Kodak LS443 Review

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Kodak LS443 Zoom

Part of the EasyShare System

Review posted 10/01/02

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Click on the LS443 Zoom for a QTVR tour

The LS443 Zoom is the flagship model in Kodak's 2002 EasyShare line of digital cameras. It combines form and function with its sleek and stylish design, professional quality Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 3x optical zoom lens and 4.0 Megapixel resolution, producing images up to 2448 x 1632 pixels.

Continuing its tradition of quality and innovation, Kodak has teamed up with Schneider-Kreuznach, the German producer of the world's highest-quality professional lenses. Together, the companies developed the Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens used by the LS443. The precision engineered 3X optical lens, coupled with Kodak's proprietary color science technology, ensures LS443 camera users get stunning pictures - from edge to edge - every time.

The LS443 is the latest addition to Kodak's award-winning EasyShare digital photography system. In addition to the Kodak EasyShare software, the LS443 comes with a new special edition dock and rechargeable battery pack. The complete package will be available in October 2002 with a suggested retail price of $499.95.

LS443 Zoom Features

  • Compact, stylish and lightweight metal body
  • 4 megapixel CCD for images up to 2448x1632 pixels
  • Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon f2.8 3X optical zoom (35 - 105mm)
  • 3.3X Advanced Digital Zoom
  • Five scene modes - close-up, landscape, sport, night and movie
  • Multi-Zone Auto Focus with focus assist illuminator
  • TTL multi-pattern metering with center weighted or center spot options
  • Shutter speeds: 1/2 to 1/1000 sec (automatic)
  • Long time exposure up to 4 seconds, manual control
  • ISO equivalent of 100, 200, 400 or Automatic (100-200)
  • Movie capture with audio limited only by available memory
  • New 1.8" Indoor/Outdoor color LCD display
  • Automatic orientation sensor rotates portrait mode shots
  • Internal 16MB of memory for image storage
  • Optional removable SecureDigital or MMC card storage
  • Powered by proprietary 3.7v lithium rechargeable battery (included)
  • Special EasyShare Camera Dock with builtin charger (included)
  • Audio and Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable)

Kodak LS443 Zoom

The included Kodak EasyShare 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. 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 three hours.

Physical Views

Kodak LS443 Zoom

Kodak LS443 Zoom

Kodak LS443 Zoom

Kodak LS443 Zoom

Kodak LS443 Zoom

Kodak LS443 Zoom

Kodak LS443 Zoom

The LS443 compared in size to a standard CD disc

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Kodak LS443 Zoom Specifications

CCD resolution 4.2 megapixel, 4.0 megapixel effective
image size/quality 4.0MP - Best (2448x1632)
2.2MP - Better (1800x1200)
1.0MP - Good (1224x816)
aperture f/2.8, f/9.6
optical zoom Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 3X optical (35mm - 105mm)
digital zoom 3.3X Advanced Digital Zoom
focus distance 0.6m (2ft.) to infinity
macro mode 0.13 - 0.7m (5 - 28in)
lens protection integrated
exposure control TTL/AE (multi-pattern - matrix metering, center weighted, center spot)
shutter speed 1/2 - 1/1000 sec.
low-light auto-focus in low light conditions (with AF illuminator)
flash mode automatic, fill, red-eye, off
flash range wide: 0.5 - 3.3m (1.6 - 10.8ft.)
tele: 0.5 - 2.0m (1.6 - 6.6ft.)
ISO equivalent automatic (100 - 200)
manual (100, 200, 400)
magnify 2X and 4X in review
auto-focus multi-zone, center zone
white balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent
sharpness automatic

LCD 1.8in (45.6mm) indoor/outdoor display
scene modes auto, landscape, night, sport, macro
movie capture video and audio capture and playback on camera
exposure compensation +/-2 in 0.5 step increments
long time exposure up to 4 seconds
burst mode maximum 3 pictures at any resolution
color mode color, black and white, sepia
storage 16MB internal memory and MMC/SD removable card slot

file format JPEG/EXIF V2.2
capture mode automatic - always ready
auto-orientation on-camera picture rotation
delete dedicated delete button
viewfinder real-image optical viewfinder
share Share button
software Kodak EasyShare software
interface USB, Kodak EasyShare LS443 camera dock, 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
power Kodak EasyShare Li-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7V)
weight without batteries: 225g (7.9oz.)
dimensions WxHxD: 109x61.5x37.5mm
warranty one year

System Requirements
  • WINDOWS 98, 98SE, 2000, Millennium Edition, or XP OS
  • 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)

  • 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 LS443 zoom digital camera
  • Kodak EasyShare LS443 zoom digital camera
  • Kodak EasyShare LS443 camera dock
  • Kodak Easyshare Li-Ion rechargeable battery
  • AC adapter - 5V
  • Video out cable
  • USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Kodak EasyShare software CD
  • Documentation

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