Kodak DC280 Design, Features And Specification Review

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 Review
Kodak DC280 Review

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.

Kodak DC280 Body And Design
Kodak DC280 Body And Design

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.

Kodak DC280 Lens
Kodak DC280 Lens


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.

Pop-up Flash

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.

Kodak DC280 Images Quality
Kodak DC280 Images Quality

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%.

Colour Adjustment

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).

Digital Zoom

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.

Kodak DC280 images Quality Zoom
Kodak DC280 images Quality Zoom

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.

Macro (Close-up)

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
Auto Focus TTL
Manual Focus No
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 Pop-up
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
Shutter priority No
Full manual Yes
AE Lock Yes
Exposure adjustment -2 EV to +2 EV in 1/2 EV steps
Continuous shooting Yes, 3.2 fps @ 2160 x 1440
Tripod mount Yes
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)
LCD 1.8″ TFT
Playback zoom Yes, 2.0x or 4.0x
Operating system Proprietary
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″)