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
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.
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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