4MP addition to Kodak EasyShare family
By Ian Burley
Today Kodak adds a 4 megapixel member to its EasyShare digicam range, the DX4900. The new camera has some cosmetic changes to visually differentiate it from its DX3000-series siblings, including a machined metal lens barrel and a metallic paint effect rear cover. Otherwise the DX4900, which replaces the more traditional looking DX4800, bears a strong family resemblance to current DX3000 cameras.
At a recommended price of £399, when the DX4900 ships in the UK at the end of March, it is likely to win the accolade of being the most affordable 4MP digicam on the market.
Key specification points include: 3:2 aspect ratio 4MP resolution (no cropping with 6x4 prints), all glass aspheric lens, 2x optical zoom, 3x additional ADZ (Advanced Digital Zoom) making 6x in total, 16MB Compact Flash card included and EasyDock station for picture transfer via USB plus in-camera battery charging. However, there is no mention of any movie clip shooting modes.
Some big claims are made by Kodak for the effectiveness of its Kodak Colour Science Technology with the DX4900. To quote Kodak, it comprises “a new set of patented imaging algorithms, which deliver image quality that rivals traditional photography. This technology includes advanced white balance and exposure processing; this ensures pictures taken in virtually any situation are of outstanding quality, resulting in no orange or green casts from improper lighting, and virtually no poorly exposed pictures.”
Also include are three sharpness modes; normal, sharp for landscapes and soft for portraits; colour, sepia and black and white modes; manual focus settings for landscapes or close-ups; burst mode for continuous sequence shooting; manual exposure time settings including long shutter speeds, for night time photography and three metering modes for different lighting conditions.