Steve's Digicams - Breaking News - Kodak 01/08/04 Press Release
Press Release - January 8, 2004
New KODAK EASYSHARE LS743 and LS753 Digital Cameras Combine Sophisticated Style and Innovation to Expand Picture Sharing
Models Offer Stunning Image Quality with New Favorites Feature for Instant Sharing
The cameras — whose sleek aluminum bodies are the size of a small mobile phone — integrate Kodak’s new ‘camera favorites’ feature. With a touch of the red-jeweled Share button, people can put pictures into the cameras’ digital photo album for later viewing or printing. These pictures can then be shared anytime on the cameras’ large, 1.8-inch high-resolution indoor/outdoor LCD screens. The Share button also allows individuals to immediately select photos for printing and even e-mailing, with up to 32 e-mail addresses stored in the cameras’ memory.
Both the KODAK EASYSHARE LS743 and LS753 cameras feature a new, professional-quality SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH C-VARIOGON 2.8X compact optical zoom lens and the new KODAK Color Science image processing chip for phenomenal image quality with rich color, accurate skin tones, low noise and precise exposure. The LS743 camera boasts 4 megapixel (MP) resolution and 16 megabytes (MB) of internal memory, allowing for rich detail as well as the ability to enlarge photos up to 20 x 30 inches. The LS753 camera goes one step further with 5 MP resolution and 32 MB of internal memory.
"Until now, people could either buy a digital camera with a compact design or outstanding picture quality, but not both. With the EASYSHARE LS743 and LS753 cameras, we’ve not only delivered beautiful design and exceptional image quality, but also enhanced sharing and ease of use," said Rowan Lawson, director of worldwide digital product marketing for Kodak’s Digital & Film Imaging Systems. "You’ll soon see these versatile models emerge from pockets and handbags at the beach, the concert hall, and the café. Both are ideal for taking and sharing pictures anytime, anywhere."
The new cameras are loaded with smart features, including extensive scene and color modes, TV-resolution (VGA) movie capture and playback capability, multiple sound themes, and a SD card/MultiMediaCard memory expansion slot. They also offer automatic picture rotation to make pictures taken vertically appear right side up on the camera, computer screen or television, plus a 2:3 ratio picture-taking mode optimized for making 4 x 6-inch prints. In addition, the LS743 and LS753 models are always ready to snap a picture by simply depressing the shutter button, regardless of which capture mode or menu is active — a feature unique to EASYSHARE cameras.
Like all EASYSHARE cameras, the LS743 and LS753 include KODAK EASYSHARE software for WINDOWS and MACINTOSH systems, providing effortless digital picture transfer, organization, editing, sharing and printing. The software’s exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature — which takes advantage of proprietary color technologies developed by Kodak — helps WINDOWS OS users get vibrant, true-to-life prints from home inkjet printers, while significantly reducing the costly trial, error and waste usually associated with home photo printing.
Both models are ideal for picture takers who want a smart, stylish camera that can be dropped in a shirt pocket and taken anywhere. The LS743 camera (US MSRP) will be available worldwide beginning in April 2004 and the LS753 camera (pricing to be determined) will be available beginning in June 2004.
The award-winning KODAK EASYSHARE digital photography system — consisting of cameras, software, docks and printer docks, inkjet and thermal papers, and accessories — makes it simple for anyone to take, organize, share, and print high quality digital pictures. More information on KODAK EASYSHARE products is available at www.kodak.com/go/EasyShare.
About Eastman Kodak Company and infoimaging
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images — for memories, for information, for entertainment. The company is a major participant in infoimaging, a billion industry composed of devices (digital cameras and flat-panel displays), infrastructure (online networks and delivery systems for images) and services & media (software, film and paper enabling people to access, analyze and print images). With sales of .8 billion in 2002, the company comprises several businesses: Health, supplying the healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and output products and services; Commercial Printing, offering on-demand color printing and networking publishing systems; Commercial Imaging, offering image capture, output and storage products and services to businesses and government; Display & Components, which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode displays as well as other specialty materials, and delivers optics and imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers; and Digital & Film Imaging Systems, providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services.