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Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! Kodak: Four new digicams (UPDATED)
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, February 17, 2006 - 08:00 EST)

Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced four new digital camera models for its EasyShare series.

The cameras all feature five or six megapixel imagers, coupled with a 3x optical zoom lens in three of the models, and a 12x stabilized zoom lens in the fourth model. Pricing ranges from $199 to a high of $399, and the cameras will go on sale from April through to June 2006. Full product specifications courtesy of Kodak follow below, along with product photos and the combined press release covering the announcements.

Kodak EasyShare C533
Kodak's EasyShare C533 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Kodak
Model Number C533
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.6 x 1.4"
91.0 x 66.0 x 35.0mm
Weight 150.0 g
5.2 oz
Planned Price $179.00
Planned Availability Jun 2006
Warranty 1 years
Image Capture
Sensor Type 5.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 2576 x 1932 (5.0 megapixels) 2576 x 1720 (4.4 megapixels) 2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels) 1656 x 1242 (2.1 megapixels) 1200 x 900 (1.1 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Optical real-image
LCD 1.8"
Lens
Lens Type Kodak
3x optical zoom
Focal Length 37 - 111mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range Wide: f/2.7 and f/4.8 ; Tele: f/4.9 and f/8.5
Focusing Range Normal: 24" - infinity (60 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - 29" (10 cm - 70 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800* (1.1mpix only)
Shutter Speed 4 - 1/1400 second
Metering Modes TTL-AE center weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/2EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent
Internal Flash Modes: auto, fill, red eye, off
Range: Wide: 0.6-3.5 m (2.0-11.5 ft.); Tele: 0.6-2.0 m (2.0-6.6 ft.)
Creative
Scene Modes auto, portrait, sport, landscape, night portrait, snow, beach, fireworks, self portrait, backlight, children, party
Digital Zoom 5x (0.6x steps)
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format QuickTime MOV (MotionJPEG) without audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 11 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Connectivity
Computer USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other Camera dock
Power
Battery Type Alkaline / Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA or 1 x KAA2HR
Product Bundle
Software Kodak EasyShare software
Battery / Charger 2 x AA Alkaline disposable battery
Flash Memory 10.0MB built-in memory
Other
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone No
Tripod Mount Yes
More Photos
Kodak's EasyShare C533 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Kodak EasyShare C643
Kodak's EasyShare C643 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Kodak
Model Number C643
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.6 x 1.3"
92.2 x 65.7 x 32.2mm
Weight 145.0 g
5.1 oz
Planned Price $229.00
Planned Availability Apr 2006
Warranty 1 years
Image Capture
Sensor Type 6.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 2848 x 2134 (6.1 me gapixels) 2846 x 1896 (5.4 megapixels) 2304 x 1728 (4.0 megapixels) 1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels) 1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Optical real-image
LCD 2.4"
Lens
Lens Type Kodak
3x optical zoom
Focal Length 36 - 108mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range Wide: f/2.7 and f/4.8; Tele: f/4.9 and f/8.5
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 - 1/1400 second
Metering Modes TTL-AE center weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/2EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent
Internal Flash Modes: auto, fill, off
Range: Wide: 0.6-3.6 m (2.0-11.8 ft.); Tele: 0.6-2.1 m (2.0-6.9 ft.)
Creative
Scene Modes auto, portrait, sport, landscape, night portrait, snow, beach, fireworks, self portrait, close up, backlight, children, party
Digital Zoom 5x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format QuickTime MOV (MPEG-4) with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Connectivity
Computer USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other Camera dock
Power
Battery Type Alkaline / Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA or 1 x KAA2HR
Product Bundle
Software Kodak EasyShare
Battery / Charger 2 x AA Alkaline disposable battery
Flash Memory 28.0MB built-in memory
Other
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
More Photos
Kodak's EasyShare C643 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Kodak EasyShare V603
Kodak's EasyShare V603 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Kodak
Model Number V603
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.0 x 0.9"
92.0 x 50.0 x 21.6mm
Weight 120.0 g
4.2 oz
Planned Pri ce $299.00
Planned Availability Apr 2006
Warranty 1 years
Image Capture
Sensor Type 6.36 megapixels (total)
6.10 megapixels (effective)
Image Dimensions 2832 x 2128 (6.0 megapixels) 2832 x 1888 (5.3 megapixels) 2304 x 1728 (4.0 megapixels) 2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels) 1568 x 1168 (1.8 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom 8.0x max
Lens
Lens Type SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH C-VARIOGON
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes (movie mode only)
Focal Length 36 - 108mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele) - ???
Focusing System TTL
Focusing Range Normal: 24" - infinity (60 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0" - 29" (5 cm - 70 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800* (1.8mpix only)
Shutter Speed 8 - 1/1448 second
Metering Modes TTL-AE multi-pattern, center-weighted, center-spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - auto, daylight, tun gsten, fluorescent, open shade
Internal Flash Modes: auto, off, fill, digital red-eye reduction
Range: Wide: 0.6 m (2ft)-2.6 m (8.5ft); Tele: 0.6 m (2ft)-1.8 m (5.9ft)
Creative
Scene Modes auto, portrait, panorama left-right, auto, portrait, panorama left-right, portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text, fireworks, flower, manner/museum, self portrait, party, children, backlight, panning shot, candlelight, sunset, custom
Digital Zoom 4x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format QuickTime MOV (MPEG-4) with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other Camera dock
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary KLIC-7002
Product Bundle
Software Kodak EasyShare
Battery / Charger Proprietary KLIC-7002 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 27.0MB built-in memory
Other
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
More Photos
Kodak's EasyShare V603 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Kodak's EasyShare V603 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

