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Kodak has announced the new Kodak Easyshare M522, the camera features a 14mp sensor, wide angle 4x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, HD video, panoramic shooting, face detection and lithium ion battery, it will be available in April in silver, black or red.

“Meet the KODAK EASYSHARE Camera / M522—the hot little camera from Kodak with a big thing for sharing. Three simple steps are all it takes to share your world—from your craziest shot of the gang to your most epic travel adventures. Just press the Share button and choose where you want to share. Once you connect to your PC, your beautiful high-resolution pictures will automatically upload to e-mail and KODAK PULSE Display or KODAK Gallery[1], FACEBOOK, TWITTER, YouTube, FLICKR, ORKUT, YANDEX, and KAIXIN001 sites[2]. Suddenly, what you’re up to becomes what everybody else is smiling about. So Kodak.”

Kodak's Digital Camera
Many people may not know this, but the world’s first digital camera was invented in 1975, by Kodak, and recorded images onto cassette tape. The camera had a 100 line black and white CCD sensor, and images could be played back (via a “Microcomputer”) and viewed on a TV screen. More information can be found on retrothing.com, and on the Kodak blog:

“In December of 1975, after a year of piecing together a bunch of new technology in a back lab at the Elmgrove Plant in Rochester, we were ready to try it. “It” being a rather odd-looking collection of digital circuits that we desperately tried to convince ourselves was a portable camera. It had a lens that we took from a used parts bin from the Super 8 movie camera production line downstairs from our little lab on the second floor in Bldg 4. On the side of our portable contraption, we shoehorned in a portable digital cassette instrumentation recorder.”

Kodak Digital Camera Tape

“Add to that 16 nickel cadmium batteries, a highly temperamental new type of CCD imaging area array, an a/d converter implementation stolen from a digital voltmeter application, several dozen digital and analog circuits all wired together on approximately half a dozen circuit boards, and you have our interpretation of what a portable all electronic still camera might look like.” Images from Twitter/KodakCB.

Kodak Easyshare M575

Amazon UK are selling the new Kodak Easyshare M575 in black or red – it features a wide-angle 28mm 5x optical zoom lens, 3″ screen, 14 megapixel sensor, panoramic stitching, face detection, 720p HD video recording at 30fps, and it’s available for only £89 from Amazon UK

Amazon are also selling the Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS, for only £99 – it features a compact metal body, 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, optical viewfinder and 10 megapixel sensor.

If these don’t appeal to you, then here are some of the other best sellers on Amazon UK this week:

1 – Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS – 10mp, 3x opt zoom, 2.5″ screen, £99
2 – Panasonic Lumix TZ7 – 10mp, 12x zoom, 3″, £188
3 – Panasonic Lumix TZ8 12mp, 12x zoom, 2.7″, £199
4 – Panasonic Lumix FZ38 – 12mp, 18x zoom, 2.7″, £212
5 – Panasonic Lumix TZ10 – 12mp, 12x zoom, 3″, £249

Kodak Easyshare Z981

Photography BLOG has reviewed the new Kodak Easyshare Z981 – a 26x optical zoom update to the Z980 (£215) – it features a 14 megapixel sensor, 26mm wide angle 26x optical zoom lens (26–676 mm), 3″ screen, anti shake sensor, HD video, PASM Manual controls, face detection, histogram, and is available for £255

“The Kodak EasyShare Z981 is a new super-zoom digital camera that looks and feels just like a DSLR. Replacing the Z980 model, the Z981 features an even bigger 26x, 26-676mm lens complete with built-in optical Image Stabilizer. The 14 megapixel Kodak Z980 also offers a feature that will instantly catch the attention of every serious photographer out there – namely RAW format support – plus 720p HD movies, a 3 inch LCD screen, macro mode of 1cm, full range of creative exposure modes (P/A/S/M), Smart Capture mode for beginners, and runs on four AA batteries.”

