Kodak CX4230 Review

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Kodak CX4230 Zoom

Part of the EasyShare System

Review posted 9/24/02

Click on the CX4230 Zoom for a QTVR tour
Click on the CX4230 Zoom for a QTVR tour

The easy-to-use point and shoot Kodak CX4230 offers 2.0 megapixels of image resolution with 3X optical zoom lens, and is ideal for great prints up to 8" x 10". The CX4230 makes sharing pictures one-touch easy with the on-camera "share" button, which allows users to tag pictures for easy printing, e-mailing or as favorites right on the camera's LCD display. With the "share" button, print tagging is as simple as choosing the picture and selecting the number of prints required. When the cameras are placed in the Kodak EasyShare camera dock and pictures are transferred, the Kodak EasyShare software automatically launches the print screen for making prints at home or ordering prints online through service providers. E-mail tagging is also simple and powerful. Users simply tag the picture for e-mailing and select an address directly from the cameras, which store up to 32 e-mail addresses.

The CX4230 also has an automatic picture rotation feature that ensures that pictures always appear right side up on the camera, computer or TV. And to ensure that users will not miss the shot, the camera is always ready to snap a picture even when the camera is in review mode. It comes with 16MB of internal memory and consumers can expand their picture-taking capacity with MultiMediaCard or Secure Digital memory cards via the cameras' expansion slot.

Like all Kodak EasyShare cameras, the CX4230 is designed to ensure the highest picture quality and benefit from the power of Kodak color science inside, Kodak's built-in proprietary color management technology that produces exceptional color quality under any lighting condition.

The Kodak EasyShare CX4230 is available now at a suggested retail price of $249.95.

CX4230 Zoom Features

  • 2.1 megapixel CCD for images up to 1632x1232 pixels
  • 3X optical zoom 36 mm - 108 mm
  • 2X Advanced Digital Zoom
  • 1.6-inch color TFT monitor
  • Shutter speeds: 1/8 to 1/1700 sec (automatic)
  • ISO equivalent of 100-200 (automatic)
  • Automatic orientation sensor rotates portrait mode shots
  • Internal 16MB of memory for image storage
  • Optional removable SecureDigital or MMC card storage
  • Powered by 2 AA size lithium, NiMH or 1 CR-3V lithium
  • Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable)
  • Optional EasyShare Camera Dock II with rechargeable NiMH battery pack

Kodak CX4230 Zoom

The new Kodak EasyShare camera dock II 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. EasyShare makes picture sharing as easy as picture taking: one-button simple.

Using Kodak Picture Software, the EasyShare system makes digital picture taking and sharing one-button simple. Features of the system include:

    Fast Picture Transfer: At the touch of a button, the camera dock automatically transfers the pictures into the computer within seconds, avoiding the need to fuss with connecting cables or load memory cards into reading devices. Consumers no longer face a mystery of how to get their pictures out of the digital camera.

    Easy Picture Sharing: The Kodak Picture Software incorporated into the EasyShare system lets you simply e-mail or print your favorite pictures. A few more clicks, and you can also edit and enhance them.

    Simple Picture Management: The system lets you organize your pictures automatically in folders the way you want them: by date, name or event. It also lets you automatically delete all pictures on the camera after they are transferred to a computer, readying the camera for more picture taking.

    Convenient Battery Recharging: The camera is powered and recharged in the dock in less than two and a half hours, or half the time required by competing chargers.

Physical Views

Kodak CX4230 Zoom

Kodak CX4230 Zoom

Kodak CX4230 Zoom

Kodak CX4230 Zoom Kodak CX4230 Zoom

Kodak CX4230 Zoom

Kodak CX4230 Zoom

The DX4330 compared in size to a standard CD disc

Kodak CX4230 Zoom

The CX4230 and its 3-megapixel sibling the DX4330

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Kodak CX4230 Zoom Specifications

CCD resolution 2.1 megapixel, 2.0 megapixel effective
image quality 2.0MP - Best (1632x1232)
1.0MP - Better (1184x888)
0.5MP - Good (816x616)
optical zoom lens 3X optical zoom 36 mm - 108 mm
f/2.7 - f/5.2
zoom 6X (3X optical/2X digital)
focus distance 0.5m (20 in.) to infinity in auto mode without macro
close-up mode 10 - 60 cm (3.9 - 23.6 in)
lens protection built-in lens cover
exposure control auto matrix metering
shutter speed auto - 1/8 - 1/1700 sec.
aperture auto - f/2.7 (tele) - f/5.2 (wide)
flash mode automatic, fill, red-eye, off
flash range 0.5-3.5m (1.6-12.8 ft) at wide
0.5-2.1m (1.6-7.5 ft.) at tele
ISO equivalent automatic (100, 200)
white balance automatic
auto-orientation on-camera picture rotation
file format JPEG/EXIF V2.2

capture mode automatic - always ready
viewfinder real-image optical viewfinder
LCD 40.6 mm (1.6 in.) TFT color
software Kodak EasyShare software

storage 16MB internal memory and MMC/SD removable card slot

interface USB, KODAK EasyShare Camera Dock compatible; video out for viewing slide show on TV
video out NTSC, PAL (user-selectable)

tripod mount 1/4 in. standard
self timer 10 seconds
power options optional camera dock with Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack (in-camera charging); 2AA Lithium or Ni-MH batteries or 1 CRV3 Lithium battery, 3 volt adapter
weight without batteries: 220 g (7.8 oz.)
dimensions WxHxD: 115x66x40 mm
(4.5x2.6x1.6 in.)

one year
System Requirements
  • WINDOWS 98, 98SE, 2000, Millennium Edition, or XP OS
  • 233 MHz processor or greater
  • 64MB RAM available (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)

  • POWERPC based Macintosh computer
  • Macintosh OS X (OS 8.6/9.x - Share button functions not supported - OS X is recommended for full functionality)
  • 128MB RAM for OS X (64MB RAM for OS 8.6/9.x)
  • 200MB hard disk space available
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Built-in USB port
  • Color monitor, 800x600 pixels (thousands or millions of colors recommended)

Package Contents
KODAK EASYSHARE CX4230 Zoom Digital Camera
(Camera only, Dock sold separately)
  • KODAK EASYSHARE CX4230 Zoom Digital Camera
  • CRV3 lithium battery or equivalent
  • Video out cable
  • USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Kodak EasyShare software CD
  • Documentation
  • Custom camera insert for optional Kodak EasyShare Camera Dock

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