Kodak DX4530 Review

By Movable Type Admin

Steve's Digicams

Review posted 11/7/2003

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The Kodak EasyShare DX4530 zoom digital camera features 5 megapixel resolution with unsurpassed image quality, resulting in crisp, sharp prints at sizes up to 20 x 30 inches, as well as a 3X optical Kodak Retinar all-glass aspherical lens, 3.3X advanced digital zoom and Kodak Color Science technology all with effortless operation. The DX4530 comes with 32 MB of internal memory plus a MultiMediaCard/SD Card expansion slot to permit additional picture taking or extended digital video recording.

A press of the DX4530 camera's red-jeweled "Share" button allows a person to immediately select printing, e-mailing, and mark as favorite options for each picture, and on-camera sharing is made simple with a 1.8-inch, high-resolution LCD screen. In addition, the camera's new album feature, when used in conjunction with Kodak EasyShare, allows categorization of pictures right on the camera.

At US$399 manufacturer's suggested retail price, the Kodak EasyShare DX4530 zoom digital camera is one of the most affordable 5-megapixel cameras on the market.

DX4530 Zoom Features

  • 5.0 megapixel CCD for images up to 2580x1932 pixels
  • 3X optical zoom 38 - 114 mm (35mm equivalent)
  • 3.3X Advanced Digital Zoom
  • TTL Multi-pattern exposure metering
  • Exposure modes: Auto, sport, night, landscape, close-up, movie
  • Multi-zone auto focus system
  • 320x240 movies w/sound up to 60 minutes in length
  • 1.8 in. TFT color LCD, indoor/outdoor type
  • 32MB internal memory, SD/MMC card slot
  • Powered by 2 AA size lithium, NiMH or CRV3 lithium
  • Audio-Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable)
  • Optional EasyShare Camera Dock II w/rechargeable battery pack
  • Optional EasyShare Printer Dock 4000

Kodak EasyShare DX4530 Zoom

The optional (US$79.95 MSRP) KODAK EASYSHARE Camera Dock II automatically transfers your pictures to your computer. And quickly recharges your battery. All at the touch of a button. It has separate indicator lights that show the status of both picture transfer and battery charging. And its small footprint and stylish design are a complement to anyone's desktop. (Kodak CX4230 camera shown above)

The optional (US$199 MSRP) Kodak EasyShare printer dock 4000 is a simple way for owners of the DX4530 and other EasyShare CX/DX 4000 and 3000-series digital cameras to get durable, 4 x 6-inch Kodak pictures with or without a computer. Similar to the award-winning EasyShare printer dock 6000, the printer dock 4000 triples the functionality of a common photo printer. It combines all the benefits of an EasyShare dock quick battery recharging and one-touch picture transfer with high quality thermal printing. The application of an exclusive XtraLife laminate coating makes the photos durable and water resistant. People simply use the on-camera share/print option to easily select which images to print, dock the camera, then with the touch of a button, get their Kodak photos in as little as 90 seconds.

Like the entire range of EasyShare cameras, the newly introduced cameras include Kodak EasyShare software for Windows and Macintosh systems, providing quick, effortless digital picture transfer, organization, editing, e-mailing, sharing and printing. The software's exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature -- which takes advantage of proprietary color technologies developed by Kodak -- helps Windows OS users get vibrant, true-to-life prints from home inkjet printers, while reducing the trial, error and waste usually associated with home photo printing. EasyShare software can also be downloaded free of charge from www.kodak.com/go/easysharesw.

Physical Views

Kodak EasyShare DX4530 Zoom

Kodak EasyShare DX4530 Zoom

Kodak EasyShare DX4530 Zoom

Kodak EasyShare DX4530 Zoom

Kodak EasyShare DX4530 Zoom

Kodak EasyShare DX4530 Zoom

Kodak EasyShare DX4530 Zoom

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Kodak EasyShare DX4530 Zoom Specifications

Image Resolution 5.0 megapixel (2588x1954 gross / 2580x1932 effective pixels)
Image Quality 5.0 MP - best (print, enlargement)
4.5 MP - best (3:2 aspect for 4" x 6" prints)
3.0 MP - better
1.2 MP - good (e-mail)
Zoom 10X total zoom
3X optical zoom, 8-24 mm (35 mm equivalent: 38-114 mm)
3.3X advanced digital zoom
Lens lens threads for 37 mm lens adapter
Focus/Auto-Focus multi-zone AF
Focus Distance 0.6 m (23.6 in.) to infinity
Display LCD - 1.8" (4.6 cm) indoor/outdoor display
Aperture wide - f/2.8-5.1; tele - f/4.8-8.7
Shutter Speed 1/2-1/1700 second; selectable long time exposure: 0.7-4 second
ISO Equivalent Automatic - (130-200); 140 (flash on)
White Balance auto
Flash Mode automatic, fill, red-eye, off
Flash Range wide - 0.6-3.4 m (2-11.2 ft.); tele - 0.6-2.0 m (2-6.6 ft.)
Viewfinder real image optical viewfinder
Self-Timer 10 seconds
Scene/Other Modes automatic, sport, night, landscape, close-up, movie
Macro/Close-Up Mode wide - 7-70 cm (2.8-27.6 in.); tele - 28-70 cm (11-27.6 in.)
Light Metering Method automatic: multi-pattern TTL-AE
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0 EV with 0.5 EV step increments
Exposure Control programmed AE
Click To Capture 0.79 seconds (live view on)
Shot To Shot <2 seconds
Movie Mode continuous digital video with audio capture, audio playback on camera
Movie Resolution 320 x 240 pixels at 15 fps
Movie Length up to 60 minutes, limited by capacity of external memory card
Capture Mode capture always ready
Auto-Orientation auto picture rotation
Delete dedicated delete button
Review dedicated review button
Share dedicated Share button
Review Mode 2X or 4X magnify, slide show, multi-up, fast, scroll, protect, albums
Video Out NTSC, PAL (user-selectable)
Software KODAK EASYSHARE Software
Interface Dock Compatibility - KODAK EASYSHARE Camera Dock I, II and KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock 4000
Storage internal storage: 32 MB internal memory
external storage: MMC/SD card expansion slot
Power Options optional KODAK EASYSHARE Docks with Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack (in-camera charging); DC in jack on side of camera for 3V adapter; 2 AA lithium or Ni-MH batteries or 1 CRV3 lithium battery
Image File Format Still - JPEG/EXIF v2.1; Video - Quicktime
Interface USB 2.0 compatible, KODAK EASYSHARE Camera Dock I, II and KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock 4000 compatible
Lens Protection lens cap tethered to camera body
Tripod Mount 1/4 in. standard
Weight without batteries: 210 g / 7.4 oz.
Dimensions (WHD) 111 x 66 x 39 mm
4.4 x 2.6 x 1.5 in.

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