FTLComm - Tisdale - May 28, 2000
The rugged and trustly little 1997 Epson Photo PC 500 bit the dust today after producing
such an amazing volume of pictures for Ensign and other web sites.
This is actually the second camera we have used of this type, the first one suffered
a fall from its case to the floor in a Winnipeg MacDonalds during the flood a few
years back and though it worked partially it was sent back to Epson who replaced
it. This one has soldiered on click after click and also endured a fall from its
case damaging its battery door. The door was replace and it has performed remarkably
Yesterday afternoon while getting out the van its strap slipped from my hands and
it took an eighteen inch fall but that appears to be all that was needed to disable
it. Digital cameras are essentially computer technology with a lens. This unit
consists of a mother board with four componet boards plugged in, one for power supply,
one for the flash and another controlling exposure. Assembled in Korea for Sekotia
mostly out of "Sony" parts these devices are susceptible to damage through
It is amazing how this form of technology has taken off. This is the second generation
of cameras and there are now three levels of development since then. This 1997 version
produces pictures 640 x 480 size at 144dpi which means that reasonable looking 8
x 10 images can be printed off. The newer versions move up in size to 1024 x 800
images while two of the newest types actually produce images of greater then a million
pixels per picture are produced. These "mega" pixel cameras are becoming
the standard while two and three megapixel cameras are already on the market and
rival photographic film in their ability to capture images while still remaining
just over a thousand dollars.
Commerical cameras with very large CCD (image sensors) have been available for some
time but are priced in the tens of thousands of dollar range.
For the next while you are going to have suffer with video images until this camera
can be repaired or replaced.