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Kodak's EasyShare DX6490 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Kodak announces 4mpix, 10x zoom digicam
(Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - 22:06 EDT)

Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced a new digital camera that takes its EasyShare series in a completely new direction.

At 4.2 megapixels, the EasyShare DX6490 Zoom isn't Kodak's highest-resolution camera - but it certainly has the most powerful zoom lens.of any EasyShare camera. The 38 - 380mm equivalent Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 10X optical zoom lens ranks right up amongst the very top of the current crop of long-zoom digicams in terms of zoom range; only Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ1 and DMC-FZ2 have a more powerful zoom, and those cameras have only half the resolution of the DX6490. Olympus' C-750 UltraZoom is probably the closest to the DX6490 in terms of specifications - it also has a 10x optical zoom and a 4 megapixel image sensor.

The Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom will begin shipping next month at a suggested retail price of $499, quite a competitive price considering the C-750 UltraZoom's street price is currently around $100 higher... Full specifications from Kodak follow:

Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom
Kodak's EasyShare DX6490 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Basic Features
CCD Resolution 4.2 megapixels (2408 x 1758 pixels)
Image Resolution 4.0 megapixels (2304 x 1728 pixels)
Image Quality
4.0 MP best (print enlargement to 20 x 30 inches)
3.5 MP best (2:3 optimized ratio for 4 x 6-inch prints)
2.1 MP better (small print)
1.1 MP good (e-mail)
10X optical zoom, 6.3 – 63.2 mm (38 – 380 mm equivalent)
3.0X Advanced Digital Zoom
30X total zoom
Auto-Focus Multi-zone, center-spot
Focus Distance
Wide Std: 0.6 m (2 ft.) to infinity
Tele Std: 2 m (6.6 ft.) to infinity
Wide/Tele Infinity: 20 m (65.6 ft.) to infinity
LCD 5.6 cm (2.2 in.), 153k pixels, indoor/outdoor display
Viewfinder Electronic, 1.1 cm (.44 in.), 180k pixels (800 x 225)
Wide: f/2.8 – f/8.0
Tele: f/3.7 – f/8.0
Shutter Speed 16 – 1/1700 second
ISO Equivalent
Automatic: 80-160
Selectable: 80/100/200/400/800
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Built-in Flash
Modes: Auto, Red-eye, Fill, Off
Wide: 0.5 – 4.9 m (1.6 – 16.1 ft.)
Tele: 2.0 – 3.7 m (6.6 – 12.1 ft.)
External flash synch available at any shutter speed
Self Timer 10 seconds
Ease of Use Features
Capture Mode Always ready; depress shutter button to return to capture mode
Auto Picture Rotation Orientation sensor: on-camera picture rotation
Dedicated Buttons Share, Review, Delete, Menu, Flash, Landscape/Macro, Information, Timer/Burst
Review Options 2X or 4X magnify, picture info, slide show, multi-up, fast scroll, protect, albums
Video Out NTSC and PAL (user-selectable)
Software Kodak EasyShare software version 3
Dock Compatibility
Kodak EasyShare printer dock 6000
Kodak EasyShare camera dock 6000
Ease of Use Features
Scene Modes Auto, Sport, Night, Landscape, Close Up, Portrait, Program (aperture priority, shutter priority, program exposure, manual)
Photo Settings
Color: saturated, neutral, black & white, sepia
Sharpness: sharp, standard, soft
Close Up Mode
Wide: 12 – 70 cm (4.7 – 27.6 in.)
Tele: 120 – 210 cm. (47.2 – 82.7 in.)
Burst Mode Up to six pictures at 3 frames per second (fps)
Exposure Metering TTL-AE (menu selectable: multi-pattern, center weighted, center spot)
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0 EV with 0.33 EV step increments
Click-to-Capture 0.65 sec.
Shot-to-Shot < 2 sec.
Movie Mode Continuous digital video with audio capture and playback
Movie Resolution 320 x 240 pixels at 20 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
Other Features
Storage 16 MB internal memory; MMC/SD card expansion slot
Power Options
Optional Kodak EasyShare 6000-series docks
Kodak Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery (KLIC 5000 or KLIC 5501)
5-volt adapter
Image Capture Format
Still: JPEG (EXIF v2.2)
Movie: QuickTime
Interfaces USB 2.0 compatible; EasyShare 6000-series docks connection; A/V out; 5-volt DC-in
Lens Protection Lens cap tethered to camera body
Tripod Mount 1/4-inch standard mount
Weight Without batteries and memory card: 337 g (11.9 oz.)
Dimensions WxHxD: 99.6 x 79.9 x 81.2 mm (3.9 x 3.1 x 3.2 in.)
Warranty One year
Kodak EasyShare Software System Requirements
Microsoft Windows
Windows 98, 98SE, 2000, ME, or XP operating system
233 MHz processor or greater
64 MB RAM (128 MB RAM for Windows XP)
100 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 PC-based Macintosh computer
Macintosh OS 10.2 or higher for EasyShare Software v3.0
128 MB RAM for OS X (64MB RAM for OS 8.6/9.x)
200 MB available hard drive space
CD-ROM drive
Available USB port
Color monitor, 800 x 600 pixels (thousands or millions of colors recommended)
Package Contents
Kodak EasyShare DX6490 zoom digital camera
Audio/video out cable
USB cable
Neck strap
Lens cap with tether
Kodak Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery / 1700 mAH with fast charger
Kodak EasyShare software CD-ROM with interactive tutorial
Custom camera insert for optional Kodak EasyShare 6000-series camera and printer docks
Welcome kit

