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Kodak's EasyShare Z7590 digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Kodak: Two new Z-series digital cameras
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, February 18, 2005 - 09:00 EST)

Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced two new digital cameras for the EasyShare Z-series, the EasyShare Z7590 and EasyShare Z730.

Both cameras may look familiar, and for good reason. The EasyShare Z7590 seems to be absolutely identical to the existing DX7590 model except for the name, as far as we can tell from browsing the specs. The Z730 meanwhile appears to be a five megapixel update of the existing DX7440 model; other specifications all look identical to the previous camera (even specs that commonly change with updates to sensor resolution, such as ISO sensitivity).

Details product specifications and a product photo for each camera follows below (apologies, but we only have a rear angled view of the Z730 at this time):

Kodak EasyShare Z7590
Kodak's EasyShare Z7590 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type SLR-style (EVF)
Manufacturer Kodak
Model Number Z7590
Dimensions 3.9 x 3.2 x 3.1"
99.6 x 81.2 x 79.9mm
Weight 350.0 g
12.2 oz
Planned Price $449.95
Planned Availability May 2005
Warranty 1 years
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
5.36 megapixels (total)
5.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 2576 x 1932 (5.0 megapixels)
2576 x 1716 (4.4 megapixels)
2304 x 1728 (4.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1152 x 1164 (1.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, 311k pixel EVF
LCD 2.2", 153,000 pixels
Lens
Lens Type Interchangeable Lens
10x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 6.3 - 63.2mm (actual)
38 - 380mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range Wide: f/2.8 - f/8.0; Tele: f/3.7 - f/8.0
Focusing System Hybrid external sensor / TTL AF
Focusing Range Normal: 24" - infinity (60 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.9" - 86" (12 cm - 210 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto (80 - 160), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800* (1.8 mpix only)
Shutter Speed 16 - 1/1700 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes TTL AE Matrix: Multi-pattern, center weighted, center spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Open Shade
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye, Fill, Off
Range: ISO 140 - Wide: 0.6 - 4.9 m (2 - 16.1 ft.); Tele: 2.0 - 3.7 m (6.6 - 12.1 ft.)
Creative
Scene Modes 14 scene modes
Digital Zoom 3.0x
Self Timer Yes, 10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format Quicktime MOV (MPEG4) with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 12 frames per second
Max. clip length: 4,800 seconds (640x480)
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1
Other Camera dock, DC in
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary 1700mAh
Product Bundle
Software Kodak EasyShare software v4.0
Battery / Charger Proprietary 1700mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 32.0MB built-in memory
Other
Internal Microphone Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
 

Kodak EasyShare Z730
Kodak's EasyShare Z730 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Kodak
Model Number Z730
Dimensions 3.9 x 2.7 x 1.6"
100.0 x 69.0 x 40.0mm
Weight 224.0 g
7.8 oz
Warranty 1 years
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
5.36 megapixels (total)
5.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 2576 x 1932 (5.0 megapixels)
2304 x 1728 (4.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1552 x 1164 (1.8 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Real image optical
LCD 2.2", 153,000 pixels
Lens
Lens Type Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon
4x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 5.5 - 21.8mm (actual)
33 - 132mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8-4.8/f 9.5
Focusing System TTL contrast detection & external sensor
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - 24" (10 cm - 60 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800
Shutter Speed 64 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes auto: TTL-AE matrix metering; multi-pattern, center-weighted, center spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent
Internal Flash Modes: auto, red-eye, fill, off
Range: wide: 0.6-4.0 m; tele: 0.6-2.3 m
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 1.0EV in 1/2EV increments
Creative
Scene Modes 16 scene modes
Digital Zoom 4x
Self Timer Yes, 10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format QuickTime MotionJPEG with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 12 frames per second
Max. clip length: 4,800 seconds (640x480)
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC In, Camera Dock
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary 1050mAh or 1700mAh
Product Bundle
Software Kodak EasyShare
Battery / Charger Proprietary 1050mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 32.0MB built-in memory
Other
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
 

Original Source Press Release:

New KODAK EASYSHARE Z7590 and Z730 Digital Cameras Deliver Greater Picture Range via Extended Zoom

Z-Series Designed to Bring Everyday Picture Takers Closer to their Subjects

ORLANDO, Fla., February 20 — Eastman Kodak Company today announced two additions to the new line of KODAK EASYSHARE Z-Series digital cameras, which now features four models with extended optical zoom lenses up to 10X. The KODAK EASYSHARE Z-Series cameras help everyday picture takers get closer, better, more creative shots.

The new KODAK EASYSHARE Z7590 (10X optical zoom, 5 megapixel resolution, US$449.95 MSRP) and Z730 (4X optical zoom, 5 megapixel resolution, US$349.95 MSRP) digital cameras combine fast-performing, point-and-shoot flexibility with the photographic control achieved through extended optical zoom lenses. They join the previously announced EASYSHARE Z740 and Z700 cameras, which are now shipping.

