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LOGITECH ANNOUNCES FOTOMAN PLUS: HIGH-QUALITY, AFFORDABLE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY; INCREASED RESOLUTION & BATTERY LIFE, ENHANCED OPTICS

 FREMONT, Calif., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Logitech Inc. today announced FotoMan(TM) Plus, a significant upgrade to the popular FotoMan Digital Camera line. The new camera, scheduled to ship in late April, will be available from Logitech dealers and distributors at a suggested retail price of $799. Current FotoMan users can purchase software-only or complete hardware/software upgrades directly from Logitech. In addition to Logitech's versions for PC and Macintosh systems, FotoMan products are available for UNIX through a third party.
 FotoMan Plus features a 67 percent increase in resolution, for sharper detail and crisper images, especially when used with today's new 600 dpi printers. Battery life has been increased from 36 to 100 hours, to facilitate use of the camera "on location." For better portrait pictures, the main lens has been changed from 55mm to 65 mm.
 Additional upgrade features include:
 -- Improved self-regulating flash control for proper exposure from 16 inches to six feet.
 -- Tactile feedback trigger for immediate confirmation that a picture has been taken.
 -- Faster, more accurate serial communication providing fewer errors in data transfer and increased download speed under Microsoft(R) Windows(TM). With FotoMan Plus, an image can be transferred to the camera in about 12 seconds.
 -- Additional COM port support for broader compatibility.
 -- Support for JPEG compressed format (JFIF), in addition to current file formats supported (.TIF, .PCX, .BMP, .EPS/output only) for more efficient file storage and handling.
 -- Camera-internal software improvements to more accurately manage gray levels for better image quality.
 -- Easier installation procedures
 -- Improved printing control for higher-quality printed output on laser printers.
 -- Optional accessories, including wide angle, telephoto and close-up lenses. Available from third-party supplier.
 "The digital photography market is taking off for several reasons," said Peter Phillips, product marketing manager for FotoMan Plus. "The number of software applications which accept images is growing daily; image files are becoming more manageable; text-plus-image documents are becoming the `norm'; and now, Logitech, already a market leader in imaging technology, is bringing high-quality digital photography within reach of a significant number of personal computer users.
 "We're hearing about new applications for FotoMan all the time," continued Phillips. "From real estate, insurance, personnel files, museum archives, and other image database applications, to transmission of machine repair data from remote sites, to inter-pound exchange of found pet information. Users are calling us almost daily with additional ideas."
 Logitech manufactures and markets Senseware(TM) -- products designed to give human-like "senses" such as sight, sound, and touch to the computer, making human-to-computer communication more intuitive and natural. Retail and OEM products of Logitech and its affiliates include pointing devices (such as mice and trackballs), hand-held scanners, digital cameras, pen digitizers, joysticks, business audio products, sound boards, and related software applications. Logitech International, the financing holding company for the Logitech Group, is traded publicly in Switzerland on the Zurich and Geneva exchanges. With operational headquarters in Fremont, Calif., the group maintains manufacturing facilities in Fremont; Hsinchu, Taiwan; Shanghai, China; and Cork, Ireland; and offices in major cities in the United States, Europe and the Far East.
 For more information about Logitech products, call Logitech sales at 800-231-7717.
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 /CONTACT: Betty Skov, media relations manager, 510-713-4463, or Serge Timacheff Sr., public relations manager, 510-713-4439, both of Logitech/


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