Original Source Press Release:

Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Digital Camera Establishes a New Price-to-Performance Benchmark for 'Advanced Amateur' Photographers

High Performance EasyShare Camera Delivers Professional-Level Features and Image Quality for Under $500

ROCHESTER, N.Y., August 21 - Eastman Kodak Company today unveiled its most advanced EasyShare digital camera to date, the Kodak EasyShare DX6490 zoom digital camera. With its unique combination of sophisticated features, exceptional performance, and US$499 suggested retail price, it establishes a new price-to-performance benchmark for 'advanced amateur' photography, giving more people the opportunity to shoot like a professional.

The DX6490 camera is the first to unite a professional quality Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 10X optical zoom lens (38-380 mm equivalent) with a f/2.8 - f/3.7 maximum aperture; a new Kodak Color Science image processing chip for the richest, most accurate colors; low-light precision auto focusing; and multiple shooting modes for optimal creative control ? all with effortless operation that people have come to expect from Kodak. It will be available worldwide beginning this September.

"So many digital photographers want expert results, but without the cost or hassle. This camera proves our ability to deliver powerful performance with the very best color and image quality - quality that lives up to Kodak's renowned photography heritage," said Yusuke Kojima, general manager of Kodak's consumer digital camera business and a vice president, Eastman Kodak Company. "The DX6490 camera opens the door to a new world of digital photography, placing more power, control and quality in the owner's hands. It's an unequaled combination of price and performance."

The 4-megapixel camera has been designed with some of the world's highest quality components working in concert to afford outstanding quality, even in challenging photographic situations. Imagine being able to capture the beauty and character of a friendly face while the sun sets in the background. With Kodak's integration of the Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 10X optical zoom lens, the Kodak Color Science image processing chip, and intelligent matrix metering, photographers faced with this scenario will achieve portraits with edge-to-edge sharpness and brightness, rich color, and highly accurate exposure. Because of the tight incorporation of these and other sophisticated features, DX6490 camera owners are consistently presented with remarkable dynamic range, fine detail and delicate highlights - results that advanced amateurs have typically associated with high-end digital SLRs.

The focal length (38-380 mm equivalent) of the professional quality Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 10X zoom lens gives photographers superb framing flexibility. It enables users to get close to the action and fill the frame, or achieve more natural poses from subjects by shooting them from a distance. The long lens also provides the "flattened" perspective and narrow depth of field that portrait photographers crave, all in a compact, SLR-like body. With a f/2.8 maximum aperture at wide angle and a f/3.7 at 10X - and the ability to step down to f/8 - the camera is well-suited to perform in both low and bright light.