“People are realizing that the secret to a great digital picture isn’t just about the number of megapixels in the camera,” said Mary Hadley, director of worldwide digital capture marketing at Kodak. “EASYSHARE Z-Series cameras bring extended zoom capabilities such as more flattering portraits and capturing detail from afar — until now the domain of higher-end digital cameras — to more people.”

KODAK EASYSHARE Z7590 zoom digital camera
The KODAK EASYSHARE Z7590 camera is ideal for people who want to further experiment with photography using a fast performing digital camera that includes both automatic and manual settings. Specifically, the Z7590 model offers a professional quality SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON 10X optical zoom lens (38 – 380 mm equivalent) for outstanding dynamic range, fine detail and delicate highlights, and it is the first Z-Series camera to feature flash sync connection. Further, the camera is equipped with a live histogram, which enables users to see the exposure of their subject before taking the shot. Additionally, the exclusive KODAK Color Science chip results in portraits with edge-to-edge sharpness and brightness, rich color, and highly accurate exposure.

The EASYSHARE Z7590 camera will be available worldwide beginning in May 2005.

KODAK EASYSHARE Z730 zoom digital camera
Designed for “zoom seeking” picture takers, the fast-performing KODAK EASYSHARE Z730 digital camera incorporates advanced features that offer outstanding performance without sacrificing ease of use. The professional quality SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON 4X optical zoom lens (33-132 mm equivalent) allows greater photography experimentation and more range than with a comparable 3X optical zoom. In addition, a 2.2-inch, high-resolution LCD screen can be used to preview and instantly review shots. Continuous auto-focus delivers rapid click-to-capture (0.2 second), precisely freezing action at a desired moment, while the lithium-ion battery delivers extended shoot times and rapid recharging.

The EASYSHARE Z730 camera will be available worldwide beginning in May 2005.

Making the EASYSHARE System Connection
Z-Series camera owners can quickly print KODAK 4 x 6-inch pictures with just one touch in as little as 90 seconds, using the new KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Series 3. This version is the first to support the new IMAGELINK print system, working with new EASYSHARE cameras and other manufacturers’ compatible cameras.

The Printer Dock Series 3 also transfers pictures to a connected computer, and recharges and reconditions the cameras’ batteries. Pictures made from EASYSHARE printer docks are vibrant, borderless, waterproof, and will last a lifetime.

Only the EASYSHARE line of printer docks makes printing truly one-touch simple, and does not require people to connect a cable between camera and printer. Their convenience, print speed, ease-of-use and phenomenal picture quality have resulted in overwhelming demand from picture takers worldwide, with the line having achieved the number one market position in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to The NPD Group and GfK. Since Q2 2003, Kodak has shipped more than two million EASYSHARE printer docks worldwide.

Kodak has also announced the EASYSHARE Camera Dock Series 3 (May 2005 availability; US$79 MSRP), which provides one-touch picture transfer to a connected computer, video out for television viewing, and battery recharging and reconditioning.

The Z-Series cameras include new KODAK EASYSHARE software version 4.0 for WINDOWS and MACINTOSH systems, providing effortless digital picture organization, editing, sharing and printing. The exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature takes advantage of proprietary color technologies developed by Kodak to help users get vibrant, true-to-life prints from inkjet printers. Version 4.0 — also available for free download from www.kodak.com — now includes the ability to edit pictures in third-party applications and optional Video CD and DVD burning.

In the J.D. Power and Associates 2004 Digital Camera Satisfaction Study SM evaluating performance, connectivity, cost and appearance, KODAK EASYSHARE cameras in the $200-399 and $400-599 price ranges ranked highest in customer satisfaction. Digital cameras in these segments comprise more than 60 percent of the U.S. market, according to data from The NPD Group.

The award-winning KODAK EASYSHARE digital photography system — consisting of cameras, printer docks and camera docks, software, inkjet and thermal photo papers, and accessories — makes taking, organizing, sharing, and printing high quality digital pictures effortless. Further information on KODAK EASYSHARE products is available at www.kodak.com/go/EasyShare.

About Eastman Kodak Company
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images – for memories, for information, for entertainment. With sales of $13.5 billion in 2004, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on the following businesses: Health - supplying the healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and output products and services; Graphic Communications - offering on-demand color and black and white printing, wide-format inkjet printing, high-speed, high-volume continuous inkjet printing, as well as document scanning, archiving and multi-vendor IT services; Digital & Film Imaging Systems - providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services; and Display & Components - which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode displays as well as other specialty materials, and delivers imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers. More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.

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Disclaimer: J.D. Power and Associates 2004 Digital Camera Satisfaction StudySM. Study based on 4,260 responses from consumers who purchased a digital camera between November 2003 and June 2004. www.jdpower.com.

Kodak, EasyShare and ImageLink 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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