updated 10:55 am EST, Sun January 7, 2007
EasyShare V1003 and Frames
Kodak this morning inaugurated its CES presence with two new EasyShare V-series cameras that it says bring added to the mid-range. Both the 8-megapixel V803 and 10-megapixel V1003 come in several colors ranging from conservative silver to gold or red. Each also features 32MB of internal memory alongside their SD card slots; the extra storage is useful for the Favorites feature that saves lower-resolution copies of photos for later viewing on the camera itself, according to the company. A 3X optical zoom lens, an anti-blur mode, and ISO 1600 sensitivity are standard across the two cameras as well. The V803 will be ready to ship in February for $200; its sharper V1003 counterpart follows in March for $250.
As part of the launch, Kodak also unveiled its new Digital Picture Frame line. Every model arrives with abilities rarely seen in frames, Kodak says: owners can manage stored photos direcly from the frame itself, and customize the look of each frame with faceplates that match the look of the room. MP3 music and AVI, MPEG-1/4, or Quicktime video can also be played with sound courtesy of stereo speakers. Media is stored permanently on 128MB of internal flash memory or accessed from a multi-format card reader, USB port, or Wi-Fi on higher-end models. Kodak promises 8-inch and 10-inch models equipped with Wi-Fi in early March for $230 and $280 respectively, while 7-inch and 8-inch versions without the technology will ship at the same time for $130 and $180.