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Kodak's EasyShare DX7630 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Kodak announces 6mpix DX7630 digicam
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, February 2, 2004 - 04:00 EST)

Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced a new 6 megapixel digicam featuring a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 3x optical zoom lens.

The Kodak EasyShare DX7630 digital camera, which will ship in April at a cost of $499, offers apertures from f2.8 - 8.0, shutter speeds from 1/1400 to 64 seconds, and has a choice of full auto, scene, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual modes. Focusing is achieved with a combination of phase and contrast detection, and shutter lag including focus time in continuous AF mode is said to be just 0.3 seconds. As with several of Kodak's recent models, the DX7630 features the company's "Share" button, which allows you to preselect photos for printing or emailing when the camera is connected to a PC, as well as to store low-res duplicates of favorite images in the camera. Photos are stored in 32MB of built in memory or an optional SD / MMC memory card, and can be previewed / reviewed on a 2.2-inch, 153,000 pixel LCD display. The new model is also compatible with the optional EasyShare Camera Dock 6000 and EasyShare Printer Dock 6000, which allows for image transfer to a PC over a USB connection, and in-camera recharging of batteries.

Full specifications and a product photo courtesy of Kodak follow:

Kodak EasyShare DX7630
Kodak's EasyShare DX7630 digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
CCD Resolution 6.2 megapixels (2864 x 2150 pixels)
Image Resolution 6.1 megapixels (2856 x 2142 pixels)
Picture Size
6.1 MP
5.4 MP (2:3 ratio optimized for 4 x 6-inch prints)
4.0 MP
3.1 MP
1.7 MP
Lens
3X optical zoom, 8.0 – 24.0 mm (39 – 117 mm equivalent)
4.0X Advanced Digital Zoom
12X total zoom
Auto-Focus Multi-zone, center-weighted, selectable (center, left, right)
Focus Distance
Wide: 60 cm (23.6 in.) to infinity
Tele: 60 cm (23.6 in.) to infinity
LCD 2.2 in., 153,000 pixels, indoor/outdoor hybrid display
Viewfinder Real image optical viewfinder
Aperture
Wide: f/2.8 – f/8.0
Tele: f/4.8 – f/8.0
Shutter Speed
Auto: 1/8 – 1/1400 sec
Selectable: 64 –1/1000 second
ISO Equivalent
Automatic: 100-200
Selectable: 100/200/400; 800 at 1.7MP resolution only
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Built-in Flash
Modes: Auto, Red-eye, Fill, Off
Wide: 0.6 – 4.2 m (2.0 – 13.8 ft.)
Tele: 0.6 – 2.5 m (2.0 – 8.2 ft.)
Self Timer 10 seconds
Capture Mode Always ready; just press the shutter in any capture mode to take a picture
Auto Picture Rotation Orientation sensor for on-camera picture rotation
Dedicated Buttons Display / Info, Share, Review, Delete, Menu, First Burst / Last Burst / Exposure Bracketing, Macro / Landscape, Jog Dial for manual settings
Review Options Magnify (1X – 8X, pan), picture info, slide show, multi-up, fast scroll, protect, share / print, label, image storage, copy, video, date display
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 Sixteen automatic still capture settings: Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Close-up, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Snow, Beach, Text / Document, Fireworks, Flower, Museum / Manner, Self-Portrait, Party, Children, Backlight
Photo Settings Color (High, Natural, or Low Saturation), Black & White, SepiaSharpness (High, Normal, Low)
Close Up Mode
Wide: 7 – 70 cm (2.8 – 27.8 in.) to infinity
Tele: 28 – 70 cm (11 – 27.8 in.) to infinity
Burst Mode
First Burst: Up to 4 pictures at 2 frames per second (fps)
Last Burst: Up to 30 pictures at 2 fps, last 4 pictures saved
Exposure Metering TTL-AE (selectable: multi-pattern, center weighted, center spot)
Exposure Compensation Up to +/- 2.0 EV in 1/3 EV step increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing Up to +/- 1.0 EV in selectable 1/3 EV step increments
Movie Mode Continuous digital video with audio capture and playback
Movie Resolution 320 x 240 pixels at 24 frames per second (fps)
Movie Length Up to 80 minutes with the KODAK Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery / 1700 mAH; only limited by SD/MMC card capacity
Storage 32 MB internal memory; MMC/SD card expansion slot
Power Options KODAK Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery (KLIC 5000 or KLIC 5001)Optional KODAK EASYSHARE 6000-series docks5-volt adapter
Image Capture Format
Still: JPEG (EXIF v2.2)
Movie: QUICKTIME MOV
Interfaces Power input (5VDC), KODAK EASYSHARE camera dock / printer dock interface, digital connector (USB 2.0)
Lens Protection Lens cap tethered to camera body
Tripod Mount 1/4-inch standard mount
Weight Without batteries and memory card: 219 g (7.7 oz.)
Dimensions WxHxD: 100.3 x 69.2 x 40.2 mm (4.0 x 2.7 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, 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 758 pixels (thousands or millions of colors recommended)
Package Contents
KODAK EASYSHARE DX7630 zoom digital camera
KODAK EASYSHARE software CD-ROM with interactive tutorial
KODAK Rechargeable, High Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery
Battery Charger
Audio/video out cable
USB cable
Wrist strap
Lens cap with tether
Welcome kit
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Original Source Press Release:

