New York – Kodak used a media
showcase here Wednesday to unveil the latest in its range of digital still
cameras, pocket video cameras and digital photo frames.
The company also said it has expanded the functionality of its HD
Theater digital media adapter with a slate of new content partners and photo
collage search tools, and reduced the price from last fall’s test.
Among the highlights of the showcase was the Zi8 pocket video
camera with FullHD 1080p recording capability, up from the 720p Zi6. The
camera, which ships in September at a $180 suggested retail, includes a 4x
digital zoom, built-in image stabilization and 5-megapixel still image
capability in a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Built-in software on the camera allows seamless uploading of
video and pictures from the same desktop interface used for video editing and
movie creation, and supports easy uploading to Facebook and YouTube.
The video camera also ships with a bundled HDMI cable, built-in
flexible USB connector, 128MBs of internal memory,
SD/SDHC memory card slot and built-in microphone jack.
The Zi8 is available in a choice of colors, including aqua, black
Kodak also unveiled
a handful of 12-megapixel digital still cameras, including the EasyShare Z950, which
will ship in August at a $280 suggested retail.
a slight step-up to the previously introduced Z915, the Z950 features a 10x-optical-zoom
(35mm to 350mm) lens with optical image stabilization.
Z950 offers 720p/30 fps HD video recording in MPEG-4 format, and in-camera
video-editing capability. It includes a 3-inch LCD view screen and a rechargeable
was the EasyShare M381, which is a compact model that will ship in September at
a $180 suggested retail. The camera features a 5x-optical-zoom (35mm to 175mm) lens,
3-inch LCD, digital image stabilization and standard-definition video recording
at 640 by 480/30 fps.
The EasyShare M341
will ship in September at a $160 suggested retail and features a 3x optical
zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD, easy uploading of pictures and video to YouTube or
Kodak Gallery and a choice of colors, including gray silver, classic Kodak red,
satin black, deep orchid and light blue.
The C190 will
ship in September at $130 and includes a 5x optical zoom with digital image
stabilization, AA battery power and a 2.7-inch LCD.
New in picture
frames is the D830, which is billed as a high-quality basic 8 by 10 digital
frame, ships with a wood faceplate that can be replaced with different
faceplates to create a different look.
The D830, which ships in August at a $139 suggested retail,
offers quick touch border menu and plug-and-play operation that will
automatically begin a photo slide show once a memory card or USB flash drive
containing digital pictures is inserted. Also included is a dynamic collage
mode and clock/calendar views.
The frame includes 512MB of internal memory capable of holding up
to 4,000 images.
Following its test market last year, Kodak has launched its Kodak
Theater HD Player digital media adapter.
The compact TV set-top box is designed to link a PC to a TV
display to playback a range of digital entertainment files, but most
specifically digital photos and home videos. It also uses an intuitive and
flexible onscreen guide that can be navigated with an unusual
Hillcrest-developed air mouse-style remote control.
Following the market test, Steven Jean, Kodak digital capture and
devices product marketing manager, said the company found it needed to add more
functionality to the device, so it added access to YouTube video that have been
specially adapted and processed for display on HDTVs and include easy search
functions similar to those found on the PC version of the site.
Also added was Net Video access to hundreds of free on-demand
video feeds from the Web.
Another new feature is suite of discovery collage views,
including “Today’s Collage,” which locates and displays pictures relevant to
today’s date and two weeks forward, such as holidays, birthdays, and special
family events, and “Random Collage,” which searches for pictures on your PC and
rotates randomly through your entire collection.
feature is Café, an on demand content provider that enables creating a
configurable home page with information including weather, news and traffic
information, and a Picture Chronicles slideshow of personal photos taken around
the same time of year.
The Kodak Theatre HD Player is now carries a $200 suggested
retail and is being carried at Kodak.com, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Buy.com,
Frontgate.com and Sears.com.