The Kodak DC3200 is a compact and lightweight one-megapixel digital camera that captures 1152 x 864-pixel sized images in JPEG format with three quality levels. This is an inexpensive, non-zoom camera that sells for less than $250. Up to 22 images can be stored in the 2MB of onboard memory or you can use CompactFlash cards.
The Kodak DC3200 is packaged strictly for Windows users, it comes with a serial port
cable and software for the PC. Macintosh users can acquire camera images only by using a
CompactFlash card and a card reader. (See the optional Kodak USB Picture
Card Reader below).
The DC3200 has a 1.6" color LCD display to frame or review your pictures and navigate the
camera's simple menu system. The user controls are all located on
the back and clearly labeled. The SELECT button also turns the LCD on and off.
There is no data LCD so you have to turn on the color LCD to see the battery status,
image quality, flash mode and picture number.
On the left is the DC IN jack for the optional AC power supply. Located on the right side
is a serial port for downloading images to the host computer, sorry no USB. And a video
output jack for connection to a TV set. The video signal is NTSC for U.S. models and
NTSC/PAL for Canadian models. Kodak does not include the video cable.
There is a 2x digital zoom option that is useable only when in the GOOD (576x432) mode.
Kodak USB Picture Card ReaderTo use the DC3200 with a Macintosh you need to purchase the $39 Kodak USB Picture Card Reader and any size CompactFlash card.
It also speeds up downloading for PC/Windows users
and comes with the Kodak Pictures Now software to automate the entire process.
Steve's ConclusionKodak lowers the price point for megapixel resolution to less than $249. The DC3200 looks and feels like a film camera, it is operated in point-n-shoot fashion. The non-zoom lens is fixed-focus so there is very little delay when pressing the shutter button. The menu only needs to be accessed to change the image quality or those who want to experiment can also vary the white balance preset but there's no other exposure options.
The DC3200 is bigger than pocket size but can be hand-carried for extended lengths of time as it is very lightweight. It's ready to take the first picture within four to five seconds of pressing the power button. The image quality is not overly impressive, outdoor pictures are generally OK but flash pictures are often over-exposed. The one-megapixel image size limits you to prints no larger than 5x7" although I wouldn't recommend larger than 4x6" -- it's best suited for onscreen display, email or web page useage. All things considered, it does offers better resolution than the current crop of sub-megapixel digicams without LCD displays that sell for about the same price.
Kodak DC3200 Specifications
1280 x 960
1152 x 864 (Better/Best), 576 x 432 (Good)
Image Quality Settings:
Best, Better, Good
2MB internal memory or
CompactFlash card (optional)
Real-image optical viewfinder
5.4 mm f/3.6 (39mm in 35mm equivalent)
2X (Good mode only)
0.6m (2 feet) to infinity
1/4 second to 1/500 second
40.64 mm (1.6 inches) color review/preview display
Strobe flash 1.5 to 2.4 meters (5-8 feet)
(Automatic, fill, off)
JPEG: EXIF V2.1
NTSC (U.S.), NTSC/PAL (Canada)
Serial, CompactFlash Card Reader (optional)
4 AA alkaline batteries (included)
or KODAK AC Adapter
or 4 AA Ni-MH batteries (optional)
WxDxH (mm) 113 x 81 x 53.4
WxDxH (inches) 4.45 x 3.1 x 2.1
Without batteries (grams): 215
Without batteries (ounces): 7.6
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