Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Photographers get two lenses in one: Wide angle or zoom

Eastman Kodak Co. is again using the world's largest trade show for consumer electronics to show off a ground-breaking innovation in digital imaging.

The company on Monday introduced what it bills as the first digital camera with two lenses on its face — one for taking wide-angle photos; the other a standard optical zoom lens.

Adding a second lens and sensor is another attempt by Kodak to make digital photography increasingly consumer-friendly and more functional than film. The dual lens approach makes it easier to capture group photos, scenic landscapes and city pictures in addition to portraits and close-ups, Kodak said.

"You don't need to say 'Squeeze-in!' at family gatherings any more," says Mike McDougall, a Kodak spokesman.

The V570 camera was unveiled in Las Vegas, where the company is preparing for the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show, the largest trade show of its kind. A year ago, Kodak used the same show to introduce EasyShare-One, a wireless digital camera that allows users to transmit images without first connecting to a personal computer.


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