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Kodak Pro introduces bundles

By dpreview staff on Jan 9, 2001 at 04:00 GMT

The success of the DCS 620x tolled the death knell for the DCS 620 (which has now been discontinued), buyers simply couldn't see the reason to go for it over the super-sensitve DCS 620x. In the wake of that news comes new camera, printer and imaging software bundles from Kodak Professional. The printer included in these bundles is Kodak's Professional 8660 Thermal.

Press release:

Kodak Professional Offers Digital Cameras, Portraits & More Software, Printers in Versatile Digital Imaging Solution 'Bundles' Packages Provide Affordable Entry Point into Event Imaging, Digital Portraiture

ORLANDO, Fla., January 8 - Photographers looking for an affordable way to enter the event imaging or digital portraiture marketplaces now have a new choice of reliable, flexible, easy-to-use imaging solutions from Kodak Professional.

The Eastman Kodak Company division is offering a variety of its highly acclaimed digital cameras, software and printers in packaged bundles, providing premium value at a range of price points and for a variety of profit-generating applications.

"There's no question that digital imaging is a growing photographic segment. But cost and some uncertainties about what equipment is needed have slowed many independent portrait and event photographers from entering the digital world," said John Hodgson, Marketing Manager, Kodak Professional. "We're removing those barriers by offering a range of reliable digital imaging solutions in pre-selected bundles so photographers can choose one that best fits their needs, expertise and budget."

Kodak Professional is offering six different solutions - including a choice of software from Kodak's popular Portraits & More family of software -priced significantly lower than if the components were selected and purchased separately. With recommended list prices ranging from $8,450 to $12,450, these new bundles offer a variety of camera platforms, image resolutions and printer output.

Savings of up to $6,040 - or 33 percent - off the list component prices are available for a limited time only. The bundles with a Kodak Professional DCS 330 and DCS 520 digital cameras are available only while supplies last, while the other bundles are available until June 30, 2001. Available only from authorized Kodak Professional Portraits & More dealers, these offerings from Kodak are designed to open up digital imaging to a new class of photographers.

New Kodak Professional Bundles

Bundle Name Kodak Professional Event Imaging System 330/8660
Digital Camera DCS 330
Imaging Software PC Event
Digital Printer 8660 Thermal Printer
Suggested U.S. List Price $8,450

Bundle Name Kodak Professional Pro Imaging System 330/8660
Digital Camera DCS 330
Imaging Software Portraits & More PC Professional
Digital Printer 8660 Thermal Printer
Suggested U.S. List Price $8,450

Bundle Name Kodak Professional Event Imaging System 520/8660
Digital Camera DCS 520
Imaging Software PC Event
Digital Printer 8660 Thermal Printer
Suggested U.S. List Price $12,450

Bundle Name Kodak Professional Pro Imaging System 520/8660
Digital Camera DCS 520
Imaging Software Portraits & More PC Professional
Digital Printer 8660 Thermal Printer
Suggested U.S. List Price $12,450

Bundle Name Kodak Professional Event Imaging System 620x/8660
Digital Camera DCS 620x
Imaging Software PC Event
Digital Printer 8660 Thermal Printer
Suggested U.S. List Price $12,450

Bundle Name Kodak Professional Pro Imaging System 620x/8660
Digital Camera DCS 620x
Imaging Software Portraits & More PC Professional
Digital Printer 8660 Thermal Printer
Suggested U.S. List Price $12,450

Affordable Entry-Level Option

Teaming a Kodak Professional DCS 330 digital camera with a Kodak Professional 8660 thermal printer delivers high-resolution image capture and high-volume printer capability. This bundle comes with Kodak Professional PC Event Software or Kodak Professional PC PRO versions of Kodak Portraits & More software.

The DCS 330 camera, built on a Nikon Pronea SLR platform, offers 3-megapixel resolution, and has an ISO range of 125-400, 10-bit color range and a built-in anti-aliasing filter. The 8660 thermal printer features a cast metal frame for durability and high reliability, an enclosed design for artifact-free prints, and a cartridge ribbon for easy media loading. It delivers near-real time photo-quality output from 5x7 inches up to a full page 8.5x14 inches.

This bundle has a recommended list price of $8,450. It represents a great opportunity for a photographer to immediately enter the professional digital photography market with a high-resolution, productive solution for on-demand portraiture. Perfect for all kinds of photo shoots - from senior portrait to prom and dance portraiture - this bundle can deliver a quick payback on an investment in professional quality digital imaging technology.

The High-Performance Imaging Solution

The industry-leading Kodak Professional DCS 520 and DCS 620x digital cameras - built on a Canon EOS-1N platform and a Nikon F5 platform, respectively - feature sharp 2-megapixel image resolution, 12-bit color depth and removable anti-aliasing filters. The ISO rating for the DCS 520 camera is 200-1600, while for the DCS 620x camera it is 400-4000.

Kodak Professional is offering a choice of the DCS 520 or DCS 620x along with an 8660 printer and software for a suggested list price of $12,450. These bundle can be purchased with either Kodak Professional PC Event Software or Kodak Professional PC PRO versions of Kodak Portraits & More Software.

The high ISO and color depth of the Kodak DCS 520 and 620x allow for more flexibility with lighting and composition. Either camera makes a great choice for all types of action and creative photography.

Portraits & More Software

Depending on their particular needs, photographers can choose a particular Kodak Professional Portraits & More software, which comes in two different configurations: PC Event and PC Pro. Both PC Event and PC Pro software are designed especially for productive digital imaging in a range of portrait situations. Both are Windows-based and provide high-speed image processing, graphic template merging, and package printing. They also offer the option of adding text to images. The software easily acquires images from all Kodak DCS cameras and prints to a variety of printers.

PC Event software, with its exceptionally easy-to-use interface and "one click" package printing, is designed for productive portraiture when fewer creative choices are needed to keep people moving through a portrait sitting. It is a great choice for prom and dance portraiture as well as for volume sports team "shoots".

PC Pro software offers a broad range of artistic options with multi-image composites, and on-demand creativity. It delivers a sophisticated set of imaging manipulation tools, while maintaining functionality for on-demand portraiture, and is a better choice for senior portraiture and executive portraiture.

These camera/printer/software bundles are available today from authorized dealers of Kodak Professional Portraits & More software.

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