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Kodak DC3800

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Review First Posted: 10/1/2000

2 megapixel sensor delivers 1,792 x 1184 pixel images
Fixed focal length lens equivalent to a 33mm lens on a 35mm camera
"No Controls" design for ultimate point & shoot simplicity
Surprisingly capable white-balance system for good indoor shots

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Manufacturer Overview
Kodak has long been a leader in the digicam field, with a product line that spans the spectrum from entry-level consumer models all the way to the highest-end (literally) 6 megapixel professional cameras. Most of their recent activity in the consumer marketplace has been in the middle to upper end of the market, so it appears it's now time for them to re-address the lower end of the product spectrum, at least in terms of functional capabilities and ease of use.

The new DC3800 is an interesting camera, aimed at the pure point & shoot user, who doesn't care to be troubled with exposure compensation, white balance, or other details of the imaging process. On the other hand though, many of these people would like the option to print their images as large as 8x10 inches, just as they do with their film-based point & shoot cameras. To address this market, the DC3800 presents a full 2 megapixels of resolution in a camera with virtually no user-controlled functions. While the resulting camera lacks the sophistication to handle certain difficult shooting conditions, we were surprised by how well this "no buttons" camera did in "typical" situations. Read on for the details...


  • 2.1 megapixel CCD delivering 1,792 x 1,184-pixel images.
  • 1.5 inch color LCD monitor.
  • 6.9mm, f/2.8 lens (equivalent to a 33mm lens on a 35mm camera).
  • 2X digital telephoto.
  • Fully automatic exposure mode.
  • Burst photography mode.
  • Built-in flash with four operating modes.
  • Light sensitivity equivalent to ISO 100.
  • 10-second self-timer.
  • Images saved as JPEGs on CompactFlash (8MB card supplied), with three compression levels.
  • USB card reader for downloading images.
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility.
  • NTSC cable included for viewing images on a television set.
  • Power supplied by two AA alkaline or Ni-MH batteries.

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