CES: Kodak intros wireless EasyShare camera, more

Eastman Kodak Company on Wednesday unveiled three digital cameras, including EasyShare-One, which can share, print and transfer images and videos wirelessly with a WiFi card that will be available separately. In addition, the company added WiFi support to its EasyShare Printer Dock Plus, introduced the Professional 1400 photo printer and announced the debut of the ImageLink system, one-touch printing technology that's part of both its new cameras and the upcoming Printer Dock Series 3.

EasyShare-One (US$599) is a four-megapixel camera that features a three-inch rotating LCD display, 256MB of internal memory, 3X optical zoom, a rechargeable lithium ion battery and the ability to shoot VGA-quality (640 x 480) digital video at 30fps (frames per second). You can expand its storage with its SD/MMC slot, but that's where you'll need to insert the $99 WiFi card if you want wireless capability. Mac OS X v10.2.3 or higher is required.

The WiFi card will also be required to add wireless connectivity to the $199 EasyShare Printer Dock Plus, which is available now. The printer can print images delivered not only by the EasyShare-One camera but also those contained on WiFi-equipped desktops or laptops. With a $59 USB adapter, the Printer Dock Plus can also accept images snapped by cell phones and PDAs. An auto-enhance button has also been added. Mac OS X v10.2 is required.

Kodak's ImageLink print system can be found in its new Printer Dock Series 3, which will ship next month as a package with the company's new EasyShare Z740 and Z700 digital cameras. Printer Dock Series 3, which works with Mac OS X v10.2, will be available as a standalone product in May for $149. ImageLink enables one-touch printing from not only Kodak cameras but also upcoming models from Konica, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Ricoh and Sanyo. EasyShare-One is also ImageLink-compatible.

The five-megapixel EasyShare Z740 will be $499 bundled with the Printer Dock Series 3. It features 10X optical zoom, a 1.8-inch LCD, 18 scene settings, 32MB internal memory, a Share button for designating images to e-mail or print, the ability to shoot VGA-quality video and more. For $399, you can purchase the new printer bundled with the four-megapixel EasyShare Z700, which differs by offering smaller image resolution, 5X optical zoom, 17 scene modes, a 1.6-inch display and 16MB internal memory. Both cameras feature an SD/MMC slot.

Finally, Kodak also used CES to introduce the Professional 1400 Digital Photo Printer, a $549 model that's available now. Aimed at professionals and advanced amateurs, this thermal printer connects via USB 2.0 and can produce an 8 x 12 print in 90 seconds. It's also capable of both gloss and matte finish output and can print two 6 x 8, two 5 x 7 or four 4 x 6 pictures per sheet. The Professional 1400 accepts A4, 8.5 x 14 and 8.5 x 12 paper sizes. Mac OS X v10.2 is required.

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