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Kodak's EasyShare CX7430 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Kodak: 3 new CX-series digicams
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, February 2, 2004 - 04:00 EST)

Eastman Kodak Co. has today added three new models to its CX-series of EasyShare digital cameras.

The new models range from 2 to 4 megapixel resolution, and share 16MB of built-in memory along with optional SD / MMC card storage. The $149.95 EasyShare CX7220 has a 2 megapixel imager and 2x optical zoom lens, whilst the EasyShare CX7300 at $129.95 boosts resolution to three megapixel but drops the zoom lens in favor of a fixed focus, fixed focal-length lens. Finally, the EasyShare CX7430 features a 4 megapixel imager coupled with a 3x optical zoom lens. The CX7340 and CX7300 will ship in March, with the CX7220 following in May 2004.

Full specifications and product photos for all three models courtesy of Kodak follow:

Kodak EasyShare CX7220
CCD Resolution 2.14 megapixels (1650 x 1250 pixels)
Image Resolution 2.0 megapixels (1632 x 1232 pixels)
Picture Size
2.0 MP best (print enlargement to 20 x 30 inches)
1.8 MP best (2:3 ratio optimized for 4 x 6-inch prints)
1.0 MP better (small print)
0.5 MP good (e-mail)
Lens
2X optical zoom, 5.1 – 10.2 mm (39 – 78 mm equivalent)
3.0X continuous digital zoom
6X total zoom
Auto-Focus Center-spot TTL
Focus Distance 50cm (19.7 in.) to infinity
LCD 3.8 cm (1.5 in.), 61K pixel TFT display
Viewfinder Optical Reverse Galilean Viewfinder
Aperture
Wide: f/3.8
Tele: f/5.0
Shutter Speed 1/2 – 1/3200 second
ISO Equivalent Automatic: 100-200
White Balance Auto
Built-in Flash
Modes: Auto, Red-eye, Fill, Off
Wide: 0.5 – 2.8 m (1.6 – 9.2 ft.)
Tele: 0.5 – 2.1 m (1.6 – 6.9 ft.)
Self Timer 10 seconds
Dedicated Buttons Share, Review, Delete, Menu, Flash
Review Options 2X or 4X magnify, delete, slide show, multi-up, fast scroll, protect, albums
Video Out NTSC and PAL (user-selectable)
Software KODAK EASYSHARE software
Dock Compatibility
KODAK EASYSHARE printer dock 6000
KODAK EASYSHARE camera dock 6000
Scene Modes Auto, Night, Landscape, Close Up, Portrait
Photo Settings Color, Black & White, Sepia
Close Up Mode
Wide: 10 – 60 cm (3.9 – 23.6 in.)
Tele: 20 – 60 cm. (7.8 – 23.6 in.)
Burst Mode Up to three pictures at two frames per second (fps)
Exposure Metering Automatic: TTL-AE center weight
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0 EV with 0.5 EV step increments
Click-to-Capture < 1.2 sec.
Shot-to-Shot 1.9 sec.
Movie Mode Continuous digital video with audio capture
Movie Resolution 320 x 240 pixels at 15 frames per second (fps)
Movie Length Limited by speed and capacity of external memory card
Storage 16 MB internal memory; MMC/SD card expansion slot
Power Options
Optional KODAK EASYSHARE docks with Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack (in-camera charging)
Two AA KODAK MAX digital camera batteries
Two AA lithium or Ni-MH batteries or 1 CRV3 lithium battery
3-volt adapter
Image Capture Format
Still: JPEG (EXIF v2.2)
Movie: QUICKTIME MOV
Interfaces USB compatible; EASYSHARE 6000-series docks; audio/video connectors
Lens Protection Built-in lens barrier
Tripod Mount 1/4-inch standard mount
Weight Without batteries and memory card: 175 g (6.2 oz.)
Dimensions WxHxD: 104 x 66.6x 41.6mm (4.1x 2.6 x 1.6 in.)
Warranty One year
KODAK EASYSHARE Software System Requirements
MICROSOFT WINDOWS WINDOWS 98, 98SE, 2000, ME (SP1) or XP operating system
INTERNET EXPLORER 5.01 or higher
233 MHz processor or greater
64 MB RAM (128 MB RAM for WINDOWS XP OS)
200 MB available hard drive space
CD-ROM drive
Available USB port
Color monitor, 800 x 600 pixels (16-bit or 24-bit recommended)
APPLE MACINTOSH POWER MAC G3, G4, G5, G4 Cube; iMAC; POWERBOOK G3, G4; or iBOOK computers