Using the dual-speed zoom control, DX6490 camera owners can drive the lens from 1X to 10X in just two seconds, and then extend the total magnification up to 30X using Kodak's exclusive Advanced Digital Zoom technology, which creates sharper, better quality images across the entire digital zoom range. For ease of handling, the lens barrel only extends one inch after powering up the camera, with all lens movements occurring within the protective housing.

The camera is the first to include the new Kodak Color Science image processing chip. This combines the power of a high-performance digital signal processor with professionally-derived image process engineering (including Kodak's legendary white balance algorithms), based on more than 75 years of Kodak research into the science and emotion of color. With each press of the shutter, the camera quickly and precisely analyzes lighting conditions and color balance to consistently deliver exacting sharpness, high color accuracy, and proper exposure.

The DX6490 camera offers fully manual controls, permitting independent aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO equivalent and other settings that can transform an ordinary picture into a work of art. The camera also features aperture and shutter priority modes, as well as sport, portrait, night, landscape, macro and automatic program modes. Saturated, neutral, black-and-white and sepia color modes lend additional in-camera creative options. Its new hybrid, low-light precision auto-focus system combines rapid phase detection with highly accurate through the lens (TTL) contrast detection to precisely fine tune and sharply define a subject, even in almost complete darkness. In addition, the camera is equipped with an external flash synch - capable of synching at any shutter speed - for illumination of subjects beyond the 16-foot pop-up flash range.

Using the high-resolution TTL electronic viewfinder (EVF) with diopter, as well as a large, 2.2-inch high-resolution indoor/outdoor LCD screen, photographers can preview shots or review pictures stored in 16 MB internal memory or on optional SD/MMC cards. Not only does the EVF show control settings superimposed over the scene, but it also eliminates parallax while presenting a nearly 100 percent field of view. The indoor/outdoor LCD assists photographers in clearly seeing the fine detail of their compositions before and after shooting, even in direct sunlight. Both LCDs exhibit high refresh rates, and automatically brighten or dim to reflect changes in exposure compensation.

A push of the DX6490 camera's red-jeweled "Share" button allows photographers to immediately tag pictures for e-mailing (with up to 32 on-camera e-mail addresses), printing, or marking as favorites. A new album feature, used in conjunction with Kodak EasyShare software version 3, enables organization of pictures right on the camera. Additional features include joystick and jog-dial controls for rapid control access, easy-to-read menu options and the ability to record and play back continuous digital video with audio.

The optional Kodak EasyShare camera dock 6000 (US$79.95 MSRP) provides one-touch picture transfer to a connected PC while keeping the DX6490 camera's lithium-ion battery charged and ready to go, with a full charge taking less than three hours. DX6490 camera owners can also receive all the benefits of a dock, plus the ability to print real, borderless Kodak 4 x 6-inch photos in as little as 90 seconds, when using the Kodak EasyShare printer dock 6000 (US$199.95 MSRP). These prints are instantly dry, durable, and even waterproof. Both docks are now available.

The DX6490 camera includes Kodak EasyShare software version 3 for Windows and Macintosh systems, providing effortless digital picture transfer, organization, editing, CD-burning, e-mailing, sharing and printing. The exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature takes advantage of proprietary color technologies developed by Kodak to help Windows OS users get vibrant, true-to-life prints from inkjet printers when using Kodak Ultima and Premium Picture Papers.

The award-winning Kodak EasyShare digital photography system - consisting of cameras, software, docks and printer docks, inkjet papers and accessories - makes taking, organizing, sharing, and printing high quality digital pictures effortless. 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: Photography, providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services; Health, supplying the healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture, storage and output products and services; Commercial Imaging, offering image capture, output and storage products and services to businesses and government; Components, delivering optics and imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers; and Display, which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode displays as well as other specialty materials.


(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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