Kodak Intros EasyShare P Series of Digital Cameras

Kodak has revealed the details of its new EasyShare P series line of digital cameras, which are aimed at amateurs who want such professional-level features as wide-angle lenses. The first two models in the new line are the P880, a US$599 camera that will ship in September, and the P850, a $499 camera that will be available this month. New accessories compatible with both cameras include the $149.95 P20 Zoom Flash, which gives additional flash range.

The P880 features a 24-140mm (35mm equiv.) wide-angle, f/2.8 - f/4.1 SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON zoom lens, which creates greater depth of field in images and is ideal for landscape photography, according to Kodak. The 8 megapixel P880 also offers 5.8X optical zoom, a 25-point Auto Focus system, multiple pre-set scene modes, RAW file support and the ability to capture VGA (640 x 480) quality video at 30 frames per second.

The 5.1 megapixel P850 features a 36 - 432 mm (35mm equiv.), image-stabilized, f2.8 - f/3.7, SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON lens, support for RAW files, 12X optical zoom and the same video shooting capabilities as the P880. Both cameras use SD storage cards and are compatible with Kodakis EasyShare printer docks, the ImageLink print system and PictBridge technology.