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Kodak's Z980 digital camera. Photo provided by Eastman Kodak Co. Kodak: Four new digicams
(Monday, January 5, 2009 - 19:41 EST)

Alongside its digital video camera announcement, Eastman Kodak Co. has today taken the wraps off four new digital camera models.

The Kodak Z980 digital camera combines a whopping 24x optical zoom Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon-branded lens with a 26mm to 624mm equivalent zoom range, and a twelve megapixel image sensor. Given the power of the zoom lens, image stabilization is pretty much a must, as is an electronic viewfinder - and the Kodak Z980 includes both. The Z980's styling is reminiscent of a single-lens reflex camera, and includes a portrait grip with a secondary shutter release button. The SLR-like features continue with a hot shoe, capable of accepting Kodak's optional P20 flash strobe. Other features include a 3.0" LCD display, 720p movie mode, Kodak's "Smart Capture" mode which automatically adjusts the camera's settings, plus SD / SDHC card storage, and power from four AA batteries.

The Kodak Z980 is undoubtedly the most interesting announcement of the group, and we're curious to run that 24x lens through its paces in our labs to see how it fares. Alongside the Z980, Kodak has also made several other new digicam announcements for the Consumer Electronics Show, however. The Kodak EasyShare M380 features a ten megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom lens, and 2.7” LCD display. The Kodak M340 has the same resolution and LCD size, but replaces the lens with a 3x optical zoom that offers rather less reach. Finally, the Kodak EasyShare M320 has a similar 3x optical zoom and 2.7" LCD to the M340, but drops the resolution just a touch to nine megapixels.

The Kodak Z980 will ship this spring, priced at $399.95. The Kodak M320 will be the first of the new M-series cameras to ship next month, priced at $129. The Kodak EasyShare M340 and its sibling the Kodak M380 will both follow in March, with the former priced at $149, and the latter at $179.

Kodak's Z980 digital camera. Photo provided by Eastman Kodak Co. Click for a bigger picture!

Kodak's Z980 digital camera.
Photo provided by Eastman Kodak Co.

Original Source Press Release:

Kodak expands its line of Smart Capture enabled digital cameras

New models include Powerful 24x zoom and sleek compact with 5x zoom

Rochester, NY, January 8, 2009 — Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today announced new additions to its digital camera line, led by the high-zoom KODAK Z980 Digital Camera, featuring outstanding control and Kodak’s innovative Smart Capture feature that consistently delivers high quality images.

Featuring a wealth of power and versatility, the KODAK Z980 Digital Camera offers a 26 mm wide angle, professional quality, 24X image stabilized optical zoom lens, a vertical shutter release and a hot shoe, all at an affordable price.

The Z980 enables serious photographers to easily handle both long-distance and wide-angle shots, and boasts Kodak’s innovative Smart Capture feature, which automatically adjusts the camera’s settings to deliver brilliant images automatically.

“The Z980 is an ideal camera for photographers looking to do more and get more from their digital camera,” said John Blake, General Manager Digital Capture and Devices, Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “The versatile lens, combined with our exclusive Smart Capture feature, lets consumers shoot great pictures in any setting -- from daylight to night or from close-ups to landscapes, the camera makes adjustments automatically.”

The new KODAK Z980 Digital Camera offers:

  • Kodak’s exclusive Smart Capture feature, which analyzes scenes and adjusts camera settings to deliver beautiful pictures more often;

  • 26 mm wide angle/24X Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon Image Stabilized Optical Zoom Lens;

  • HD picture and video capture;

  • Vertical shutter release and detachable vertical grip, for greater comfort and control when shooting scenes vertically;

  • Hot shoe for the optional KODAK P20 flash;

  • 12 MP for prints up to 30”x40”;

  • Bright and detail-rich 3-inch indoor/outdoor color display;

Compatible with new KODAK WI-FI Memory Cards and KODAK SDHC/SD Memory Cards;

  • Available at US$399.95 MSRP from Spring, 2009.

Kodak also introduced new models to its M-Series Digital Camera line, led by the KODAK EASYSHARE M380 Digital Camera. A sleek but powerful digital camera for style-savvy consumers, the M380 delivers an innovative feature package led by Kodak’s Smart Capture feature, and also boasts a 10MP sensor, 5x optical zoom, and 2.7” LCD. The M380 will be available in black, red and teal, and retail at US$179 MSRP from March, 2009;

Also new to the KODAK M Series Digital Cameras are:

  • KODAK EASYSHARE M340 Digital Camera, offering Smart Capture, 10MP sensor, 3x optical zoom, 2.7” LCD, in a slim body design; available in blue, blue-green, silver, and red, and retailing at US$149 MSRP from March, 2009;

  • KODAK EASYSHARE M320 Digital Camera, featuring Kodak Perfect Touch technology providing automatic red-eye reduction, shadow lightening and more,  9MP sensor, 3x optical zoom, 2.7” LCD; available in black, silver, red and blue, and retailing at US$129 MSRP from February, 2009.

A range of accessories will be available for the new KODAK Digital Cameras including KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Batteries and battery charger kits; KODAK SD and SDHC High Performance Memory Cards; KODAK Camera Bags and much more.

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