Kodak DX7630 Review

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Kodak EasyShare DX7630



Features & Controls



Kodak EasyShare DX7630 Zoom

The DX7630 is equipped with a high-quality Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 3X optical zoom lens with a focal range of 8-24 mm (35 mm equivalent: 39-117 mm). The aperture range is f/2.8 - 8.0 in wide angle and from f/4.8 - 8.0 in telephoto.

The autofocus range is 24 inches to infinity in wide angle/telephoto. The macro close-up mode covers from 2.75 to 27.5 inches in wide angle and from 11 to 27.5 inches in telephoto. The camera's sports a high speed, low light auto focus system with selectable multi-zone or center-zone modes.



Kodak EasyShare DX7630 Zoom

The built-in flash has modes for auto, fill, red-eye and forced off. The working flash range (at ISO 140) in wide is 0.6 - 4.2m (2 - 13.8 ft.) and in telephoto from 0.6 - 2.5m (2 - 8 ft.).



Kodak EasyShare DX7630 Zoom

You can frame your pictures with the color LCD or to save precious battery power you can use the optical eyelevel viewfinder. This is a coupled viewfinder, which has no dioptric adjustment. The LED next to the viewfinder indicates the focus and image processing status.



Kodak EasyShare DX7630 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 real time (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 DX7630 Zoom

The controls are fairly simple and effective. Upper right corner is the jog dial control. The "i" button controls the amount of information that is overlayed on the LCD image and turns the LCD On or Off. 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 DX7630 Zoom

The illuminated Mode Dial has positions for: Movie, My Favorites, Off, Auto, SCN (16 pre-programmed scene modes) Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, Manual and Custom exposure modes.



Kodak EasyShare DX7630 Zoom

On the top is the shutter release with the zoom control mounted around it. The Drive mode button is used to select self-timer, single or burst mode. The Focus mode button selects macro, landscape (infinity) or normal focus modes. The Flash mode button cycles through the Auto, Red-Eye, Fill or Off flash modes. To the far left is the built-in speaker that plays audio for camera sounds and movies when played back in the camera.



Kodak EasyShare DX7630 Zoom

I/O ports are on the side: 5V DC IN jack for an optional AC power adapter, the USB port works with the Kodak EasyShare Software to make image downloading fast and easy even without the use of the optional Easy Share Dock, and the Audio-Video Out with user-selectable NTSC or PAL format.



Kodak EasyShare DX7630 Zoom

The DX7630 comes with 32MB 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 SanDisk Ultra II 512MB SD card.


Kodak EasyShare DX7630 Zoom



Kodak EasyShare DX7630 Zoom

Above are tables showing the amount of pictures that can be recorded on different size memory cards when using either "FINE" or "STANDARD" compressions.



Kodak EasyShare DX7630 Zoom

Power is supplied by a proprietary Kodak EasyShare KLIC-5001 3.7V 1700mAh Li- ion pack. Kodak claims that the KLIC-5001 supplied with the DX7630 yields up to 325 pictures per full charge.


Kodak EasyShare DX7630 Zoom

The optional EasyShare 6000 Camera Dock. Place the camera in the dock to quickly and easily download your images to the PC or display them on a TV. It also charges the camera's battery pack.


Kodak EasyShare DX7630 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 DX7630 Zoom

This is the Kodak EasyShare 6000 Printer Dock. It performs all the same functions as the EasyShare 6000 Camera 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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