The Kodak DX3215 is a great way to get started in digital photography without breaking the bank. The camera outfit including the docking cradle and rechargeable battery pack can be had for less than $300. The 1280x960 pixel resolution will give you photo-quality 4x6" prints from any good photo inkjet printer. The built-in memory is sufficient for approx. 20 high-resolution 1280x960 pictures or approx. 74 lower resolution 640x480 pictures. The DX3215's MultiMediaCard card expansion slot accepts either MMC or SD (Secure Data) type of flash memory cards to further extend your image capturing capabilities.
The DX3215 has an optical 2x zoom lens unlike most "economy" digital cameras that have just a fixed focal length lens. It also has a digital zoom option but this produces less than optimum images as it only magnifies the central portion of the picture. This is something that I have always felt was better done later in software than inside of the camera. The focusing is fixed and this eliminates a lot of the shutter lag (delay) experienced with cameras that use an autofocus system. It has two settings, normal and macro. In macro mode I was able to capture subjects at less than a foot from the camera and the built-in flash throttles down well to avoid over-exposure at close range.
Overall I was quite pleased with the image quality, the color and sharpness of the images are very good for a camera in this price class. It does offer a Video Out feature to allow the camera to be connected to a TV for image display but lacks the more "fancy" playback options like zoomed playback or a thumbnail index mode found on other cameras. The Kodak Picture Software provided allows for quick and easy downloading of image data whether you are using the optional EasyShare docking cradle or just plugging the USB cable directly into the camera. For those that will be more than the "occassional" user I would recommend the purchase of the EasyShare dock as it comes with a rechargeable battery pack that is charged while in the dock.
If you know someone that has been getting the itch to go digital, the Kodak DX3215 might be just what they're looking for. It is an easy to use camera that yields good image quality and it's very affordable.
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