Kodak DX7440 Review

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Kodak EasyShare DX7440

Review posted 8/2/2004


Click on the DX7440 Zoom for a QTVR tour
Click on the DX7440 for a QuickTime VR tour


The Kodak EasyShare DX7440 provides a 4.0 (effective) megapixel imager combined with a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 4x optical zoom lens. The DX7440 features an extensive low-light auto-focus system that combines rapid phase detection with highly accurate (TTL) contrast detection to sharply define a subject, even in almost complete darkness. Selectable focus zones and exposure metering allow users advanced control over each scene.

Image quality is heightened with the KODAK Color Science image processing chip. This high-performance digital signal processor allows the DX7440 to process images quickly as well as control white balance algorithms to quickly and precisely analyze lighting conditions and color balance to deliver sharp, color accurate, and properly exposed images. The aperture priority, shutter priority and manual modes allow a significant degree of advanced functionality for the more experienced photographer. It's pre-programmed scene modes (Portrait, Sport, Landscape, Close-up, Night Portrait/Landscape, Snow, Beach, Text, Fireworks, Flower, Manner, Self Portrait, Party, Children, and Back light) provide users point-n-shoot simplicity.

This latest DX model includes Kodak's new "Camera Favorites" feature. With a touch of the red-jeweled Share button, people can store multiple pictures in an on-camera digital album. These pictures can then be shared anytime on the camera's large, 2.2-inch, high-resolution (153,000 pixels) LCD screen. The Share button also allows users to select photos for printing and e-mailing, with the ability to store up to 32 e-mail addresses in the camera's memory.


Kodak DX7440 Features

  • 4.0 megapixel (2304x1728) CCD for photo quality prints up to 11 x 17"
  • 4X Schneider optical zoom, 33-132mm (35mm equivalent)
  • High-speed, low light auto-focus system
  • Large 2.2-inch TFT color LCD, indoor/outdoor type
  • TTL Multi-pattern, center weighted, center spot metering
  • ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 or Auto (80-200)
  • Adjustable color modes, image sharpness, white balance
  • Auto, Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Custom and 16 Scene modes
  • Burst mode captures up to 6 pictures at approx. 2 fps
  • 320x240 movies w/sound length limited only by memory
  • 32MB internal memory, SD/MMC card slot
  • Powered by proprietary lithium battery pack
  • Audio-Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable)
  • Optional EasyShare Camera Dock and Printer Dock




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Kodak EasyShare DX7440

Kodak EasyShare DX7440

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Kodak EasyShare DX7440

The DX7440 and a standard CD for size comparison.





Kodak EasyShare DX7440

The Kodak EasyShare LS753 and the DX7440 Zoom.







