Oct 27, 2008 Gadgets
This is more for the few local readers I have — some glowing remarks on Kodak’s new products. This is from John Dvorak in the current issue of PC Magazine (no link as it’s the print version only):
So I had a meeting with Kodak at which the company was showing off an aggressive line of new products, including the slick Zi6 pocket video camera that shoots an HD vid optimized for uploading to online video services. This is going to be a hot product for the company.
I was shown another relatively new dvice, the 10 MP M1033 — a small still camera that takes the same 720p HD movies in 16:9 format as the Zi6, costs about the same (under $200), but incorporates Kodak’s new “Smart Capture”, a technology that is actually astonishing. The camera senses what sort of pic you are trying to shoot and adjusts the entire profile as if you were using the “scene” modes. Get too close and it switches to macro mode instantly. Shoot mountains and it goes automatically into the scenic mode for shooting mountains.
On top of that it handles backlighting better than any pocket camera ever. I have never gotten such outstanding still pictures from a pocket camera. This has to be one of the best cameras ever produced by Kodak. The Zi6 looks to be the trendy to for this Christmas, but if I had to choose between the two I’d get the M1033. Oh, the best part? It weighs only five ounces. Highly recommended.
A robust holiday season would be incredible for the company.