Eastman Kodak and Nikon are the first manufacturers to unveil a Wi-Fi enabled digital camera to market. Kodak’s Easyshare-One zoom digital camera will be available in October, while Nikon’s compact Coolpix P1 and P2 are expected to be on store shelves by September 15.
The technology is meant to ease the process of transferring, backing up, and printing digital images. Being able to print wirelessly from your digital camera will be a definite purchasing incentive to many.
Kodak’s 4.0 megapixel wireless Easyshare-One is equipped with a Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon 3X optical zoom lens, 256MB of internal memory, and a large 3.0-inch rotating LCD display.
The Nikon Coolpix P1 and P2 have 8 and 5 megapixels respectively. Both have a 2.5-inch LCD and use a high-quality 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor Glass lens with a focal range equivalent to that of a 36-126mm lens in 35mm format.
Nikon’s Coolpix P1 will retail for US $549.95, the P2 for US $399.95. A wireless print adapter will sell for an additional US $49.95, but not until October. Kodak plans to sell the Easyshare-One camera bundled with a Wi-Fi card for US $599.95.