This morning, Kodak introduced two new models to its collection of all-in-one printers. The ESP 3250 and ESP 5250 both take aim at consumers who need a printer in the home for light-duty snapshot and document printing, but don't necessarily need extra features (like an auto-document feeder or a duplexer) that typically push printers past the $200 threshold. As such, the new models are essentially stripped-down versions of the ESP 3 and ESP 5 printers we reviewed last year, but with a few updates:Kodak ESP 3250 - $130 1.5-inch LCD Display Manual duplexing for double-sided printing Low … Read more
A couple weeks back, Kodak announced new products for this fall, including the excellent Zi8 minicamcorder. At the same time, the company was touring the guys in the video above--Brett Westcott and Cameron Brown--up the East Coast trying to get people to smile by complimenting them.
The two are known as the Compliment Guys (go figure) back on their campus at Purdue, where they started doing their thing to cheer people up. Kodak decided to put them on a 10-city tour, coinciding with its latest marketing campaign, "It's Time to Smile!"
So what does this have to … Read more
It's rare enough to find a standard-definition pocket camcorder like the Creative Vado or Flip Video for under $100, but a high-def model? Schwing!
Geeks.com has a refurbished Kodak Zi6 HD camcorder for $69.99. Shipping will run you about $8.
Before I go any further, here's the catch: It's pink. Now, I'm secure enough in my manhood to bring a pink camcorder to my kid's soccer game, but you might--aw, who am I kidding, no I'm not!
The Zi6 is widely regarded as one of the top models in its pocket-cam class. … Read more
Over the last few years, as the pocket camcorder market has taken off, pioneer Flip Video has narrowly hung onto the lead it built by offering models with arguably superior designs and slightly better video quality. A few companies, including Creative, Sony, and RCA, have been nipping at its heels for a while, but none has been able to overtake Flip's offerings. Until now. While Kodak's Zi8 may not be perfect, it has a lot of the little extras we've been asking for--including electronic image stabilization and external mic support--and delivers very respectable video for a minicamcorder … Read more
The Kodak EasyShare M340 is a 10-megapixel ultracompact camera with a 3x zoom lens and a 2.7-inch LCD. It's powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack, as are all of the models in Kodak's M series. It has an f3.1-5.7 35-105mm-equivalent lens, and its ISO sensitivities go up to 1,600.
CNET has not reviewed the C180, but we have reviewed a similarly featured camera in Kodak's M series, the M1033. We expect photo quality to be nearly the same between the models, however, there are some key differences.
The M1033 has a … Read more
The Kodak EasyShare C180 is a 10-megapixel compact camera with a 3x zoom lens and a 2.4-inch LCD. It's powered by AA batteries, as are all of the models in its C series. It has an f2.9-5.2 32-96mm-equivalent lens and its ISO sensitivities go up to 1,250.
CNET has not reviewed the C180, but we have reviewed a similarly featured camera in Kodak's ultracompact M series, the M1033. We expect photo quality to be nearly the same between the models, however, there are some key differences.
The M1033 has a 3-inch LCD, the lens … Read more
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First we said good-bye to Polaroid, now it's Kodachrome. What's a film sentimentalist to do? After 74 years of making the color film used by many of photography's greats, Kodak announced Monday that it's ending Kodachrome's production.
Kodachrome makes up less than 1 percent of Kodak's total sales for still film, according to the company. Digital cameras are obviously the main culprit contributing to Kodachrome's demise, but photographers are also using newer kinds of color film that are easier to process. Only one photofinishing lab in the world still processes Kodachrome--Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kan. … Read more
I still remember a conversation I had a couple years ago with a digital camera product manager about movie recording in his company's cameras and why it was limited to clips only 30 seconds long. His response was "our research tells us consumers don't use the movie mode or don't even know it's on their camera so it's really not a concern for us." YouTube and other video-sharing sites weren't exactly a secret at that time so the answer--regardless of research--seemed pretty off to me.
Since then, camera makers have been steadily rolling out improvements to movie recording. The main thing they've gone after--no surprise--is resolution. Slapping "HD" on a camera is the video equivalent of megapixels. Put "full HD" on a model and you'll really grab some attention. Squeeze an HDMI jack on the camera and you're in even better shape to sell some units to consumers interested in getting one product that takes good photos and videos and can play them back instantly on an HDTV.
One of the biggest missteps in this quest for the perfect movie mode, however, seems to be whether you get use of the optical zoom while recording. Kodak was one of the first, if not the first to add HD capabilities to its cameras. Its longest megazoom, the EasyShare Z980, is currently under review and like most of its other cameras features HD-quality movie capture with full use of its 24x zoom lens.
So, is a good movie mode crucial to a purchase decision these days or is it just one more thing manufacturers can slap on the box to up-sell you?
See the latest reviews of digital cameras in all types and sizes that capture HD video after the break. … Read more