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Kodak DC4800 Zoom

First Look posted 8/9/00
final review posted 8/17/00

Click to take a QuickTime tour of the DC4800 Zoom
Click to take a QuickTime tour of the DC4800 Zoom

The Kodak DC4800 Zoom is a compact and lightweight 3.3-megapixel digital camera that captures 2160 x 1440-pixel resolution images. It's loaded with features like aperture priority (f/2.8, f/5.6 or f/8), full manual, Programmed AE and long exposure (up to 16 secs) modes.   It's got a 3x (28-84mm 35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens, a fast USB up/download port and adjustable ISO sensitivity of 100, 200 or 400.

Still image capture options include:

  • 3.1 MP (uncompressed TIFF) 2160 x 1440
  • 3.1 MP JPEG 2160 x 1440
  • 3.1 MP (high compression JPEG) 2160 x 1440
  • 2.2 MP JPEG 1800 x 1200
  • 1.6 MP JPEG 1536 x 1024
  • 0.8 MP JPEG 1080 x 720

It also has a standard PC flash sync connector that allows the use of more powerful flash units.   Multi-Pattern, Center-Weighted or Center-Spot metering options. Special filters: B/W yellow filter, B/W red filter, B/W, sepia mode, neutral mode and saturated color mode. User-selectable image sharpness (Sharp, Normal, Soft). And it comes with a rechargeable lithium battery pack with a combination charger and AC power supply.

Kodak DC4800 Zoom

The DC4800 has a 1.8" color LCD display to frame or review your pictures and navigate the camera's menu system. When used as a viewfinder the LCD shows 95% of the final captured image. There's an optical viewfinder that can be used when taking pictures outdoors or any time you want to save your battery power.

Kodak DC4800 Zoom

Looking down from the top you can see the large hand grip area on the right side, the data LCD, exposure compensation dial and the mode dial. The popup flash is opened by sliding that little switch on the far left.

Kodak DC4800 Zoom

The bottom is perfectly flat and the tripod socket is located very near the center of balance. Also on the bottom is the CF card eject lever and the battery compartment door. Because they are all located so close together it will be impossible to change batteries or CF cards with the camera mounted on a tripod.

Kodak DC4800 Zoom Kodak DC4800 Zoom

The I/O ports are on the left side and the CompactFlash card slot is located on the right side (see page 2 for more details).

Kodak DC4800 Zoom

The mode dial has positions for (counterclockwise) Setup, Review (Playback), Programmed AE and three positions for Aperture-Priority (F2.8, F5.6 and F8). Pressing the center of the mode dial turns the camera on and off.

Note the dedicated dial for exposure compensation control. Across the back edge are buttons for selftimer/burst mode, infinity/macro focus and flash modes. The lever below the flash mode button is the zoom lens control.

Kodak DC4800 Zoom The top LCD data display indicates image quality with one, two or three angled lines. The "M" indicated the camera is in Manual exposure mode and when the shutter is half-pressed the shutter speed (1/125) is displayed rather than the number of shots remaining.

"ISO" appears when the user has selected a value other than the default of ISO 100. "WB" (white balance) means the user has selected a value other than automatic. The flash modes, selftimer, infinity and macro focus modes all have dedicated icons.

Kodak DC4800 Zoom
The optical viewfinder shows ~95% of the captured frame (less at full telephoto) and has a diopter adjustment control on the side. The red and green LEDs indicate autofocus and flash status.

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Kodak DC4800 Zoom Specifications

CCD Resolution:

