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Friday, February 10, 2012

Kodak to Cease Making Digital Cameras

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home News" @ 09:16 AM

"Kodak has announced that it is ceasing production of digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames."

Kodak has been a real mess for the past 20 years, with management trying to keep a hold on a lucrative but dwindling core business. As Kodak exits a market it never really could compete in against the Japanese, I wonder what the post-bankruptcy future it has? Paper? More film? Licensing the name is only going to go so far without some innovations from the parent company. In the end, I think this pretty much confirms Kodak as a has-been.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

KODAK Unveils ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:52 PM

"It's hard to make business decisions when you're thinking about the cost of ink. Stop overpaying and make the smart investment with the KODAK ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer. Kodak offers the lowest total ink replacement cost[1]. And a suite of features that will keep you productive in your home office. Features like the 25-page automatic document feeder, easy wireless functionality, easy-to-use controls, low ink alerts, and direct printing from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or BLACKBERRY device. It's an affordable 4-in-1 bundle of business efficiency that makes the most of every dollar, and every minute. So you'll never worry about hitting print again."

If you're looking for an all-in-one printer, scanner, fax, and copying machine, this $149 wireless wonder (802.11 b/g/n) should do the trick nicely. The fact that you can also print from iOS devices, and Blackberry devices, is a nice touch - though I'd be curious to know how often someone needs to do that? I suppose with the proliferation of tablets replacing laptops, printing might become more common. Add Kodak's low ink costs into the mix - black ink is $9.99 and the colour cartridge is $17.99 - and I'd say you have a winning combination here.

I've never owned a Kodak printer before though, so I'm unsure about the print quality. Any owners care to weigh in?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Kodak Announces Easyshare Touch, Mini, Sport as well as Playfull and Playsport Camcorders

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

We kick off CES 2011 camera coverage with a bunch of cheap cameras from Kodak. Once again, does anyone still buy Kodak cameras? Anyway, the first of these is the Kodak Easyshare Touch, which is yet another touchscreen-based camera. The notable feature has to be price: US$150 gets you a camera with a 5x zoom lens that starts at 28mm equivalent, a 14 megapixel sensor, 3" capacitive touchscreen, 720p video recording and HDMI output. The Easyshare Mini features a 3x zoom lens that starts at an odd 29mm equivalent with a 10 megapixel sensor, a front mirror for self portraits, all in a credit card-sized camera for US$100. Then there is the Easytouch Sport, which sounds a bargain at US$80 for a waterproof, dustproof camera, but note the 12 megapixel shooter has a fixed lens with no zoom.

The two camcorders featured are the Easyshare Playfull and Easyshare Playsport. The former is a sleek device that offers 1080p recording and 5 megapixel stills for US$150. The latter is similar but is waterproof and dustproof and is at US$180. No word on availability for any of the cameras. More photos of the cameras at the link.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Kodak EasyShare M580 Reviewed by TrustedReviews

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

"The EasyShare M580 was launched last year at the same time as the 10x zoom Z950, and is the current flagship of Kodak's consumer M series. Considering its bargain price it's a well made and surprisingly well specified camera, with a 14 megapixel 1/2.3 inch CCD sensor, an 8x zoom Schneider-Kreuznach lens, a 7.5cm (3.0 inch) 230k LCD monitor and built-in optical image stabilisation, all wrapped up in a strong all-aluminium body."

Kodak's still around, churning out a variety of compact cameras (and struggling with a declining film business), and this one seems alright, despite Kodak having a lot of flops in the last few years. Despite that, it is rather generic, and like what I've mentioned before, does anyone still buy Kodak cameras? They must if Kodak is somehow keeping afloat, even though I don't see any advantages from a Kodak camera nowadays.

Monday, August 23, 2010

KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera Boasts a 3-inch Capacitive Touch Screen

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:30 PM

""Eastman Kodak Company today introduced the new KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera, a sleek and stylish addition to its award-winning digital video camera portfolio. The pocket-size KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera features a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen so consumers can easily glide through their HD videos with the swipe of a fingertip. With new on-camera editing and Kodak's exclusive Share Button, the PLAYTOUCH Video Camera makes it easy for consumers to share their favorite moments with friends and family in full 1080p HD."

Kodak is one of the bigger players in the pocket video camera market - sheesh, we really need a catchy name for this category of camera - and the KODAK PLAYTOUCH looks like a significant improvement above previous generations. I'm not sold on the touch screen, though I see there's a single physical button - as long as that button starts and stops the recording, I'm OK with touch screen buttons being used for other features. Strangely, the press release doesn't mention the frame rate of the 1080p recording - I suspect it's either 24fps or 30fps. The on-camera editing and tagging videos for upload might be useful for some people. What I'd be more interested in are the details on the sensor itself - is the PLAYTOUCH any better in low-light than previous KODAK cameras? That's a key area of weakness for these cameras.

