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Conclusion - Pros

  • Class leading sensitivity and low image noise
  • Huge dynamic range
  • Good colour response even at very high ISO's
  • Excellent TWAIN module
  • Relatively small "digital negatives" in the form of 12-bit RAW TIFF files
  • Very fast operation, high burst speed (3.5fps)
  • High speed focusing and motion tracking
  • Support for ultra large PCMCIA Type III devices
  • Professional familiarity with F5 body
  • Full support for Nikon lenses / accessories
  • Robust build and excellent finish quality
  • New firmware features: Intervalometer, custom white balance, JPEG processing
  • Extremely long battery life (thanks to new NiMH battery packs)
  • IEEE 1394 FireWire connectivity


Conclusion - Cons

  • Noise reduction algorithm requires tuning
  • Over saturation of yellows & greens, slight orange tint to reds
  • Preference to a rolling thumbwheel (as found on the 520) to the 4-way cursor
  • Size & Weight
  • Price


Overall conclusion

Here's my rating of the Kodak DCS620x: (Professional Digital SLR Class)

Detail Rating (out of 10)
Construction 10
Features 9
Image quality 9
Lens / CCD combination n/a
Ease of use 6
Value for money 6

The DCS620x hits the spot Kodak were aiming for. They listened to their users and produced the goods, now the most sensitive Professional digital camera on the market it will almost definitely be seen around the edges of sports arenas and stadiums worldwide. Unfortunately the big news corps are the only people who will be able to afford it, and at a time when more and more traditional film camera manufacturers are announcing ever cheaper digital SLR's and digital camera technology moving at the pace it is Kodak will face an increasingly difficult time convincing their traditional customers that their cameras are worth the extra money.

Interesting note: A contact at Kodak says that they have a customer who is using the camera at an equivelent of ISO 25600 by deliberately under exposing by 2 stops then pushing the image back up 2 stops in the TWAIN module, amazing...

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