Review posted for Kodak EasyShare DX6490|
(Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 01:15 EDT)
Kodak's EasyShare digital cameras have consistently proved to be among the easiest to use of any I've tested, and the DX6490 is no exception.
The big news here though, is that the DX6490 also manages to be a very respectable "enthusiast" camera as well, with a high-quality lens, full exposure control, and a sync connector for use with external flash units. It shares the excellent color and highly capable white balance I've seen in other Kodak cameras in the past, but really raises the bar in several other areas, including low light performance, with an EVF and autofocus system that are surprisingly usable at very low light levels.
At the risk of making too big a deal over it, the lens in particular is of higher quality than we've seen in the past on EasyShare camera models. The one complaint I have against the DX6490 is that my evaluation sample tended to overexpose its shots a fair bit, under a variety of conditions. You can adjust for this with the exposure compensation control, but the user really shouldn't have to worry about this. Not a fatal problem, I'd still call the DX6490 "excellent," it's just that it could have been "great" if its exposure system were a bit more accurate.
Still though, I have no reservations about naming the DX6490 a "Dave's Pick," as it's clearly one of the better long-zoom digicams on the market. (At least until the next great thing comes along! ;-) Check it out!