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Kodak DC265 Review

May 1999 | By Phil Askey
Kodak DC265 Zoom (click for larger image)
Kodak DC265 Zoom

The Kodak DC265 Zoom (referred to as the DC265 from now onward) entered the digital camera market recently as the upgraded release of the very popular DC260. The DC260 had an excellent reputation for producing sharp, colourful and satisfying images and built-up quite a faithful following from its owners. However it did have a bad reputation for being very SLOW, both in startup and execution, the DC265 is designed to address this and also bring improved image quality and a couple of new features.

As many people know the digital camera market is hot with the "2 megapixel buzz", and many were surprised that Kodak didn't jump on the same bandwagon when releasing the the DC265, however it may be noted that Kodak only changed the last digit indicating an upgrade and not a complete new camera (maybe there's something in the wings).

That said the DC265 goes on to prove that it can still stand its ground with the new boys. With its 1.6 Megapixel CCD (1536 x 1024) it has exactly the same resolution as the Canon Pro 70, and if the differing aspect ratio is taken into account (3:2 same as 35mm film vs. 4:3 as used in many other digital cameras) the newer 2 megapixel cameras only offer an extra 4% horizontal resolution over the DC265 (however overall resolution is some 22% more).

Probably one of the most distinguising features of the DC265 it uses the Digita operating system onboard which allows owners to upload (place on CF cards) scripts which extend and enhance the cameras functionality. There's even a website dedicated to such scripts: www.digitacamera.com

One thing which DC260 owners pined over was an uncompressed mode, on reason could be seen not to offer this facility and it was seen as a major enhancement, the DC265 arrived on the scene and many a rumour abound, however the DC265 does not yet offer a complete uncompressed mode. It does bring a new "Super Quality" mode but this is still JPEG and still lossy compressed.

If you're new to digital photography you may want to read my Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this review (it MAY help you understand some of the terms I use).

Photographs of the camera were taken with Nikon Coolpix 950, most images can be "clicked on" which will display a larger (normally 800 x 600 or smaller if cropped) image in a new window. To navigate the review simply click on the section headings in the frame above.

(This review is longer than previous reviews and therefore some sections have been broken into multiple pages, use the Introduction: Page Two button on the bottom of the page to move to the next page)

This review is copyright 1999 Phil Askey and the review in part or in whole may NOT be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission from the author: Phil Askey. For information on reproducing any part of this review (or any images) please contact: Phil Askey.

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