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Kodak Launches DCS Pro SLR/n - A 14 megapixel digital SLR with the industry's broadest ISO range.
Kodak will use the NEC-based Focus On Imaging show (Feb 22-25) for its UK launch of the new DCS Pro SLR/n - a 14 megapixel digital SLR with the industry's broadest ISO range.
The new camera, with an expected UK list price of £2,995 (ex VAT), has a fully calibrated ISO range of 6 to 800 with a total available range of 6 to 1600 - and boasts new electronics and a brand new 35mm size CMOS image sensor.
David Kitchin, Kodak Professional Marketing Manager for Digital Products said|:
"This new model pushes back the boundaries of high end digital camera technology.
It delivers outstanding performance and exceptional image quality, coupled with ease of use for portrait, wedding, commercial and advanced amateur photographers.
It's 'next generation' technology, providing medium format image quality with 35mm flexibility."
He added: "Photographers will get their first chance to see the new camera at the Focus Show where our digital experts will be on hand to demonstrate the features and benefits of this groundbreaking camera."
The DCS Pro SLR/n is the latest product in six generations of Kodak Digital SLR cameras and is built on an F-mount compatible body. It can capture 14 MP images at a burst rate of about 1.7 images per second, to a burst depth of up to ~19 shots, before writing to a storage card.
Said Kitchin: "This camera's new CMOS sensor uses HPLN (High Performance-Low
Noise) technology and the unit's unique new pixel design and optimized device
manufacturing process, enables increased sensitivity and reduced noise levels
to drive boundary-breaking ISO performance.
We've accelerated the evolution of the digital SLR with this camera. No other digital SLR has more resolution or a wider ISO range than the new DCS Pro SLR/n.
Photographers can also create amazing images at low ISOs using long exposures - and furthermore they can choose the image size that best suits the specific shooting circumstances - 14MP, 6MP or 3MP.
Mark Cleghorn, award-winning Cardiff-based portrait and wedding photographer and digital capture specialist said: "If this camera performs in the way it is described on the box it will be a truly amazing piece of kit and I will be the first in the queue to order one.
If you can perform as well in dark areas as you can in bright light situations then it's perfect for the wedding photographer - and in addition the pixel count is there for the studio portrait photographer who wants the biggest enlargements."
Image Quality and Key Features
The camera contains a new 4536 x 3024 pixel (effective), 12-bit CMOS imager that covers the full 24 mm-by-36 mm image area of 35mm film. With a full-size sensor, photographers regain the benefits of true wide-angle lenses and can use their F-mount SLR lenses the same way they used them with 35 mm film. .
When combined with the new "Expert-Level" noise reduction tools in the latest release of KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS Photo Desk software, the camera delivers the highest resolution of any digital SLR with an ISO range that meets the needs of a wide variety of professional photographers. The new sensor also incorporates an enhanced optical transmission system that further increases image quality - particularly with tungsten light sources - and is supported by new digital and analogue electronics.
Photographers will have the benefit of a fully calibrated ISO range of 6 to 800, while those that utilize DCS raw files can also access a non-calibrated ISO range that extends above 800 - up to 1600 ISO. Aside from a broad ISO range, the camera's feature set includes long-exposure capabilities, enabling exposures up to 60 seconds at lower ISO settings, a full resolution raw image burst depth of ~19 frames from the cameras integrated 512 MB RAM buffer and a hardware "sleep mode" that conserves battery life when the camera is not in use.
The camera captures images at about 1.7 frames per second. Images can be saved as DCR raw files, normal JPEG files or ERI JPEG files. The ERI-JPEG files serve as another form of picture protection for photographers, especially in situations where re-shooting is inconvenient. They provide two stops of exposure latitude and extended color space within a JPEG workflow - a benefit no competitor offers.
Images are stored via COMPACTFLASH memory card and/or MMC/SD memory card interfaces. The camera can write to both types of storage media, and the image can be sent to each card simultaneously in any combination of the three available formats. In addition, FIREWIRE connectivity - at a transfer rate of up to 12MB per second - adds speed to the photographers' workflow.
Designed with a durable magnesium body, the DCS Pro SLR/n includes a vertical trigger that works in conjunction with the camera's auto orientation sensor. The sensor detects the camera's orientation +/- 90 degrees from the horizontal position. This enables automatic rotation of the image as it moves to a computer for manipulation, saving photographers' time and improving workflow.
Simplifying Digital, Free Firmware Upgrades
The DCS Pro SLR/n camera includes features for new and more advanced digital shooters. The camera operates in two user modes: Basic and advanced. It defaults to the basic setting and offers a very intuitive, simple interface. In the advanced mode, the user can access and adjust a host of capture, resolution, storage and other settings.
Many key features of the DCS Pro SLR/n camera are based on KODAK PROFESSIONAL firmware and are not hard-wired within the camera, so they can be enhanced and easily upgraded with free firmware downloads from Kodak. Free firmware upgrades essentially give photographers a "new" camera, whereas most other manufacturers require the purchase of an entirely new camera system to receive the latest enhancements.
Kodak leverages Nikon's Digital Through The Lens (DTTL) flash metering in the DCS Pro SLR/n digital camera. Photographers can expect near-perfect flash exposures with the camera, an improvement over many existing professional digital cameras.
The DCS Pro SLR/n has a camera interface localized in nine languages. It works with the latest versions of the following software:
· KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS Photo Desk - including new Expert level noise
· KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS Camera Manager
· KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS File Format Module
· KODAK PROFESSIONAL Extended Range Imaging Technology File Format Module
The new DCS Pro SLR/n is expected to be available from Kodak accredited dealers from early spring.