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The DC3400 has a 1.8" color LCD display to frame or review your pictures and
navigate the camera's menu system. When used as a viewfinder the LCD shows
almost 100% of
the final captured image.
Looking down from the top you can see the large data LCD, dedicated buttons for
selftimer, macro/infinity focus and flash modes. The black rocker switch below
the shutter release is the zoom lens control.
The I/O ports and the CompactFlash card slot are located on the left side.
There are both a USB and serial data port as well as a video output that is
selectable between NTSC or PAL format. There is also a DC IN jack for the
optional AC power supply.
The DC3400 has a 2x optical zoom (38-76mm equivalent) lens with a F3.0 - F3.8 maximum aperture. The working focus range in normal mode is 0.5m (1.6 feet) to infinity, in macro (close-up) mode it's 0.25m (9.8 inches) to 0.5m (1.6 feet). The aperture control in wideangle is f/3.1 - f/8.1 and in telephoto it's f/3.9 - f/10.3.
The lens can accept 37mm filters and attachments if you purchase the optional
Kodak lens adapter.
The mode dial has positions for Capture (record), Review (playback), Connect
(to computer) and Setup.
The DC3400 is powered by four AA type batteries, alkaline, NiMH, NiCd or
lithium type may be used.
Steve's ConclusionThe Kodak DC3400 Zoom looks very similar to the popular DC280 Zoom camera. Most of the camera features are identical as is the operation of the two cameras. Noticeably improved is the shutter lag which on the DC280 was annoying to say the least. The DC3400's shutter lag is now close to most other cameras in its class and is around .6 to 1.1 seconds on average.
The DC3400 is very easy to operate, especially for digital newbies as it looks and feels like a regular film camera. The menu system is very intuitive and the camera can be operated in simple point-n-shoot fashion without ever having to access the features or options in the menu. It is definitely bigger than "pocket" size but can easily carried in your hand for extended lengths of time with little or no fatigue.
It's ready to take the first picture within four to five seconds of switching the power button, this time is necessary to extend the lens from the body. If you forget to remove the lens cap first, no worries as it just pops off as the lens comes out and is secured by a tether to the camera. The lens is a 2x optical zoom which means that for most ordinary type "snapshots" it will be sufficient but don't expect to use it to cover a NASCAR race.
The image quality is typical Kodak, the pictures are always rich with vibrant color. For its resolution and price range I'd say that the DC3400 will sell well, especially given the Kodak brand name. If I had to rate it on a one to ten scale I would give the DC3400 Zoom a solid eight. For me the only thing lacking is a longer zoom range.
Windows systems: Macintosh systems:
Kodak DC3400 Zoom Specifications
1901 x 1212
1760 x 1168 (High), 896 x 592 (Standard)
Image Quality Settings:
Best, Better, Good
Removable COMPACTFLASH Card
Real-image optical viewfinder
TTL AE Autofocus,
2X optical zoom,
38 mm-76 mm f/8.1-f/15.3
Wide/Tele: 0.5m (1.6 feet) to infinity
Close-up mode: 0.25m (9.8 inches) to 0.5m (1.6 feet)
Auto: center weight, multi-pattern
1/2 second to 1/755 second
Wide: f/3.1 - f/8.1
Telephoto: f/3.9 - f/10.3
45.7 mm (1.8 inches) color review/preview display
Strobe flash to 3.0 meters (9.8 feet)
(Automatic, fill, red-eye, off)
JPEG: EXIF V2.1
B/W mode, sepia, borders
Serial, USB, COMPACTFLASH Card Reader (optional)
4 AA alkaline batteries (included)
or KODAK AC Adapter
or 4 AA Ni-MH batteries (optional)
WxDxH (mm) 133 x 54 x 76
WxDxH (inches) 5.2 x 2.1 x 3
FCC, CE, Ctick
Without batteries (grams): 332
Without batteries (ounces): 12
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