and camera buyer
WHETHER for that summer
trip to Europe or as a gift for
the new graduate in the
family, digital cameras can
play an important role this
time of the year. Costco is
fortunate to have access to
hard-to-find new models
that combine the latest technology with prices that represent outstanding values
for our members.
I was impressed with
the advanced features and
performance of the new
Panasonic DMC-TZ1. The 5-
megapixel TZ1 employs a
Leica lens with 10x optical
zoom, delivering confident
zoom performance while
eliminating blurry shots,
thanks to the optical image
stabilization feature. The
large, bright, 2.5-inch high-resolution liquid crystal display (LCD) offers enhanced
brightness levels for low-light shooting.
Members seeking the
highest performance from
the smallest package will
want to see and feel the
ultra-compact Casio EX-S600.
Lightweight at 3. 2 ounces, it
has a card-size 3.5-by- 2.3-by-
0.6-inch footprint, yet delivers 6-megapixel images and
3x optical zoom. And Casio
continues to lead the way in
LCD enhancements: The display screen of the EX-S600 is
twice as bright as on previous models.
These two and the other
exciting new cameras hitting
Costco this season deserve
special consideration. C
IT’S AMAZING how quickly digital
photos accumulate on a computer.
Program brings order
to your photo library
By David Wight
Downloads of new images from digital
cameras and memory cards, plus roll-film
photos processed to CD and then copied to
the PC, are the usual sources. But after all
these photos have been acquired, what then?
Photo-management alternatives are
plentiful, but often are limited to specific
functions or are just impractical. The plain-vanilla
photo editor that’s part of Windows and the different photo editors available from digital-camera
manufacturers lack features for fun, creative projects. At the other extreme, those high-priced, overly
complicated professional photo-editing programs
practically require an advanced degree to figure out. Costco’s Gold CD-R
But for Costco members, there is a simple and should keep your photos
comprehensive solution from 1-Hour Photo. It’s a safe for 300 years, while other
software application called Costco Photo Organizer, CD-Rs may start to deteriorate
and the price is right—it is included when you request in as little as two years.
copies of your processed roll-film ( 35 mm or APS) or
digital photos on an archival-quality Gold CD.
Just load the organizer application from the fix, red-eye or crop.
Gold CD onto your PC and you’ll discover a pow- ■ Print helps you send the selected photos to
erful tool for managing your entire photo library. the printer connected to your PC.
Tabs lined up across the top of the main window ■ Create gives you access to several album-
indicate the major functions of the organizer, page templates for a variety of multi-photo layouts.
including View, Edit, Print, Create, E-mail and Those pages can also be printed as a single image
Pick Up Prints at Costco. from your printer or through 1-Hour Photo.
Under the View tab, there are several dis- ■ E-mail leads you through sending your
play choices and even an option that allows you photos electronically via e-mail to anyone con-
to run a PC slide show. With the Thumbnails nected to the Internet.
view, you can manage small versions of all the ■ Pick Up Prints at Costco gives you a fast and
photos you’ve brought into the organizer. It’s a good easy way to order prints for pickup at any 1-Hour
global view presented in an easy-to-browse window, Photo location by uploading selected images
and will probably be your most frequent workspace directly to your Costco Photo Center account on
intheapplication. costco.com. (If you don’t have a Photo Center
While viewing Thumbnails, you can sort images account, you can set one up, and it’s free.)
into folders by subject or date, or select photos for Another great option is the Search function,
other actions. For example, using the mouse, you available in the View tab, which allows you to search
can move the cursor to a photo and then click to for any photo on your computer by file name, date
select that photo. Repeat that action with a few other or key words.
photos and you’ll see the selections accumulate in a The Costco Photo Organizer is also easy to up-
preview window at the bottom of the screen. date as new features are added. The program
Next, while those photos are selected, explore prompts you to specify how often it should connect
the functions of the other tabs. to the Internet to seek updates to download.
■ Edit gives you access to several adjustment Look for the program on the next Gold CD of
controls to try on the selected photos, such as auto- photos you bring home from 1-Hour Photo. C