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Conclusion - Pros

  • Excellent Image Quality (bright and vivid colours)
  • Very little distortion effects (barrel or chromatic)
  • Time-lapse feature
  • Amazing low light capability
  • At last - uncompressed mode!
  • Powerful yet measured internal flash
  • External flash synch connector
  • Supplied batteries & charger
  • USB connectivity (though lack of serial in-the-box is not good)
  • Digita scripting - increased flexibility


Conclusion - Cons

  • Noise visible on images, especially in shadows
  • Slow updating and poor display LCD (still!)
  • Focusing sometimes requires a "double hit"
  • Noisy mechanics (lens / zoom)
  • Slow bootup
  • Lack of real manual controls (outside menu system)
  • Lack of on-screen information
  • Useless thumbnail mode (3 images??)
  • Long shutter release lag
  • Lack of serial port support in-the-box
  • Slow image storage / processing
  • Camera still feels like last years model
  • Bulky


Overall conclusion

Here's my rating of the Kodak DC290:

DetailRating (out of 10)Construction8Features6Image quality9Lens / CCD combination8Ease of use6Value for money6

If you're an avid scripter (read Digita) or a big Kodak fan then you'll love this natural progression from the DC265.. though I suspect many D260/DC265 owners were hoping for much more than the DC290, something to compete with the best 2+ megapixel digicams on the market, not something that feels like a 12 month old camera with a 2 megapixel CCD shoehorned into it. That said I can't fault the image quality (other than most images do seem to come out "dark") and the bright vivid colours are bound to please some.

Below Average

So which one should I buy? A question I get asked several times a day, and I wouldn't like to say In a new addition to my reviews (after the amount of feedback I normally get) I've added a link to a specific forum in which you can discuss the review or ask me specific questions which I've not answered in these pages.

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Ayesha Mansoor

Hey,I'm Ayesha I want to know the actual price of Kodak DC290 Zoom Digital Camera..????

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