A extreme style modify in comparison to the DC260/265/290. Kodak hit the media areas with the DC4800 on 6th July this year, with a 3x visual zoom capability, 3 mega-pixel indicator and various guide functions (though not overloaded) the DC4800 noticeable a new style and promotion ethos for Kodak. Looking far some than their past “square front” styles, the DC4800 has the shapely collections and funky metal complete you’d anticipate of quality products.
Kodak DC280 Body And Design
Compared to previous “prosumer” Kodak’s the DC4800 is certainly a design leaving. Sleek shapely lines, stylish joints, well placed manages and an overall professional, clean feel. The soothing mountain of the handgrip is misleading, it’s actually quite large and comfortable in your side. Prominent the top side of you is the (sturdy) lens gun barrel out of which expands the remaining lens gun barrel (just 11 mm more). Invisible behind a nicely tilted clip entrance is the on board display which can be jumped up by taking a little handle back. The front side side and top portion of you are a metal metal, the rear and compact display entrance are plastic.
In your hands it’s relaxed, well healthy and durable, everything is well placed, the two-stage (slow, fast) zoom capability control rests right under your thumbs with the 45 level bevel below the best place for relaxing your thumbs for improved hold. In front side the little outcropping on the side hold does nothing to enhance hold (it’s a design hint), it would have been awesome to have a little rubberized strpi here for finger hold, but I think that would have ruined the decorative front side of you. Beside the Nikon Coolpix 990 and Cannon G1 the DC4800 is obviously smaller than both and about the same size as the G1.
The lens on the DC4800 is of the increasing type, when operated up it expands 13 mm at tele and 19 mm at full extensive. It’s 3x contact (F2.8 – F4.5) has a central duration variety which is comparative to 28 mm – 84 mm on a 35 mm digicam. Kodak’s choice of a extensive position zoom capability may be more eye-catching to some customers (especially those enthusiastic about scenery / property photography). To keep found the lens to be quite loud, both on expansion, zoom capability and concentrate.
The viewfinder on the DC4800 is the same frustrating small watching area, placed right on most of you it’s hard to get relaxed using it. Why are not more producers being attentive to the viewfinder? The viewfinders only preserving graces are that there are clearly described parallax modification collections and a dioptre modification for those dressed in cups.
On the remaining side of the digicam are all the relationships, noticeable without having to start the relationships protect is the display synchronize (PC) international airport which can be used to fireside exterior display devices. Behind the relationships entrance are the USB, AV and DC power-in connections. It’s a pity Kodak did not come up with a tidier way to link the exterior energy without having to start this entrance.
The 4800’s pop-up display is perfectly invisible in the tilted style, a short tug on the display handle bursts it up and expenses it prepared for use. It’s situated far enough away from the lens to (probably) give good stop redeye efficiency.The display has a ranked variety of 3.2m.
Kodak DC280 Images Quality
JPEG/TIFF Picture Dimension & Quality
To odor of what each mixture of image size and top quality generates the desk below is a combination referrals of image size against top quality with an innovative image available for each, all pictures were taken within a few moments of each other of the same topic. Please only obtain the TIFF image if you feel you really have to, otherwise you’re spending yours and our data transfer useage.
ISO (Sensitivity) Adjustment
ISO equivalence on a digicam is to be able to enhance the understanding of the CCD to allow for quicker shutter rates of speed and/or better efficiency in low mild. The way this performs in a digicam is by “turning up the volume” on the CCD’s indication amps, nothing is without its price however and doing so also increases any disturbance that may exist and often impacts color vividness.
The DC4800 is an Automatic method which will choose an ISO understanding based on the available mild (tends towards ISO 200 most of the time), you can also personally choose ISO 100, 200 or 400 comparative understanding. Plants below are amplified 200%.
The DC4800 provides two different color ways, “Saturated” and “Neutral” which gives you pretty good control over the vividness outcome of the digital cameras inner handling methods. On top of this there are also four grayscale ways (designed to imitate different kinds of grayscale film).
