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Press Releases - February 25, 2006



Prestigious Photo Industry Awards Underscore Kodak’s Leadership in Retail Printing Market as Company Introduces New Products

KODAK Picture Kiosk G4 Multi-Station Digital Picture Center, DP1 Software Win Prestigious DIMA Innovative Digital Product of the Year Awards


ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 25 — Eastman Kodak Company’s new KODAK Picture Kiosk G4 Multi-Station Digital Picture Center earned the company accolades for innovation at this year’s Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Annual International Convention and Trade Show. The Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA, part of PMA) recognized the KODAK Digital Picture Center, as well as KODAK PROFESSIONAL Digital Printing Software (DP1), as two of only 17 products that will influence the future of digital imaging.

DIMA Innovative Digital Product Awards are presented annually to distinctive or first-of-a-kind products or services. Past Kodak wins have included the groundbreaking EASYSHARE-ONE wireless digital camera (2005) and the EASYSHARE printer dock (2003).

"The DIMA awards reaffirm Kodak’s commitment to helping retailers thrive in today’s evolving imaging marketplace," said Nicki Zongrone, general manager, Worldwide Kiosk Systems and Services; vice president, Consumer Digital Imaging Group, Eastman Kodak Company. "No other manufacturer has developed the interconnected system of products, services and partnerships to help retailers expand their business like Kodak."

At the same conference, the company’s G4 Picture Kiosk won a unique award when the Photographic Manufacturers and Distributors Association named it "person of the year" in recognition of the impact that photo kiosks have had on the imaging category. Kodak introduced its first photo kiosk in 1988, and kiosks have since reshaped the way people print pictures from their digital cameras and mobile phones at retail stores.

KODAK kiosks enjoy widespread retailer acceptance and outstanding satisfaction among consumers. In fact, the company reports consumer satisfaction scores exceeding 90 percent. Some 75,000 KODAK units are installed in retail locations around the world, including Boots, Carrefour, Click, CVS/pharmacy, eKex (China), Kmart Australia, Media Markt, Ritz Camera, Target, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and other leading retailers, making Kodak far and away the most widely accepted photo kiosk at retail.

"Consumers trust Kodak to deliver the highest quality photo prints and retailers trust Kodak as a partner to build their in-store traffic and photofinishing businesses," said Zongrone.

KODAK Digital Picture Center and Picture Kiosk G4 Version 1.0

The new KODAK Digital Picture Center and KODAK Picture Kiosk G4 v1.0 software help retailers make it easier for consumers to print real KODAK pictures from digital sources. The Digital Picture Center includes a "multi-station" concept that will revolutionize how retailers use kiosks to make it quick and easy for consumers to print digital pictures. Specifically, the new configuration allows a retailer to connect several order stations to a common bank of printers, reducing queue times and improving throughput. The KODAK Picture Kiosk G4 hardware solution offers faster performance and new contemporary styling designed to elevate the consumer printing experience while helping retailers compete in the rapidly expanding digital printing market.

KODAK Digital Picture System 900 Demonstrating why it is the market leader in retail digital printing solutions, Kodak also introduced its DPS 900 thermal printing station, offering on-site printing of both digital and film media, thereby helping retailers tap into the rapidly expanding digital market while also retaining important revenue from film customers as the market transitions. Combining a 35-mm film scanner with Kodak’s powerful Picture Kiosk G4 platform and award-winning KODAK 6850 and 8800 thermal photo printers, the KODAK DPS 900 provides a total photo solution for retailers of virtually any size: ? Compared to a digital mini-lab, the KODAK DPS 900 has a significantly lower total cost of ownership, including lower capital investment and labor costs. ? It offers modularity and flexibility with the ability to print from both digital and film files, and to create high-margin products such as CDs and enlargements. ? Enabled with the innovative KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Technology, this system enhances each image to reveal more vibrant colors, richer detail and fewer dark shadows.

The DPS 900 will be available beginning in May in the U.S. and Canada.

KODAK PROFESSIONAL Digital Printing Software/ DP1

Building on the success of the acclaimed DP2 platform, Kodak’s new DP1 software provides smaller labs, especially those in many emerging markets, with a simple, flexible solution to streamline their workflow. Offering an impressive set of features that are configured to help smaller labs with efficient, high quality print production, DP1 software was specially designed to install quickly and operate easily. Supported in several languages, including Brazilian, English, Portuguese, and Spanish, DP1 software will be available in April.

About Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak is the world’s foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to the photographic, graphic communications and healthcare markets. With sales of .3 billion in 2005, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak’s system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; Creative Professionals rely on Kodak technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images; and leading Healthcare organizations rely on Kodak’s innovative products, services and customized workflow solutions to help improve patient care and maximize efficiency and information sharing within and across their enterprise.

More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.







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