Kodak DX7630 Review

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Kodak EasyShare DX7630

Review posted 4/18/2004


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The new Kodak EasyShare DX7630 camera is the most advanced EasyShare digital camera to date and provides a 6.1 (effective) megapixel imager combined with a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 3x optical zoom lens. The DX7630 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.

Working with Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon, Kodak equipped the DX7630 with a 3x f/2.8 - 8.0 aspheric lens to provide edge-to-edge brightness and sharpness across the frame. Image quality is heightened with the KODAK Color Science image processing chip. This high-performance digital signal processor allows the DX7630 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 16 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 DX7630 Features

  • 6.1 megapixel (2856x2142) CCD for photo quality prints up to 13 x 19"
  • 3X Schneider optical zoom lens, 39-117mm (35 mm equivalent)
  • Lens threads for 37 mm lens adapter
  • 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 equivalent of 100, 200, 400, 800 or Auto (100-200)
  • White balance: Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent
  • Color mode: B&W, Sepia, High/Low color or Natural color
  • Adjustable image sharpness
  • Exposure modes: Auto, SCN(16 pre-programed scene modes), Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual or Custom
  • Burst mode captures up to 6 pictures at approx. 3 fps
  • 320x240 movies w/sound length limited only by memory
  • 5.4 megapixel mode optimized for printing 4 x 6 inch prints (3:2 aspect ratio)
  • 32MB internal memory, SD/MMC card slot
  • Powered by proprietary lithium battery pack
  • Audio-Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable)




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Kodak EasyShare DX7630

Kodak EasyShare DX7630

Kodak EasyShare DX7630

Kodak EasyShare DX7630

Kodak EasyShare DX7630

Kodak EasyShare DX7630



Kodak EasyShare DX7630

The compact DX7630 and a standard CD for size comparison.





Kodak EasyShare DX7630

The 6.1 megapixel duo, the EasyShare DX7630 and the Olympus C-60 Zoom







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DX7630 Specifications

CCD resolution 6.2 megapixel (2872x2160 pixels)
image resolution 6.1 megapixel (2856x2142 pixels)
image quality 6.1 MP -- best (print, poster)
5.4 MP -- best (optimized for 3:2 aspect ratio)
4.0 MP -- better (print, poster)
3.1 MP -- better (print 11"x14")
1.7 MP -- good (small prints)
zoom lens Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
3X optical zoom lens, 8-24 mm (35 mm equivalent: 39-117 mm)
4X digital zoom
focus/auto-focus Multi-zone, center-spot, left, center, right
focus distance wide: 60 cm (23.6 in.) to infinity; tele: 60 cm (23.6 in.) to infinity
display LCD - 2.2" (5.6cm) 153k pixels, Indoor/Outdoor display;
aperture f/2.8-8.0 (wide), f/4.8-8.0 (tele)
shutter speed automatic: 1/8-1/1400 seconds; manual: 64-1/1000 seconds
ISO equivalent 100-200 (Auto) and 100, 200, 400, 800 (Manual)
white balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent
flash mode auto, red-eye, fill, off
flash range wide: 0.6 - 4.2 m (2-13.8 ft.); tele: 0.6-2.5 m (2-8.2 ft.)
viewfinder real image optical viewfinder
self-timer 10 seconds
scene/other modes Auto, SCN (16 scene modes), Program auto, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Custom setting mode
color mode color settings (high, natural, low), black and white, sepia, sharpness (high, normal, low)
macro/close-up mode wide: 7-70 cm (2.8-27.6 in.); tele: 28-70 cm (11-27.6 in.)
burst mode First Burst Mode -- 2 fps, up to 4 pictures in sequence. Last Burst Mode -- up to 30 frames at 2 fps, with last 4 frames saved
light metering method TTL-AE (menu selectable: multi-pattern, center weighted, center spot
exposure compensation +/- 2.0 EV with 0.3 EV step increments
exposure control Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, and Custom modes
click to capture 0.3 seconds
shot to shot <1.8 seconds
movie mode continuous digital video with audio capture, audio playback on camera
movie image resolution 320 x 240 pixels at 24 fps
movie length continuous based on memory capacity; or 5, 15, or 30 second clips
review mode magnify between 1x and 8x, album, protect, image storage, slide show, copy, multi-up, setup menu
video out NTSC, PAL (user-selectable)
software Kodak EasyShare software
storage internal storage: 32 MB internal memory
external storage: MMC/SD card expansion slot
power options Optional Kodak EasyShare camera dock 6000
Kodak EasyShare Li-ion (1050 mAh) or (1700 mAh) Rechargeable Battery packs (1700 mAh supplied)
DC-in jack for 5V adapter
image file format still: JPEG/EXIF v2.2; movie: Quicktime
interface KODAK Camera Dock/Printer Dock compatible, digital (USB 2.0) connector
lens protection lens cap tethered to camera body
tripod mount 1/4 in. standard
weight 219 g / 7.7 oz. (without battery and memory card)
dimensions WxHxD 100.3 x 69.2 x 40.2 mm (4.0 x 2.7 x 1.6 in.)
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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