Kodak Ships DC290 - Features Uncompressed Image Option and 3.2 Million Pixel "Ultra" Mode

ROCHESTER, N.Y.--October 22, 1999--Eastman Kodak Company today announced that its new DC290 zoom digital camera is shipping. Announced in August the camera fulfills the company's commitment to bring a high resolution, "smart" digital camera to the marketplace for the most demanding business applications and advanced personal use.

Built on the company's award-winning DC260/265 camera platform, the Kodak DC290 zoom camera combines high resolution, user control and an easy programmable Digita interface. The DC290 offers a wide selection of scripts and applications that automate frequently used camera functions for efficiency and simplicity. Some are provided with the camera, while others are available through the Kodak web site.

The Kodak DC290 zoom camera also features a 3.3 million-pixel "Ultra" resolution mode with enough detail for prints up to 11 x 14-inches from a 2.1 million pixel sensor. In "Ultra" mode, the camera mathematically derives (interpolates) additional image data as it processes the original picture data coming from the sensor. In addition, the camera offers an uncompressed TIFF (tagged image file format) mode that yields a full 6.3 MB file to provide maximum control over quality from each of the camera's 2.1 million pixels.

Like the DC260 and 265, the DC290 is an auto-focus, auto-exposure camera with a built-in automatic flash and offers a 3X (38 to 115 mm equivalent) optical zoom, which can be digitally extended to 6X. The camera also lets the user adjust the exposure values two stops over and under in half-stop increments and switch to a manual focus mode. In the same fashion as a traditional, professional camera, the DC290 features external flash sync capability.

In addition, the Kodak DC290 offers

  • A USB interface for both Macintosh and Windows platforms, enabling significantly faster transfer of pictures than either serial or IrDA ports
  • Finished file formats--JPEG and uncompressed RGB TIFF
  • A burst mode that lets the camera take up to four sequential pictures at high-resolution and up to 16 at standard resolution at the touch of a button
  • A time-lapse mode for shots taken at intervals from one minute up to 24 hours
  • Expandability and support through firmware upgrades from the Kodak web site.
  • Scripting capabilities make it easy to use pre-programmed settings for camera operation, to customize tags for each image, and to accommodate accessories such as a global positioning system.
  • Immediate LCD review on a two-inch color screen, enabling users to verify that they got their shot
  • Audio input and playback lets users record up to two-minutes of sound with each image
  • Video-out enables users to view their pictures on a TV or through an LCD projector
  • A unique "file open" feature that turns the camera into a card reader

Now available, the DC290 camera is priced at . The camera ships with a CompactFlash card, four NiMH batteries and charger, four AA alkaline batteries, USB cable to support both Windows and Macintosh platforms, audio/video cable, handstrap, lens cover. The bundle also includes Adobe PageMill and PhotoDeluxe software, Kodak PicturesNow software, a quick set-up guide, and user's guides.