Kodak DX3900 Review

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Steve's Digicams

Kodak DX3900 Zoom



Playback Mode Screens & Menus


Kodak DX3900 Zoom

When you rotate the Mode Dial to the Play position the last picture taken is displayed full screen. There is very little overlay information, only the picture number and the memory source (CF card).



Kodak DX3900 Zoom

Using the Play menu (see below) you can select the Magnify option to enlarge the image 2x or 4x and then scroll around it using the 4-way selector.



Kodak DX3900 Zoom

You can also display the Picture Info by selecting this option from the Play menu.



Kodak DX3900 Zoom

The Play mode menu options:

    Magnify - Enlarge image 2x or 4x for critical examination

    Delete - Erase selected image or all images

    Protect - Protect or unprotect image(s) from deletion

    Slide Show - Begin automated playback of all images

    Print Order - Set DPOF printing information

    Picture Info - Display extended picture data on LCD







Steve's Conclusion

This camera impressed me in a good way. It is inexpensive at $449 for a 3-megapixel zoom camera, it takes very good pictures and it 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 Sofware makes easy work of transfering your files.

This is basically a point-n-shoot camera. The lens is just a 2x optical zoom with a maximum aperture of F2.8 but it does take excellent pictures. There is only a brief delay in which the camera sets the autofocus, exposure value and white balance and then it captures the shot.

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. In fact all the pictures had good saturation and white balance. Outdoor pictures show excellent 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, Kodak includes a one-use lithium and I recommend the highest capacity NiMH rechargeable batteries that you can find (1500mAH or better.) If you purchase the Easy Share docking cradle it comes with a NiMH battery pack and the cradle can charge it or any rechargeable NiMH batteries you may use. 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. It has very good image quality and the 2160 x 1440 pixel size images will yield photo-quality prints on today's photo inkjet printers up to 8 x 10 inch size. There are a multitude of other smaller image sizes if you don't need to print the pictures larger than 5x7 or 4x6" Everything you need is in the box including software to view, edit and manage your digital images. Unlike other "entry level" digicams, the DX3900 Zoom has a Video Out feature so you can also enjoy your pictures on the television screen too. There is no learning curve with this camera, just put the batteries in it, turn it on and start enjoying digital photography today!







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