The second Kodak announcement is the Easyshare M1093-IS (press release at Insider) and it adds yet another alternative to the long list of above-entry-level LiIon-based compact digital cameras. It is available in three colors (black, gray, red), sells for $200, and will be available later this year.
Amazon, which has them available for pre-order estimates a mid-October release date, but they are usually erring on the side of caution when it comes to release dates. They apparently don't want people calling every day and demanding their pre-ordered cameras to ship :)
So what is this camera about? Well, it has a 10-megapixel 1/2.3" sensor, a 3x Kodak Retinar optical zoom lens
which is a bit wider than normal.Some specs mention 32-105mm, others mentions 35-105mm. The math for a 3x optical zoom lens works out to be 35-105mm, so we assume those are the correct specs: It has an equivalent 35-105mm focal range. It has image stabilization (not sure if optical or sensor shift), and everything else you would expect from a camera at this market segment, including scene modes, face detection, Smart Capture, HD video, compatibility with optional printer dock, the trademark Kodak "Share" button, and things like that. Uses an SD/MMC card with a "generous" 32MB on-board, and is powered by a LiIon battery which allows it to be thinner than AA-based cameras could be.
Kodak M1093 IS coverage on the net
- Press release at the Imaging Insider
- Face pics of the three colors at DC Views
- More at Let's Go Digital
- Kodak USA
- And at Engadget, and CNet Crave. Or should we start calling it CBS not-Viacom CNet not-ZDNet Crave? :)
- Also at Electronista
The two new Kodaks along with the quietely announced M1063 and the non-US M1073-IS, have been added to the Digital Camera List, a comprehensive listing of all the current digital camera models.
More "stuff" from Kodak
Apart from the 2+2 digital cameras, Kodak has announced new wireless picture frames, and a Flip competitor, the Zi6 pocket video gadget. Kodak also decided to associate its name with internet buzzwords such as YouTube, Flickr, and RadioTime. All press releases via the Imaging Insider. Giant pictures of the "Kodak Theatre HD player" at CNet Crave.