Kodak LS743 Review

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Kodak EasyShare LS743

Review posted 05/19/04


Click on the LS743 for a QTVR tour
Click on the LS743 for a QTVR tour


The new Kodak EasyShare LS743 features a professional-quality SCHNEIDER- KREUZNACH C-VARIOGON 2.8X optical zoom lens and the new KODAK Color Science image processing chip for phenomenal image quality with rich color, accurate skin tones, low noise and precise exposure. The LS743 boasts a 4 megapixel imager and 16 megabytes of internal memory, allowing for "on the spot" readiness as well as the ability to enlarge photos up to 20 x 30 inches.

The camera integrates Kodak's new camera favorites feature. With a touch of the red-jeweled Share button, users can put pictures into the cameras' digital photo album for later viewing or printing. These pictures can then be shared anytime on the large, 1.8-inch LCD screen. The Share button also allows individuals to immediately select photos for printing and even emailing, with up to 32 email addresses stored in the cameras memory.

The LS743 is loaded with features, including extensive scene and color modes, VGA movie capture and playback capability, multiple sound themes, and a SD/MMC memory card expansion slot. It also offers automatic picture rotation to make pictures taken vertically appear right side up on the camera, computer screen or television, plus a 3:2 ratio record mode optimized for making 4 x 6-inch prints. In addition, the LS743 is always ready to snap a picture by simply pressing the shutter button, regardless of which capture mode or menu is active, a feature unique to EasyShare cameras.

Like all EasyShare cameras, the LS743 includes Kodak EasyShare software for Windows and Macintosh operating systems, providing effortless digital picture transfer, organization, editing, sharing and printing. The software's exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature, which takes advantage of proprietary color technologies developed by Kodak, helps Windows OS users get vibrant, true-to-life prints from home inkjet printers, while significantly reducing the costly trial, error and waste usually associated with home photo printing. In addition to the Kodak EasyShare software, the LS743 can be used with either of the EasyShare 6000 series Docks.


LS743 Zoom Features

  • Compact, stylish and lightweight metal body
  • 4 megapixel CCD for images up to 2304x1728 pixels
  • Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon f2.8 3X optical zoom (35 - 105mm)
  • 3.6X Advanced Digital Zoom
  • Twelve scene modes - auto, portrait, close-up, self-portrait, museum/manner, night, night portrait, sport, landscape, snow, beach, party
  • TTL multi-pattern metering with center weighted or center spot options
  • Shutter speeds: 1/1400 - 16 sec.
  • Long exposure up to 16 seconds, manual control
  • ISO equivalent of 80, 100, 200, 400, or 800 when using GOOD (1200x900) image quality
  • Movie capture with audio limited only by available memory
  • 1.8-inch (134K pixels) Indoor/Outdoor color LCD display
  • Automatic orientation sensor rotates portrait mode shots
  • Internal 16MB of flash memory
  • Optional removable SD or MMC card storage
  • 3.7v 1050mAh lithium rechargeable battery (included)
  • Audio and Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable)
  • Optional EasyShare Camera/Printer Docks




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Kodak EasyShare LS743

Kodak EasyShare LS743

Kodak EasyShare LS743

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Kodak EasyShare LS743





Kodak EasyShare LS743

The LS743 compared in size to a standard CD disc





Kodak EasyShare LS743

The EasyShare LS743 and the CX7430 for size comparison





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Kodak EasyShare LS743 Specifications

CCD resolution 4.2 megapixel, 4.0 megapixel effective
image size/quality 4.0MP - Best (2304x1728 pixels)
3.5MP - Best (3:2; 2304x1536)
2.1MP - Better (1656x1242)
1.1MP - Good (1200x900)
aperture f/3.0 or f/5.1 (wide); f/4.9 or f/8.5 (tele)
optical zoom Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 2.8X optical zoom, 6.0-16.6 mm (35 mm equivalent: 36-100 mm)
digital zoom 3.6X Advanced Digital Zoom
focus distance 60 cm (23.6 in.) to infinity @ wide and telephoto normal
macro mode 5 - 100cm (2 - 39in.) @wide angle
30 - 100cm (12 - 39in.) @telephoto
lens protection integrated
exposure control TTL-AE (multi-pattern - matrix metering, center weighted, center spot)
shutter speed 1/1400 - 16 sec.
low-light auto-focus with selectable modes: multi-zone, center-zone
flash mode automatic, fill, red-eye, off
flash range wide - 0.6 - 3.0 m (2.0 - 10.0 ft.) @ ISO 140
tele - 0.6 - 1.8 m (2.0 - 5.9 ft.) @ ISO 140
ISO equivalent automatic (80 - 160)
selectable (80, 100, 200, 400, 800)
(ISO 800 used in GOOD quality only)
auto-focus multi-zone, center zone
white balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent
viewfinder real-image optical viewfinder
LCD 1.8 inch (4.6 cm) high-resolution (134K pixel) indoor/outdoor display
scene modes auto, portrait, close-up, self-portrait, museum/manner, night, night portrait, sport, landscape, snow, beach, party
movie capture continuous digital MPEG-4 video with audio, QVGA (320x240) at 20fps, VGA (640x480) at 13fps
exposure compensation +/- 2.0 EV in 0.5 EV step increments
long exposure up to 16 seconds
burst mode 3 fps, up to 6 pictures
color mode color, black and white, sepia
storage internal storage: 16 MB internal memory
external storage: SD/MMC card expansion slot
file format Still: JPEG/EXIF v2.2, Video: Quicktime MOV
auto-orientation auto picture rotation
dedicated buttons power, delete, menu, review, Share, flash/information
review mode 2X or 4X magnify, slide show, multi-up, fast scroll, protect, album
software Kodak EasyShare software
interface USB compliant, KODAK EASYSHARE 6000 Series Docks, audio/video connectors
video out NTSC, PAL (user-selectable)

DC in DC-in jack on side of camera for 5V adapter
tripod mount 1/4 in. standard
self timer 10 seconds
date/time stamp selectable: none, YYYY/MM/DD, MM/DD/YYYY, DD/MM/YYYY
power KODAK Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery KLIC 5000 3.7v 1050mAh
weight without batteries or memory card: 165 g (5.8 oz.)
dimensions WxHxD: 4.3 in. (108mm) x 1.2 in. (30mm) x 1.9 in. (49mm)
when powered off
warranty one year

System Requirements
Windows:
  • WINDOWS 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, SP1, OR XP OS
  • Internet Explorer 5.01 or higher
  • 233 MHz processor or greater
  • 64MB RAM (128MB RAM for Windows XP)
  • 200MB hard drive disk space available
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Available USB port
  • Color monitor, 800x600 pixels (16-bit or 24-bit recommended)

Macintosh:
  • POWER MAC G3, G4, G5, G4 Cube; iMac; PowerBook G3, G4; or iBook computers
  • MACINTOSH OS X 10.2.3, 10.3
  • SAFARI 1.0 or higher
  • 128MB RAM for OS X (64MB RAM for OS 8.6/9.x)
  • 200MB hard disk space available
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Available USB port
  • Color monitor, 1024x768 pixels (thousands or millions of colors recommended)

Package Contents
Kodak EasyShare LS443 zoom digital camera
  • KODAK EASYSHARE LS743 Zoom Digital Camera with built-in lens cover
  • Neckstrap
  • KODAK EASYSHARE Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery and Charger
  • Audio/video cable
  • USB cable
  • KODAK EASYSHARE Software
  • Documentation kit
  • Custom camera insert for optional KODAK EASYSHARE 6000 Series Camera and Printer Docks

Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.




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