Kodak Easyshare DX6490 Review
Date: Feb 20, 2004
Handling & Feel
169mm, Aperture-Priority, Spot, 1/30 sec., F6.3
and ISO 80
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Kodak Easyshare DX6490 looks quite handsome
in its two tone black and silver body with dimensions
of 99.6W x 79.9H x 81.2D mm (3.9W x 3.1H x 3.2D
in.) and weighing 337 g (11.9 oz.). It handles
superbly with controls placed where you would
intuitively expect and which respond precisely
to the touch.
The Kodak DX6490 is not pocketable, and Kodak
includes a neck strap. The camera is extremely
light and compact for an ultra zoom digital camera.
The hand grip allows the camera to be held very
is possible to hand hold shots at full telephoto
as long as the shutter speed is fast enough (for
me, 1/90 sec. and faster); at slower shutter speeds,
the use of a tripod is recommended.
my review camera, the lens jiggles a bit when
extended fully. I believe this is normal.
LCD is clear and at 2.2 in. is one of the largest
LCD I've seen so far. It does not have adjustable
brightness but I've had no problem with viewing
images in bright sunlight. The LCD screen automatically
turns off after 1 minute of inactivity to save
battery power. To turn it back on, press any button.
The image on the LCD can also be rerouted to the
Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) which has diopter
adjustment for those who, like me, wear glasses.
The dipoter wheel is however quite tiny and does
not seem to do much difference any way I turn
it in my review camera. Fortunately, the EVF is
bright and all the info is clearly displayed.
The EVF also turns itself off automatically after
15 sec. of inactivity. It turns itself back on
automatically as you move the eyepiece to your
eye thanks to the eye sensors to the right of
it. It's automatic within 1 minute; after 1 minute,
touch any button to turn it back on. I find I
use the EVF almost all the time with the DX6490.
controls are placed mostly where you'd expect
them. The EVF/LCD switch button is right beside
the viewfinder. The Open Flash button and the
Flash button are right beside the flip-up flash.
The zoom toggle lever is activated by the thumb.
The buttons at the top of the camera are far enough
from the shutter release button so they cannot
be inadvertently pushed on.
are a couple of design improvements that Kodak
could bring to the DX6490:
On/Off switch should be moved off the Mode Dial.
As it is now, turning off the camera also means
losing your preferred exposure mode setting.
Menu and Setup functions should be on separate
tabs. Kodak has designed an attractive menu
but as it is currently, you have to navigate
through all the Menu items before going into
Setup. Then you have to scroll back up all the
Setup choices to return to the Menu.
I am not sure I prefer a joystick or a four
way controller on the Mode Dial. I find it is
too easy with a joystick to inadvertently change
a setting as I navigate the Menu.
Provide a slightly longer lens cap strap. If
you inadvertently turn on the camera with the
lens cap still on, the reach is just enough
or not quite enough, depending on how you orietated
the lens cap. If you put the lens cap on and
turn it around so the Kodak logo is properly
horizontal, then the eyelet on the lens cap
is at the bottom of the lens cap and the reach
is not quite enough. There is a risk of lens
mechanism damage here.
jog dial takes some getting used to, but once
I understand how it works, I find that I like
it very much. It allows me to keep my eye glued
to the viewfinder while switching exposure mode
or adjusting exposure compensation. The electronic
viewfinder, itself bright and with the information
displayed easily readable, greatly helps with
in the box is the Camera Dock 6000 (standard in
Canada and the U.S.) which allows the camera to
be recharged by simply placing the camera onto
it. It is also a convenient way to upload pictures
from camera to PC with the push of a button.
DX6490 also has one of the most beautiful shutter
sound on a consumer digital camera. Be sure to
turn it on in the Menu [Menu - Setup - Shutter
in all, the Kodak Easyshare DX6490 passes the
test of ease of use for someone who wants a point-and-shoot
ultra zoom. It's a beautifully designed camera
with a comforting solid feel to it, and provides
a very satisfying picture-taking total experience.