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  • Kodak Japan Markets Low-Priced, 1.6M-Pixel Digital Camera
  • June 9, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Kodak Japan, Ltd. announced the Kodak Digital Science DC260 Zoom Digital Camera, a 1.6 million-pixel digital camera.
    It also released the 1.09-million pixel DC220 Zoom Digital Camera. Both products were introduced on June 1. The prices are 128,000 yen (US$920) for the DC260 and 88,000 yen (US$630) for the DC220. Sales will start on June 26 for both models.

    The DC260 adopts a 1/2-in., charge-coupled device (CCD) with 1.6 million pixels (See chart ). It can shoot an image at a maximum of 1,536 x 1,024 pixels.

    The lens is equivalent to 38mm to 115mm when scaled at a 35mm film camera. The Zoom can vary from x3 for optical, x2 for digital processing by software.

    An optical finder and a 2-in. thin-film transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) monitor are included. CompactFlash Memory is used as a recording media, and 8MB memory is the standard. The storage capacity is a maximum of 14 images for 1,536 x 1,024 pixels and 92 images for 768 x 512 pixels on 8MB.

    Image data are compressed by JPEG format. The data recording format can be chosen from Exif2.0 or FlashPix. Four AA batteries are required for operation. Serial, USB and IrDA1.0 are available as external interfaces.

    The size is 118mm wide x 57mm deep x 106mm high and the weight is 52 5g (excluding batteries).

    The "Digita" operating system from FlashPoint Technology Inc. of the United States is used. Users can customize shooting menu.

    The DC220 uses a 1/3-in., 1.09 million pixel CCD and can shoot images of 1,152 x 864 pixels at maximum. The lens is equivalent to 29mm to 58mm on the scale of a 35mm film camera. The zoom is x2 for both optical and digital processing.

    It can record up to 22 images at 1,152 x 864 pixels and 106 images at 640 x 480 pixels in 8MB CompactFlash Memory. The specifications for data recording format, battery, interface and operating system are the same as DC260.

    The company aims to sell 150,000 of both models combined this year.

    Chart: Digital camera DC260

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