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Old Apr 23, 2008, 11:08 PM   #1
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I have had more than a few camera enthusiasts ask me latelyif I thought that Kodak was on the ropes? To be truthful, Kodak has had aseries ofrecent "bombs." The video quality of the Z-812 has left a whole lot to be desired. The "new" Z-8612 is really a step backwards, because there is no EVF at all. All it is, is competition to the Sony H-3 and the Canon SX-100. Yes, the exterior of the Z8612 has been cosmetically updated, but is that as well as a few more mp that important?

Folks, digital cameras operate on, and move forward on their technical advances. Personally, I am beginning to ask myself if Kodak is not just treading water right now. The Z1285 and Z1085 made some forward progress technologically, but that is not sufficient to over come the bombastic failures of the Z8612 and the Z812.

I am really worried about the long term viability of Kodak. How about you?

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Old Apr 24, 2008, 12:28 PM   #2
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Well, folks-

Here is a good sign. The Picture of the Day on Syeve's for 24 April 2008, was taken with a Kodak Z-1275. Go Kodak!

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Old Apr 24, 2008, 1:48 PM   #3
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In time, I believe the low end digicam market will go to some generic brands that might be called Concord or Eagle or such. You'll pick a digicam off a rack to throw into your shopping cart when you want something for snapshots. Given more time, what we now consider mid-range digicams will become that low end.

Technological advances by the current digicam makers can stave off this commoditizing of the business but not forever if the low end keeps improving.

As with razors to razor blades, or cameras to film/prints, the money will be in any recurring products/services resulting from the taking of pictures. Kodak, I believe, has been positioning itself to supply those recurring products/services.
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Old Apr 24, 2008, 2:11 PM   #4
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domang-

Thank you for your very thoughtful reply. I happen to agree with you. Just as we see cardboard single use cameras today to be a discount or even grocery store commodity, the very same fate will happen to what we consider our low end cameras of today. It is the age old stolry of the electronic calculator that came on the market as a $395.00 specialty piece of consumer electronics, and today, you can buy them for $1.00 or less.

The camera/photo market is changing rapidly right before our eyes. We most probably will not recognize it 5 or 10 years from today.

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