< td align="center" valign="top" colspan="2"> Kodak's EasyShare Z612 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Kodak EasyShare Z612
General
Manufacturer Kodak
Model Number Z612
Dimensions 4.1 x 2.9 x 2.7"
104.0 x 74.0 x 69.0mm
Weight 300.0 g
10.5 oz
Planned Price $399.00
Planned Availability Apr 2006
Warranty 1 years
Image Capture
Sensor Type 6.40 megapixels (total)
6.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 2832 x 2128 (6.0 megapixels) 2832 x 1888 (5.3 megapixels) 2304 x 1728 (4.0 megapixels) 2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels) 1200 x 900 (1.1 megapixels)
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, 202kpixel electronic viewfinder
100% field of view
LCD 2.5", 230,000 pixels
Lens
Lens Type SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON
12x optical zoom
55mm lens thread
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 35 - 420mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele) - ???
Focusing System 5-zone TTL imager AF with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - 53" (10 cm - 130 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800* (1.1mpix only)
Shutter Speed 16 - 1/ 2000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes multi-pattern, center-weighted, spot (zone tracks wi th 5 focus zone)
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, open shade
Internal Flash Modes: auto, off, fill, red-eye preflash
Range: Wide: 0.5-4.7 m (1.6ft-15.4ft); Tele: 1.2-2.7 m (3.9ft-8.9ft)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 1.0EV in 1/3EV increments
Creative
Scene Modes sport, night portrait, portrait, landscape, night landscape, self portrait, flower, sunset, backlight, candlelight, manner/museum, text/document, beach, snow, fireworks, children
Digital Zoom 4.2x
Movie Format QuickTime (MPEG-4) with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other Camera dock
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary KLIC-8000
Product Bundle
Software Kodak EasyShare
Battery / Charger Proprietary KLIC-8000 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 28.0MB built-in memory
Other
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
More Photos
Kodak's EasyShare Z612 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

UPDATED 2006-02-18 00:19ET: Early information we received from Kodak mistakenly listed a lower price for the Kodak EasyShare Z612 digital camera. The actual price for the Z612 is $399, and we've updated this item to reflect that. We've also added full specifications and product photos for all four cameras.

UPDATED 2006-02-21 13:58ET: We've just received updated information from Kodak indicating that the prices we were given for the EasyShare C533 and C643 were both off by $20. The actual prices are $179 and $229 respectively, and the item has been updated to reflect this.

Original Source Press Release:

Kodak Introduces Unique, Full-Service, Affordable Retail Printing System

Additional Digital & Traditional New Product Announcements Expand Kodak’s Offerings to Consumers and Professionals

ROCHESTER, February 17 – Eastman Kodak Company today reaffirmed its commitment to providing high-quality, innovative products to help retailers succeed in today’s changing marketplace.

According to the most recent Photo Marketing Association (PMA) reports, total digital camera images for 2005 are estimated at 17 billion, with 22 billion projected for 2006 and 26 billion for 2007. This creates a tremendous opportunity for the industry to help consumers capture, share, archive and print these images. And as Kodak continues to deliver innovative solutions for digital printing, retailers can profit from a plethora of opportunities.

Kodak’s newest retail printing solution, the KODAK Digital Picture System 900 (DPS 900), is a unique system giving retailers an affordable way to offer onsite printing of both film and digital media, thereby tapping into the rapidly expanding digital market while also retaining important revenue from film customers as the market transitions. The DPS 900 builds on the proven technology in Kodak’s award-winning Picture Kiosk family, the most widely used digital printing kiosk at retail today, with nearly 75,000 units installed worldwide.

