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Kodak DC280 Review

July 1999 | By Phil Askey
Kodak DC280 (click for larger image)

The Kodak DC280 is the first Kodak camera to be released with a 2 megapixel CCD. This review is based on a pre-production camera and as such the final version of the camera may differ slightly from the details of this review.

The DC280 obviously shares its body (with a few styling changes) with the DC240 and is a natural progression from that camera. With a few "quirks", and some great ergonomic touches.


Kodak seem to have made some interesting choices with this camera, it seems to be aimed at the "keen amateur digital photographer", features are enough to keep you occupied but not quite enough for the shutterbug. Kodak also introduce an interesting 30mm - 60mm zoom lens giving you only 2 x zoom but from a relatively wide angle to a pretty-good-for-portraits 60mm. (Although it's not that "fast" at F3.0 - F3.8).

This being the first Kodak with 2 megapixels means that it will undoubtedly generate alot of interest, not least from DC240 owners.

The 30mm - 60mm lens (click for larger image)

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, images which can be viewed at a larger size have a small magnifying glass icon in the bottom right corner of the image, clicking on the image will display a larger (normally 800 x 600 or smaller if cropped) image in a new window.

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PRE-PRODUCTION CAMERA
(review will be updated on receipt of production camera)

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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