Eastman Kodak Company has a new 4.0 megapixel digital camera that costs less than US$400 and is compatible with Mac OS 8.6 through Mac OS X.
Kodak EasyShare DX4900 Zoom Digital Camera
will be available in March and will let users make sharper, larger prints from 4″x 6 inches up to 20 x 30 inches (poster size) because it combines true 4.0 MP resolution with Kodak’s all-glass aspherical lenses and Kodak color science technology for the best image quality, according to Willy Shih, president of Kodak’s Digital and Applied Imaging division. Kodak has also added enhanced 6X Zoom, a combination of the 2X optical zoom with Kodak’s new 3X Advanced Digital Zoom technology to beef up sharpness and brightness. The EasyShare DX4900 lets you choose between an automatic mode for point-and-shoot ease and a host of creative modes for more control.
Plus, the Kodak EasyShare system includes the Kodak Picture Software that lets you print high quality pictures at home on inkjet printers, Shih said. The software’s One Touch to Better Pictures feature color-matches the image and changes the printer driver settings to ensure the best prints possible on Kodak Premium and Ultima Picture Paper, he added. The software also offers an option for obtaining prints via the Internet.
The DX4900’s Advanced Digital Zoom is a Kodak patented technology, which employs a one-step interpolation and edge-sharpening algorithm to deliver sharper, higher quality prints up to 5 x 7 inches, even at full digital zoom, Shih said. The camera includes three sharpness modes normal, sharp for landscapes and soft for portraits; color, sepia and black and white color modes; manual focus for landscapes or close-ups; burst mode for high speed sequence shooting; 10 manual exposure time settings including long shutter speeds for night time photography; and three metering modes for different lighting conditions.
The EasyShare DX4900 is compatible with the Kodak EasyShare camera dock. Park it on the dock and you can transfer images from it to your Mac with the press of a button — or just use iPhoto if you prefer. The dock also recharges the camera’s battery when the DX4900 is parked in it.
You’ll need 64MB of RAM, 100MB of available hard disk space, a CD-ROM drive, USB port and 16-bit or higher color monitor to use the camera with your Mac.