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Kodak DX7590 Review

November 2004 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production Kodak DX7590

Almost a year after Kodak announced its first 10x zoom camera, the DX6490, in August this year it announced its new flagship digital camera and second 10x zoom model, the 5 megapixel EasyShare DX7590. The SLR-styled camera boasts a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 38-380mm lens which can reach its optimum zoom in two seconds. The new model offers just one million more pixels than the EasyShare DX6490. The DX7590 combines fully manual operation with point and shoot ease of use, and is aimed at both beginners and enthusiasts. It offers 16 program modes, as well as a 2.2-inch LCD screen and EVF. Let's have a look at the key features.

  • Professional-quality Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 10x optical zoom lens
  • 5.0 MP for stunning-quality prints up to 20x30" (50x76 cm)
  • Exclusive Kodak Color Science Image Processing Chip
  • 2.2" high-resolution indoor/outdoor display
  • Manual and custom controls
  • High-speed, low-light auto-focus
  • Continuous shooting and bracketing mode
  • 22 scene and color modes
  • One-touch simple sharing

Kodak DX6490 vs DX7590 (major differences)

 
  Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Kodak EasyShare DX7590
Effective Resolution 4.0 million pixels 5.0 million pixels
Maximum Image Size 2304 x 1728
2576 x 1932
Focus Multi-zone, center-spot TTL-AF; continuous AF, single AF, accessory AF; multi-zone, center-weighted, and selectable: left, center, right
Exposure modes Automatic, Sport, Portrait, Night, Landscape, Close-up, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Custom, Sport, Portrait, Night portrait, Night landscape, Landscape, Self portrait, Macro, Beach, Party, Sport, Snow, Text/Documents, Fireworks, Flower, Manner/Museum, Children, Backlight
Continuous Shooting 3 fps up to 6 frames 2 fps up tp 5 frames
Maximum Movie Size/Frame Rate • 320 x 240 pixels at 20 fps
• Limited by capacity of external memory card
• VGA (640x480 pixels) at 12 fps
• Limited by capacity of external memory card
• MPEG-4
Internal memory 16 MB 32 MB
Weight/dimensions • 380 g
• 100 x 80 x 81 mm
• 400 g
• 97 x 81 x 80 mm
Electronic Viewfinder 180K pixels 311K pixels

Kodak DX7590 Key specifications

Street price • US: $480
• UK: £290
Body Material Plastic
Sensor • 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 5.4 million pixels total
• 5.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 2576 x1932
• 2576 x1716 (3:2 ratio optimized for 6x4-inch prints
• 2304 x 1728
• 2048 x 1536
• 1552 x 1164

Movie clips • 640x 480 (12 fps)
• 320 x 240 (20 fps)
• Continuous up to 80 mins depending on the size of the memory card
Lens

• 38-380mm equiv.(10x zoom)
• F2.8 - F3.7

Focus

• Dual sensor AF
• TTL-AE with program modes
• Normal: 0.6 m - Infinity
• Macro: 12 - 70 cm
• Auto

Shooting mode

• Auto
• Program
• Aperture
• Shutter
• Manual
• Custom
• Burst
• 16 Scene modes

Sensitivity • Auto ISO 80- 160
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800 (at 1.8MP)
White Balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Open Shade
Image parameters

• Color: High, natural, low
• B&W
• Sepia
• Sharpness: High, normal, low

Continuous • First: 2fps up to 5 images
• Last: 2fps up to 30 images, last 4 frames saved
Flash • Built-in pop-up
• Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, On/Off
• Range: (wide) 4.9 m, (tele) 3.7 m
• +/- 1.0 EV in 0.5 EV steps
Storage • SD/MMC card
• 32MB internal memory
Viewfinder • EVF
• 311,000 pixels
LCD monitor • 2.2" TFT LCD
• 153,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• NTSC/PAL
DC IN
Power • Lithium ion battery
• Lithium ion supplied
In the box*

Kodak EasyShare DX7590 camera
Neck strap
Custom dock insert for EasyShare camera dock or printer dock
Battery charger
Li-ion rechargeable battery
Lens cap with strap
AV cable
USB cable
Gettin started kit with software

Other features

Spot, Center-weighted & Multi-pattern metering
PictBridge
Self-timer 10 seconds
• 16 - 1/1000 sec shutter

Weight (inc batt) 350 g (12.3 oz)
Dimensions 97 x 81 x 80 mm (4 x 3.2 x 3.2 in)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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