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PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Introduces First Printer Dock and Digital Cameras Compatible with IMAGELINK Print System
New KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Series 3 Supports Forthcoming Cameras from Kodak, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Ricoh and Sanyo
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 -- Adding to its award-winning line of EASYSHARE printer docks, Eastman Kodak Company today announced the first model to support the IMAGELINK print system, making possible one-touch printing from multiple brands of digital cameras.
The new KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Series 3 will be available worldwide beginning this February, packaged with new KODAK EASYSHARE Z740 and Z700 zoom digital cameras (which are also compatible with the IMAGELINK system). The Printer Dock Series 3 will also ship as a standalone product beginning in May 2005 (US$149 MSRP).
Designed to simplify at-home picture printing, the IMAGELINK system was recently introduced by a group of the world's largest consumer digital photography companies. Consumer digital cameras from Eastman Kodak Company, Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc., Nikon Corporation, Olympus Corporation, Pentax Corporation, Ricoh Co., Ltd. and Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. will provide effortless, one-touch picture printing from snapshot printers that incorporate the IMAGELINK print system, including new KODAK EASYSHARE printer docks.
With the IMAGELINK print system, people place their digital cameras directly on printer docks, and then press a single button to make snapshot-sized pictures in seconds.
"The IMAGELINK print system represents the next evolution in simplifying at-home digital picture printing, building upon the global success of KODAK EASYSHARE printer docks," said Bernard Masson, president, Digital and Film Imaging Systems; and senior vice president, Eastman Kodak Company. "Ultimately, this drives category expansion. Customers win through greater ease of use and higher satisfaction. The industry wins by generating additional excitement around making prints from digital images."
With their combination of one-touch printing, brisk speed, and phenomenal picture quality, KODAK EASYSHARE printer docks have taken the snapshot photo printing market by storm after debuting in 2003, quickly achieving number one market share in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to The NPD Group and GfK. More than one million EASYSHARE printer docks have shipped since Q2 2003.
About 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 $12.9 billion in 2003, the company comprises several businesses: Health, supplying the healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and output products and services; Graphic Communications Group, offering on-demand color printing and networking publishing systems consisting of three wholly owned subsidiaries: Encad, Inc., NexPress Solutions, and Kodak Versamark; 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 imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers; and Digital & Film Imaging Systems, providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services.
Kodak, ImageLink and EasyShare are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.
(First posted on Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 15:25 EST)