Eastman Kodak has announced two products that it will demonstrate at CES this week - the Kodak EasyShare V570 camera and new software that supports Skype VoIP software.
The 5-megapixel Kodak EasyShare V570 digital camera is described as the world's first dual-lens digital still camera. It combines an ultra-wide angle lens (23mm) and an optical zoom lens (39-117mm) into a device that is less than an inch thick.
The £299.99 (including VAT) camera records video at up to 30 frames per second (fps) using advanced MPEG-4 compression. It offers built-in image stabilisation technology to reduce on-screen shaking from unintentional hand and camera movement. It offers a 2.5-inch, high-resolution LCD screen, automatic red-eye reduction, on-camera cropping, picture blur alert and auto picture rotation.
Available later this month, the camera ships with the Photo Frame Dock 2, which offers one-touch picture transfer to a connected computer while charging the camera's battery. The V570 offers 32MB of internal memory and an SD card slot.
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Kodak's Photo Voice software combines Kodak's online picture sharing service with Skype. Available as a free download the software lets users share images in real time using Skype's free Internet calling service, talking live about the pictures "as if they were in the same room", the company said. The software supports many non-Kodak digital cameras.
Bringing innovation to market
Kodak chairman and CEO Antonio Perez said: "We're more committed than ever to moving Kodak innovation out of the labs and into the hands of consumers."
Perez will address CES showgoers on Friday January 6 at 11am (7pm UK time). He will discuss Kodak's: "Vision for a photo-connected world, and explore how advances in digital photography are already creating sweeping societal change across the globe", the company said.
Kodak won four "Innovations 2006 Design and Engineering Awards" from the CES judges panel this year.