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DX7440 Specifications

CCD resolution 1/2.5 inch type (4.23 M total pixels)
4.0 M effective pixels
4:3 aspect ratio
image sizes 4.0 MP -- (2304x1728 pixels)
3.5 MP -- (2304x1536 pixels) 3:2
3.1 MP -- (2048x1536 pixels)
2.1 MP -- (1656x1242 pixels)
1.1 MP -- (1200x900 pixels)
image quality JPEG standard and fine
zoom lens Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 4X optical zoom -- 5.5-21.8 mm
(35 mm equivalent: 33-132 mm)
4X advanced digital zoom
aperture Aperture Priority AE: f/2.8, 3.4, 4, 4.8, 5.6 @ wide
f/4.8, 5.6, 6.7, 8.0, 9.5 @ tele
shutter speed automatic: 1/8-1/2000 seconds
manual: 64-1/1000 seconds
viewfinder real image optical viewfinder with dioptric adjustment
LCD monitor 2.2" hybrid color TFT LCD
153K (640x240) pixel resolution indoor/outdoor display
Frame rate: 30 fps (15 fps @ low light level)
Field-of-view: 100%
capture mode auto, 16 scene (SCN) modes, program auto, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, custom setting
color mode color (high, natural, low), black and white, sepia
burst mode First burst mode -- 2 fps, up to 6 frames in sequence
Last burst mode -- up to 30 frames at 2 fps, with last 6 frames saved
click to capture 0.2 seconds (preview on)
shot to shot 1.2 seconds (preview on)
movie capture video with audio capture/playback
movie image resolution VGA (640x480 pixels) at 13 fps
QVGA (320x240 pixels) at 24 fps
movie length limited by memory card capacity or 5, 15, or 30 second clips
movie file format Still: JPEG/EXIF v2.2
Video: QuickTime MOV (MPEG-4 compression)
focus/auto-focus contrast detection TTL-AF and external sensor for low-light, high-speed precision AF; continuous AF, single AF, accessory AF; multi-zone, center-weighted, selectable: left, center, right
focus distance Normal wide -- 50 cm (19.7 in.) to infinity
Normal tele -- 75 cm (29.5 in.) to infinity
Close-up wide -- 10-60 cm (3.9-23.6 in.)
Close-up tele -- 25-85 cm (9.8-33.5 in.)
ISO equivalent 80-200 (automatic); 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 (800 only @ 1.1MP)
white balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent
sharpness High, Normal, Low
light metering method auto: TTL-AE matrix metering; selectable: multi-pattern, center-weighted, center spot
exposure range AE range: EV 6.0 to 16.3
Full range: EV 3.0 to 16.3
long time exposure 0.7-64 seconds
exposure compensation +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
automatic exposure bracketing 3 images with user-selectable brackets +/- 0.3, +/-0.7 or +/-1.0 EV
flash mode auto, red-eye, fill, off
flash range wide: 0.6-4.0 m (2.0-13.1 ft.); tele: 0.6-2.3 m (2.0-7.6 ft.)
flash compensation +/- 1.0 EV in 1/2 EV steps
review mode limited and full picture information, fast magnify with zoom control, full-frame fast scroll, album, protect, image storage, slide show, copy, multi-up; Share button to print, email and select favorites.
favorites mode store up to 200 pictures on camera
date stamp None, YYYYMMDD, MMDDYYYY, DDMMYYYY
auto-orientation auto picture rotation -- orientation sensor
storage internal storage: 32 MB internal memory
external storage: SD/MMC card expansion slot
jog dial Used to adjust Exposure Compensation, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, ISO, Flash Compensation, Full Manual Exposure
self-timer 10 seconds
menu languages English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
compatibility Dock compatibility -- works with KODAK EASYSHARE Camera and Printer Docks*
interface power input (5V DC), A/V output (NTSC or PAL, user selectable)
KODAK Camera and Printer Dock interface and USB 2.0 connector
power options KODAK KLIC-5000 Li-Ion 1050mAh rechargeable battery (supplied),
optional EASYSHARE Docks with Li-Ion rechargeable battery pack
or KODAK Li-Ion (1700 mAh) rechargeable battery, 5V DC adapter
lens protection built-in lens barrier
tripod mount 1/4 inch standard
weight 224 g / 7.9 oz. (without batteries)
dimensions WxHxD 4.0 x 2.7 x 1.6 in. / 100.3 x 69.2 x 40.2 mm
warranty one year
System Requirements
Windows:
  • WINDOWS 98, 98SE, 2000, ME or XP OS
  • 233 MHz processor or greater
  • 64 MB RAM (128 MB RAM for WINDOWS XP)
  • 100 MB hard drive disk space available
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Available USB port
  • Color monitor, 800x600 pixels (16-bit or 24-bit recommended)

Macintosh:
  • POWERMAC System
  • MACINTOSH OS X (OS 8.6/9.x - Share button functions not supported -- OS X is recommended for full functionality
  • 128 MB RAM for OS X (64 MB RAM for OS 8.6/9.x)
  • 200 MB hard drive disk space available
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Available USB port
  • Color monitor, 800x600 pixels (thousands or millions of colors recommended)

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)






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