Digital camera vendors eye new standards

Camera buffs are gearing up for next week's Photo Marketing Association (PMA) International 2006 conference in Orlando, Fla., but news is already starting to emerge.

Yesterday Fuji, Kodak and Konica Minolta announced a common standard for digital pictures and video called Everplay that the companies believe will prevent interoperability problems. The standard uses XML (extensible markup language) to help camera makers develop compatible ways to organize and store photos, the companies said.

Details on the specification can be found here.

Also, Kodak announced that its new cameras, along with Nikon's, support Kodak's ImageLink system for photo printers. Olympus also jumped onboard with new cameras that can connect to the Kodak EasyShare printers.

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