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it's not all that clear what distinctive capabilities Kodak brought to the digital photo game

At one end, they had hands-down the best & fastest imagers. 13 years ago they had a fantastic camera in a manageable size & price which could have been, in time with effort, worked into a consumer product. They had a great start into dominance as a digital capital company.

At the other end, at core Kodak was a very large scale chemical consumables company.

Alas, it's very hard for a company to transition from a core competence to its polar opposite.

13 years ago they had a fantastic camera ... What model ?

A documentary said Eastman/Kodak was a strong influence on Apple, now its successors as extremely successful company, using similar philosophy, simple and focused products + distribution scheme, albeit virtual now.

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