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Kodak's EasyShare C300 digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Kodak: Two new EasyShare digicams, camera / printer docks
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 09:00 EST)

Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced two new digital cameras, the EasyShare C300 and C340.

The entry-level C300 model offers three megapixel resolution coupled with a fixed focus lens, and includes a movie clip mode. The C340 offers an all-glass KODAK RETINAR 3x optical zoom lens and five megapixel resolution, plus some manual control over ISO sensitivity, focusing mode, and metering mode. The C340's video mode is at VGA resolution with audio. The camera also includes an automatic orientation sensor, and what's often referred to as a "shooting priority" design, where the shutter button will return the camera to readiness to capture an image, regardless of whether you're reviewing an image or browsing a menu.

Alongside the announcement of these cameras, Kodak has also unveiled the EasyShare Printer Dock Series 3 (with support for the ImageLink print system), and the EasyShare Camera Dock Series 3 (for computer connection, video output and battery charging).

The Kodak EasyShare C300 and C340 will ship in May 2005 with pricetags of $99.95 and $249.95 respectively. The EasyShare Camera Dock Series 3 will ship alongside these cameras at a cost of $79. Pricing and availability for the Printer Dock Series 3 have not yet been announced.

Specifications for the Kodak EasyShare C340 follow, along with photos of all three products. (Unfortunately, we don't yet have specifications for the C300, nor front images of either camera).

Kodak EasyShare C340
Kodak's EasyShare C340 digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Kodak
Model Number C340
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.6 x 1.4"
92.0 x 65.0 x 35.0mm
Weight 145.0 g
5.1 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)
4.4 megapixels
2.1 megapixels
1.1 megapixels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Real image optical
LCD 1.6", 72,000 pixels
Playback Zoom 8.0x max
Lens
Lens Type 3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 5.6 - 16.8mm (actual)
34 - 102mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.7-5.2 (wide), f/4.6-8.7 (tele)
Focusing System TTL
Focusing Range Normal: 24" - infinity (60 cm - infinity)
Macro: 5.3" - 29" (13 cm - 70 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400
Shutter Speed 4 - 1/400 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes center-weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/2EV increments
White Balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent
Internal Flash Modes: auto, red-eye, fill, off
Range: wide - 0.6-3.6 m; tele - 0.6-2.1 m
Creative
Scene Modes 14 scene modes
Digital Zoom 5x
Self Timer Yes, 10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format QuickTime MotionJPEG with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 13 frames per second
Max. clip length: 4,800 seconds (640x480)
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC In, Camera Dock
Power
Battery Type Alkaline disposable or NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA or 1 x CRV3
Product Bundle
Software Kodak EasyShare
Battery / Charger 2 x AA Alkaline disposable battery
Flash Memory 16.0MB internal
Other
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
 

Kodak EasyShare C300
Kodak's EasyShare C300 digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock Series 3
Kodak's EasyShare Printer Dock Series 3. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Kodak EasyShare Camera Dock Series 3
Kodak's EasyShare Camera Dock Series 3. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

New KODAK EASYSHARE C-Series Digital Cameras Provide a Simple Way to Take, Share and Print Pictures

KODAK EASYSHARE C300 and C340 Digital Cameras Combine New Compact Design, On-Camera Cropping and High Image Quality, Resulting in Great Pictures

ORLANDO, Fla., February 20, 2005 — Eastman Kodak Company today introduced two new, compact digital cameras to its KODAK EASYSHARE line: the EASYSHARE C340 zoom digital camera, with 5 megapixel (MP) resolution, 3X optical zoom and on-camera cropping; and the EASYSHARE C300 digital camera, with 3 MP resolution and a fixed-focus lens. Both models provide people with an affordable entry point to the KODAK EASYSHARE consumer digital photography system for simplified shooting, sharing, organizing and printing of high-quality digital pictures.

“EASYSHARE C-series digital cameras blend simplicity, quality and value, making it possible for everyone to take and share both everyday and once-in-a-lifetime moments,” said Mary Hadley, director of digital capture marketing, Eastman Kodak Company. “Pictures taken with the new C-Series models can quickly and easily be shared on the camera’s LCD screen, e-mailed, or printed for lasting memories for years to come.”

KODAK EASYSHARE C340 zoom digital camera
The EASYSHARE C340 camera (US$249.95 MSRP) is the ideal solution for people looking for a compact, all-purpose digital camera that delivers outstanding picture quality and Kodak’s hallmark simplicity of operation. The C340 features fully automatic point-and-shoot convenience — including 16 scene and color modes — plus 5-megapixel resolution, new on-camera cropping and KODAK Color Science 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 C340 also features video (VGA) and audio capture and playback capability. Automatic picture rotation makes pictures taken vertically appear right side up on the camera, television or computer screen when used with EASYSHARE software. 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.

The KODAK EASYSHARE C340 zoom digital camera will be available worldwide beginning in May 2005.

KODAK EASYSHARE C300 digital camera
The EASYSHARE C300 digital camera (US$99.95 MSRP) is a simple and affordable model for consumers interested in exploring digital photography. This point-and-shoot camera provides high quality images and access to the award-winning KODAK EASYSHARE digital photography system at an economical price.

Its 3.0-megapixel resolution and fixed focus lens provide 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 C300 digital camera will be available worldwide beginning in May 2005.

Making the EASYSHARE System Connection
C-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 C-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, ImageLink and Retinar are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.

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