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Kodak EasyShare DX6490 digital camera review : After a long crusade to
find the ideal digital concept, Kodak has set his mind on the EasyShare system.
This concept has grown to be the base of the digital camera system for the last
few years and in my opinion a concept that gets a high score on the field of
user friendliness! The new Kodak EasyShare DX6490 is a digital camera, based on
the EasyShare concept that offers just the little extra that makes the
difference. Bearing in mind the base of the user friendliness and considering
the advanced photographer Kodak meets the desires of this consumer. The high
resolution of 4 Megapixels guarantee sufficient resolution to make a
real-to-life print and the combination of a high quality Schneider-Kreuznach
lens with a 10x optical range gives the Kodak DX6490 an advantage.
Strengthening its commitment to push the boundaries of high-end digital camera technology while delivering outstanding image quality and ease of use, Eastman Kodak Company unveiled the new KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS Pro SLR/n digital camera.
The latest addition to Kodak's venerable professional camera portfolio, the DCS Pro SLR/n digital camera contains a new high performance imaging system with an entirely new 35 mm size CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor, which delivers 14 million pixels with a total available ISO range of 6 to 1600.
Built on an F-mount compatible body, the DCS Pro SLR/n is ideally suited for wedding photographers and uniquely addresses the needs of event, portrait, commercial and advanced amateur photographers as well.
"The DCS Pro SLR/n combines the best of medium format image quality with the convenience and flexibility of 35 mm photography. Its high ISO provides excellent performance in low-light settings and captures images with stunning detail that wedding and event photographers expect. It also creates amazing images at low ISOs using long exposures," said Madhav Mehra, General Manager, Professional Digital Capture. "We've accelerated the evolution of the digital SLR with this camera. The DCS Pro SLR/n is able to merge high-resolution and the best image detail with a broad ISO range."
Image Quality and Key Features
When combined with the new "Expert-Level" noise reduction tools in the latest release of KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS Photo Desk software, the camera delivers the highest resolution of any digital SLR with an ISO range that meets the needs of a wide variety of professional photographers. The new sensor also incorporates an enhanced optical transmission system that further increases image quality particularly with tungsten light sources and is supported by new digital and analogue electronics. Consistent with the recent generation of DCS Professional cameras from Kodak, photographers can select the appropriate image size full 14MP, 6MP, and 3MP that suits the shooting environment.
Photographers will have the benefit of a fully calibrated ISO range of 6 to 800, while those that utilize DCS raw files can also access a non-calibrated ISO range that extends from 1000 to 1600. Aside from a broad ISO range, the camera's feature set includes long-exposure capabilities, enabling exposures up to 60 seconds at lower ISO settings, a full resolution raw image burst depth of ~19 frames from the cameras integrated 512 MB RAM buffer and a hardware "sleep mode" that conserves battery life when the camera is not in use.
The camera captures images at about 1.7 frames per second. Images can be saved as DCR raw files, normal JPEG files or ERI JPEG files. The ERI-JPEG files serve as another form of picture protection for photographers, especially in situations where re-shooting is inconvenient. They provide two stops of exposure latitude and extended color space within a JPEG workflow a benefit no competitor offers.
Images are stored via COMPACTFLASH memory card and/or MMC/SD memory card interfaces. The camera can write to both types of storage media, and the image can be sent to each card simultaneously in any combination of the three available formats. In addition, FIREWIRE connectivity - at a transfer rate of up to 12MB per second adds speed to the photographers' workflow.
Designed with a durable magnesium body, the DCS Pro SLR/n includes a vertical trigger that works in conjunction with the camera's auto orientation sensor. The sensor detects the camera's orientation +/- 90 degrees from the horizontal position. This enables automatic rotation of the image as it moves to a computer for manipulation, saving photographers time and improving workflow hallmarks of Kodak's efforts to make digital easier for customers.
Simplifying Digital, Free Firmware Upgrades
Many key features of the DCS Pro SLR/n camera are based on KODAK PROFESSIONAL firmware and are not hard-wired within the camera, so they can be enhanced and easily upgraded with free firmware downloads from Kodak. Free firmware upgrades essentially give photographers a "new" camera, whereas most other manufacturers require the purchase of an entirely new camera system to receive the latest enhancements.
Kodak leverages Nikon's Digital Through The Lens (DTTL) flash metering in the DCS Pro SLR/n digital camera. Photographers can expect near-perfect flash exposures with the camera, an improvement over many existing professional digital cameras.
The DCS Pro SLR/n has a camera interface localized in nine languages. It works with the latest versions of the following software:
KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS Photo Desk including new Expert level noise processing tools
KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS Camera Manager
KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS File Format Module
KODAK PROFESSIONAL Extended Range Imaging Technology File Format Module
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