Kodak DX4530 review

Started Oct 31, 2003 | User reviews
wildebeest
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Kodak DX4530 review
Oct 31, 2003

My review of a substandard camera -- Today I bought a Kodak EasyShare DX 4350. A 5 megapixel camera for only EUR 299! According to the salesperson, that means you get "five MILLION real pixels!".

So, I took it home, installed the software (which took ages), and sat down to play with the camera. I returned it to the shop within 2 hours.

I took a selection of pictures, some indoors, some outdoors, flash, no flash, etc. The best picture I got was so bad, it only managed to look crisp and in focus when I resized it to 1200x1000 - or 1.2 MP, not 5.

Pros:
* compact
* light
* 32 MB internal memory and uses cheap SD flash cards
* automatically rotates pictures the right way up (90 degree angles)

Problems:

Cons:
* flimsy housing
* extremely long shuttertime (NOT the 1/1700sec advertised)
* no manual settings, except EV
* must manually set EV to avoid getting a badly lit photo
* flash takes ages to charge
* can't use alkaline batteries; only lithium and NiMh
* 2 excruciating seconds between pictures
* the release button doesn't work by simply pressing it, but you have to let go of it as well. the timing of this seems to matter in some way.
* "shutter sound" is actually a beep. and there's another beep as well, don't know what that means.
* very small, optical viewfinder
* W/T zoom buttons too close to viewfinder, because of compact size
* must remove flashcard compartment cover to access USB port
* no paper manual
* the bundled software installs "backweb" (spyware)
* cannot be used as webcam

wildebeest's score
2.4
Average community score
4.2
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