Kodak CX7430 Review

Steve's Digicams

Review posted 5/18/2004

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The EASYSHARE CX7430 combines fully automatic point-and-shoot simplicity, with the ability to explore your more creative side by using one of the nine scene and color modes. Users can also grasp more control over the exposure process by adjusting settings for exposure metering, ISO, white balance and focus zones. The CX7430 features a 4-megapixel imager coupled with Kodak's Retinar aspheric all-glass 3X optical zoom lens. The new KODAK Color Science image processing chip, allows the CX7430 to produce vibrant prints up to 20 x 30 inches.

Users can quickly select pictures for printing and e-mail (with up to 32 e- mail addresses stored right on the camera) with a touch of the red-jeweled "Share" button. It also integrates Kodak's camera favorites feature for storing multiple pictures in an on-camera digital album. Each picture can then be shared anytime on the camera's 1.6- inch indoor/outdoor LCD screen, or printed in as little as 90 seconds with the Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock.

CX7430 Features

  • 4 megapixel CCD for images up to 2304x1728 pixels
  • Kodak Retinar aspheric, all-glass 3x optical zoom lens (34-102mm)
  • 4X Advanced Digital Zoom
  • Compact and stylish design
  • Nine scene and color modes
  • TTL multi-pattern metering with center weighted or center spot options
  • Shutter speeds: 1/1400 - 4 sec.
  • Long exposure up to 16 seconds, manual control
  • ISO settings for Auto, 80, 100, 200, or 400
  • Movie capture with audio, with the length limited only by available memory
  • 1.6-inch Indoor/Outdoor color LCD display
  • Automatic orientation sensor rotates portrait mode shots
  • Internal 16MB of flash memory
  • Optional removable SD or MMC card storage
  • Uses 2 AA-type batteries or one CR-V3 (RCR-V3)
  • Audio and Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable)
  • Optional EasyShare Camera/Printer Docks

Kodak EasyShare CX7430

The optional Kodak EasyShare 6000 Camera Dock addresses two of the biggest objections to digital cameras: easy connection and battery charging.

Once the camera is placed in the dock, pictures are automatically uploaded to the computer and the dock recharges the camera's battery pack. The system also includes software that allows users to connect to the Internet to e-mail or print their pictures.

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Kodak EasyShare CX7430

Kodak EasyShare CX7430

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Kodak EasyShare CX7430

Kodak EasyShare CX7430

The EasyShare CX7430 compared in size to a standard CD.

Kodak EasyShare CX7430

The EasyShare CX7300 compared to the CX7430.

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Kodak EasyShare CX7430 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 Wide: f/2.7 - f/5.2
Tele: f/4.6 - f/8.7
Optical zoom 3X KODAK RETINAR aspheric, all-glass optical zoom lens
5.6-16.8 mm (35mm equivalent: 34-102mm)
4X Advanced Digital Zoom (12X total zoom when combined)
Digital zoom 4.0X Advanced Digital Zoom
Shutter speed Automatic: 1/2 - 1/1400 seconds
Long Exposure: 0.7 - 4 seconds
Focus distance Normal: 60 cm (23.6 in.) to infinity
Landscape: 10 m (32.8 ft.) to infinity
Macro: 13 - 70 cm (5.1 - 27.6 in.) @ Wide angle
22 - 70 cm (8.7 - 27.6 in.) @ Telephoto
Lens protection Integrated
Exposure metering TTL-AE (multi-pattern - matrix metering, center weighted, center spot)
Exposure compensation +/- 2.0 EV in 0.5 EV step increments
Auto-Focus TTL-AF with selectable modes: multi-zone, center-spot
Flash mode Automatic, fill, red-eye, off
Flash range Wide: 0.6 - 3.6m (2 - 11.8ft.)
Tele: 0.6 - 2.1m (2 - 6.9ft.)
ISO equivalent Automatic (80-160); Manual (80, 100, 200, 400)
Auto-focus Multi-zone, center zone
White balance Auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent
Viewfinder Real-image optical viewfinder
LCD 1.6 inch high-resolution indoor/outdoor display
Scene modes Auto, Sport, Night, Landscape, Close Up, Portrait, Movie
Movie capture Continuous MPEG-4 video with audio,
QVGA (320x240) at 20fps, VGA (640x480) at 13fps
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 Share, Review, Delete, Menu, Flash/Information, Timer/Burst
Review mode 2X or 4X magnify, slide show, multi-up, fast scroll, protect, albums
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 Optional KODAK EASYSHARE docks with Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack (in-camera charging);
2AA KODAK MAX digital camera batteries;
2 AA lithium or Ni-MH batteries or 1 CRV3 lithium battery;
3 volt adapter
Weight Without batteries and memory card: 178 g (6.3 oz.)
Dimensions WxHxD: 102.5 x 65 x 38 mm (4.0 x 2.6 x 1.5 in.)
When powered off
Warranty One year

System Requirements
  • 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)

  • 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 CX7430 zoom digital camera
  • KODAK EASYSHARE CX7430 digital camera with built-in lens cover
  • KODAK EASYSHARE software CD-ROM with interactive tutorial
  • KODAK MAXdigital camera batteries AA or equivalent
  • Custom camera insert for optional KODAK EASYSHARE 6000 Series Camera and Printer Docks
  • Audio/video cable
  • USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Getting Started kit

Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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