Kodak releases Z950, M381 & M341 digital compacts

Jul 29, 2009 at 09:30 GMT

Kodak has announced three 12 megapixel compact cameras. The Z950 offers 10x image stabilized lens, 3 inch LCD and HD video recording. No indication is given of the range of its Schneider-branded lens, leading us to suspect it has no wide-angle capability. The company has also refreshed its 'M' range, adding the M381 and M341 with 5x and 3x zooms, and 3.0" and 2.7" LCDs, respectively to slot nicely into popular price points. All three cameras have Kodak's Smart Capture scene recognition and exposure system.

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New cameras from Kodak include versatile high-zoom
addition to popular Z-Series

New M-Series models also debut,
delivering powerful features in sleek designs

London, July 29, 2009Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today announced the newest additions to the KODAK EASYSHARE Digital Camera family, all featuring Kodak’s Smart Capture technology that consistently delivers high quality images in nearly any environment.

Leading the new introductions is the KODAK EASYSHARE Z950 Digital Camera, offering a 10X image stabilised Schneider-Kreuznach optical zoom lens that provides maximum versatility for avid photographers to easily handle both distant and close-up shots. It also incorporates Kodak’s innovative Smart Capture feature, which automatically adjusts focus, flash, and exposure for a great picture in virtually any setting.

“The KODAK EASYSHARE Z950 Digital Camera enables consumers to effortlessly get brilliant shot after brilliant shot,” says Carolyn Walsh, Product Sales Director, CDG, FPG, UK & Ireland. “You can capture great pictures as you move from daytime to night and from family shots to landscapes. And the Z950 delivers all this in a compact form that makes it easy to take anywhere.”

Image quality in the new camera is enhanced by a SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON Optical Zoom Lens with image stabilisation. Walsh notes that the precision optics of the lens integrate with the camera’s design and technology to deliver high resolution, minimum shading and low distortion.

“The combination of these features plus a 12 MP sensor makes the Z950 a compact digital capture powerhouse, with outstanding image quality and ease of use at an affordable price,” says Walsh.

The full feature set of the new KODAK EASYSHARE Z950 Digital Camera includes:

The new KODAK EASYSHARE Z950 Digital Camera will retail for £199.99 from September, 2009.

Kodak also introduced the KODAK EASYSHARE M381 Digital Camera, boasting a sleek and stylish form that houses powerful features for easily capturing brilliant pictures.
“Memorable moments worth capturing and sharing can pop up in an instant, and the slim design of the KODAK EASYSHARE M381 Digital Camera enables consumers to take it anywhere those moments may happen,” says Walsh.

Even when the picture you want is far away, the M381 brings you closer without moving an inch, thanks to a 5X optical zoom lens. “Plus, you’ll take great pictures in just about any situation, thanks to our Smart Capture technology,” Walsh adds.

The advanced feature set of the KODAK EASYSHARE M381 Digital Camera also includes:

The KODAK EASYSHARE M381 Digital Camera will be available in Black Olive, Light Steel Blue and Wine Red for £129 from September, 2009.

Also new to the M Series camera line is the sleek KODAK EASYSHARE M341 Digital Camera, featuring Smart Capture, 12MP sensor, 3x optical zoom, and 2.7” LCD, and Easy uploading of pictures and video directly to YouTube™ or KODAK Gallery via the “Share” button and KODAK EASYSHARE Software. Available in Grey Silver, Classic Kodak Red, Satin Black and Deep Orchid, and retailing at £119.99 RRP from August, 2009.

A range of accessories will be available for these new KODAK EASYSHARE Digital Cameras including KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Batteries and battery charger kits; KODAK SD and SDHC High Performance Memory Cards; KODAK Camera Bags and much more.

*1 ISO 3200 available at 3.1 MP setting or less in PASM modes.
*2 32 MB internal memory/20 MB available for picture storage.

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