Kodak DX4330 Review

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Steve's Digicams

Kodak DX4330 Zoom

Part of the EasyShare System



Playback Mode Screens & Menus


Kodak DX4330 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 (SD card).



Kodak DX4330 Zoom

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



Kodak DX4330 Zoom

And you can select the Magnify option to enlarge the image 2x or 4x and then scroll around inside of it using the 4-way selector.



Kodak DX4330 Zoom

Movies can be played back in full-screen mode on the camera's LCD or a TV set if using the A/V cable supplied. The audio will be heard through the camera's speaker or the TV.



Kodak DX4330 Zoom

The Play mode menu options:

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

    Protect - Protect or unprotect image(s) from deletion

    Image Storage - Select internal memory or card

    Slide Show - Begin automated playback of all images

    Copy - Copy images to/from internal memory to/from SD/MMC card

    Video Date Display - Display capture date and time during playback

    Picture Info - Display extended picture data on LCD





Kodak DX4330 Zoom

The Share button lets you "tag" your pictures or videos. When they are transferred to the computer using the EasyShare software they can be shared by:

    Print - Print the desired picture(s) using EasyShare software

    E-mail - EasyShare software stores up to 32 email addresses in the camera's internal memory. Tagged images and videos will be transferred and emailed when the camera is connected to the computer.

    Favorite - Lets you retrieve, organize and label by subject, date, event or any category you choose after being transferred to the computer.





Steve's Conclusion

Kodak continues their popular EasyShare digital camera system with the 3-megapixel DX4330, 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 basically a point-n-shoot camera but it also offers pre-programmed modes for sports (fast action), Night (slow shutter plus flash), Landscape (infinity focus), Close-up (2.8 to 28" with flash) and Video (320x240 movies with sound, the length is limited only by available memory). The lens is a very 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 DX4330 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 at five inches 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.

The DX4330 is equipped with Kodak's 1.8-inch "Indoor/Outdoor" color LCD monitor and it does make some difference when used out in the bright sunlight. I still wouldn't call it a daylight LCD as there were many angles where the afternoon sunlight washed it just about completely out. It's absolutely essential to use the LCD as your viewfinder when taking macro shots of anything. The optical viewfinder can not "see" what the lens sees when shooting closer than three feet because it is mounted above the lens and off to one side slightly. It's also nice to be able to review your pictures in a high ambient light environment without having to look for a cave. How else do you know if you got the shot or not unless you can see it on the LCD screen. Of course the more you use the color LCD, the more drain you put on the batteries.

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 placed 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 three-megapixel "BEST" images will yield photo-quality prints on today's photo inkjet printers right up to 11 x 14 inch size. You can select the smaller "BETTER" or "GOOD" 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 DX4330 Zoom has a Audio Video Out feature so you can also enjoy your pictures and movies on the television screen too. There is no learning curve with this $349 camera, just put the batteries in it, turn it on and start enjoying digital photography today!






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