August 8, 2006 10:13 AM PDT

Kodak flashes two new cameras

Eastman Kodak on Tuesday announced more ultrawide-angle capability and self-selecting manual setting features for the point-and-shoot set.

The Kodak EasyShare V705 Dual Lens Digital Camera, an ultrawide-angle camera with two 7-megapixel sensors, will be available this September for about $349.95. The latest addition to Kodak's art deco pocket camera V-series has a "panorama stitch" mode that allows photographers to construct panoramic views of up to 180 degrees using three shots joined together. The V705 comes in black, silver or pink.

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During October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kodak will donate $25 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for every pink V705 sold through the Kodak Store, according to a company statement.

Most compact cameras offer a scene selection feature that lets photographers choose a scene like "beach," "cocktail party," "food" or "document." Choosing such a scene self-sets the camera's manual settings for optimum shooting. A "food" setting, for example, may offer more saturation, while the "cocktail party" setting will adjust for low-light shooting.

Now consumers don't even have to choose a scene setting. In a literal interpretation of Kodak's "You push the button, we'll do the rest" motto, the company has released the Kodak EasyShare C875 (click here for CNET review) into its point-and-shoot line. The 8-megapixel camera will automatically choose a setting for the photographer, and all the user has to do is frame a shot and click. It can also create still photos from video it captures; it offers moving images at 30 frames per second. The silver camera comes with a 2.5-inch indoor/outdoor display screen.

Alongside the two cameras, Kodak released a new printer dock. The Kodak EasyShare G600, available for about $149.95, is a PictBridge-compatible miniature photo printer that comes with a battery, photo paper cartridge and carrying handle to make it portable. The printer dock prints photos up to 4 inches by 6 inches, with a choice of smaller sizes. An optional battery pack (which comes with a $49.95 MSRP) also lets the dock serve as a charger for the camera.

In addition, Kodak said that it will launch two more cameras in the EasyShare line in mid-September: the C743 and the C433.

The announcements come at a time when Kodak is facing a tough competitive market, with the company's stock at its lowest price since the 1980s. Kodak announced in its Aug. 1 financial report that it would shift the manufacturing and distribution of its digital cameras to Flextronics International, while maintaining high-level control over camera design and development.

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