Kodak CX6200 Review
The Kodak CX6200 is an entry-level two megapixel point-n-shoot digicam. Designed for the first-time digicam buyer, the CX6200 has only an automatic mode of operation, and it is simple enough for a child to use. Its lightweight plastic body is small enough to be carried in your pocket or purse, ready to capture that special snapshot. It is also a member of Kodaks EasyShare system, supported by the same easy to use software, and optional docking stations as its more capable and more expensive big brothers, the Kodak EasyShare CX6330 and DX6440.
The Kodak CX6200 is equipped with a fixed focal length lens of 37mm (35mm equivalent). The lens is all glass, reasonably sharp, and the moderate wide angle is a good compromise for indoor, portrait and landscape shots. The lens is fixed-focus, with a range of 20 inches to infinity. There is no macro mode, so you won't be using the 6200 for close-up shots of small items to sell at online auction. There is also no lens cover, so be sure to carry a micro fiber cleaning cloth to wipe away the inevitable smudges.
The shooting performance is acceptable for a camera in this price range. From powering on to capturing your first image takes just under 6 seconds. We measured a shutter delay of 9/10 second, and shot-to-shot capture rate of about 3 seconds per image at Best picture quality. The CX6200 was able to take only three rapid-fire shots before imposing a wait while writing its buffer contents to the SD/MMC memory card. The CX6200's shooting performance is more suited for portrait, landscape and travel snapshots than it is for action shots.
Indoors, the 37mm focal length combined with the range (1.6 to 7.9 feet) of the flash will limit your people shots to small group portraits, and you'll be able to join the shot because the CX6200 is equipped with both a self-timer and a tripod socket. Because the flash is not positioned directly over the lens, it will cast a moderate shadow of your subjects onto the background. We found flash shots were well-illuminated within the cameras limited range, and skin tones were well-reproduced. Outdoor shots were well-exposed, and colors were nicely saturated.
Kodak equipped the CX6200 with both optical and LCD viewfinders. Although the LCD has no brightness adjustment, it does have an anti-reflective coating and we found it usable outdoors even in the bright Florida sun. Indoors in low ambient light, we found the LCD difficult to use; you'll enjoy using the optical viewfinder in these circumstances. You'll also find that turning off the LCD and using the optical viewfinder will extend battery life. Kodak claims that a pair of AA Ni-MH rechargable batteries will power the CX6200 through 165-205 snapshots; heavy use of the LCD will see results at the lower end of that range.
At an MSRP of under $130 at the time of this review (August, 2003), Kodak has produced a great value for the first-time digicam buyer. The EasyShare CX6200 is easy to use, produces good image quality capable of being printed at up to 8X10 inches, has a movie mode (without sound), and fits in your pocket. As a member of the EasyShare system, it can be used with the Printer Dock 6000, allowing you to produce high-quality 4X6 inch prints without a computer. We think that the Kodak CX6200 makes a fine first digicam, and one that you'll be happy to pass on to your children when you're ready to upgrade to a camera with greater capability. Speaking of young people, please read the following opinion of this camera by a 15 year old.
This camera has its good qualities. The good qualities are that its flash is very good and bright enough for a camera of this size and class. I also like the fast way of taking a picture. You don't have to hold the shutter release half way down to pre-focus. It is not a complicated camera, so if you are not up to date with technology, you will easily understand how to use it. It is the perfect size and weight for a child, it is very light. The quality of the pictures when the correct flash option is used is good. The only negative thing I have to say about this camera, is the fuzzy looking LCD. I think that kids in middle and high school would enjoy this camera because after pictures are taken of us, we like to see what it looks like. This camera has that function, and if you don't like the picture, you can delete it!
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