MACINTOSH OS X 10.2.3 or 10.3
SAFARI 1.0 or higher
128 MB RAM
200 MB available hard drive space
CD-ROM drive
Available USB port
Color monitor, 1024 x 768 pixels (thousands or millions of colors recommended)
Package Contents
KODAK EASYSHARE CX7220 zoom digital camera
USB cable
Wrist strap
Two ZR2 batteries or AA equivalent
KODAK EASYSHARE software CD-ROM with interactive tutorial
Custom camera insert for optional KODAK EASYSHARE 6000-series camera and printer docks
Welcome kit
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Kodak EasyShare CX7300
CCD Resolution 3.2 megapixels (2096 x 1560 pixels)
Image Resolution 3.2 megapixels (2080 x 1544 pixels)
Picture Size
3.2 MP best (print enlargements)
2.8 MP best (3:2 ratio optimized for 4 x 6-inch prints)
3.2 MP better (small prints)
0.8 MP good (e-mail)
Lens
37 mm (35 mm equivalent), fixed focus
3X continuous digital zoom
Focus Distance 0.8 m (2.6 ft.) to infinity
LCD 41 mm (1.6 in.), 61,000 pixels
Viewfinder Reverse Galilean
Aperture f/4.5
Shutter Speed 1/2 – 1/2300 second
ISO Equivalent Automatic: 100-200 (still); 100-800 (movie); 140 (flash)
White Balance Auto
Built-in Flash
Auto, red-eye, fill, off
Range: 0.8 – 2.4 m (2.6 – 7.9 ft.)
Self Timer 10 seconds
Capture Mode Always ready; just depress the shutter to take a picture
Dedicated Buttons Share, Review, Delete, Menu, Flash / Information
Review Options Delete, 2X or 4X magnify, album, slide show, multi-up, share/print, protect, image storage, copy, picture info
Video Out NTSC and PAL (user-selectable) with printer dock 6000
Software KODAK EASYSHARE software
Dock Compatibility
KODAK EASYSHARE printer dock 6000
KODAK EASYSHARE camera dock 6000
Scene Modes Auto, Night, Video
Photo Settings Color, Black & White, Sepia
Exposure Metering Automatic, TTL-AE matrix metering, center-weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0 EV with 0.5 EV step increments
Exposure Control Programmed AE
Click-to-Capture < 0.7 sec.
Shot-to-Shot < 2 seconds (until three images)
Movie Mode Up to 30 seconds of video-only recording
Movie Resolution 320 x 240 pixels at 15 frames per second (fps)
Storage 16 MB internal memory; MMC/SD card expansion slot
Power Options Optional KODAK EASYSHARE docks with Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack; 2AA KODAK digital camera batteries (ZR6); 2 AA lithium or Ni-MH batteries or 1 CRV3 lithium battery
Image Capture Format
Still: JPEG (EXIF v2.2)
Movie: QUICKTIME MOV
Interfaces USB compliant; EASYSHARE 6000-series docks
Lens Protection Cover glass
Tripod Mount 1/4-inch standard mount
Weight Without batteries and memory card: 147 g (5.2 oz.)
Dimensions WxHxD: 103.5 x 65x 40.2mm (4.1 x 2.6 x 1.6 in.)
Warranty One year
KODAK EASYSHARE Software System Requirements
MICROSOFT WINDOWS WINDOWS 98, 98SE, 2000, ME (SP1) or XP operating system
INTERNET EXPLORER 5.01 or higher
233 MHz processor or greater
64 MB RAM (128 MB RAM for WINDOWS XP OS)
200 MB available hard drive space
CD-ROM drive
Available USB port
Color monitor, 800 x 600 pixels (16-bit or 24-bit recommended)
APPLE MACINTOSH POWER MAC G3, G4, G5, G4 Cube; iMAC; POWERBOOK G3, G4; or iBOOK computers
MACINTOSH OS X 10.2.3 or 10.3
SAFARI 1.0 or higher
128 MB RAM
200 MB available hard drive space
CD-ROM drive
Available USB port
Color monitor, 1024 x 768 pixels (thousands or millions of colors recommended)
Package Contents
KODAK EASYSHARE CX7300 digital camera
KODAK EASYSHARE software CD-ROM with interactive tutorial
KODAK digital camera batteries
USB cable
Wrist strap
Custom camera insert for optional KODAK EASYSHARE 6000-series camera and printer docks
Welcome kit
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Kodak EasyShare CX7430
Kodak's EasyShare CX7430 digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
CCD Resolution 4.2 megapixels (2408 x 1758 pixels)
