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"Picky Details" for the Kodak DX4330 digital camera
(Timing, Power, and Storage Info)

Timing
I measure both cycle times and shutter delay times, using a proprietary Imaging Resource test system. Here are the numbers I collected for the Kodak DX4330

 

Kodak EasyShare DX4330 Timings
Operation
Time (secs)
Notes
Power On -> First shot
9.5
Quite a bit slower than average.
Shutdown
4.1
Average to slightly slower than average for a camera with a telescoping lens.
Play to Record, first shot
1.6
Time until first shot is captured. About average.
Record to play
1.5
Time to display a large/fine file after capture. About average.
Shutter lag, full autofocus
0.90/1.28
First time is for wide angle zoom setting, second is for telephoto. Wide angle time is about average, tele time is a good bit slower than average.
Shutter lag, prefocus
0.166
Time to capture, after half-pressing shutter button. Pretty fast.
Cycle Time, max/min resolution
2.14/4.5/6.2
First number is for large/fine files for first four shots. Second number is for shots five and six. Third number is for shots after the sixth (after "buffer memory" is filled). Lower resolution/quality settings don't seem to affect times greatly, but you can snap 5 shots in rapid succession, and the intermediate timing of ~4.5 seconds extends for shots 6 through 11. Cycle time before buffer is filled is about average these days.

 

The Kodak DX4330 is quite slow powering up, but turns in a roughly average speed performance otherwise. Its shuter lag is about average with the lens at the wide angle end of its range, but the delay becomes progressively worse as you move toward the telephoto setting, becoming a good bit slower than average at full telephoto. Cycle times are about average when compared to those of competing cameras.

Power
The DX4330 uses a pair of AA cells, whether Alkaline (not recommended at all), Lithium, or NiMH. It will also run on Kodak's NiMH battery pack that's included with the Kodak EasyShare dock. Battery life is fairly good for a camera powered only by two AA cells, and is really exceptional if you can manage to leave the LCD screen off. Still, I strongly advise purchasing a couple of sets of high-capacity NiMH cells and keeping at least one extra set charged and ready to go at all times. Click here for my Battery Shootout page, to see which NiMH AA cells are currently the top-rated. The EasyShare dock acts as a charger, but click here for a review of my longtime favorite NiMH charger, if you want an external charging solution.

 

Operating Mode
Power
(@ volts on the external power terminal)
Est. Minutes
(w/1600 mAh NiMH AA cells)
Capture Mode, w/LCD
858mA
90
Capture Mode, no LCD
113 mA
11+ hours
Half-pressed shutter w/LCD
857 mA
90
Half-pressed w/o LCD
474 mA
162
Memory Write (transient)
1157 mA
n/a
Flash Recharge (transient)
1193 mA
n/a
Image Playback
477 mA
161

 

Overall, pretty good for a compact, 2-AA cell camera. With the LCD off, battery life is really exceptional.

 

Storage Capacity
The EasyShare DX4330 stores its images either on its 16 MB of internal memory, or on MMC/SD memory cards. The 16 MB of internal memory is rather limited relative to its 3.1 megapixel resolution, so I strongly recommend buying at least a 32MB card, preferably a 64 MB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings. The chart below shows how many images can be stored in the rather skimpy internal memory at each size/quality setting.

 

Image Capacity vs
Resolution/Quality
16 MB Internal Memory
(No options for amount of JPEG compression)
High Resolution 2160x1440 Images
(Avg size)
12
1.3 MB
Approx.
Compression
7:1
Medium Resolution 1800x1200 Images
(Avg size)
9
700 KB
Approx.
Compression
9:1
Low Resolution 1080x720 Images
(Avg size)
21
340 KB
Approx.
Compression
7:1

 

Download Speed
The DX4330 has a USB connection for downloading pictures to a PC, but problems on my main test station (unrelated to the DX4330) prevented me from measuring its transfer rate.

 

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