Combining Kodak’s powerful Picture Kiosk G4 platform and award-winning KODAK 6850 and 8800 thermal photo printers with a 35 mm film scanner, the DPS 900 provides a total photo solution for retailers of virtually any size. Compared with a digital mini-lab, the KODAK Digital Picture System 900 has a significantly lower total cost of operation, including lower capital investment and labor costs. Additionally, it is much easier to operate and maintain, and offers modularity and flexibility to allow far more options for the retailer, including the ability to create unique, high margin products. As film volumes decline, the DPS 900 is an ideal printing solution for digital prints too.

Consumers also benefit from the outstanding image quality and durability of prints made with the DPS 900. Enabled with KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Technology, this system enhances each image to reveal more vibrant colors, richer detail and fewer dark shadows, and thanks to the quality of Kodak’s high-speed thermal printers, prints are wipeable, waterproof, stain-resistant and last a lifetime under typical home display conditions. The DPS 900 will be available beginning in May in US and Canada.

“The DPS 900 brings ease and speed for printing digital and film media at retail, without the huge investment of a mini lab,” said Phil Faraci, President, Consumer Digital Imaging Group and Senior Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “This new solution fills an important niche for retailers who want to tap into the rapidly expanding digital marketplace while retaining important revenue from film customers as the market continues to transition. This affordable full-service photo solution offers the benefits of increased volume and additional revenue for retailers while providing a high-quality printing solution for consumers.”

Other Announcements
Exciting Additions to the KODAK EASYSHARE Digital Camera Line-up
Building upon the tremendous success of its award-winning line of KODAK EASYSHARE digital cameras, Kodak announces four new digital cameras offering a variety of features and benefits to meet the divergent needs of today’s consumers. Leading the announcement is the EASYSHARE V603 model (6.1 MP, 3x optical zoom, 2.5-inch LCD), a compact camera that is the perfect combination of style, performance and simplicity that can slide into almost any pocket. For those who prefer to get closer to the action, the EASYSHARE Z612 zoom digital camera (6 MP, 12x optical zoom with image stabilization, 2.5-inch LCD) helps everyday picture takers get closer, better, more creative shots. For entry-level enthusiasts who want high-quality images, the affordable EASYSHARE C643 (6.1 MP, 3x optical zoom, 2.4-inch LCD) and EASYSHARE C533 zoom digital cameras (5 MP, 3x optical zoom, 1.8-inch LCD) are great options.

Innovations for Professional Photographers, Labs, and Consumers
Kodak is also introducing innovative new traditional film and paper products for professionals and consumers. “Actions speak louder than words,” said Mary Jane Hellyar, president of Film & Photofinishing Systems and Senior Vice President, Kodak. “The innovations we are introducing underscore our commitment to serving our customers with the best in films, papers and services.”

Underscoring its commitment to the professional market, Kodak announced improvements across its industry-leading professional output product portfolio. Designed to increase efficiency for professionals and bolster quality for the end consumer, these improvements are the result of Kodak’s continued investment in imaging technology research. New products include KODAK PROFESSIONAL Digital Print Production Software DP2 and DP1, KODAK ULTRA ENDURA Paper, KODAK EKTACOLOR Digital Developer Replenisher RT, KODAK EKTACOLOR SM Processing Unit P1, KODAK PROFESSIONAL Inkjet Photo Paper Rolls, KODAK PROSHOTS and Studio Suite software, Kodak’s Pro Photographer Locator website and DIGITAL SHO, GEM and ROC photo software plug-ins.

Fulfilling the company’s commitment to the millions of people around the world who still shoot and enjoy film, Kodak announced numerous improvements across its venerable film product portfolio. These performance enhancements and new benefits are designed to elevate the consumer and professional photography experience, helping people get the best possible results from their film photography experience. Announcements include a new emulsion for 800-Speed Film, improved KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 800 Film, increased post-processing antistatic protection for professional and consumer 35 mm capture films and simplified consumer film brands, graphics and packaging.

About Eastman Kodak Company
Kodak is the world’s foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to the photographic, graphic communications and healthcare markets. With sales of $14.3 billion in 2005, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak’s system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; Creative Professionals rely on Kodak technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images; and leading Healthcare organizations rely on Kodak’s innovative products, services and customized workflow solutions to help improve patient care and maximize efficiency and information sharing within and across their enterprise.

More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.

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