There are several current articles on digital cameras, image processors and scanners out now. Look for the following:
Review of 27 digital cameras on CNET at http://www.computers.com/cdoor/0,1,0-21-2,00.html
Review of 8 low end image editors (nothing tops Adobe Photoshop, yet) at http://www.cnet.com/Content/Reviews/Compare/Suite/
Review of 18 digital cameras in the February 10, 1998, PC Magazine, Grotta, D. & Grotta S.W., "Crossing the Threshold: Digital Cameras," pp. 132-173 or at http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/features/digicam2/_open.htm. For product info via PC Magazine: http://ww2.infoxpress.com/zdn/pcmag/
Two very thorough reviews of top consumer digital cameras in February 1998, Popular Photography: McNamara, M.J. "Features, New Frontiers, New Digital Rollouts Break the Megapixel and Megabuck Barriers." pp. 50-53 +196.
Very nice article on the newest breed of scanners in Electronic Publishing, January 1998: Hevenor, K., "Flatbeds Chase the Drum (scanner) Market," pp. 34-38. Penwell Publishing Co., firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-891-9166.