Kodak LS420 Review

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EasyShare LS420

Review posted 5/3/2002

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The latest entry in the Kodak EasyShare system is the LS420, a highly compact 2.1 Megapixel camera housed in a sleek and stylish, silver colored metallic body. Equipped with a 38mm (35mm equivalent) all-glass lens with a continuous 3x digital zoom. It captures 1752 x 1168 pixel still images in Best mode or 876 x 584 pixel images in Good mode. It can also record 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 motion video with audio at 19fps in standard QuickTime movie format.

The 1.6-inch color LCD monitor can be used for live preview or review as well as for accessing the camera's menu system. A small "joystick" control on the back lets you easily navigate the menu and make selections. To conserve battery power there is also an eyelevel optical viewfinder for framing your shots like a regular film camera. The pocket-size LS420 stores its images and movie clips in the camera's 8MB of internal memory or on optional SecureDigital (SD) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) flash memory cards. Image data can be copied to/from the internal memory and the flash card.

Kodak LS420

The LS420 comes with this EasyShare Digital Camera Dock, it automatically charges the camera's battery and connects it to the host computer's USB port for easy transfer of pictures and movies. Using the Kodak Picture Software you can print pictures by simply pressing the PRINT button on the camera.

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The LS420 compared in size to a CD.

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Kodak LS420 Specifications

CCD resolution 2.3 megapixel
image resolution 2.1MP
(1752x1168 pixels)
image quality 2.1MP (best)1752x1168,
0.5 MP (good) 876x584
optical lens 38 mm (35 mm equiv.), f/3.9
digital zoom 3.0X continuous digital zoom in 0.1X increments
focus distance Focus Free: 0.8m (29 in.) to infinity
exposure control automatic
shutter speed automatic (1/2 to 1/1200 seconds)
flash range 0.8 - 2.5m (2.6-8.2 ft.),
quenched, charge time
7 sec. max.
flash mode automatic, fill, red-eye, night shot, off
ISO equivalent 100 - 200 (automatic)
white balance automatic
file format JPEG/EXIF 2.2
user interface
power, shutter, menu, joystick with center select, flash/print
movie mode audio recording during capture, no audio playback on camera
movie length unlimited, based on memory size, 5 sec., 15 sec., 30 sec. settings
movie image
best: 320x240 at 19.1 fps,
good: 160x120 at 19.1 fps
microphone built in
file format QuickTime
viewfinder optical viewfinder
LCD 40.6 mm (1.6 in.) transmissive D-TFD color
software KODAK Picture Software
storage 8MB internal memory (approximately 49 images in good quality setting or 12 images in highest resolution setting; approximately 35 sec. of video in highest resolution setting)
optional storage Expansion slot for optional removeable MMC/SD card
interface KODAK EASYSHARE LS420 Camera Dock
video out NTSC, PAL (user-selectable)
tripod mount standard
self timer 10 seconds
power Kodak EasyShare lithium ion rechargeable battery
camera specs weight with battery: 160g (5.6 oz.)
dimensions WxHxD: 109x45.5x28.5 mm
(4.3x1.8x1.1 in.)
dock specs weight: 75g (2.7 oz.)
dimensions WxHxD: 139.5x35.2x59.1 mm
(5.5x1.4x2.3 in.)

System Requirements
  • WINDOWS 98, 2000, Millennium Edition, or XP
  • Personal computer with 200 MHz processor or greater
  • 48MB RAM available (64MB RAM for WINDOWS XP)
  • 270MB hard drive disk space available
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Available USB port
  • Color monitor, 800x600 pixels (16-bit or 24-bit recommended)

  • POWERMAC System
  • Macintosh OS 8.6/9.x/X *128MB RAM for OS X (64MB RAM for OS 8.6/9.x)
  • 64MB RAM for OS X (64MB RAM for OS 8.6/9.x)
  • 100MB hard drive disk space available
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Built-in USB port
  • Color monitor, 800x600 pixels (thousands or millions of colors recommended)

Package Contents
  • KODAK EASYSHARE LS420 Digital Camera
  • KODAK EASYSHARE LS420 Digital Camera Dock
  • KODAK EASYSHARE lithium ion rechargeable battery
  • Camera carry case
  • 5 volt AC adapter
  • Video out cable
  • USB cable
  • Neck strap
  • KODAK Picture Software CD
  • Documentation

* Free Kodak software upgrade fully enables the print-tagging button for Macintosh OS X. Visit www.kodak.com/go/easyshare for more information.

NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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