Readers of my opinions will know I’m not an enormous fan of zoom capability as it’s often a poorly applied and rarely used (by owners) marketing “ploy” to offer digital cameras which don’t have an visual zoom capability. The DC4800 has a 3.0 x visual zoom capability, and a sleek zoom capability up to 2.0x, you can choose for this to be a ongoing zoom capability after the visual zoom capability, for there to be a stop before going into zoom capability or turn off zoom capability completely.
Digital Zoom is simply farming (selecting the mid part of the image) and sampling-up, the only benefits in doing zoom capability within the digital camera is (a) if you don’t have any picture software to enhance (and interpolate) the picture or (b) to electronically zoom capability without cruising the JPEG relics.
Aperture Concern Mode
Aperture priority is where you assign the aperture and the digital camera determines the best shutter rate, if the visibility is outside of the digital cameras variety (either over or under exposing) the nearest shutter rate show in red on the LCD display. Used effectively Aperture Concern can be important as it has a positive change on detail of area (the variety right in front side and behind the focus which will be in concentrate when taking the shot).
Kudos first of all to Kodak for being impressive and increasing the method dial-up to be an aperture choice switch (reminds me of some conventional movie SLR’s), however it’s just TOO restricted to be useful, only helping you to pick from three apertures which are not continuous across the zoom capability variety.
The DC4800 functions a “close-up” method (an appropriate name, it’s far from being Macro). This allows you to concentrate as near as 20 cm (7.8″) to 70 cm (27.5″) based upon on zoom capability. At the the best possible concentrate variety and zoom capability establishing (by way of experimentation) we handled a nearest structure protection of about 9 cm (3.5″).
Kodak DC280 Specifications
|Street Price||US$ 750 – 800|
|Max resolution||2160 x 1440|
|Low resolution||1800 x 1200
1536 x 1024
1080 x 750
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|CCD pixels||3.34 megapixels (3.14 effective)|
|CCD size||1/1.8″ (0.556″)|
|ISO rating||Auto, 100, 200, 400|
|Zoom wide (W)||28 mm|
|Zoom tele (T)||84 mm (3 x)|
|Digital zoom||Yes, 2 x|
|Lens||F2.8 – F4.5|
|Lens thread||Requires optional adapter|
|Normal focus range||50 cm – Infinity|
|Macro focus range||20 cm – 70 cm|
|White balance override||Auto, four presets, colour temperature selection (2500 – 10000 K), manual by 4-way controller|
|Min shutter||16 – 0.7 sec (long exp), 1/8 sec auto, 1/2 sec manual|
|Max shutter||1/1000 sec|
|Flash range||W: 3.2 m
T: 2.0 m
|External Flash||PC Sync connector|
|Flash modes||Auto, Anti Red-eye, Forced On, Forced Off, External|
|Sharpness modes||Soft, Standard, Sharp|
|Metering||Multi-Pattern, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Aperture priority||W: F2.8, F5.6, F8.0
T: F4.5, F9.0, F13.0
|Exposure adjustment||-2 EV to +2 EV in 1/2 EV steps|
|Continuous shooting||Yes, 3.2 fps @ 2160 x 1440|
|Self-timer||Yes, 10s delay|
|Video out||Yes, switchable NTSC / PAL|
|Storage types||Compact Flash Type I|
|Storage included||16 MB Compact Flash Type I card|
|Uncompressed format||Yes, TIFF (9 MB)|
|Compressed format||JPEG (EXIF)|
|Quality Levels||TIFF, JPEG: Two qualities @ 2160 x 1440, One at the rest|
|Viewfinder||Yes, optical (with dioptre correction)|
|Playback zoom||Yes, 2.0x or 4.0x|
|Video Out||Selectable NTSC or PAL|
|Connectivity||USB, RS232C (optional cable)|
|Battery||Yes, supplied Kodak Li-Ion rechargeable|
|Battery charger||Yes, supplied AC adapter / charger|
|Weight (exc. batteries)||320 g|
|Dimensions||120 x 69 x 65 mm (4.7 x 2.7 x 2.5″)|