J@pan Inc Magazine Presents:
The Hottest Gadgets and Gizmos from Japan

Issue No. 152
Monday, July 12, 2004
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Name: Sanyo Xacti DSC-S4
Category: Digital still camera
Price: 42,000 yen. 31,290 yen according to Bic Camera's Web
site as of July 12.
Release date in Japan: July 9, 2004

The Gist: The Xacti DSC-S4 has a "Self-Portrait Mirror" in front
that enables users to take photos of themselves. Also, the Xacti
DSC-S4 can take photos from a distance as small as 2 centimeters.
The camera takes 61 photos when using the two AAA alkali batteries
that come in the package, and 490 photos with a lithium battery
(CR-V3). The Xacti DSC-S4 has 16 megabytes of built-in memory, so
users can store photo data without a memory card. It uses a
4-megapixel CCD, or a chip that captures images, but the camera
can switch to fine-image mode to save data with up to 8 megapixels
of resolution. The Xacti DSC-S4 measures 91.3 millimeters in width,
61.5 millimeters in height and 30.8 millimeters in depth. It weighs
140 grams on its own, and 185 grams with the attached batteries
and an SD memory card. Its preferred temperature is between 0
and 40 degrees Celsius with 30 to 90 percent humidity.

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Name: Seiko Epson PA-W11G
Category: Wireless printing adaptor
Price: Open price (Seiko Epson anticipates 20,000 yen) 20,790
yen according to Bic Camera's Web site as of July 12.
Release date in Japan: July 2004

The Gist: The PA-W11G is an adaptor to plug into Seiko Epson's printers
to add wireless LAN (IEEE802.11g) functions to the home-use printers.
This enables users to dispense with cumbersome wires. The PA-W11G is
compatible with 10 of the Colorio series printers: the PX-G900, PX-V600,
PX-V500, PM-G800, PM-G700, PM-A850, PM-D750, PM-D1000, PM-4000PX and
PM-3700C. It's also compatible with nine of the Offirio series printers:
the LP-9800C, LP-9000C, LP-7000C, LP-9500C, LP-9000B, LP-9400, LP-9100,
LP-7900 and LP-2500. Wireless scanning is also possible if users connect
the PA-W11G with the All-in-One Colorio PM-A850.

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Name: Sony DCR-HC1000
Category: Digital video camera recorder
Price: open price (Sony anticipates 176,000 yen) 155,400 yen,
according to Bic Camera's Web site as of July 12.
Release date in Japan: July 10, 2004

The Gist: The DCR-HC1000 uses three CCDs and has computer chips that
capture images and transform them into digital data. Each chip can
contain 10-megapixel photos. By using three CCDs, the DCR-HC1000
improves visual quality dramatically. It also avoids blurring by moving
its lens along with the users' unsteady hands. It uses a mini DV
cassette and a Memory Stick. Separately sold are a surround microphone
(20,790 yen) and a soft carrying case (4,935 yen) -- plus various

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Written by: Minoru Matsutani
Edited by: J@pan Inc editors (

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