Epson PhotoPC 800 (1999)

The Epson PhotoPC 800 was announced 1999-07-12 and was Epson's first two megapixel digital camera. It was a slim and sturdy looking compact digital camera with a fixed focus wide angle lens. The camera featured a serial and USB interface and the possibility to directly connect to a Stylus printer. A built-in microphone and an abundance of software (i.e. Image Expert) made this package worth your while. This model was marketed in Japan as the Colorio CP-800.

Here is some interesting information. Epson Japan announced on 1999-10-13 a revamped version of the Colorio CP-800 and marketed it in four (!) new editions. All with improved firmware, improved user interface and improved version of the Hypict enhancing software. The new releases contained the following:

- Colorio CP-800S (champagne colored version)
- Colorio CP-800SB (silver colored with blue translucent plastic parts)
- Colorio CP-800SP (silver colored with pink translucent plastic parts)
- Colorio CP-800SV (silver colored with violet translucent plastic parts)

The three color versions were limited to 2,000 units each. The pink and violet versions were special editions and probably not marketed. Epson also planned to release matching printer and scanner models.

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Specifications

  • Brand: Epson
  • Model: PhotoPC 800
  • First mentioned: 1999
  • Marketed: yes
  • MSRP: $699 / $799
  • Imager Type: 2.14MP 1/2" CCD
  • Resolution: 1600x1200
  • Internal Storage: 2MB
  • External Storage: Compact Flash
  • Lens: f=7mm /F2.4
  • Shutter: 1/30 - 1/750s
  • Aperture Range: F2.4 / F8
  • LCD screen size: 1.8" LCD
  • Size: 114 x 68 x 40mm
  • Weight: 235 gr.
  • Remarks: Epson Japan released special colored versions

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