    Model
    Better Light6K Super

    Printer Shootout
    40 manufacturers participated and submitted 92 printers. File were created by ColorPlace, Inc., Dallas, Texas.

    Printer Shootout
    Category
    Size
    Manufacturer
    Model
    Wide Format 50+ inch Cymbolic Sciences Lightjet 5900 Wide Format Photo Printer
    Wide Format 11 - 49 inch Cymbolic Sciences Lightjet 5500 Wide Format Photo Printer
    Small Format 8.5 x 11 inch Fuji Pictrography 3000, Graphx RasterPlus Windows edition
    Inkjet Wide 50+ inch Colorspan Displaymaker XII/72, RIP Station 400, Colorspan Mark color management
    Inkjet Wide 36 -49 inch Colorspan Displaymaker XII/52, RIP Station 400, Colorspan Mark color management
    Inkjet Medium 11 - 35 inch Colorspan Giclee
    Inkjet Tabloid 11 x 17 inch Epson Stylus 1270, Epson half toning system
    Inkjet Small 8.5 x 11 inch Epson Stylus 870, Epson half toning system
    Electro static Wide 3M SP2002, 3M Cactus Graphic RIP
    Dye Sublimation Small Sony UPD70AP with Sony Dye Sublimation Ink and Paper

    Innovation Awards
    Products which utilize new technology in imaging are given this award. This year the winners were the Canon Powershot S20, Fujifilm S1 Pro, Kodak Preview camera, Astron Systems Orbiculight, Smartlens and the Sony Cybershot digital camera.

    Photograph courtesy of Jack Olmsted

    Copyright 2000 Jim Bennett All rights reserved.

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