Review posted for Kodak EasyShare DX7440|
(Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 16:15 EDT)
Kodak's EasyShare digital cameras have consistently proven to be among the easiest to use of any I've tested, and the DX7440 is no exception.
Its fully automatic exposure control performs surprisingly well under a wide variety of conditions, and the range of manual exposure controls extend the camera's capabilities nicely. A wide range of preset scene modes help with special shooting conditions, while the Custom mode is perfect for saving a set of frequently-used exposure settings. The 4.0-megapixel CCD captures high resolution images, with plenty of detail to make sharp 8x10 prints.
The DX7440 is a perfect choice for novices who want to learn a little as they go, and more experienced users will appreciate the more advanced features it has to offer. I'd have been happier with the DX7440 if its exposure system was a little more accurate, as I found that it tended to overexpose images slightly, at least when faced with images with very strong highlights.
Balancing this though, it should be noted that the camera did better than average with high-key subjects (subjects that are very bright overall, which most cameras tend to underexpose pretty significantly) and, like most other Kodak cameras I've tested, its white balance system handles a very wide range of lighting conditions automatically, producing images that look like the original scene.
Overall, a very near miss for a "Dave's Pick," but still a fine digicam, particularly for families with a range of photographic skills among their members. Check it out!