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Kodak Professional introduces the first 13.89 Megapixel SLR DCS PRO 14n
Kodak Professional, a division of Eastman Kodak Company, introduced the industry's first professional digital camera in 1991. Today Kodak Professional announced the latest addition to its camera family, the DCS Pro 14n digital camera, a SLR with the industry's first 35-mm size CMOS sensor (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) in a SLR camera. The new camera boasts a 13.89 million pixel CMOS sensor and provides variable resolution raw files. The DCS Pro 14n set new standards for price, performance and portability. The easy-to-use DCS Pro 14n is Kodak's sixth-generation professional digital camera and is primarily designed for professional portrait, wedding, event and commercial photographers, but will likely be popular with advanced amateurs as well. Built on a Nikon lens mount, it adds speed and quality to the photographers' workflow through FireWire connectivity at a 12 MB per second transfer rate, nearly four times faster than previous Kodak Professional cameras.
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The digital camera is equipped with a 4536 x 3024 pixel (effective), 12-bit CMOS imager, covering the full 24 x 36mm image area of 35mm film, allowing photographers to regain the benefits of true wide-angle lenses and use their Nikon SLR lenses as they have used them with 35mm film. With the DCS Pro 14n photographers have the freedom to select the image size (full 14MP, 6MP, and 3MP) that suits the shooting environment. The camera captures images at about two frames per second. Images can be saved as DCR raw files or Kodak Professional Extended Range Imaging (ERI) JPEG files. Kodak ERI-JPEG files serve as another form of picture protection for photographers, especially in sit-uations where re-shooting is inconvenient. Kodak ERI-JPEG's are created by and stored in-camera on removable media for later colour correction or manipulation, and provide two-stops of exposure latitude and extended colour space within a JPEG workflow, a benefit no other competitor offers. The ERI-JPEG format provides professional photo-graphers ease-of-use of JPEG file with the image quality and colour/exposure control of Kodak's highly regarded DCR format raw camera files, to create the best quality images.
Kodak SLR DCS PRO 14n
Images are stored in a CompactFlash memory card and a MMC memory card interface. The camera can write to both storage media, and the image can be sent to each card simultaneously in any of the available formats. The Kodak Professional DCS Pro 14n Digital Camera is leveraged from a Nikon lens mount and the magnesium body is more durable and robust than plastic digital cameras based on similar camera platforms. The DCS Pro 14n uses cast magnesium encasements for a solid, rugged camera body instead of the plastic encasements commonly used by other manufacturers. The robust body 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, hallmarks of Kodak Professional's efforts to make digital easier for customers.
Heeding photographers' calls to simplify the transition to digital photography, the DCS Pro 14n includes features for new and more advanced digital shooters. The camera operates in two user modes: basic and advanced. The camera defaults to the basic setting and offers a very intuitive, simple interface. In the advanced mode, the user can adjust many more capture, resolution and storage settings, among others.
The camera is capable of capturing images at about two frames per second, for a full burst of up to eight frames in full-resolution mode. Because the features of the DCS Pro 14n are based on Kodak Professional firmware and not hard-wired within the camera, the camera can be enhanced and easily upgraded with free firmware downloads from Kodak Professional. Free firmware upgrades essentially give photographers a 'new' camera whereas other manufacturers require the purchase of an entirely new camera system to receive the latest enhancements. Unlike competitors' cameras, the DCS Pro 14n can be taken to Kodak Service Qualified Sites to enable a deeper burst depth (from 8 frames to 18) by doubling the camera's built in RAM buffer from 256MB to 512MB image memory.
Kodak Professional leverages Nikon's digital through the lens (DTTL™) flash metering in the DCS Pro 14n, which represents a major step forward for the technology. Photo-graphers can expect near perfect flash exposures with the DCS Pro 14n, an improvement over many existing professional digital cameras. Unlike competitors' digital cameras, the DCS Pro 14n provides improved image quality and better-exposed images, resulting in more sellable images for photographers. The Pro 14n has the first professional camera interface localized in eight languages. It includes the latest versions of Kodak Profes-sional DCS Photo Desk and Camera Manager software, and supports DCR FFM and Kodak Professional ERI-JPEG format and is compatible with Kodak ProShots Studio Software Suite, an online image management and display tool that links the photographer to both client and lab in an effective digital workflow for film-based and digital camera images.
The camera is digital camera format (DCF) compatible, a first for a Kodak Professional digital camera. The standardized DCF format gives photographers more access to printing services because most printing systems are calibrated to work with DCF files. The camera includes a power source in the form of a single rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack, or by an accessory AC adapter. Photographers may select NTSC or PAL video formats for image review. Using a video monitor, photographers can 'play back' images captured during a shoot as a review and potential sales opportunity with customers. Product availability begins in December through authorized dealers of Kodak Professional digital photography equipment.