Digital Camera News: Kodak Gallery Adds PhotoShow DVD, Camera Phones Still Taking Pictures, Pentax Named Innovation Honoree

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Kodak EasyShare Gallery Adds PhotoShow DVD

Kodak has teamed up with Simple Star, creators of PhotoShow, to introduce a PhotoShow DVD product that is now available at the Kodak Easyshare Gallery. PhotoShow DVD allows the user of the Kodak online service to create slideshows with their own photos and themes.

The user gets the ability to edit many aspects of the PhotoShow that they’re creating. They can include the photos that they want, the music that they want, and decide how the slideshow looks with transitions, etc.

For $19.99, you can include up to 150 pictures into a PhotoShow DVD slideshow. The finished product can be played on any standard DVD player of computer with a DVD-ROM drive.

CEA Research Shows Cell Phones Take Nine Percent of Digital Images

In CEAs Digital Imaging Study Update: Sharing and Storing Photos and Video II, the data showed that cell phones accounted for nine percent of primary still image capture. This number is more than double the value from 2005.

Among people who consider their cell phone to be their primary picture taking device, 47% of them own a digital camera. The study showed that people are still not choosing one device over another, but use them side by side. Tim Herbert, senior director of market research at CEA, predicts that as camera phones increase resolution to over 3 megapixels, provide better storage, and add more features that this trend may reverse, with more people using their phone exlusively for picture taking.

Even with camera phones making strides in improving their camera taking ability, the digital camera market won’t stagnate. The biggest growth area will be cameras with 6-7 megapixel capture resolution. Also, digital camera manufacturers continually add new features that increase image quality (like image stabilization, better lenses) and the user experience (WiFi, Bluetooth, sharing features).

The complete study is available free to CEA member companies. Non-members may purchase the study for $499 at

Pentax Wins CES Award for K10D

Pentax was named an International CES Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for the Pentax K10D digital SLR. The Innovations Design and Engineering Awards recognize achievements in product design and engineering. They’re sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America. Products entered are judged on several criteria:

  • Engineering qualities of the product, including technical specifications and materials used
  • The product’s intended use/function and user value
  • Aesthetic and design qualities (using visuals provided)
  • Unique and novel features
  • Contributions to consumers’ quality of life
  • Impact on the manufacturer’s business model

This year’s honorees will be on display on the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase at the Sands Expo and Convention Center during the CES trade show (January 8-11, 2007) in Las Vegas.

The Pentax K10D can take images at 10.2 megapixels and has some other great features, like Shake Reduction (SR), a weather-resistant body, a dust reduction system,  and a newly-developed Pentax Real IMage Engine (PRIME) developed specifically for Pentax digital SLRs.

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