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Kodak Announces Z980, M380, M340, M320


Kodak Announces New 24x Zoom Bridge Camera

Just in time for the big CES electronics show in America, Kodak has announced four new digital cameras, including three new M-series mid-range compacts and an interesting new bridge camera featuring a 24x zoom wide-angle lens.

Technical details are a bit scant at the moment, but the 12-megapixel Z980 is equipped with a 24x zoom Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens with optical image stabilisation and a wide-angle end equivalent to 26mm, a three-inch LCD monitor and a hot shoe for an external flashgun. Features include HD video recording capability, Smart Capture automatic mode and a detachable vertical grip with a secondary shutter release for portrait-format shots. It's a fair bet that it probably also has a good range of manual exposure and metering options. Pricing and availability are yet to be confirmed, but it is described in the press release as "affordable". However a Bugatti Veyron is affordable if you have a million quid sitting around, so that really doesn't ell us much.

Also announced are three new M-series cameras. The leader of the pack is the 10-megapixel M380, featuring a 5x zoom lens and a 2.7-inch monitor. It is described as "sleek and powerful", and will be available in black, red or teal.

It is joined by the M340, which also has a 10MP sensor and 2.7-inch monitor, but has a smaller 3x zoom lens. It will be available in blue, blue-green, silver, and red. Completing the trio is the M320, a 9-megapixel camera with a 2.7-inch monitor and a 3x zoom lens, available in black, silver, red and blue. Pricing and availability on these three new models is, of course, To Be Confirmed.


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