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Kodak Slims Down With New EasyShare Series

5/18/2005 03:23:00 PM Eastern

Rochester, N.Y. — Kodak dove into the ultra-slim camera market on April 17 with the introduction of its new V-series of EasyShare digital cameras.

The two 5-megapixel models, the V550 and V530, are under an inch thick and will come in several colors. They also offer MPEG-4 video recording at VGA resolution at 30 frames per second (fps) to the capacity of an SD/MMC card, with video zooming and digital video stabilization.

Video clips can be turned into stop-action still pictures.

Kodak will also ship a new dock with both cameras. Called the EasyShare Photo Frame 2, the dock will perform the usual transferring and battery charging functions in addition to displaying still and video slideshows on the camera’s LCD screen. The cameras also work with the Series 3 printer dock (sold separately).

Both cameras offer 16MB of internal memory, PictBridge compatibility, and a .3-second click-to-capture speed.

The V550 will ship next month for a suggested $399. It features a metal body, a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5-inch LCD screen with an optical viewfinder, 19 scene modes and will be available in black or silver. In burst mode, the V550 can capture up to 5 images in any quality setting at 3 fps.

The V530 will be available in July in four colors: pink, red, black and silver. It sports a 2-inch LCD screen but no optical viewfinder, and a 3x optical zoom. In burst, it can snap up to 5 pictures in any quality mode at 2.5 fps.

It will retail for a suggested $349.

Kodak also announced the fifth version of its free EasyShare software. The new version offers improved video editing features.