Kodak Stops Making Cameras

February 9, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras, Global | 4 Comments |
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Kodak has announced that it is ceasing production of digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames. Due to take place in the first half of 2012, Kodak will instead expand its current brand licensing program, and seek licensees for cameras. Kodak will continue to honor all related product warranties, and provide technical support and service for its cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames.

Kodak Press Release

Kodak Focuses Consumer Business On More Profitable Growth Opportunities

Plans to phase out dedicated capture devices business

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 9 – Eastman Kodak Company (the “Company”) (OTB: EKDKQ.PK) announced today that, as a result of its ongoing strategic review process and commitment to drive sustainable profitability through its most valuable business lines, it plans to phase out its dedicated capture devices business – comprising digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames – in the first half of 2012. Kodak will instead expand its current brand licensing program, and seek licensees for cameras. Following this decision, Kodak’s Consumer Business will include online and retail-based photo printing, as well as desktop inkjet printing.

Kodak has contacted its retail partners, and is working closely with them to ensure an orderly transition. Kodak will continue to honor all related product warranties, and provide technical support and service for its cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames.

“For some time, Kodak’s strategy has been to improve margins in the capture device business by narrowing our participation in terms of product portfolio, geographies and retail outlets. Today’s announcement is the logical extension of that process, given our analysis of the industry trends,” said Pradeep Jotwani, President, Consumer Businesses, and Kodak Chief Marketing Officer. 

In addition to its Consumer Businesses segment, Kodak has a Commercial Businesses segment that includes the Digital and Functional Printing, Enterprise Services and Solutions, and Graphics, Entertainment and Commercial Films units. Kodak’s digital businesses now comprise approximately three-fourths of total revenues.

Kodak continues to have a strong position in the personal imaging market.  While photos are increasingly taken on multi-function mobile devices, Kodak technology makes it easy for consumers to produce a broad range of photo products, anywhere, anytime – from prints to photobooks, photo greeting cards and personalized calendars. These items can be made on Kodak products, with Kodak quality at retail, at home, and ordered for delivery to home.

Kodak’s continuing consumer products and services will include:
• Retail-based photo kiosks and digital dry lab systems, a market in which Kodak is the clear worldwide leader. Kodak pioneered the retail-based kiosk market, and the company now has more than 100,000 kiosks and order stations for dry lab systems around the world, with some 30,000 of those units connected to the most popular photo-sharing sites.
• Consumer inkjet printers, where Kodak has outpaced overall market growth for several years. Kodak consumer inkjet printers provide consumers with high-quality output and the lowest total ink replacement cost. Consumers can send documents and photos to Kodak printers from anywhere, using any web-connected device.
• Kodak apps for Facebook, which make it easy for consumers to obtain photo products using photos from their Facebook albums.
• Kodak Gallery (http://www.kodakgallery.com), a leading online digital photo products service. Kodak Gallery enables consumers to share their photos, and offers product and creation tools that enable people to do more with their photos.
• The Kodak camera accessories and batteries businesses. These products are universally compatible with all camera brands, and extend into other consumer product segments such as charging units for smartphones.
• The traditional film capture and photographic paper business, which continues to provide high-quality and innovative products and solutions to consumers, photographers, retailers, photofinishers and professional labs.



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#1 Larry Lourcey

Kind of sad - the end of an era. Of course, we all saw it coming.

@larryphoto

7:04 pm - Thursday, February 9, 2012

#2 Colin Glover

Sad indeed. Coincidentally I was on the Kodak site as the announcement happened, and was one of the first to report this sad news. Everyone can remember their own particular Kodak Moment. I well remember our family having Kodak camereas, indeed as a teenager my first camera was an instamatic 126. It had belonged to my parents. My one memory is winding it on to pretend to take a picture with an empty camera. I'd figured the way to get the shutter to lock without film in so it would click when pressed. What I didn't realise was that if a flashbulb was attached then it would go off even without film. My parents weren't impressed and made me go and buy a new bulb. Lesson learned. I only hope that Kodak Digital cameras don't go the way of Polaroid, Jenoptik, Praktika and Agfa - Cheap clones of one another. That would be sad, as Kodak have produced some amazing cameras and some average ones too.

7:49 pm - Thursday, February 9, 2012

#3 Cristian

Really sad....
Always used kodak films..and my first camera an instamatic too...

10:50 am - Friday, February 10, 2012

#4 DaveAB

Kodak's announcement comes on the same day as this site reviews the Fujifilm X-S1, one of many new Fujifilm cameras. Talk about two companies going in opposite directions! It's sad, but Kodak will still be around, just as a much smaller leaner company. At least they will keep their more profitable products and services going.

12:52 pm - Friday, February 10, 2012