Image Resolution 4.0 megapixels (2304 x 1728 pixels)
Picture Size
4.0 MP best (prints and enlargements)
3.5 MP best (2:3 ratio optimized for 4 x 6-inch prints)
2.1 MP better (small print)
1.1 MP good (e-mail)
Lens
3X KODAK RETINAR aspheric, all-glass optical zoom lens
5.6-16.8 mm (35mm equivalent: 34-102mm)
4X Advanced Digital Zoom
12X total zoom
Auto-Focus TTL-AF with selectable modes: multi-zone, center-spot
Focus Distance
Normal: 60 cm (23.6 in.) to infinity
Landscape: 10 m (32.8 ft.) to infinity
LCD 1.6 in. (4 cm) indoor/outdoor color display
Viewfinder Real image optical viewfinder
Aperture
Wide: f/2.7 – f/5.2
Tele: f/4.6 – f/8.7
Automatic Shutter Speed 1/2 – 1/1400 seconds
Long Time Exposure 0.7 – 4 seconds
ISO Equivalent Automatic (80-160); manual (80, 100, 200, 400)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Built-in Flash
Modes: Auto, Red-eye, Fill, Off
Wide: 0.6 – 3.6 m (2 – 11.8 ft.)
Tele: 0.6 – 2.1 m (2 – 6.9 ft.)
Self Timer 10 seconds
Auto Picture Rotation Auto rotation sensor
Dedicated Buttons Share, Review, Delete, Menu, Flash / Information, Timer / Burst
Review Options 2X or 4X magnify, slide show, multi-up, fast scroll, protect, albums
Video Out NTSC and PAL (user-selectable)
Software KODAK EASYSHARE software
Dock Compatibility
KODAK EASYSHARE printer dock 6000
KODAK EASYSHARE camera dock 6000
Scene Modes Auto, Sport, Night, Landscape, Close Up, Portrait, Movie
Photo Settings Color, Black & White, Sepia
Close Up Mode
Wide: 13 – 70 cm (5.1 – 27.6 in.)
Tele: 22 – 70 cm (8.7 – 27.6 in.)
Burst Mode Up to 6 pictures at 3 frames per second (fps)
Exposure Metering TTL-AE; selectable multi-pattern, center weighted, and center spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0 EV with 0.5 EV step increments
Exposure Control Programmed AE
Click-to-Capture 0.6 sec.
Shot-to-Shot < 1.6 sec.
Movie Mode Continuous digital video with audio capture and playback on camera; on-camera speaker included
Movie Resolution
VGA 640 x 480 pixels at 13 fps
QVGA 320 x 240 pixels at 20 fps
Movie Length Up to 80 minutes limited by SD/MMC memory card capacity
Storage 16 MB internal memory; MMC/SD card expansion slot
Power Options Optional KODAK EASYSHARE docks with Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack (in-camera charging); 2AA KODAK MAX digital camera batteries; 2 AA lithium or Ni-MH batteries or 1 CRV3 lithium battery; 3 volt adapter
Image Capture Format
Still: JPEG (EXIF v2.2)
Movie: QUICKTIME (CODEC: MPEG-4)
Interfaces USB compliant; EASYSHARE 6000-series docks; A/V connectors
Lens Protection Built-in lens barrier
Tripod Mount 1/4-inch standard mount
Weight Without batteries and memory card: 178 g (6.3 oz.)
Dimensions WxHxD: 102.5 x 65 x 38 mm (4.0 x 2.6 x 1.5 in.)
Warranty One year
KODAK EASYSHARE Software System Requirements
MICROSOFT WINDOWS WINDOWS 98, 98SE, 2000, ME (SP1) or XP operating system
INTERNET EXPLORER 5.01 or higher
233 MHz processor or greater
64 MB RAM (128 MB RAM for WINDOWS XP OS)
200 MB available hard drive space
CD-ROM drive
Available USB port
Color monitor, 800 x 600 pixels (16-bit or 24-bit recommended)
APPLE MACINTOSH POWER MAC G3, G4, G5, G4 Cube; iMAC; POWERBOOK G3, G4; or iBOOK computers
MACINTOSH OS X 10.2.3 or 10.3
SAFARI 1.0 or higher
128 MB RAM
200 MB available hard drive space
CD-ROM drive
Available USB port
Color monitor, 1024 x 768 pixels (thousands or millions of colors recommended)
Package Contents
KODAK EASYSHARE CX7430 zoom digital camera
KODAK EASYSHARE software CD-ROM with interactive tutorial
Video out cable
USB cable
Wrist strap
KODAK MAXdigital camera batteries AA or equivalent
Custom camera insert for optional KODAK EASYSHARE 6000-series camera and printer docks
Getting Started kit
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Original Source Press Release:

