Kodak yesterday quietly announced the EASYSHARE C513 - its first digital camera based on CMOS sensor technology (well aside from 2001's mc3). Kodak say the CMOS sensor is capable of providing "excellent color reproduction and dynamic range with low electronic noise" but have - for this model at least - limited sensitivity to ISO160 (enabling the 'Digital IS' mode yields a dizzying ISO200!). The main specs are nothing to write home about with a 5MP resolution and the obligatory 36-108mm equivalent lens typical of low-end compacts backed up with the usual EASYSHARE bells and whistles. However as a glimpse at the future of sensor technology this humble little digicam may prove to be very important indeed. The C513 ships in August 2007 with an MSRP of $99.

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KODAK Announces First EASYSHARE Camera to Incorporate KODAK CMOS Image Sensor

Efficiency of CMOS Technology Enables Kodak to Broaden its Participation in Digital Cameras

ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 24 - Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced today the first digital camera in its successful EASYSHARE line to incorporate the company’s new, innovative CMOS image sensor technology.

The KODAK EASYSHARE C513 Camera is an entry-level camera designed to produce high-quality images no matter how experienced the photographer may be. The camera is based on the new KODAK KAC-05011 CMOS image sensor, which delivers the image quality and overall performance customers have come to expect from Kodak’s EASYSHARE line of digital cameras while taking advantage of the power, integration and cost benefits associated with CMOS technology.

“The C513 provides consumers true value through easy-to-use and intuitive technology at an affordable price, thanks to the efficiencies that Kodak’s CMOS technology has brought to camera design,” said John Blake, General Manager, KODAK Digital Capture and Devices. “Traditionally, CMOS has allowed for lower cost camera design but was not able to provide top image quality. Kodak has changed that dynamic with the introduction of a digital camera at a remarkably affordable price without compromising image quality or camera function.”

“Today’s announcement validates our continued progress to become a leading mass-market supplier of next-generation CMOS image sensors,” said Chris McNiffe, General Manager of Kodak’s Image Sensor Solutions group. “Kodak camera customers expect both ease of use and performance from KODAK EASYSHARE cameras, and we are excited to provide this CMOS technology in a truly affordable and accessible device.“

The KODAK EASYSHARE C513 Camera is equipped with 5-megapixel resolution and a 3x optical zoom lens, and offers special features to help capture clear, bright pictures and video. Pictures captured by this camera are displayed on a bright 2.4-inch indoor/outdoor LCD screen, perfect for sharing directly with friends and family. The camera’s Digital Image Stabilization feature reduces blur caused by camera or subject movement as a still picture is being taken, and consumers can record life in motion using the video with audio capture feature and on-camera editing.

The 5.0 megapixel KODAK KAC-05011 CMOS image sensor was designed for use in the C513 camera, and provides excellent color reproduction and dynamic range with low electronic noise. The KODAK EASYSHARE C513 Camera will be available for less than US $99 (MSRP) in August 2007.

Kodak Easyshare C513 Specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5 in. CMOS
• 5.0 million pixels total (2816 x 2060)
• 5.0 million effective pixels (2592 x 1944)

Image sizes • 5.0 MP (2572 × 1928)
• 4.4 MP (2572 × 1714) 3:2
• 3.1 MP (2048 × 1536)
• 2.2 MP (1800 × 1200) 3:2
• 2.1 MP (1920 × 1080) 16:9
• 1.2 MP (1280 × 960)
Movie clips • 640 x 480, 15fps
• 320 x 240, 24fps
File formats

• Still: JPEG Exif v2.21
• Movie: QuickTime Motion JPEG

Lens • 36–108 mm (35 mm equiv.) f/2.7 – 4.8, 2 step aperture
Image stabilization Digital (ISO boost)
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom Up to 5x
Focus • TTL-AF
• Normal, Landscape, Macro
AF area modes • Multi-Zone
• Center
AF assist lamp No
Focus distance • Normal: 2.0 ft (0.6 m)– ∞
• Macro (wide): 5.1 in. – 2.3 ft (0.13–0.7 m), (tele): 8.7 in. – 2.3 ft (0.22–0.7 m)
• Landscape: 32.8 ft (10 m) – ∞
Metering • Multi-Pattern
• Center Weighted
• Center Spot
ISO sensitivity • 80–160 auto
• 80–200 digital IS
Exposure compensation • +/- 2EV
• 1/2 EV steps
Exposure bracketing No
Modes • Auto
• SCN
• Video
• Digital IS
• Close-up
• Favorites
Scene modes

• Portrait
• Night portrait
• Landscape
• Sports
• Snow
• Beach
• Text/document
• Backlight
• Museum/manner
• Children
• Flower
• Self-portrait
• Sunset

White balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Open shade

Self timer • 2 sec
• 10 sec
• 2-shot
Shot-to-shot < 3.5 sec. until buffer full
Image parameters Color, Sepia, b/w
Flash • Auto
• Fill
• Red-eye reduction
• Forced Off
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.4 in. (6.1 cm) indoor/outdoor color display
• 115k pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0
• Kodak Camera Dock / Printer Dock interface
Print compliance • IMAGELINK print system compatible
• Pictbridge
Storage • SD / MMC card
• 16MB Internal memory (10MB available for storage)
Power • 2x AA Ni-MH batteries
• 2x AA lithium batteries
• KODAK Ni-MH 2100 mAh Battery Pack
• KODAK Digital Camera Battery AA (ZR6)
• 2x AA alkaline batteries (Included)
• Optional KODAK EASYSHARE Docks
Weight (no batt) 137g (4.8 oz)
Dimensions 3.6 × 2.4 × 1.0 in. (91.1 x 62.2 x 25.3 mm)