LAS VEGAS--Our exclusive coverage of CES continues with more new product introductions in addition to technology announcements in the areas of digital imaging, consumer electronics and more.
While PMA remains the main digital camera launching pad, especially for the higher end P&S models and DSLRs, a number of digicams have been introduced here at CES this week.
Kodak introduced the Zx1 digital video camera, a compact device that shoots 720p HD video capture at 60 or 30 fps, and features a 2-inch LCD and built-in ArcSoft Media Impressions for Kodak software so users can easily upload their content to YouTube and other such websites. An SD/SDHC slot supports cards up to 32GB in capacity. The camera is powered by AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries and comes with an included HDMI cable to connect to HDTVs. The Zx1 will be available in April in five colors: black, red, pink, blue and yellow.
Kodak also added the 12MP Z980 digital camera incorporating the company's Smart Capture feature, a 26mm Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon wide-angle lens, 24x image stabilized optical zoom lens, 3-inch LCD, vertical shutter release, and hot shoe for the Kodak P20 flash. The camera can also capture HD video. The camera is also compatible with Kodak's new Wi-Fi media cards for added functionality. The Z980 is scheduled to be available in the spring.
Lastly, Kodak added new models to it's M-Series line of digicams. The EasyShare M380 is a 10MP digital that features a 5x optical zoom and 3-inch LCD. The camera will hit stores in March and will come in black, red and teal. The EasyShare M340 offers Smart Capture, 10MP resolution, 3x optical zoom, 2.7-inch LCD, and will be available in March, in blue, blue-green, silver, and red. The EasyShare M320 incorporates Kodak's Perfect Touch technology for great photos. Perfect Touch provides automatic red-eye reduction, shadow lightening and more. Other features include a 9MP sensor, 3x optical zoom, and 2.7-inch LCD. Available in black, silver, red and blue, the M320 will be available in February.
Here at CES, Olympus added new models to a number of its digicam series' including the very popular Stylus digitals as well as FE and SP cameras. The new FE series of superslim digitals are the FE-3000, FE-3010 and FE-5010. The FE-3000 is a 10MP digicam with 3x optical zoom, while the FE-3010 and the FE-5010 both feature 12MP of resolution. Each of the new FE models offer a plethora of features, and will be available in a variety of colors. The FE-3000: light blue, black and silver; the FE-3010 in magenta, black and silver; and the FE-5010 in plum, navy blue and black. The FE-5010 and FE-3000 will be available this month, the FE-3010 will be available in March.
Olympus' Stylus Tough Series digicams are shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof and shakeproof; built to withstand harsh environments. The new cameras in this line include the 12MP Stylus Tough-8000 and 10MP Stylus Tough-6000. The 8000 can survive a 6.6-foot drop, venture 33 feet underwater, and withstand 220 pounds of crushing pressure. The 6000 can take a drop from five feet, dive to 10 feet below the surface, and beat the freezing cold. Both feature Olympus' unique Tap Control which makes it easy for the cameras to be used while underwater or when users are wearing gloves. Both cameras are hitting shelves this month.
Olympus' ultra zoom SP-590UZ packs a whopping 26x optical zoom and 12MP resolution, with a range of other features from automatic to manual, this camera is ideal for the digital user looking for their second or third camera. The SP-590UZ will be available in March.
Olympus also added two new high-end Stylus digital cameras, the 12MP Stylus-9000 with 10x wide-angle optical zoom and and Stylus-7000 with 12MP and 7x optical zoom. The Stylus-9000 is available in champagne and black, and the Stylus-7000 will come in navy, black and silver. Both offer a wide range of features and are scheduled to hit store shelves in February.
Lastly, Olympus also added the new Stylus-550WP to its line. This camera offers 10MP, and can be submerged to 10 feet deep. It features fewer rugged features than some of the "tougher" Olympus models, and is designed for the user who doesn't need such features. The 550WP comes in black or aqua blue, and is also scheduled to hit stores in February.
Not Just Cameras Shown at CES
Digital cameras are not the only products being shown here at CES. Noritsu America brought their D502 digital duplex printer to the show. The D502, which was launched at photokina in September, can be used not only by traditional photo photofinishers but by anyone looking to be able to offer in-house fulfillment of digital prints, photobooks, calendars, greeting cards and more to their customers.
Kis Photo-Me brought its brand new Photobook Maker unit which, about the size of a photofinishing kiosk can produce photobooks automatically. Consumers just need to input their images, choose a cover image and book title, and the unit does the rest, laying out all the images, printing and binding the book.
Norazza showed new photo backpacks and sleek little camera/smartphone cases in a variety of colors that would appeal to any self-proclaimed fashionista.
SanDisk, at its press conference introduced three capacities of its SSD (solid state drives) which are being used in the new notebook and netbook computers. What makes SSD more beneficial than HDD (hard disk drives) is that SSD uses flash memory and disk drives use moving parts. And, as noted during the press conference by SanDisk's Senior VP and GM of the SSD Division, Rich Heye, "If you're mobile, you have to have reliable data," and SSD provides that.