June 13 2007 - Photo Jottings

June 13 2007


Notice the very pretty cameras below.  Kodak announced a new line of low-end point and shoot models with an “M” designation. It’s funny, but I recall just a couple of weeks ago Kodak was saying they were getting out of the unprofitable “low-end” digital camera market.  I’m not sure what low-end means in the world of big-business, but these little jewels start at a mere $149 and top out in the neighborhood of $199.  No price on the M883 as of yet.  I’d say $149 is low-end. The “M” series appears to be marketed squarely at style conscious young people–with colors available such as Pink Bliss, or Espresso!  How ’bout Red hot, or Plum?  No optical image stabilization on any of these six, but they’re marketing “digital image stabilization” obviously to reduce costs.

Next, we have two compact big zooms, the Z1275 with a 12mp sensor and a 37mm-175mm lens, plus HD video at 1280×720 30fps!  The 7.1mp ZD710 comes with the now 4 year old 38mm-380mm zoom lens.  I’m not much of a Kodak fan, I think the best thing they’ve come out with in a long time is the P880, the 24mm-140mm fixed lens camera, which is still available.  It appears Kodak is still resisting the wide angle (28mm) trend for some reason.  All information and photos come from the Kodak consumer products website.

Z1275 12mp 37-175mm zoom
ZD710 7mp 38-380mm
M883 3″ LCD 3x zoom, all else secret!
M873 8mp 38mm-114mm zoom
M753 7mp 37mm-111mm zoom
M853 8.2mp 37-111mm zoom

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