New KODAK EASYSHARE DX7630 Zoom Digital Camera Delivers Unsurpassed Consumer Image Quality

6-Megapixel Model Features the KODAK Color Science image processing chip, SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON optics

ROCHESTER, N.Y., February 2 — Eastman Kodak Company today unveiled the Kodak EASYSHARE DX7630 zoom digital camera, which features unsurpassed image quality among 5- and 6-megapixel consumer digital cameras. With 6-megapixel resolution, a professional-quality SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON 3x optical zoom lens, precision low-light autofocus system, and a host of creative controls, the camera is well suited for the avid photographer. It will be available in April 2004 for a suggested retail price of US$499.

“We’ve designed the DX7630 camera for people who need sophisticated control and performance features without sacrificing compact design and ease of use,” said Rowan Lawson, worldwide director of product marketing for Kodak’s Digital & Applied Imaging operation. “The picture quality produced by this camera is nothing short of stunning. The images can even be printed as large as 30 x 40 inches, or even cropped up to 80 percent while retaining a printable 4 x 6-inch or 5 x 7-inch picture.”

Working with renowned German professional optics designer Schneider-Kreuznach, Kodak equipped the camera with a f/2.8 – 8.0 aspheric lens to provide striking edge-to-edge brightness and sharpness across the frame. Image quality is heightened even further with the KODAK Color Science image processing chip. This high-performance digital signal processor with professionally-derived image process engineering — including Kodak’s legendary white balance algorithms — quickly and precisely analyzes lighting conditions and color balance to deliver exacting sharpness, exceptional color accuracy, and proper exposure.

The DX7630 camera’s precision low-light auto-focus system combines rapid phase detection with highly accurate through the lens (TTL) contrast detection to sharply define a subject, even in almost complete darkness. Continuous auto-focus also delivers rapid click-to-capture (0.3 seconds). Selectable focus zones and exposure metering allow exacting control over each scene, while standard and fine JPEG compression settings give users more power over their file sizes and quality.

The DX7630 camera offers automatic as well as fully manual controls, permitting independent aperture settings, shutter speed (1/1400 to 64 seconds), exposure compensation and automatic bracketing, and ISO equivalents. The camera also features aperture priority, shutter priority, program and custom modes, as well as 16 scene modes including sport, portrait, night, landscape, macro and automatic. The more demanding photographer will appreciate details such as first and last burst modes, flash compensation, selectable sharpness, up to 8X magnification in review mode, and highly responsive operation.

The latest EASYSHARE DX model includes Kodak’s new ‘camera favorites’ feature. With a touch of the red-jeweled Share button, people can store multiple pictures in an on-camera digital album. These pictures can then be shared anytime on the camera’s large, 2.2-inch, high-resolution (153,000 pixels) indoor/outdoor LCD screen. The Share button also allows someone to immediately select photos for printing and even e-mailing, with up to 32 e-mail addresses stored in the camera’s memory

For settings requiring more than a still image, the DX7630 camera can capture full-motion video (24 frames per second), with capacity only limited by available memory (32MB internal 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.

KODAK EASYSHARE software and docks
Photographers 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 lithium-ion battery charge for the camera in less than three hours. DX7630 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). Both docks are currently available worldwide.

Like all EASYSHARE cameras, the DX7630 includes KODAK EASYSHARE software for WINDOWS and MACINTOSH systems, providing effortless digital picture transfer, organization, basic 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, printer and camera 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 and EasyShare are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company. Schneider-Kreuznach and Variogon are trademarks of Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH used under license by Eastman Kodak Company.)

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