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Hi-res, low cost with Kodak

Four megapixel digital camera for under £400

Kodak has a new 4Mp (megapixel) digital camera that costs less than £400.

The Kodak EasyShare DX4900 Zoom digital camera will be available in March and should produce prints from 4x6in up to 20x30in (poster size), because it combines 4Mp resolution with Kodak's all-glass aspherical lenses.

Kodak has also added enhanced 6x zoom, a combination of the 2x optical zoom with Kodak's new 3x Advanced Digital Zoom technology to beef up sharpness and brightness.

The DX4900's Advanced Digital Zoom is a Kodak-patented technology which employs a one-step interpolation and edge-sharpening algorithm in an attempt to deliver sharper, higher quality prints up to 5x7in, even at full digital zoom, says the company.

The camera includes three sharpness modes: normal, sharp (for landscapes) and soft (for portraits). There's also colour, sepia and black and white colour modes, manual focus for landscapes or close-ups, burst mode for high-speed sequence shooting, 10 manual exposure time settings including long shutter speeds for night time photography and three metering modes for different lighting conditions.

According to Kodak's UK release information, the DX4900 will ship with a 16MB CompactFlash memory card, USB and A/V cables and Kodak's Picture Software 1.4. Pricing will be £399.99.

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