Kodak Z980, M380 and Zx1

Kodak’s press release for CES 2009 (Consumer Electronics Show) appears to have leaked out onto the web a few days early, revealing a number of interesting items to be introduced by Kodak in the coming days.

Kodak has introduced two new point and shoot cameras and one pocket-sized HD video camera.  The Kodak Z980 is a 12 megapixel sensor and a whopping 24x optical zoom.  Of course, the Z980 also offers much needed image stabilization for its extended focal length.  This spec-heavy superzoom will run $399 retail when it releases.

The Kodak M380 is a more affordable 10 megapixel camera with a 5x optical zoom and 2.7″ LCD screen.  The M380 is available in black, red and teal for a retail price of $179.

The Kodak Zx1 is a competitor to the Flip-series cameras (Read Photography Bay’s Flip MinoHD Review).  The Zx1 features 720p capture at 60fps.  Like the Flip cameras, the Zx1 includes software to enable easy uploads to YouTube.  It is also SD card compatible for sizes up 32GB, which will result in recording times up to 10 hours.  If its performance lives up to its specs, the Zx1 will be a bargain at $149.95.

PRESS RELEASE

New introductions from Kodak deliver brilliant images, unique ways to create and easy ways to connect

Pocket-sized HD Digital Video Camera and 24x Ultra-Zoom Digital Camera highlight Kodak launches at 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show

Las Vegas, NV, January 8, 2009 – Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today introduced new products and services that make it easier than ever for consumers to make the most of life’s moments, from go-anywhere High Definition video recording to simple, automatic capture of brilliant images.

Kodak’s latest innovations are on display at Kodak’s booth at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (booth 31400, South Hall).

“These new products deliver great performance but are still so easy to use that you’ll never miss a memorable or important moment,” said John Blake, General Manager Digital Capture and Devices, Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “With these new products consumers can count on Kodak to help them capture brilliant images and video, easily share them with friends and family, and create a wealth of lasting memories.”

Leading the introductions is the new KODAK Z980 Digital Camera, featuring a wealth of power and versatility, including a 26 mm wide angle, professional quality, 24X image stabilized optical zoom lens and a vertical shutter release with detachable vertical grip.

“Photographers looking for more from their digital camera will find it in the Z980,” Blake said. “Our innovative Smart Capture feature makes camera adjustments automatically, delivering brilliant images automatically in virtually any setting.”

The new KODAK Z980 Digital Camera offers:

  • Kodak’s exclusive Smart Capture feature, which analyzes scenes and adjusts camera settings to deliver beautiful pictures more often;
  • 26 mm wide angle/24X SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON Image Stabilized Optical Zoom Lens;
  • HD picture and video capture;
  • Vertical shutter release and detachable vertical grip, for greater comfort and control when shooting scenes vertically;
  • Hot shoe for optional KODAK P20 zoom flash;
  • Available at US$399.95 MSRP from Spring, 2009.

Kodak also introduced new models to its M-Series Digital Camera line, led by the KODAK EASYSHARE M380 Digital Camera. A sleek but powerful digital camera for style-savvy consumers, the M380 delivers an innovative feature package led by Kodak’s Smart Capture feature. The new camera’s compact design also boasts a 10MP sensor, 5X optical zoom, and 2.7″ LCD. The M380 will be available in black, red and teal, and retail at US$179 MSRP from March, 2009;

Kodak expands its line of video cameras with the new KODAK Zx1 Digital Video Camera, a compact and weather-resistant device that enables “go-anywhere” High Definition recording.

The Zx1 allows users to shoot and share high-quality video quickly and simply, with 720p HD video capture – at 60 or 30 fps – a vibrant 2.0-inch LCD screen, and built-in software for easy editing and sharing of content to YouTube™ and other social media and networking websites.

“The Zx1 is a fun and interactive way to engage in ‘on-the-go’ storytelling, and enables consumers to quickly and easily share their adventures online,” said Blake.

The new camera’s feature set includes:

  • Pocketable 720p HD video capture at 60 fps
  • Weather-resistant design that stands up to splashes, dirt and more;
  • High-quality video capture in bright light or low light – from the beach, to the nightclub;
  • Easy editing, personalization, and uploading to YouTube or other Internet sites with built-in video software, ArcSoft Media Impressions for Kodak;
  • Expandable SD/SDHC Card slot for memory cards up to 32 GB, that can record up to 10 hours of HD video*;
  • Available in five colors: black, red, pink, blue and yellow**;

The KODAK Zx1 Pocket Video Camera will be available from Spring 2009, and retail for US$149.95 MSRP.

Kodak also unveiled new accessory offerings, including KODAK SDHC Video Memory Cards, customized for faster video transfer and available in 4, 8 and 16 GB capacities to capture and store more HD video.

*Record approximately 20 minutes per 1GB at HD 30fps.
** Color availability may vary.

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