updated 05:05 pm EST, Wed January 28, 2009
Kodak intros C180 digicam
Kodak in a subdued launch has introduced a new 10.2-megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera, the EasyShare C180. It targets the very entry level and sports 3x optical zoom lens with 5x digital zoom compensating for its shorter range. Built-in features nonetheless include face detection, blur reduction and the ability to display taken photos as slideshows on the 2.4-inch display.
Photos can also be cropped, un-deleted or rotated right after being taken, as well as tagged with text. Photos with similar text tagging can later be searched and displayed together quickly and efficiently. Internal memory is just 16MB, with an SDHC card slot providing the bulk of the storage.
Light sensitivity is relatively modest and tops out at ISO 1,250. Video can be captured in VGA resolution and given basic edits while still stored in the C180's memory. Uploading photos or videos to the web and YouTube is made easier thanks to the included Kodak Gallery and EasyShare software.
When it launches in August, the C180 will be available in red, pink, blue or silver, and should be priced at nearly $120 to match its position in Kodak's camera line.