Kodak DX6490 Review

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Features & Controls



Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

The DX6490 is equipped with a high-quality Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 10X optical zoom lens with a focal range of 6.3-63.2mm (38 - 380 mm equivalent in 35mm format). The aperture range is f/2.8 - 8.0 in wide angle and from f/3.7 - 8.0 in telephoto.

The autofocus range is 24 inches to infinity in wide angle and from 6.6 ft. to infinity in telephoto. The macro close-up mode covers from 4.7 to 27.6 inches in wideangle and from 3.9 to 6.9 feet in telephoto. The auto focus is high speed and low light capable with selectable multi-zone or center-zone modes. For scenics or open-sky pictures you may need to use the landscape (infinity) focus mode.



Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

The built-in flash has modes for auto, fill, red-eye and forced off. The working flash range in wide is 0.6 - 4.9m (2 - 16 ft.) at ISO 140 and in telephoto from 1.0 - 4.2m (3.3 - 13.8 ft.) at ISO 200. The flash is manually "popped up" with a button on the top.

A standard external PC flash sync connector is available. The external flash will be signalled to fire each time the camera takes a picture, regardless of the camera flash settings. Accepts all standard external flashes, maximum 500V trigger voltage.



Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

The eyelevel finder is really an electronic viewfinder (EVF) which is a small but very high resolution color LCD with a magnified eyepiece. It has dioptric adjustment and can display anything on that can be displayed on the color LCD - just press the EVF/LCD button to swap the displays.

The EVF automatically turns off 15 seconds after you take the camera away from your face. To turn it back on just put it up to your eye and look through the viewfinder. To turn it on after a minute has elapsed, press any button. Both the EVF and LCD will go monochrome and "gain up" so as to be useable in very dim light conditions.



Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

The 2.2-inch color LCD can be used for preview, review and menu operations. The refresh rate when used as a live viewfinder is realtime (30fps), in low light conditions it goes monochrome and gets a little grainy. This is an indoor/outdoor type display with very good color and contrast. The color LCD will automatically turn off after one minute if no buttons are pushed. Press any button after one minute to turn it on again.



Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

The controls are fairly simple and effective. Upper right corener is the zoom lens control. The "i" button controls the amount of information that is overlayed on the EVF/LCD image. The Share button lets you select images for printing, e-mailing, or to mark as a favorite. There's a dedicated Delete button to erase images during review. The Review button puts the camera into playback mode. The Menu button calls up and dismisses the menus.

Navigating the menus is simple, just use the 4-way joystick in the center of the Mode Dial to move up and down through the selections and accept a setting by pressing it inward. The record and play menus are detailed on the next two pages of this review.



Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

The illuminated Mode Dial has positions for: Movie, Off, Auto, P/ASM (Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority and Manual exposure modes with a full range of other settable features), Sport, Portrait, Night scene modes.



Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

On the top is the shutter release, popup flash release, Drive mode button to select selftimer, single or burst mode, the Focus mode selects macro, landscape (infinity) or normal, the Flash mode button cycles through the Auto, Red-Eye, Fill and Off modes. And the speaker for camera sounds and movie playback.


Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

The Jog Dial located on the front of the handgrip is used to change settings like PASM exposure mode, exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture and etc. It is pushed in as well as rotated.



Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

I/O ports are on the side: Standard flash PC connector on the top. On the bottom is an Audio-Video Out with user-selectable NTSC or PAL format. The USB port works with the Kodak EasyShare Sofware to make image downloading fast and easy even without the use of the optional Easy Share Dock. And a 5V DC IN jack for an optional AC power adapter.



Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

The DX6490 Zoom comes with 16MB of internal memory and is equipped with a SD/MMC card slot that accepts any capacity SD or MMC flash card.

Shown here with the spacious and speedy Transcend 512MB SD card.


Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom





Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

Power is supplied by the proprietary Kodak EasyShare KLIC-5000 or KLIC-5001 3.7V 1700mAh Li-ion pack. The KLIC-5001 supplied with the DX6490 yields up to 250 pictures per full charge. The KLIC-5000 is a lower power battery and will yield approx. 30% fewer pictures per charge.


Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

The included EasyShare 6000 Dock charges the Li-ion battery pack shown above. Place the camera in the dock to quickly and easily download your images to the PC or display them on a TV and charge the camera's batteries.


Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

During battery charging there are three green LEDs to indicate the level of charge. Because it is a Li-ion type battery it can be charged at any time and holds a charge for long periods of time when not being used.



Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

This is the Kodak EasyShare 6000 Printer Dock. It performs all the same functions as the EasyShare 6000 Dock plus it's a high quality 4x6-inch dye sublimation printer. All you need to do is select a picture on the camera's LCD and press the PRINT button, no computer needed. It can also be connected to your PC and used with other graphic programs.

Click to view our EasyShare 6000 Printer Dock mini-review








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