New KODAK EASYSHARE CX7430, CX7300 and CX7220 Digital Cameras Simplify Picture-Taking, Sharing and Printing

Latest Models Pair High Image Quality with Great Value; Compatible with the KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock for At-Home Prints in as Little as 90 Seconds

ROCHESTER, N.Y., February 2 — Building upon its popular EASYSHARE consumer digital photography system, Eastman Kodak Company today introduced three new digital cameras in the EASYSHARE CX line: the CX7430 camera, with 4 megapixel (MP) resolution and 3X optical zoom; the CX7300 camera, with 3 MP resolution and a fixed-focus lens; and the CX7220 camera, with 2 MP resolution and 2X optical zoom. All offer one-touch picture sharing, outstanding picture quality and Kodak’s hallmark simplicity of operation.

EASYSHARE camera owners can quickly select pictures for printing and e-mail — with up to 32 e-mail addresses stored right on the camera — with a touch of the exclusive, red-jeweled “Share” button. The CX7430 model also integrates Kodak’s new camera favorites feature for storing multiple pictures in an on-camera digital photo album. Each picture can then be shared anytime on the camera’s 1.6-inch indoor/outdoor LCD screen, or printed in as little as 90 seconds with the KODAK EASYSHARE printer dock 6000.

“Life moves at an incredibly fast pace these days, so capturing both everyday and once-in-a-lifetime moments with a digital picture becomes all the more important,” said Rowan Lawson, director of worldwide digital product marketing for Kodak’s Digital & Film Imaging Systems operation. “The newest additions to the KODAK EASYSHARE CX camera line give moms and others on the run great looking pictures without hassle, all at an affordable price. Whether those pictures are shared on the camera’s LCD screen, e-mailed, or printed, they’ll bring smiles to the faces of friends and family for years to come.”

KODAK EASYSHARE CX7430 zoom digital camera
The EASYSHARE CX7430 camera (US$279.95 MSRP) combines fully automatic point-and-shoot convenience — including nine scene and color modes — with 4-megapixel resolution and the new KODAK Color Science image processing chip, resulting in vibrant prints up to 20 x 30 inches. Taking advantage of the KODAK RETINAR aspheric, all-glass 3X optical zoom lens, plus selectable exposure metering, ISO equivalents, and focus zones, camera owners can capture breathtaking pictures under multiple lighting conditions.

