Kodak DX4530 review

Started Mar 27, 2004 | User reviews
Dr CyberEvil
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Kodak DX4530 review
Mar 27, 2004

<font color=red><b>Now cheaper with extra mem and dock</b></font>

- Especially happy with the ease of use and value for money. Dealers are now bundling this camera with a 128Mbyte SD/MMC memory card and the kodak EasyShare camera dock II for the same price as the camera cost in March 2004. That is, the ram and dock (which is about 50% the price of this camera) now come bundled for free with the camera purchase (See www.officeworks.com.au for this bundled deal).

- The dock II is great for recharging the supplied Ni-MH battery that comes supplied with the docking station. I get over 4 hours of intermittant use from the Ni-MH battery.

Problems:

- The Kodak share button is a bit of a waste of time. It allows you to tag certain photos as "favourites" or "to be emailed", so that the easyshare software can categorise them, and email them or copy them to a favorites folder etc. I would have preferred a 10sec timer button instead.

-The plastic lens cap is a big minus, but I will probably disgard the cap when I buy a soft leather case for the camera, (and the new-car syndrome wears off).

- Photos printed out at kodak in 4x6 inch size don't seem quite as crisp as I expected them to be from a 5 Mega pixel camera. This appears to be due to the fact they are JPEG compressed (which all digital cameras are - except for expensive cameras, which use a raw data format taking in excess of 10Mbytes per picture) and are actually half the size of pictures stored on other common 5Mpixel cameras. You therefore have photo's at about the same quality a 3Mpixel camera takes.

- Some of my photos suffer from a quite apparent chromatic aberration (purple fringe), especially noticable in photos with background sky, and some object like a tree or pole in this background. You see a purple fringe along the edge of the tree branches or pole, in the example above.

- This could be why Kodak are selling the camera cheap, as chromatic aberration is a lens / photosensor quality problem, virtually impossible to compensate for later in software (like photoshop etc). It is however common to see this problem in cameras around this price range or lower.

SO, WHO SHOULD BUY THIS CAMERA?

This camera is great for the mum's and dad's out there who want an easy to use point-and-click camera. The picture resolution (5Mpixel) will sound impressive to your friends, but because the pictures are compressed twice as much as you expect from a 5Mpixel camera, the pictures are really only as sharp as a 3Mpixel camera. On the other hand this extent of JPEG compression has the effect of further saturating a photo, thereby giving you the impression you have taken a really spectacular and colourful photo. This is fine if you are not looking for true reproduction of the subject you photographed. In addition, the tiny 1 to 1.5 Mbyte photos mean you can store twice as many pictures on your 32Mb internal memory, as someone with a more expensive camera who also has a 32Mb internal memory.

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Re: Kodak DX4530 review
In reply to Dr CyberEvil, 10 months ago

I bought my digital camera a few years ago from a local office supply store. They had such a huge variety and I couldn't seem to choose which model I wanted! After I finally made a decision, I got the camera and have been hooked on taking pictures ever since. http://www.officenational.com.au/shop/en/chrishumphrey/home

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In reply to katysewell12, 10 months ago

I think a review where the writer can't distinguish between a plural noun and a possessive pronoun not to mention associating chromatic aberration with the sensor where it is a lens-only phenomenon can be safely ignored.

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In reply to Sir Corey of Deane, 10 months ago

Sir Corey of Deane wrote:

I think a review where the writer can't distinguish between a plural noun and a possessive pronoun not to mention associating chromatic aberration with the sensor where it is a lens-only phenomenon can be safely ignored.

Agree Robert, especially when it's 10 years old.....

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In reply to Blackbear, 10 months ago

There's something very odd about this thread. A ten year old review suddenly reworked? Very odd indeed.

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Must have been quite a popular camera - there's a wad of 'em on U.S.A. eBay and some are not exactly given away either.....

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In general the DX-series was popular, and not without reaso, Robert. They were fairly good camera's with a good pricetag aswel. AND they had Kodak Color Science inside

Even got 4 **** at DPR and Amazon

http://www.dpreview.com/products/kodak/compacts/kodak_dx4530

If you click on View review in forumsyou get to this thread

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My original DX4330
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Yes... DX series... here is a picture of me almost ten years ago with my first Kodak DX 4330 a really dog camera... with colors that panasonic cant achieve even today with 4K video....LOL... well as you can see ten years ago I was almost a Kid... I had even black hear...LOL

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A 'dog camera', Michael? Please explain as I think that any of today's cameras would be hard put to better that photo especially its colour. (Ummm, haven't I said this sort of thing in the past?). I am, naturally, considering display at normal Web sizes. (And I'm sure I've said that before!) Perhaps you were put off by the rather long turn-on time which Dave Etchells at Imaging Resource measured at 5.62 seconds which was long even by the standards of its day. I see it as a case for putting the camera into its sleep mode if anticipating taking a pic.

