CES 2008: The latest Z series digital cameras from Kodak, the Z1085 IS, Z1285 and Z8612 all feature the ability to output their stills in both 720p and 1080i HD formats. The Z1085 IS and Z1285 are also able to record 720p30 HD video. (This may not be as fast as 720p60 or as high res as 1080i, but it's still a big jump from the VGA that is standard issue on most compacts).

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Kodak refreshes range with launch of Easyshare Z1085 IS, Easyshare Z1285 and Easyshare Z8612 zoom compact digital cameras

The 10MP Easyshare Z1085 IS and its 12MP sibling, the Z1285 are 5X optical zoom cameras that are also able to record HD format video and display their stills on HDTVs. They also both offer MPEG-4 compression to help get the large 720p30 HD format files down to a sensible size.

Both are mid-sized compact cameras built around 5X zoom Schneider-Kreuznach-branded lenses. The 35-175mm (in 35 equivalent terms), lenses have maximum apertures of f/2.8 at the wide-angle end of the zoom and f/5.1 at the long end. They are expected in January 2008. The Z1085 IS features optical stabilization and higher full-res High ISO than the Z1285 that drops to 3.1MP for ISO 3200.

The Easyshare Z8612 IS meanwhile offers a 12X optical zoom, covering a 36–432 mm range (in 35mm equivalent terms), at f/2.8-4.8. It is an 8.1MP camera that offers ISO 3200 at 2.2 MP. It cannot record HD video, however and its styling is very different from the other two Z series cameras, with rather low-key appearance. It is expected to be available from April 2008.

In common with the latest additions to its 'V' and 'Z' ranges, the company says the latest models are designed to fit with Kodak's "you press the button, we do the rest," ethos.

Easyshare Z1285 specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.72" Type CCD
• 12.4 million pixels total
• 12.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

12.0 MP (4:3) (4000 x 3000)
10.7 MP (3:2) (4000 x 2664)
9.0 MP (16:9) (4000 x 2256)
6.0 MP (4:3) (2832 x 2128)
3.1 MP (4:3) (2048 x 1536)
2.2 MP (3:2) (1800 x 1200)
2.1 MP (16:9) (1920 x 1080)
1.2 MP (4:3) (1280 x 960)

Movie clips

• HD (1280 x 720) at 30 fps
• VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps,
• QVGA (320 x 240) at 30 fps

File formats • JPEG (EXIF v2.2)
Lens

• 5X optical zoom
• Approx. 35 to 175 mm (35mm equiv.)
• f/2.8 (W) to 5.1 (T)

Image stabilization No (Digital only)
Focus • TTL imager Auto Focus
• Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF area modes Centre zone, Multi zone (5 zones)
Focus distance • Autofocus: Approx. 60cm to ∞ (W)/90cm to ∞ (T)
• Macro: Approx. 20cm to 70cm (W)/50cm to 1m (T)
• Landscape: 10m to ∞
Metering • Multi-pattern
• Center weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600, (ISO 3200 and 3.1MP)
Exposure compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter speed • Auto: 1/2 - 1/2000 sec
• Manual: 8 sec - 1/1000 sec
White balance Auto WB, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Open Shade
Scene modes

• Portrait
• Sports
• Landscape
• Snow
• Beach
• Text/document
• Fireworks
• Flower
• Museum
• Self-portrait
• Children
• Backlight
• Panning
• Candlelight
• Sunset
• Panorama stitch

Flash • Flash Modes: Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Fill
• Flash Range (ISO 400): Approx. 0.6 to 2.6m (W), approx. 0.6 to 3.2m (T)
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch wide TFT color LCD
• 115,000 dots
Connectivity • USB
• AV out
Storage 58MB internal memory, SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card
Power 2 x AA batteries (NiMH, Lithium or NiMn)
Weight (no batt) 161 g (5.7 oz)
Dimensions 89.5 x 64.5 x 31.6 mm (3.5 x 2.5 x 1.2 in)