The Eco Digi Mode Digital Camera: Environmental, Strange and Smug
One step forward for the environment, five steps backwards for digital camera users. The Eco Digi Mode digital camera from Plaza Create Co. is on the market in Japan and it's a 3-megapixel disposable digital camera with flash, 2.4-inch LCD and capacity for 50 images. Once you use up the photos, you send it to a lab to get processed and the lab returns an image CD to you. Sound remarkably like the disposable film cameras, right? So presumably the only advantage is that you can opt to delete or save your photos as you shoot them, versus film where you're stuck with what you get. Once the lab processes your photos, it either wipes the card and resells the camera (interesting interpretation of "recycle") or breaks down the camera for parts to feed other cameras, mobile phones, etc. Retails for about $12 in Japan and the waterproof version goes for $18. Will this innovation hop the pond? We shall see. (via Gizmodo)
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