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Month: April, 2008

Kodak release new ESP 5 All-in-One printer

29 April, 2008 (23:37) | Kodak, Printer | By: Camera News

Kodak ESP 5 All-in-One printer
Kodak ESP 5

Kodak has released a new all-in-one printer, the Kodak ESP 5 that has print, scan and copy capabilities.
The ESP 5 uses a 2-cartridge system of a full black cartridge and a five-ink color cartridge.
The black cartridge retail for $9.99 while the five-ink color cartridge retail for $14.99.

It will utilize a 2-cartridge setup consisting of a full black cartridge and a five-ink color cartridge which retail for £6.99 and £9.99, respectively. I personally prefer the older Canon cartridges that use individual color tanks since those will help you save money in the long run.

Some key features for the Kodak ESP 5 printer:
-Print, scan and copy capabilities
-3″ color LCD screen
-Memory card slot
-USB ports

The retail price for the ESP 5 printer is $169.99.

Press release:
Kodak Expands Inkjet Portfolio and Retail Availability with the New ESP 5 All-in-One Printer

Kodak Printers Receive Top Scores in Cost-of-Printing and Print Permanence

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 24 — Eastman Kodak Co. continues to change the way the world prints at home with its new Kodak ESP 5 All-in-One (AiO) Printer (see datasheet). The newest device in Kodak’s consumer inkjet printer portfolio offers the latest in design and performance, providing a high quality, easy-to-use printing system at a significant value. It leverages Kodak’s premium, low-cost ink that allow consumers to print more photos and documents for their money.

“Kodak is delivering on its promise to end ink profiteering and to bring people affordable, premium ink with the introduction of the new Kodak ESP 5 All-in-One Printer,” said Randy Brody, worldwide marketing director, Inkjet Systems at Eastman Kodak Co. “We are focusing on delivering easy-to-use products that provide superb-quality and save up to 50 percent on everything you print compared to similar consumer inkjet printers*.”

The Kodak ESP 5 AiO Printer ($169.99 U.S. MSRP) features a small, sleek design with print, scan and copy capabilities. It has a large 3″ color LCD display along with memory card and USB slots to allow consumers to view, edit and print with or without a computer. The Kodak ESP 5 uses Kodak’s high-quality pigmented inks that come in a simple two-cartridge setup — a full black cartridge ($9.99 U.S. MSRP) and a five-ink color cartridge ($14.99 U.S. MSRP).

Growing Channel Presence

Kodak continues to expand its global reach. With its revolutionary inkjet business model and groundbreaking consumer value proposition, Kodak has added additional premier retail accounts to its international distribution channel including consumer electronics, office superstore, warehouse and mass merchandising outlets. New retail partnerships in existing markets include Target Retail Department Stores in the U.S., as well as London Drugs and Canadian Tire in Canada. Beginning in the second half of 2008, Kodak will broaden its current distribution network of more than 8,000 retail stores by expanding into Latin American countries.

Top Scores in Cost-of-Printing and Print Permanence

A leading industry research firm, QualityLogic, Inc., recently conducted tests of ink yield of Kodak AiO printers and other leading consumer inkjet printers. The results confirm that one year after launch Kodak AiO Printers continue to offer consumers the best ink value compared to competitors’ similar consumer inkjet printers. Kodak estimates that consumers who use Kodak AiO Printers can print up to twice as many pages for every dollar spent on ink compared to the industry average.

Recently the printers were tested extensively by a leading independent permanence testing laboratory, Wilhelm Imaging Research. According to the results of the industry’s first five-factor print permanence test, spearheaded by WIR, the Kodak AiO Printers and premium pigment-based ink achieved the highest level of overall print permanence of any current consumer desktop printer system tested by WIR. The Kodak AiO Printers, ink and media achieved WIR Display Permanence Ratings and Album/Dark Storage Ratings of greater than 125 years.

More information about the results of Wilhelm Imaging Research and QualityLogic findings regarding Kodak EasyShare Inkjet Printers and Kodak’s advanced pigmented inks and papers can be found at

* Savings based on ink costs only for home printing of documents and photos, compared to the average ink costs of comparable consumer inkjet printers. Actual results may vary. For more information visit for details.

Fujifilm FinePix Z100fd compact digital camera review by Digital Camera Review

29 April, 2008 (11:25) | Compact Camera, Fujifilm, Review | By: Camera News

Fujifilm FinePix Z100fd camera
Fujifilm FinePix Z100fd

Digital Camera Review has reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix Z100fd compact digital camera. This camera stands a bit out with it’s different design.

Some key features for the Fujifilm FinePix Z100fd:
-8 megapixel sensor
-5x optical Fujinon zoom lens (36-180mm equivalent)
-2.7″ LCD screen
-Image stabilization
-Intelligent red-eye removal
-Face detection

Digital Camera Review ends up giving the FinePix Z100fd an average review as the camera seems doesn’t really stand out except for the design. The camera produces ok point-and-shoot pictures, but lacks a bit in sharpness and got too much saturation.
Overall this camera seems to be an ok camera for the casual photographer, but if you are a bit more serious about photography maybe you should look elsewhere for a camera with more manual controls.

