Travel back 20 years, when digital cameras were the hottest new technology
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Travel back 20 years, when digital cameras were the hottest new technology

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[MUSIC] Remember that picture I took of Richard with this digital camera. Well look. All I have to do now is plug it into my computer. And it works with both a PC and a Mac. Choose the image that I want. I think I'll take this one. And I've got a picture in about two minutes. Pretty good shot, huh? And it's really fast. A lot faster than one hour photo. So, with digital technology like this, driving to your local Fotomat could be a thing of the past. [MUSIC] Digital cameras, which record images directly into memory rather than on film, Allows cybershooters to snap and download images directly into their computer. Most people shoot their pictures with conventional cameras and film. But now with digital cameras you can actually store those images with removable memory cards like this or on the hard drive, or even on the internal memory of the camera. You just connect the camera to your computer, download the images you want, and voila, you've got pictures. [MUSIC] Alex Berliner is a Hollywood photographer whose job depends on making the front page. Using a high end digital camera and high speed phone line. Alex's images span the globe in minutes. We don't put the film in anymore. So put that in there. Close that up. There we go. [MUSIC] When we're shooting for the Hollywood Reporter, the Academy Awards, we will shoot these, modem them to production, they will go directly to press and be printed at I think around midnight. The Fujix hybrid looks nothing Like a standard cam. This is the new B2 stealth bomber of digital cameras. At a cost of over $20,000 the Fuji's Nikon uses removable PCMCIA style hard drive of up to 131 megabytes. And will store up to about 70 images. You see these guys, a lot of times, carrying these things when the go to somewhere like Bosnia. Because, what they'll do is, they'll shoot some stuff, they will get a cellular system hooked up to their Mac and they'll modem stuff back. Once the image is shot, the hard drive or flash card can be downloaded and stored in a computer. There the image is cropped or color corrected via Photoshop, a graphic software program, saved in a compressed image format, then transmitted via modem anywhere on the planet. Oh, will you please step in please? Also on the high end, portrait quality prints in about two minutes are available at tourist haunts everywhere. The 3 Chip Sony DKC-5000 has a resolution of over a million pixels. Okay, and if we just have a little smile in this direction. It's hooked directly to a processor and dry prints on photographic paper pop out, and yes, in under two minutes. Look at that do. Look at that hairdo. The question is do you wan to keep them? Professionals aren't the only ones using digital cameras. Companies like Kodak, Apple, Casio, and Dicam, offer them for an average cost of eight hundred dollars. And these low end versions. Store about 54 images with a resolution that compares to that of a $20 box camera. [MUSIC] Engineers, advertisers, and businesses use these digicams daily. Real Estate Agents take pictures in the field, download them into their computer, and right into weekly listings.>> Okay, so what do we put right there? Andrew McDonald and his buddy, Tom, are big time burrito eaters With the web page devoted entirely to the burrito. Your food of choice is what? Burritos. Yeah. Got to keep our bellies up. There's such a huge plate of food. Using the just released Casio QV10, the burrito brothers scour the city for the ultimate roll. Then download the pictures into their sometimes daily burrito review. So this is free burrito. So you know we're still hungry. It's fun thing to come and eat together. We take pictures of the food. Take pictures of each other eating the food. The people serving us the food. And we create this little website and we have it running right now. [MUSIC] Cyber gas [CROSSTALK] Well, it's the next problem we're facing on the net.

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