Kodak DX4900 Review
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Kodak DX4900 Zoom
Playback Mode Screens & Menus
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.
You can also display the Picture Info by selecting this option from the Play menu.
The Play mode menu options:
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 ConclusionKodak updated their popular 3-megapixel DX3900 with a 4-megapixel imager and sells it for less ($399) than its sibling did not quite a year ago. 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 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 (1700mAH or better.) If you purchase the Easy Share docking cradle it comes with a NiMH battery pack and the cradle can charges it when 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. It has very good image quality and the 2448x1632 pixel size images will yield photo-quality prints on today's photo inkjet printers up to 13 x 19 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 DX4900 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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