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Old Mar 2, 2006, 9:12 PM   #1
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Understandably, almost everyone is willing to admit thatKodak had a great 2005. They showed leadership with the P-850 and the P-880 cameras as well as the V series cameras. Now, unfortunately Kodak doesn't seem to able to muster the excitment and enthusiasm that Nikon and Canon do with their 2006 introductions. But, all in all,2005 was a good year for Kodak.

What do you make of Kodak's performance in 2006? Well, we saw the intro of a unique two lens, two imager camera in the V-570. But, in truth, the Kodak V-570 has not set the world spinning. Then there is/was the Z612, introduced at PMA 2006 with more than a little fanfare. Once again. Kodak, after their big announcement of the Z612, was greeted by the digital camera users in the world with yet another huge"ho-hum" kind of response.

I for one, was hoping that Kodak would continue in 2006 with another year of great digital cameras, but it just has not happened. Are we on a flat plateau of consumer enthusiasm, or has Kodak once again begun, yet another period of retreat?

I want to be upbeat, but2006 has been a less than earthshaking to date.

Let's hear your thoughts? What does the future hold for Kodak??

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Old Mar 4, 2006, 6:46 PM   #2
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I'm hoping they are just pausing between firing some R&D engineers and hiring new ones so the can train the new ones( maybe stolen from Canon or Panosonic) to do a better job. Wouldn't hurt to churn up the consumer survey dept. a little too! LOL



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I certainly do agree with you, BigDwag-

It would surely please me if Kodak became an innovator, rather thana "me too" player in the photo industry.

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I wish Kodak had done better with the P 850 - 880 .I so much wanted to carry on buying kodak cameras.

Bad reviews,posts ofpeople returning their 850,880 cameras and buying different brand replacements certainly persuaded me not toupgrade to the nextKodak.

If the P880 was on par with the Nikon D50 ,I probably would have opted for the Kodak, but alas

I`m so glad I bought a D50

I`ve sold my much loved CX7530 to my Dad,just to shut him up with his ,,you don`t need 3 cameras speech :G.

Kodak reads much like my school reports,,, Could have done better !!! :-)



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Old Mar 4, 2006, 7:58 PM   #5
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You certainly make a good point. Because I teach digital cameras I own more than a few of them. However, it would really be nice if Kodak got out in front for a change.

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I think the Z612 specs are great.
It's the only superzoom which uses Mpeg4 compression. It also has stereo sound and you can use the zoom in movie mode.
So in my opinion this is the best hybrid camera.

It also has a nice LCD (2.5"/230k pixels) which is better than most of its direct competitors.

Two things which are missing: intervalometer and 16:9 movie mode.

This probably would have been my new camera if I didn't have to wait until may/june. :sad:

I also like the V570 with its dual lens. It would have been a perfect companion for a superzoom if it had a decent high-ISO mode.
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That is the problem for Kodak. We say thats really great, BUT...

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Old Mar 7, 2006, 12:26 PM   #8
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They should do the Z612 in black!!!

Thats exactly the camera I am looking for..(but in black):sad:
-High number of mega pixels with a powerful zoom!!!
+.raw format and image stablization!!

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Kodak could have gotten a lot of interest with the z612, IF ONLY they included standard features expected on a $400 camera:
Threads to attach filters + lenses
Diopter adj. on viewfinder
Sync cable, flashshoe-any kind of way to attach a flash

The P series was the same story...IF ONLY they included...

Sorry to think this way,but like TD, I don't think my next cam will be Kodak

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I agree with Dan!!

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