First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- — 16 May, 2002 16:24
The latest offering from Kodak is a 4-megapixel camera with a 35-70mm lens that is capable of 2X optical zooming and 3X digital zooming. It can take images in great detail, and as such gives you the ability to produce prints that range in size from 10x15cm to a whopping 50x75cm.
While it's a great point-and-shoot camera, ideal for an amateur photographer, there is also a stack of settings to tinker with. Within the Capture mode menu you can adjust exposure compensation, ISO speed, shutter speed, white balance, sharpness, colour mode and the quality of your images. You can adjust the image quality from 4 megapixels all the way down to 1 megapixel - and, obviously, the lower the setting, the more images you will be able to fit on the camera's 16MB CompactFlash card.
These features give the DX4900 great versatility. It can be used for detailed shots or just taking some happy snaps. It also contains all the functions you would expect to find on a quality camera, such as Macro/Infinity mode, a timer, date stamp and red-eye reduction flash as well as PAL and NTSC video-out capability.
I found the picture quality a little disappointing overall, especially the colours, which seemed to be reproduced a little too richly, particularly when the camera "overcompensated" when lighting conditions weren't ideal (i.e., cloudy).
The DX4900 connects to your PC though a USB cable, and an optional docking device (which was used in testing) can be used for one-touch photo transfers.
Battery life was not great: the unit's Ni-MH rechargeable pack quickly ran down when the LCD viewfinder was constantly used for the shots. Additionally, when the camera did run out of battery power, the lens would retract into its body without applying the lens cap. I had a difficult time getting the battery to fully charge as its level indicator never showed it as fully charged (AA lithium batteries can also be used).
All up, though, this solid little camera from Kodak is very easy to use, versatile and competitively priced.
Kodak DX4900 ***1/2
This versatile camera is capable of capturing images at a gigantic resolution of 2448x1632 and can produce huge printouts.
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