Kodak LS443 Review

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Kodak LS443 Zoom

Part of the EasyShare System



Features & Controls



Kodak LS443 Zoom

The LS443 Zoom is equipped with a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon f2.8 3X optical zoom 35 - 105mm (35 mm equivalent) f/2.8 aspherical zoom lens. To further extend the focal range there is a 3.3x digital zoom.

The autofocus range is 2 ft. to infinity in normal mode and in macro mode it covers from 5 to 28 inches.



Kodak LS443 Zoom

The built-in flash has Auto, Fill and Red-eye reduction modes and a useable range of 1.6 to 10.8 feet in wideangle and 1.6 to 6.6 feet in telephoto.



Kodak LS443 Zoom

The optical viewfinder is large and bright with framing marks and autofocus target but it has no dioptric adjustment. The LED on the side indicates power, flash and autofocus status. The color LCD is automatically turned on when you switch the camera into macro mode to avoid parallax problems with the optical finder at close range.



Kodak LS443 Zoom

The 1.8-inch color LCD can be used for preview, review and menu operations. The refresh rate when used as a live viewfinder is realtime (30fps). This is a new Indoor/Outdoor type of color LCD that is much easier to see in bright sunlight.

On the top right is the rocker switch control for the zoom lens. The Share button is used to quickly print or email photos, more on this later in the review. The Delete button is used to erase images. The Menu button calls up or dismisses the onscreen menu system. The Review button puts the camera in Playback mode.


Kodak LS443 Zoom

The Mode Dial has positions for: Movie, Off, Auto, Sports, Night Portrait, Landscape and Macro. In the center of the Mode Dial is the the 4-way "joystick" selector to navigate menus and accept selections by pressing it inwards. It is also used to select images in Review mode.



Kodak LS443 Zoom

On top is the DRIVE mode button (single, aelf-timer, sequential), the FLASH mode button (Auto, Red-Eye, Fill and Off) and the shutter release button. Off to the left is the speaker.



Kodak LS443 Zoom

The LS443 Zoom has a DC IN port for an AC adapter, an Audio and Video Out (user-selectable NTSC or PAL) port and a USB 1.1 port works with the Kodak Picture Sofware to make image downloading fast and easy even without the use of the Easy Share Dock.



Kodak LS443 Zoom

When the camera is placed in its dock the USB cable is connected to the port on the back of the dock.



Kodak LS443 Zoom

The LS443 Zoom comes with 16MB of internal memory and is equipped with an expansion slot that accepts any capacity Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia card (MMC). Images and movies can be copied to/from internal memory and to/from a SD or MMC card.


Picture Storage Capacity
MediaBESTBETTERGOODVideo
16MB internal1222461 min 10 sec
16MB SD/MMC1222461 min 10 sec
32MB SD/MMC2546932 min 20 sec
64MB SD/MMC51921874 min 40 sec
128MB SD/MMC1021853759 min 20 sec




Kodak LS443 Zoom

Power is supplied by a 3.7v proprietary lithium rechargeable battery pack that is supplied with the camera. Kodak claims a useful battery life of 200-300 shots with minimal color LCD useage. The LS443 comes with the special EasyShare camera dock that has a built-in charger. It takes about three hours to charge a fully depleted battery pack.








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