Kodak brings high-def video to two new cameras

Kodak just announced the EasyShare V1233 and V1253, two new 12-megapixel cameras.

Kodak EasyShare V1253

Kodak kicks off its fall lineup with two new cameras that pack a lot of resolution into a pocketable package. The camera company just announced the EasyShare V1233 and V1253, a pair of compact 12-megapixel cameras that focus on portability and simplicity. Measuring just 0.9 inch deep each, both models feature the same 12-megapixel sensor, 37 to 111mm-equivalent f/3.4-5.3 lens, face detection autofocus/autoexposure, and HDTV compatibility (with optional dock). For once, this HDTV compatibility doesn't just mean you can show off your photos on your high-def TV; both the V1233 and V1253 offer high-definition video modes that can record 720p Quicktime movies at 30 frames per second.

The two cameras are identical, save for their displays. The V1233 uses a 2.5-inch LCD while the V1253 features a 3.1-inch screen, the largest display we've yet seen on a compact camera. Of course, the big display means a bigger price tag; the Kodak EasyShare V1233 will retail for about $250 and the V1253 will retail for about $300 when both cameras ship later this month. Both models will be available in black, silver, and white versions.