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Kodak Easyshare DX6490 Review

Review Date: Feb 20, 2004

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Kodak Easyshare DX6490 Zoom

Executive Summary

This Kodak Easyshare DX6490 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Winter Scene: 1/10 sec., F3.2 and ISO 80
Winter Scene
105mm, Programmed Auto, Spot
1/10 sec., F3.2 and ISO 80
Watercolor filter applied in Photoshop Elements
(Brush Detail=9, Shadow Intensity=1, Texture=1)

The Kodak Easyshare DX6490 is very attractive in its two tone black and silver accent body. It is a full featured digital camera targeted to beginner and serious amateur photographers. In Programmed Auto mode, I find the Kodak Easyshare DX6490 gives excellent 4 megapixels images and, faithful to the Kodak reputation, is extremely easy to use.

My review model comes with the Camera Dock 6000 which makes it effortless to recharge the battery (without having to remove it from the camera) and to transfer images from the camera to your PC (without having to remove the memory card). I also received the Kodak Easyshare Printer Dock 6000 for evaluation and it has all the features of the Camera Dock 6000, plus it 's just a matter of placing the camera on the printer dock and pressing a button for great looking borderless 4x6 in. prints in less than 2 mins (90 sec. if printed from PC, just under 2 mins if printed direct from camera)! In Canada and the U.S., the Camera Dock 6000 is standard.

The Kodak DX6490 makes a perfect point-and-shoot ultra zoom digital camera. And when you're ready for more creative photography, it features all the exposure flexibility you'd ever need: Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, full Manual and easy to use Scene Modes. For sporting events, there is Burst Mode that allows you to capture up to 6 pictures in quick succession (at approx. 3 frames per sec.). Light metering is selectable via the Menu among Multi-Pattern, Center-Weight, and Center-Spot.

The DX6490 is extremely light and compact for an ultra zoom. It has a bright Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) which has diopter adjustment for those who wear glasses. Differentiating itself from other ultrazoom cameras, it also has the largest LCD display among ultra zooms so far at 2.2 in. with 153,000 pixels resolution.

Kodak has carved out for itself a niche with easy to use cameras and the Easyshare DX6490 follows in that tradition by keeping the common operations of the DX6490 point-and-shoot simple -- plus, it adds all the features demanded by serious amateur photographers for more creative digital photography.

See if you fit the Kodak Easyshare DX6490 User Profile below:

Kodak Easyshare DX6490
User Profile
Desire a quality 4 MP resolution digital camera capable of producing prints of up to 11x14 in.
Want Kodak point-and-shoot ease of use.
Want a long zoom. Want a long zoom. Want a long zoom.
Want eveything a beginner or serious amateur photographer needs to learn, experiment and grow in digital photography.
Want more exposure flexibility than provided by a point-and-shoot digital camera.
Want one of the best value for money in the Beginner to Serious Amateur category.
Want a well-rounded digital camera for general family use.


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