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Kodak Easyshare DX6490 Review

Review Date: Feb 20, 2004

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Kodak Easyshare DX6490 Zoom 

Image Quality

The Kodak Easyshare DX6490 has 4 megapixels resolution and its image quality is comparable to other 4 MP digital cameras.

Two very pleasant surprises:

  • No noise at ISO 80. At higher ISOs, noise is quite acceptable for display purposes at 1024x768 pixels.
  • Auto White Balance outdoors seems to work very well. I was expecting to have to fiddle around to get my snow, well, snow white, but the DX6490 takes care of it without any adjustment on my part.

Since most of you are interested in the Kodak DX6490 because of the long zoom, I have taken a number of the picture samples at that focal length. Of course, I have also included pictures at other focal lengths and in different lighting situations. The long zoom opens up picture possibilities once reserved only to those who could afford expensive long zoom lenses for the professional SLR or dSLR category.

For this review, I used the following settings as my preferred settings:

  • Shooting Mode: Programmed Auto
  • Metering Mode: Spot
  • ISO: 80
  • Image Size: 2304x1728 (4M)
  • Image Quality: Can't be set (the DX6490 firmware unfortunately compresses the output)
  • White Balance: Auto

All the pictures on this and the other pages (including the navigation pictures at the top of each page) have been taken by the Kodak Easyshare DX6490 for this review. The pictures on this page provide a good sample of what the DX6490 is capable of and I have provided the 800x600 version. Remember that this version is of slightly lesser quality than the original 2304x1728 version. Please open and download only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!

Clicking on a picture will display the 800x600 image in a separate window. Leave that separate window up for all the other images will also display in that same separate window.
Note that Kodak Easyshare software reports focal length in 35mm equivalent, so that is what you'll read below and on the other pages.

Click here for comments accompanying pictures.

Wide-Angle: 1/500 sec., F4 and ISO 80 (File size: 922 KB)
Full Telephoto: 1/500 sec., F5 and ISO 80 (File size: 1.2 MB)
Bus Ad: 1/45 sec., F3.2 and ISO 80 (File size: 809 KB)
Night Scene: 1/15 sec., F2.8 and ISO 400 (File size: 1.3 MB)
Winter Dance: 1/90 sec., F3.2 and ISO 400 (File size: 1.4 MB)
Snowman: 1/90 sec., F3.2 and ISO 800 (File size: 584 KB)
Playground: 1/180 sec., F2.8 and ISO 80 (File size: 834 KB)
Canadians, eh?: 1/90 sec., F3.2 and ISO 80 (File size: 606 KB)
Freezing Rain: 1/10 sec., F3.2 and ISO 80 (File size: 541 KB)
Train Station: 1/60 sec., F6.3 and ISO 80 with Fill-in Flash (File size: 701 KB)
Bridge: 1/500 sec., F4 and ISO 80 (File size: 1.2 MB)
Tall Grass: 1/500 sec., F4 and ISO 80 (File size: 1.6 MB)
Kiriya Park in Winter: 1/750 sec., F5.6 and ISO 80 (File size: 847 KB)
Peppers: 1/60 sec., F2.8 and ISO 80, with Flash (File size: 991 KB)
Apples: 1/60 sec., F3.2 and ISO 80, with Flash (File size: 741 KB)
Pets: 1/60 sec., F2.8 and ISO 80, with Flash (File size: 1.4 MB)
Mississauga Centre Library Panorama: 4 landscape shots taken at 1/10 sec., F8, +0.3EV and ISO 80; Combined in Photoshop Elements (File size: 2.7 MB)

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A Personal Word

The image quality on the Kodak DX6490 is excellent and it is regrettable the output is compressed so much, resulting in the loss of some detail, especially at full telephoto. Set on Programmed Auto mode, and used in a point-and-shoot capacity, pictures consistently come out true in colour and perfectly exposed. That includes indoors shots in low-light (though this requires the use of a higher ISO).

Noise is not an issue at ISO 80. At higher ISOs, noise is present but I believe it is quite acceptable since it allows you to capture pictures you would not otherwise be able to take. For screen display and 4x6 in. prints, the noise would be barely noticeable.

All the exposure modes and metering modes are available, though I find the Kodal DX6490 performs very well on Programmed Auto mode and using Spot metering.

The Kodak Easyshare DX6490 will give you great images in Programmed Auto mode. In addition, the availability of full exposure flexibility means that you will be able to express your creativity whenever you're ready to explore and try out the other exposure modes.

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