Kodak CX4230 Review
Kodak CX4230 Zoom
Part of the EasyShare System
Steve's ConclusionKodak continues their popular EasyShare digital camera system with the 2-megapixel CX4230, an excellent choice for anyone that wants to capture the best pictures with a minimum of controls. This camera has a quality glass zoom lens, takes excellent pictures and is extremely easy to use, especially if you have the optional Easy Share dock. Even without the docking cradle the camera connects to the computer's USB port and the Kodak Picture Software makes easy work of transferring your files.
This is strictly an automatic point-n-shoot, still image camera, it has no other capture modes. The lens is a good 3x optical zoom with a maximum aperture of F2.8 that captures sharp and colorful pictures. As with most all consumer digital cameras there is a "shutter lag" - this is the time from pressing the shutter to actual capture. Only film cameras are close to instantaneous, digicams have a delay in which the camera sets the autofocus, exposure value and white balance before capturing the shot. The CX4230 is about average with a nominal one second shutter lag.
Indoor flash pictures look good, they're not over or under-exposed and people pictures have a nice saturated look to them that I'm sure will please the majority of the users. The camera does a good job of throttling the flash down for close-up pictures taken in Macro focus mode, even those shot a half a foot or so from the lens were not over- exposed. In fact all the pictures we took had good saturation and white balance. Outdoor pictures show lots of sky detail even when the foreground takes up more of the frame. It seems as if Kodak is emulating their Kodacolor film with this camera and they've done quite well.
Battery life is good if the color LCD is used sparingly. The camera is powered by just two AA type batteries or a single CR3V type lithium cell. I recommend using the highest capacity NiMH rechargeable batteries that you can find (1700mAH or better.) If you purchase the optional EasyShare docking cradle, it comes with a NiMH battery pack and the cradle charges it whenever the camera is docked in it. The use of alkaline batteries is NOT recommended by Kodak (or me!)
This is a great camera if you're just starting out in digital or you've been at it for a while. The two-megapixel "BEST" images will yield photo-quality prints on today's photo inkjet printers right up to 5 x 7 inch size. You can select the smaller "BETTER" or "GOOD" image sizes if you don't need to print the pictures larger than 4x6" Everything you need is in the box including software to view, edit and manage your digital images. Unlike other "entry level" digicams, the CX4230 Zoom has a Audio Video Out feature so you can also enjoy your pictures and movies on the television screen too. This $249 camera won't break the bank or your brain -- just put the batteries in it, turn it on and start enjoying digital photography today!
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