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Kodak DC290

User Review - Pg 2


Kodak DC290

Hiding behind that cover at the top is a standard PC sync connector to attach external flash units to the camera.

The DC290 is loaded with input/output ports including an IrDA (infrared), a high-speed USB and a serial port for downloading or uploading data into the camera memory. There's an A/V port for the video out signal (NTSC/PAL selectable) and the mono audio channel. Plus an input jack for the optional AC power supply.

An interesting note is that even though the DC290 is loaded with I/O ports it only comes with a USB cable. To quote the piece of paper found inside the box,

    "If you do not have USB capability and want to use either a serial cable or IrDA connection, you can obtain a FREE KODAK DC290 Serial Cable/IrDA Connection kit from Eastman Kodak Company." It also went on to say, "P.S. Please note, picture transfer from a two-megapixel camera via serial cable connection is not likely to be a satisfying experience."

To get your FREE connection kit you need to register your camera and check the box on the registration form for the serial/IrDA connection kit.

Kodak DC290

Here's the DC290 with its external flash connector hooked up to a Vivitar 285 high-power flash with a tilting head for bounce flash and a zooming flash lens for extra long range coverage.

Kodak DC290

Power is supplied by four AA batteries, alkaline and rechargable NiMH are supplied with the camera.

Kodak DC290

Included in the box is this NiMH charger and four Kodak brand 1450mAh NiMH rechargable batteries and a big, 20MB CompactFlash card.

Kodak DC290

Image data is stored on CompactFlash cards via a Type I slot. This means that you can't use the IBM Microdrive.

Kodak DC290

On the back is the speaker/microphone for taking voice memos by pressing the Record button. On the side is a volume control for the speaker. The Display button toggles the LCD on and off and also turns the overlayed onscreen data on and off. The menu button activates the graphical menu system and the three (unmarked) buttons below the LCD have various uses depending on the menu being displayed.

Kodak DC290

The mode dial switches the camera between the Capture (record), Review (play), Connect (to PC) and Information modes. In the center is a 4-way jog switch to navigate the menu selections.

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