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Kodak's DX3215 digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co. Kodak announces new entry-level digicam! (UPDATED)
(Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 01:00 EDT)

'EasyShare' camera series reaches a new low pricepoint...

Eastman Kodak Co. will today announce three new digital cameras to its 'EasyShare' series, which was first introduced with the DX3500 and DX3600 digital cameras last April. The new Kodak EasyShare DX3215 Zoom is the lowest specification of the three cameras, clearly targetted at the entry-level user with a pricepoint of $199. The camera features a 1.3 megapixel image sensor, 2x optical zoom lens, and an interesting departure from CompactFlash to the rival MultiMediaCard / Secure Digital format - a first for Kodak. There's also 8MB of built-in memory, video (NTSC/PAL) connectivity, and a macro mode.

All three cameras are compatible with the EasyShare camera dock, which is an optional accessory through which the camera can be recharged and images transferred via USB connection to a PC or Macintosh computer. Since the cameras don't come with the EasyDock by default, a separate USB cable is provided, and non-rechargeable Lithium batteries are included in each bundle.

The full press release announcing all three new cameras can be seen in our news item reporting on the EasyShare DX3900 Zoom. The Kodak EasyShare DX3215 Zoom will ship in September 2001 at a price of $199. Full specifications for the camera are already in our database, and highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Kodak EasyShare DX3215 Zoom
Kodak's EasyShare DX3215 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: DX3215
Camera Format: Compact
Price: $199
Date Available: September 2001
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 1.3 megapixel
Image Resolution: 1280x960
Focal Length (effective): 30 - 60mm (2x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 2x
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: No
Normal Focus Range: 75 cm to Infinity; 30.6 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: Unknown
Aperture Range: f/4.5 - f/9
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.6 inch)
ISO Settings: Auto (100, 200)
White Balance Settings: Auto
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 1/4 - 1/1000 second
Exp Adj Range: N/A
Metering Modes: Auto
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer: N/A
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, On, Red-Eye Reduction, Off
Flash Range Description: 0.5 - 2.4 meters (1.6 - 7.9 feet)
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: Internal, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital
Memory Included: 8MB (Internal)
File Formats: JPEG
More Information
Weight: 220 g; 7.7 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 121 x 70 x 46mm; 4.8 x 2.7 x 1.8in
Notes & Features: Compatible with Kodak EasyShare camera docking station (not included). Lens focal range is 30-60mm equivalent, actual range unknown. Has macro mode, macro focusing distance unknown. 8MB memory is built-in (internal), MMC/SD slot provided for expansion. Comes bundled with wrist strap, software CD-ROM, USB and video cables, CD-V3 Lithium disposable battery, insert for optional EasyShare camera docking station, and documentation.
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Kodak's EasyShare DX3215 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co.
Kodak's EasyShare DX3215 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co.

UPDATED 2001-08-14 10:26ET: Kodak has now added the EasyShare DX3215 Zoom digital camera to its website.
Source: Eastman Kodak Co.

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