Btw, my barber says that men with black hair normally end up going bald which means that sooner or later you'll end up looking like Telly Savalas! [Αριστοτέλης "Τέλλυ" Σαβάλας].

Regards to you and family,

Robert.

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Dog camera maybe but look at those colors! They're Kodak and they're spectacular and that is why we ex-Kodakians (and some still current) LOVED (love) our Kodaks.

Robert, I don't much care for your barber's predictions but with my receding hairline I'm afraid he's on to something.

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In reply to Sir Corey of Deane, 9 months ago

Sir Corey of Deane wrote:

A 'dog camera', Michael? Please explain as I think that any of today's cameras would be hard put to better that photo especially its colour. (Ummm, haven't I said this sort of thing in the past?). I am, naturally, considering display at normal Web sizes. (And I'm sure I've said that before!) Perhaps you were put off by the rather long turn-on time which Dave Etchells at Imaging Resource measured at 5.62 seconds which was long even by the standards of its day. I see it as a case for putting the camera into its sleep mode if anticipating taking a pic.

Btw, my barber says that men with black hair normally end up going bald which means that sooner or later you'll end up looking like Telly Savalas! [Αριστοτέλης "Τέλλυ" Σαβάλας].

Regards to you and family,

Robert.

DOG is a camera that 10+1 years later still continues to work fine in mother's in law hands and at its time was a king in colors department.... Although for me... this Kodak cameras with their user interface philosophy was the beginning of the fall... nobody was taking them in serious... you have see the rest of the thriller isn't it...??? but look at this picture... water/grass... everything just perfect... thanks God... there is still Olympus to serve us... with a new Dog camera... the EM5 that really someone can wash it under kitchen's faucet

Speaking for your Barber... tell him that he is a DOG... my hair are just turning to gray... they are ALL there... LOL

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JamesD2 wrote:

Dog camera maybe but look at those colors! They're Kodak and they're spectacular and that is why we ex-Kodakians (and some still current) LOVED (love) our Kodaks.

Robert, I don't much care for your barber's predictions but with my receding hairline I'm afraid he's on to something.

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Spiridakis Michael wrote:

Sir Corey of Deane wrote:

A 'dog camera', Michael? Please explain as I think that any of today's cameras would be hard put to better that photo especially its colour.

DOG is a camera that 10+1 years later still continues to work fine in mother's in law hands and at its time was a king in colors department....

Something or someone described as 'a dog' means, to me, and the American slang dictionary, somewhat unattractive.

Classic example of the use of the word in relation to a girl is in the award-winning  film, 'Marty'.

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Sir Corey of Deane wrote:

Spiridakis Michael wrote:

Sir Corey of Deane wrote:

A 'dog camera', Michael? Please explain as I think that any of today's cameras would be hard put to better that photo especially its colour.

DOG is a camera that 10+1 years later still continues to work fine in mother's in law hands and at its time was a king in colors department....

Something or someone described as 'a dog' means, to me, and the American slang dictionary, somewhat unattractive.

Classic example of the use of the word in relation to a girl is in the award-winning film, 'Marty'.

Here in Greece among other bad things we also call dog something strong as a dog... for example an old car that refuse to die is a dog...

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This is a dog!
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Something or someone described as 'a dog' means, to me, and the American slang dictionary, somewhat unattractive.

Classic example of the use of the word in relation to a girl is in the award-winning film, 'Marty'.

Here in Greece among other bad things we also call dog something strong as a dog... for example an old car that refuse to die is a dog...

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the dog is on the far right

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Hear2see wrote:

Something or someone described as 'a dog' means, to me, and the American slang dictionary, somewhat unattractive.

Classic example of the use of the word in relation to a girl is in the award-winning film, 'Marty'.

Here in Greece among other bad things we also call dog something strong as a dog... for example an old car that refuse to die is a dog...

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the dog is on the far right

Well Charlie, this indeed is a very special dog, not only it's BIG, but it walks on two legs

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Blackbear wrote:

Well Charlie, this indeed is a very special dog, not only it's BIG, but it walks on two legs

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but of course...and small dogs do too.:-D

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