Kodak Serves Up New High-Zoom, Compact Cameras
At a Glance
Kodak EasyShare M381 Compact Camera
This bargain-priced point-and-shoot camera has quirks and limitations, but it's a decent no-fuss option for beginners.
Leading the charge is the 12-megapixel Kodak EasyShare Z950, a 10X-optical-zoom (35mm-to-350mm) model with optical image stabilization that appears to be a slight upgrade to the recently reviewed EasyShare Z915.
Not quite as powerful as the EasyShare Z980 announced earlier this year, the EasyShare Z950 will offer 720p HD video recording (MPEG-4 files recorded at 30 frames per second), as well as in-camera video-editing features. It also has a 3-inch LCD (larger than that of the Z915), and rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The EasyShare Z950 is slated for August availability, priced at $280.
Also on the announcement docket were four compact cameras, starting with the slimmer 12-megapixel EasyShare M381, a 5X-optical-zoom (35mm-to-175mm) model with a 3-inch LCD, digital image stabilization, and standard-definition, 640-by-480 QuickTime video capture at 30 fps.
The EasyShare M381 will be available in September for $190.
The other three new EasyShare models are bargain-priced point-and-shoots, all available in September: the 12-megapixel, 3X-optical-zoom EasyShare M341 ($160); the 12-megapixel, 5X-optical EasyShare C190 ($140), which runs on AA batteries, offers digital image stabilization, and has a 2.7-inch LCD; and the ultra-low-end, 12-megapixel EasyShare C182 ($120), featuring a 3-inch LCD, digital image stabilization, and 640-by-480 QuickTime video capture.
For more, see all the info on Kodak's latest product announcements.