The remainder of the press release, and an image of the front of the PLAYTOUCH camera, is after the break. Read more...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Digital Photography Review Does a Super Zoom Roundup

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

"It's now more than a year since we published our last superzoom group test and despite the hype surrounding mirrorless system cameras such as Micro Four Thirds or the Sony NEX, and the fact that entry level DSLRs are becoming more and more affordable, superzoom cameras are as popular with consumers as ever. It is easy to see why. The combination of a large zoom range from wideangle to super telephoto, DSLR-like ergonomics and an attractive price point guarantee that these cameras appeal to a very broad audience."

Following up on their travel zoom roundup, Digital Photography Review has released one on the travel zoom's big brothers; the super zoom cameras. As mentioned, despite mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras being the new must-have for manufacturers, the appeal of such "bridge" cameras still lies in their versatility at a low cost. This time round, the winners are not so surprising. Still, I can't imagine going back to using thumbnail-sized sensors in my cameras!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Budget Camera Shootout - Eight Cameras Tested at Digital Camera Resource Page

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:43 AM

"For many years now, the trend on this website has been to review the more expensive, cutting-edge cameras. Not only do those cameras capture my interest -- they are what the majority of DCRP readers are curious about, as well. Recently, I was reminded by a reader that I wasn't giving enough attention to entry-level cameras. These cameras may be boring to tech enthusiasts, but let's face it, millions of them are sold every year to regular folks who want something easy-to-use that takes decent photos."

Jeff Keller of the Digital Camera Resource Page has done a nice roundup of eight budget digital cameras. As digital cameras becomes more commoditised, reviews tend to become fewer and fewer, especially in the budget section, where unfortunately it is an area where it's likely to be a big segment of consumers who will likely need some help in making their choices. So if you know of anyone who's just looking for a cheap, no-frills camera that won't let them down, send them over to this roundup.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Samsung WB650, Kodak Z981 and Canon SX210 Reviewed

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

Here's a trio of reviews of superzoom cameras, including one of the winner's of dpreview's travel zoom round up, the Samsung WB650. PhotographyBLOG reviews it, and like dpreview, came away pretty impressed by it. Between this and the Samsung EX1/TL500, it seems that Samsung's slowly creeping in as a viable brand for digital cameras. Hopefully they can keep the momentum going in this very tight market.

More cameras after the read link.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

[APRIL FOOLS] Kodak Announces Pictures You Can Smell

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 09:20 AM

"Imagine seeing an image of a field of wildflowers and the experiencing all the delicate and complex aromas that accompany the visual experience. It's no longer just a dream, thanks to recent breakthroughs in Neuro-Optic-Nasal-Sense Imaging*."

I was pretty skeptical myself, but sure enough, over at the Kodak site, I could really smell the flowers after the processing. Impressive stuff!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Don't Trust Anyone With Your Precious Images

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 04:00 PM

"A recent e-mail from Eastman Kodak Co. didn't lead to a Kodak moment for Vanessa Daniele. It got her angry. On May 16, the company's Kodak Gallery online photo service will delete her picture albums unless she spends at least $4.99 by then and every year thereafter on prints and other products. That's the new rule for people whose photos take up less than 2 gigabytes of space on Kodak's servers - enough for around 2,000 1-megabyte photos. People over that limit must spend at least $19.99 a year. And customers who signed up under the old rules won't be given a pass."

I have a pretty simple rule when it comes to my photos, music, videos, documents, etc: redundancy and backups rule the day. And while putting things up in the cloud (online) is just great, it's simply foolish for that to be the only place they exist. I feel for anyone that gets trapped by service changes, but if you value your photos, placing your trust in an online service to protect and keep your images isn't smart.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Kodak Bringing Media Hub To Your Living Room

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home News" @ 06:00 AM

"ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today unveiled the KODAK Theatre HD Player, a High Definition (HD) media player that enables consumers to interact more freely and creatively with their most valuable possessions -- their memories. Harnessing Wi-Fi and HD technologies, a wide array of organizational and display features and access to online content through unique partners, the KODAK Theatre HD Player turns consumers into the directors of their own show with a wireless remote control pointer in-hand. The device will roll out in stages, with a market trial commencing in September 2008."

It looks like Kodak will be bringing their own HD media hub to your living room, the KODAK Theatre HD Player, which appears to be in competition with Windows Media Center and Apple TV. I haven't seen any pictures of the interface or actual hardware, but it will be really difficult to compete with Media Center's interface and Apple TV's hardware. Right now it looks like it will only be able to display video at 720p, why wouldn't they have this device future-proofed and give it the ability to display at 1080p??? I'm not too excited about this device, but I'll have to see the final hardware before making final judgement.

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