Read the full review of the Fujifilm FinePix Z100fd camera here.

Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM APO lens review by SLR Gear

28 April, 2008 (22:58) | Lens, Review, Sigma | By: Camera News

Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lens
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8

SLR Gear has reviewed the Sigma lens Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM APO. This telephoto lens is quite interesting with the constant large aperture at f/2.8.

SLR Gears ends up giving the Sigma lens a good review due to good optical – and build quality. Overall this seems like a very nice lens in it’s price class.

Read the full review of the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM APO lens here.

DXG announces DXG-569V HD a low priced 5 megapixel HD camcorder

28 April, 2008 (19:22) | Camcorder, DXG | By: Camera News

DXG-569V HD camcorder
DXG-569V HD camcorder

DXG today announced a new low priced HD camcorder, the DXG-569V HD, that will sell for only $169.
Some key features for the DXG-569V HD:
-5 megapixels
-1280 x 720 HD video at 30 fps
-3″ foldout LCD screen
-Digital voice recorder
-2x digital zoom
-Available in both glossy black and silver versions

Press release:

DXG-569V HD 5 Megapixel Ultra-Slim Digital Camcorder
Features Sexy Vertical Design in Black & Silver
Available Now at Radio Shack & Other Stores

City of Industry, CA, April 28, 2008 – DXG USA (, one of the fastest growing digital camera manufacturers, announced today the new low priced DXG-569V HD High-Definition camcorder with a sexy vertical design for an ultra-slim form factor that consumers prefer. Available immediately at Radio Shack and other stores for $169 in glossy black and silver, the DXG-569V HD camcorder records real HD video up to 1280 x 720 at 30 fps for videos that are crystal-clear, crisp and colorful.

The DXG-569V HD is a high-definition video camcorder that is well within your reach, letting you capture and record it all — in high-definition video. Sporting a 5 Megapixel CMOS sensor for still image resolution up to 8 Megapixels; a light-weight slim design; large rotational 3” TFT screen; and other advanced camera features, the DXG-569V is the perfect size to bring everywhere to capture real life — from birthdays to baseball games, school performances, vacations and picnics.

In addition, the DXG-569V HD also features a digital voice recorder, so you can record and make notes anywhere you go. And the camcorder also can be used as a mass storage device by connecting it to a PC to easily copy and back-up documents, music files, pictures, and videos from a computer to the camcorder’s SD Card.

View High-Quality Videos on Your HDTV

Home videos can be shared with friends and family by connecting the DXG-569V HD to a TV. Since the camcorder lets you view videos in 4:3 or 16:9 (panoramic) aspect ratios, it’s perfect for your plasma or HDTV. You can also connect the DXG-569V HD to your PC and upload videos online to video sites, like YouTube and others, to share your videos with friends, family — and the world.

The DXG-569V HD comes complete with the ArcSoft Total Media Extreme software that lets you create, edit and watch videos. The software (normally a $99 retail value) features two unique applications:

· TotalMedia Theatre: a high-quality video playback application that enhances your movie-watching experience with cool features and options right from your PC.

· TotalMedia Studio: a fun and easy-to-use program that lets you make amazing and customized movies. You just need to follow a few simple steps, and in no time, you’ll be able to burn and share your homemade videos.

DXG-569V HD Features:

* Digital Camcorder
o Records full-motion video in High-Definition
+ HD Resolution: 1280 x 720 at 30fps
o Records video in H.264, MOV file format
o 2X Digital Zoom
o 3-inch TFT Screen
o Displays video on TV with A/V Out port

# Digital Still Camera

* 5 Megapixel CMOS sensor
* Captures still images in JPEG format up to 8MP image resolution
* Built-in LED Flash
* Self-timer
* White-Balance Adjustment

* Digital Voice Recorder
o Records voice notations and reminders

* Mass Storage Device
o Comes with 32MB onboard memory
o SD Card slot, supports High-Capacity SD Cards
o Connects to your PC to store and transfer data files
o USB2.0 interface for fast transfer of files

The DXG-569V HD is available immediately in two colors: silver and black, with a retail price of $169.99 from RadioShack and other leading retailers. For more information, see .


DXG USA “The Digital Camera Company” is one of the fastest growing digital camera manufacturers in the United States, selling attractively-designed digital cameras for the youth and mainstream markets. Compact, fashionable and affordably priced, DXG digital cameras are setting trends for quality and utility. DXG USA is a fully-owned subsidiary of DXG Technology Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and designers (OEM/ODM) of digital cameras and camcorders. With over 20 years of experience manufacturing digital technology products under other brand names, DXG now designs and manufactures cameras under its own name. DXG Technology has won numerous design and innovation awards and employs over 4,000 people worldwide.
For more information on DXG USA, please visit .

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