Kodak today announced it will ship two new digital cameras this summer. The DC4800 is a 3.1 megapixel model includes a 3x optical zoom lens (28 mm to 84 mm equivalent) enhanced with a 2x digital zoom. The camera can focus as close as 2" from its subject, and the viewfinder has a built-in diopter for easier focusing. The camera's lens is threaded to accept 37 mm optional lenses with an adapter.
Exposure in the camera is automatic but can be manually overridden up to - 2 EV in 0.5 EV increments. Users can also vary the depth of a field by manually selecting from among three apertures: f2.8, f5.6 and f8 using a dial control. In addition, there's a time-lapse exposure option and a burst capture mode that delivers between 1.8 and 2.7 frames per second with a burst length of four to 16 pictures, depending on the resolution setting. It includes a built-in strobe that pops up when needed during automatic operation or when selected by the photographer. The flash range extends to 10', and a flash synch socket allows the use of an external flash unit. A single lithium battery supplies all power and recharges in the camera or with an optional fast charger that can put the battery back up to full power in an hour.
The new DC5000 model is designed for law enforcement of other professionals who use cameras when wearing gloves and in more extreme conditions. The 2 megapixel camera is contained in an all-weather body and is fitted with extra-large controls for operation with gloves. It includes a 2x (30 mm to 60 mm equivalent) optical zoom lens, which can be digitally extended to 6x, along with a wide-angle view for confined areas.
The DC4800 is expected to ship in August for $899. The DC5000 will be available this month for $699. For more information, visit http://www.kodak.com.
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