May 15
New DCS 620 Performs at ISO 6400
Enhanced Kodak camera to ship in June

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

Kodak today announced that it will ship an enhanced version of its 620 digital camera. The new 620x supports ISO settings ranging from 400 to 6400. The new model also provides improved image quality over the previous model. Like the DCS 620 camera, the DCS 620x is built on the Nikon F5 platform, but it uses a new CCD and color filter array to allow for better color at higher ISO settings. Other features of the camera include:

  • A 2 megapixel (1,736 x 1,160 pixel) 13um, ITO, CCD sensor;
  • Serial port for GPS receivers and direct cellular telephone connectivity;
  • Burst rate of 3.5 frames per second, and a sustained burst depth of 12 images;
  • Onboard histogram for verifying exposure on the spot;
  • 36-bit color;
  • Intervalometer to enable automated capture over timed intervals;
  • LCD display;
  • Open Application Programmer Interface
  • IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface;
  • Voice annotation;
  • 6 MB finished files in 24 bit RGB;
  • Onboard JPEG compression with three levels of resolution

Photographers can customize the DCS 620x with such options as removable anti-aliasing and IR blocking filters, IPTC captioning, white balance uploading, direct cellular phone transmission and a wide choice of storage options. Hardware requirements include Mac OS 8.5 or greater, 64 MB RAM minimum, 128 MB RAM recommended, 100 MB hard drive minimum, 200 MB or more recommended, IEEE 1394 interface or PC Card peripheral device. On the software side, the camera requires Adobe Photoshop 5.0 or later and the Kodak Professional TWAIN Module 5.91 or later.

The camera will start selling June 1. For more information, visit

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