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Press Releases - September 27, 2004

Leading Digital Camera Manufacturers Announce IMAGELINK Print System to Simplify At-Home Picture Printing

New Specification Enables One-Touch Printing from Printer Docks; Supported by Forthcoming Cameras from Kodak, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Ricoh and Sanyo

COLOGNE, Germany, September 27—A group of the world’s largest consumer digital photography companies today unveiled the IMAGELINK print system, a new specification designed to simplify at-home picture printing. Millions of consumer digital cameras from Eastman Kodak Company, Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc., Nikon Corporation, Olympus Corporation, Pentax Corporation, Ricoh Co., Ltd. and Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. will provide effortless, one-touch picture printing from snapshot printers that incorporate the IMAGELINK print system, including new KODAK EASYSHARE printer docks.

With the IMAGELINK print system, people will be able to place their digital cameras directly on printer docks, and then press a single button to make snapshot-sized (4x6-inch or 3.5 x 5-inch) pictures in as little as 60 seconds. The first cameras and printer docks supporting the IMAGELINK specification—all of which will incorporate a new, small 26-pin connector—are expected to be available worldwide beginning in Q1 2005.

"The IMAGELINK print system represents the next evolution in simplifying at-home digital picture printing, building upon the global success of KODAK EASYSHARE printer docks," said Bernard Masson, president, Digital and Film Imaging Systems; and senior vice president, Eastman Kodak Company. "Ultimately, this drives category expansion. Customers win through greater ease of use and higher satisfaction. The industry wins by generating additional excitement around making prints from digital images."

KODAK EASYSHARE printer docks have taken the snapshot photo printing market by storm after debuting last year, quickly achieving number one market share in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, according to The NPD Group and GfK. More than one million EASYSHARE printer docks have shipped since Q2 2003.

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 .3 billion in 2003, 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.

Kodak is a trademark of Eastman Kodak Company.

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