Review posted for Kodak DX7630|
(Monday, October 4, 2004 - 12:18 EDT)
Kodak's EasyShare digital cameras are consistently among the easiest to use of any I test, and the DX7630 is no exception.
Its fully automatic exposure control performs surprisingly well under a 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 handy for saving a set of frequently-used exposure settings. The 6.1-megapixel CCD captures high resolution images, with plenty of detail to make sharp 11x14 inch prints, even with some cropping. The DX7630 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 DX7630 if its images were a little less contrasty. Balancing this though, it should be noted that the camera exposed high-key subjects fairly well (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!