Kodak M341After helping a friend with a faulty Kodak camera, curiosity got the better of me, and I quickly found that Kodak has the highest percentage of faulty cameras for sale on Ebay UK, while Nikon, Panasonic and Canon are among the most reliable cameras available (closely followed by Olympus). Whilst this was hardly scientific and doesn’t account for cameras returned under warranty for repair, or cameras not available for sale on Ebay, it does perhaps provide an interesting comparison, especially as the number of cameras available on Ebay is relatively high. Here are the results, starting with the most reliable:

1 – Nikon (1.3% of listings faulty)
2 – Panasonic (1.5%)
3 – Canon (1.7%)
4 – Olympus (2.3%)
5 – Pentax (3%)
6 – Fujifilm (4.1%)
7 – Casio (4.2%)
8 – Sony (4.5%)
9 – Samsung (5.5%)
10 – Kodak (6.7%)

Another factor that could play an important part in these figures is the length of the manufacturers warranty – for example Nikon, Olympus, and Casio offer a 2 year warranty on all digital cameras which means you are more likely to have the camera repaired under warranty than a camera with a 1 year warranty. Canon, Sony, Kodak, Samsung, Fujifilm, Panasonic, and Pentax only offer a 1 year warranty, and for a number of these, particularly Kodak cameras, the damage is due to a faulty lens – which is often difficult to prove as a manufacturing fault rather than caused due to the camera being mistreated. Another consideration is the type of camera sold, for example, Kodak and Samsung sell at the cheaper end of the price range, while Nikon sell a lot of DSLRs.

Product Photos

Whether you’ve got a shop, or whether you just want to take photos of something you’re selling on ebay, this guide on how to take great product photos (by Ray Dobbins) should help you. They explain how to get the best results using ordinary (aka cheap) building lighting. You can also read our guide on how to take great product photos where we show how we take photos of cameras (useful for small items as well!). (via BoingBoing.net)

“I use a tripod for 99% of my shots. I only take hand-held shots when I can’t place the camera where I need to with the tripod (usually only in certain close-ups). But it is extremely difficult to take a good hand-held close-up shot. That’s where the extra optical zoom capability of the Kodak camera really comes in handy – you don’t have to get the camera in as close when you have a good zoom lens, so you can keep the camera on the tripod.”

Kodak Easyshare C142

Kodak has announced the new Kodak Easyshare C142 – it features a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, 10 megapixel sensor, face detection, VGA video recording at 30fps, takes AA batteries, and will be available in red, silver, blue and green for $89 in April.

“Looking for an easy-to-use camera that’s easy on your budget? You’ll love the KODAK EASYSHARE C142 Digital Camera. With Kodak’s Smart Capture feature, brilliant pictures happen automatically. No worries. No hassles. Just beautiful pictures. And because it’s from Kodak, your memories will be as vivid as the moment they happened. If you want an affordable camera you’ll feel good about, look to the name you know and trust. Whether it’s for you, or a gift for someone else, the C142 Camera is the perfect fit for sharing your memories.”

Kodak Easyshare M530

Kodak has announced the new Kodak Easyshare M530 – it features a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, 12 megapixel sensor, panoramic stitching, face detection, VGA video recording at 30fps, and will be available in red, carbon, blue and green for $129 in February.

“Sharing pictures has never been easier than with the M530 Digital Camera. Kodak’s Share button lets you instantly tag pictures for uploading to YouTube, FACEBOOK, FLICKR and KODAK Gallery sites, plus e-mail too.”

Kodak Easyshare M550

Kodak has announced the new Kodak Easyshare M550 – it features a wide-angle 28mm 5x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, 12 megapixel sensor, panoramic stitching, face detection, VGA video recording at 30fps, and will be available in grey, brown, purple, green and tan for $149 in March.

“Become a better photographer with a smarter camera. Kodak’s innovative Smart Capture feature automatically identifies the scene and adjusts camera settings for a great picture in just about any environment.”

Kodak Easyshare M575

Kodak has announced the new Kodak Easyshare M575 – it features a wide-angle 28mm 5x optical zoom lens, 3″ screen, 14 megapixel sensor, panoramic stitching, face detection, 720p HD video recording at 30fps, and will be available in brown, black, green, and blue for $179 in April.

“Picture this—you’re letting loose at a trendy hot spot with friends, snapping pictures so amazing you’ll want to share them online as soon as you get home. Any other camera would slow you down with tags, sorts, and uploads. But not the new KODAK EASYSHARE M575 Digital Camera. Kodak’s Share button allows you to tag pictures directly from your camera for e-mailing, or uploading to YouTube, FACEBOOK, FLICKR and KODAK Gallery sites, plus e-mail too. The real Kodak Moment happens when you share.”