3.3 megapixels
Image Resolution: 3.1 (2160 x 1440), 2.2 (1800 x 1200),
1.6 (1536 x 1024), 0.8 (1080 x 720) MP
Image Quality Modes: 3.1 MP (uncompressed)
3.1 MP
3.1 MP (highly compressed)
2.2 MP
1.6 MP
0.8 MP
Custom resolution
Image Storage: CompactFlash (CF) Type I Card
Viewfinder: 1.8" LCD, Optical real image viewfinder with AF frame
Field of View: 90%
Diopter Adjustment: -1 +/-2 diopter
Finder Eyepiece: Exit pupil: 5 mm diameter
Eye point: 12 mm (from top of eyepiece frame)
Semi-Field-Angle: 10.5 degree (diagonal)
Lens: 3X optical zoom capability,
28-84 mm f/2.8-4.5 (35 mm film equiv.),
2X digital zoom, power zoom with two driving speeds, mechanical shutter and apertures
Accepts accessory lenses and filters (43 mm thread size, requires adapter)
Digital Enhancement: 2x digital zoom
Auto Focusing: TTL Video-AF
Auto Focus Modes: Multi spot,
Center spot,
Center weight 0.5m-Infinity (standard distance mode),
0.2-0.5m (near distance macro mode),
less than 1.5 sec. to focus lock, @ < 0.5m
Focus Distance: Wide/Telephoto: 1.6 ft (0.5m)-Infinity
Close-Up: 0.7 ft-2.3 ft (0.2 - 0.7m)
Exposure: Auto, or manual override (+/-2 EV in 0.5-EV increments),
automatic white balance and exposure lock
Exposure Control: Full Range: EV-1-16
AE Range: EV6-16
Program AE: (Automatic)
Aperture Priority AE: (f/2.8, f/5.6, f/8)
Manual: (1/1000s-1/2)
Long time exposure mode: (0.7 - 16 sec.)
Exposure Compensation: +/-2EV with 1/2 EV step
White Balance: Auto, Daylight (5500k), Tungsten (semi auto), FL (semi auto),
Manual (one push hold) and selectable color temperature (2500-10,000 Kelvin)
Shutter Speed: 16s - 1/1000s
Aperture Range: Wide (28 mm): f/2.8, f/5.6, f/8
Tele (84 mm): f/4.5, f/9, f/13
* Effective f/stop varies through the zoom from wide to tele.
ISO Equivalent: 100, 200, and 400 (Auto/User-selectable)
Self Timer: 10 seconds
Tripod Mount: Standard
Flash: Strobe flash to 3.2 meters wide, 2 meters at tele (10 feet)
(auto, red-eye reduction, fill, off)
File Format: TIFF/JPEG, EXIF 2.1
Video Out: NTSC or PAL (user-selectable)
Special Effects: B/W yellow filter, B/W red filter, B/W, sepia mode,
neutral mode, saturated mode, burst
Click to Click: Maximum 5 pictures with 2.0 sec interval (target: 5 pictures)
Burst Frame Rate: Between 2 and 5 fps
Burst capture: Max number of pictures (at different resolutions)
4 pictures at highest, 16 at lowest
Preview Frame Rate: 15-30 fps
Interface: USB, PC card
Power: Lithium-ion rechargeable battery with AC adapter/charger included for in-camera charging
Dimensions: WxDxH   120x69x65 mm
4.7x2.7x2.5 inches
Weight: Without batteries (ounces): 11.45
Without batteries (grams): 320
Warranty: One year

System Requirements

Windows systems:

  • Windows 98, 2000, or newer software
  • Personal computer with minimum systems requirements to run the operating system (Pentium 90MHz or greater microprocessor)
  • 32MB RAM minimum or greater
  • 70MB of available hard disk space or greater
  • USB port or COMPACTFLASH card reader
  • CD-ROM drive for software installation
  • 256-color monitor (16-bit color recommended)

Macintosh systems:

  • Power Mac required
  • Mac OS 8.6 or newer
  • 32MB RAM minimum or greater
  • 70MB of available hard disk space
  • USB port or COMPACTFLASH card reader
  • CD-ROM drive for software installation
  • 256-color monitor (16-bit color recommended)
Package Contents
  • KODAK DC4800 Zoom Digital Camera
  • Neck strap
  • Lens cover
  • COMPACTFLASH card removable/reusable memory
  • Lithium-ion battery and AC adapter for in-camera charging
  • USB cable for use with WINDOWS and MACINTOSH systems
  • Video out cable for viewing pictures on TV
  • KODAK software CD
  • Quick start setup guide, userís guide, and registration card
Recommended Accessories
  • DC4800 Zoom Digital Camera Expansion Pack
    (Contents: KODAK lithium-ion charger and battery, inkjet paper sample pack, premium camera bag, and lens pen.)
  • KODAK Lithium-ion Charger and Battery
  • Premium Bag
  • KODAK EKTANAR Digital Camera Telephoto Lens (43 mm threads)
  • KODAK EKTANAR Digital Camera Close-Up Lens Kit (43 mm threads)
  • KODAK EKTANAR Digital Camera Wide-Angle Lens (43 mm threads)
  • DC4800 Lens Adapter
    (Contents: close-up lens kit, telephoto lens, and wide-angle lens)

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