Kodak PLAYTOUCH and EASYSHARE Video Cameras Announced

Kodak has announced the Kodak PLAYTOUCH video camera. The camera has a 3 inch touchscreen on the back along with optimised HD playback.

The touchscreen is capacitive and allows you to “glide” through HD videos that have been captured by swiping left of right on the screen. Other features include on-camera editing as well as a Share Button that lets you more easily share captured video content with friends and family. The camera is capable of capturing video at full HD 1080p.

The PLAYTOUCH from Kodak also includes image stabilisation, an LCD glare shield and an external microphone jack. By connecting the camcorder up to a computer via the built in USB arm, the camera can then upload video automatically to social networking sites with the push of a button.

Kodak PLAYTOUCH Features

* Share Button for easy video upload to YOUTUBE and FACEBOOK sites, and email
* 3-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD optimized for reviewing in landscape mode for the ultimate 1080p HD video sharing experience
* On-camera editing features to trim and extract still pictures from video
* 5 MP HD still pictures
* Sharper videos and less blur with built-in digital image stabilization
* Built-in USB arm for easy sharing, charging, and transferring
* Smart face tracking technology
* LCD glare shield feature
* External stereo microphone jack to add high-quality sound to videos or to plug in headphones for discreet playback*
* 4 capture effects, including B&W, sepia, high saturation, and ’70s film look
* HDMI output (HDMI cable included)
* Up to 10 hours of HD video** with expandable SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32 GB)
* Li-Ion rechargeable battery with in-camera charging
* PC and MAC iLIFE product compatibility

When launched the Kodak PLAYTOUCH will cost $299.95 and will be available direct through the Kodak website as well as other sites such as Amazon. It is due to launch in the Fall.

A second camera has also been launched called the Kodak EASYSHARE M590. The M590 is the worlds thinnest 5X optical zoom digital camera. The EASYSHARE M590 also is designed to easily share with others. By pushing a button on the camera, you can easily upload video to Facebook, Flickr, Youtube as well as many other social networking and photo sites.

“We are thrilled to see how people have embraced Kodak’s Share Button as an easier way to share life’s moments with family and friends, in three simple steps,” said Phil Scott, Vice President of Marketing, Digital Capture and Devices, Kodak. “With the new KODAK EASYSHARE M590 Digital Camera, we are continuing our commitment to bring to market innovative, intuitive and stylish products that make it fun and easy for today’s socially savvy crowd to share all their favorite moments.”

Kodak EASYSHARE M590 Features

* Share Button for easy upload to KODAK Gallery, FACEBOOK, FLICKR, ORKUT, and YOUTUBE sites, as well as email
* World’s thinnest* 5X optical zoom digital camera (uses SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON lens)
* Built-in image stabilization
* Kodak’s Face Recognition feature
* Kodak’s Smart Capture feature
* 2.7-inch bright LCD with KODAK Color Science technology
* Li-Ion rechargeable batteries and in-camera charging
* HD picture and video capture

The EASYSHARE M590 will launch also in the fall and cost $199.95.

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