Kodak's first CMOS compact
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.
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.
1/2.5 in. CMOS
|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
Still: JPEG Exif v2.21
|Lens|| 36–108 mm (35 mm equiv.) f/2.7 – 4.8, 2 step aperture|
|Image stabilization||Digital (ISO boost)|
|Digital zoom||Up to 5x|
Normal, Landscape, Macro
|AF area modes|| Multi-Zone
|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) – ∞
|ISO sensitivity|| 80–160 auto
80–200 digital IS
|Exposure compensation|| +/- 2EV
1/2 EV steps
|Self timer|| 2 sec
|Shot-to-shot||< 3.5 sec. until buffer full|
|Image parameters||Color, Sepia, b/w|
|LCD monitor|| 2.4 in. (6.1 cm) indoor/outdoor color display
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0
Kodak Camera Dock / Printer Dock interface
|Print compliance|| IMAGELINK print system compatible
|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)|
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