For capturing more than just still pictures, the CX7430 camera also features TV-quality (VGA) video capture and playback capability, an on-camera speaker, and an 80-minute capacity (dependent on available memory; additional memory can be added via the SD card/ MultiMediaCard expansion slot). Automatic picture rotation makes pictures taken vertically appear right side up on the camera, computer screen or television. In addition, the camera is always ready to snap a picture by simply depressing the shutter button, regardless of which capture mode or menu is active — a feature unique to EASYSHARE cameras.

The KODAK EASYSHARE CX7430 zoom digital camera will be available worldwide beginning in March 2004.

KODAK EASYSHARE CX7300 digital camera
The EASYSHARE CX7300 camera (US$129.95 MSRP) is designed for the entry-level digital photographer. This fun, reliable point-and-shoot digital camera makes sharing and printing high-quality pictures a snap.

Its 3.2-megapixel resolution and 3X digital zoom provide remarkably crisp, vibrant prints up to 11 x 14 inches. Additional features make it simple for people to take pictures and video clips in a variety of settings; preview and review their pictures; and share pictures right on the camera, by e-mail, or as prints made at home, online, or at a retail location.

The Kodak EASYSHARE CX7300 digital camera will be available worldwide beginning in March 2004.

KODAK EASYSHARE CX7220 zoom digital camera
The KODAK EASYSHARE CX7220 (US$149.95 MSRP) camera offers great value at an attractive price. The fully automatic, quality point-and-shoot digital camera delivers great prints — up to 8 x 10 inches — with 2 MP resolution and 2X optical zoom. Its red-jeweled “Share” button encourages printing, e-mailing, and other tagging (e.g., mark as a favorite), while scenes can be previewed and reviewed on the 1.5-inch LCD screen. The EASYSHARE CX7220 zoom digital camera will be available beginning in May 2004.

KODAK EASYSHARE software and docks
People can also quickly transfer their pictures to a connected computer with just one touch using the optional KODAK EASYSHARE camera dock 6000 (US$79.95 MSRP). The dock also provides a full battery charge for the camera in less than three hours. CX7430, CX7300, and CX7220 digital camera owners can also receive the benefits of a dock, plus real, waterproof KODAK 4 x 6-inch prints in as little as 90 seconds, by using the KODAK EASYSHARE printer dock 6000 (US$199.95 MSRP).

Like all EASYSHARE cameras, the new CX models include KODAK EASYSHARE software for WINDOWS and MACINTOSH systems, providing effortless digital picture transfer, organization, editing, sharing and printing. The software’s exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature — which takes advantage of proprietary color technologies developed by Kodak — helps WINDOWS OS users get vibrant, true-to-life prints from home inkjet printers, while reducing the trial, error and waste usually associated with home photo printing.

The award-winning KODAK EASYSHARE consumer digital photography system — consisting of cameras, software, camera and printer docks, inkjet and thermal papers, and accessories — makes it simple for anyone to take, organize, share, and print high quality digital pictures. More information on KODAK EASYSHARE products is available at www.kodak.com/go/EasyShare.

Eastman Kodak Company and infoimaging
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images — for memories, for information, for entertainment. The company is a major participant in infoimaging, a $385 billion industry composed of devices (digital cameras and flat-panel displays), infrastructure (online networks and delivery systems for images) and services & media (software, film and paper enabling people to access, analyze and print images). With sales of $12.8 billion in 2002, the company comprises several businesses: Health, supplying the healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and output products and services; Commercial Printing, offering on-demand color printing and networking publishing systems; Commercial Imaging, offering image capture, output and storage products and services to businesses and government; Display & Components, which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode displays as well as other specialty materials, and delivers optics and imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers; and Digital & Film Imaging Systems, providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services.

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(Kodak, EasyShare and Retinar are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)

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