Kodak DC290 Zoom Images Quality, Specification Review

The Kodak DC290 Zoom, an outstanding camera in its own right, but really what the DC260 should have been when it was first launched, most individuals frustration was no surge in top quality and no significant enhancement in picture top quality. Changes (apart from the update to a 2.1 mega-pixel CCD) are the long-awaited uncompressed TIFF structure for pictures, a little bit quicker picture handling, a new rubberised situation back and handgrip, more time exposures (built-in up to 16 seconds) and a a little bit bigger 20MB Compact Flash cards.

Kodak DC290 Zoom Review
Kodak DC290 Zoom Review

One thing that captured most people’s eye about the DC290 is the big “3.3 megapixels” tag filled across the top side area of the box (and most media releases) Very a little bit deceiving I’d say. Fundamentally the DC290 delivers a new in-camera interpolation “ultra” method which is a wonderful top quality picture by extending the very first 2.1 mega-pixel picture to 3.3 mega p (1792 x 1200 to 2240 x 1500 or 1.25 x increase). protect this in depth later in evaluation, but there are actually some benefits to doing this in camera. At regular capturing top quality Kodak have trapped (roughly) with the 3:2 picture rate of Negatives movie so you get a few more p side to side (192 actually) than other 2+ mega-pixel Camera.

Kodak DC290 Body And Design

As with the DC260 and DC265 the DC290 has the exact same brick-look body which seems to have provided Kodak well. The look of you is quite misleading, it’s always little in actual life than you’d think. Weight wise it the same as the DC265, in your side it’s mild enough not to feel stressing, the side hold (now rubberised) feels secure, shutter release and zoom capability control fall under your fingertips easily.

Kodak DC290 Zoom Body And Design
Kodak DC290 Zoom Body And Design

As battery energy and Compact Flash section are on one side of you either of these items can be changed with you on a tripod, this and the exterior display synch port sign at Kodak intended support of the studio room. As with the DC265 the DC290 functions the little rubberized shaped finger hold on the top left of you and a thumbs hold on the back, which makes stabilizing you with both hands simple enough.

Rear LCD

The LCD is the same available on the DC265, pretty shiny and clear, my only critique of its physical design would be that the screen itself is protected by a shiny safety plastic part which shows too much.. An anti-reflective covering would have helped a lot here. In capturing method there is very basic overlayed information, gone though is the DRAM shield free display available on the DC265.

Battery Compartment

As with the DC265 battery energy section on the DC290 is in the handgrip protected by a double entrance, starting the exterior entrance shows a moving owner which maintains the battery energy. Kodak properly supply you with a set of NiMH normal rechargeable AA battery energy and battery charger along with electrical energy plugs for just about every kind of electrical energy globally.

CompactFlash Compartment

The DC290 Compact Flash section is beside battery energy section in the handgrip, unfortunately Kodak haven’t yet applied a Type II port (slightly thicker) which means you can’t use the higher capacity CF Type II cards. Below the ejector handle is a warning mild which showed off whilst you is writing data to the CF card.


On one part we have connection for energy (7V-8V DC), a multiple I/O port (USB, RS232), the AV outcome (audio & video, PAL/NTSC software switchable) and display synch port for connection to display equipment. Additional to this you also functions an IrDA infra-red port on the top of you which can be used for transfer of pictures between digicam and computer or digicam to digicam.

Kodak DC290 Images Quality


The Display is one of the DC290 powerful factors, it’s big but preserves its composure, calculated well and color stability is outstanding. Epidermis color come out looking very healthier (no pasty greyish looking people in the DC290 flash shots), and it’s still highly effective enough to mild a sizeable space. Red-eye decrease also proved helpful nearly as effective as with a pre-flash used to decrease student dimension before the primary flash and catch.

Kodak DC290 Zoom Images Quality
Kodak DC290 Zoom Images Quality

Image great quality modes

The D290 provides three different JPEG stages and now (and I can listen to the regards from the DC260/265 owners) a TIFF format!! Below are plants of the same taken taken at different JPEG and TIFF ways.

Ultra Resolution

Everyone was a bit confused by Kodaks option to offer an interpolated method in the DC290, something which has always been associated with producers trying to misinform the ignorant customer into considering the digicam has more great quality than it actually does. However, the DC290 already has an affordable 2.1 mega pixels in HIGH great quality method, including an interpolated 3.3 mega-pixel method seems odd at first, but it does have (some) advantages.

Long Exposures

Here’s a surprise.. Lengthy exposures without disturbance.. Well, not no disturbance but certainly much better than ANY of competitors. Not sure how Kodak are doing it (taking a dark structure first?) but the outcomes are truly amazing. The four examples below were all taken using the “Long Time Exposure” option in the CAPTURE selection.

Kodak DC290 Zoom Images Quality
Kodak DC290 Zoom Images Quality

Kodak DC290 Specifications

Plastic / Toughened rubber side and rear coated
Street Price
Max resolution
1792 x 1200 (interpolated 2240 x 1500)
Low resolution
1440 x 960 & 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h
3:2 (ish)
CCD pixels
2.3 million (2.15 effective)
ISO rating
Zoom wide (W)
38 mm
Zoom tele (T)
114 mm (3 x)
Digital zoom
Yes, 2x
Auto Focus
Manual Focus Yes, (through menu system – 9 steps)
Normal focus range
30 cm
Macro focus range
White balance override
Yes – 3 position, plus “Off”
Aperture range
F3.0 – F15.3 / F4.7 – F16
Min shutter
16 s (1/2s auto)
Max shutter
1/400 s
Built-in Flash
Yes, internal fixed
Internal Flash range W: 0.5 – 4.0m, T: 0.5m – 2.5m
External Flash Yes, synch cable
Flash modes
Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Off
Exposure adjustment
-2.0EV to +2.0EV in 1/2EV steps
Center weighted
Aperture priority
No (possible with Digita script)
Shutter priority
No (possible with Digita script)
Lens thread
Yes with optional adapter
Continuous / Burst
Yes (0.1 – 3fps, 5 @ high/med res, 20 @ low)
Tripod mount
Yes, 10s delay
Time-lapse recording
Video out
Yes (PAL/NTSC switchable)
Storage types
Compact Flash (Type I)
Storage included
20MB Compact Flash Card
Uncompressed format
Compressed format
Quality Levels
Uncompressed, Best, Better, Good
2 “
Playback zoom
Yes, 2x or 3x, scrollable
Operating system
Serial PC / IrDA / USB / Mac
4 x AA NiMH (batteries & charger included)
Weight (inc. batteries)
550 g (19.4 oz)
118 x 57 x 106 mm
(4.6″ x 2.2″ x 4.2″)