|The design of the Kodak EasyShare DX6490 is unique compared to the digital cameras from the Kodak assortment. The size is compact, especially for a camera equipped with a 10x optical zoom lens. The hand grip is stiff, but offers sufficient support to hold the camera comfortably in the hand. A small command dial is placed in the hand grip, but is somewhat misplaced for users with longer fingers. The forefinger has to take a rather spastic position to be able to turn this wheel and to operate the camera optimally it has to be continuously changed from position. On the top side of the camera some buttons are placed that can only be operated by holding the camera in a different position again in your hand. And these buttons which contain diverse flash functions, landscape images/macro images and series or self-timer images, will be used regularly in practice. |
|The DX6490 is equipped with a 10x optical zoom lens type Schneider Kreuznach Variogon which guarantees quality. The lens has a bright aperture of f2.8 in wide angle and f3.7 in telephoto. The front of the camera is dominated by the optical zoom lens with next to it a small microphone to record sound and in the hand grip the command wheel with which for example aperture or shutter speed can be set. Above the zoom lens a led and an AF assistant illuminator are placed.
The top of the camera has room for the build-in flash that pops up when pressing a small switch next to the flash. The release button is situated on top of the hand grip next to the built-in flash with next to it a rather large loudspeaker and three buttons for different camera functions. On the side of the DX6490 we find the well-known connections (A/V out, USB 1.1 and A/C power) and somewhat surprising: also a connection for an external flash or even a flash installation! This segment shows that Kodak imagines the camera being used not only for holiday or family purpose but for other purposes as well. The memory compartment is placed in the hand grip, it is covered by a cheap looking but functional cover.
The bottom of the camera features the universal metal tripod connection which is put in a spot so that the batteries can't be changed when the camera is placed on the tripod. However it is possible to connect the camera to the electric mains so working in studio surroundings can be solved that way. Right in the centre we find the connection needed to place the camera into an optional dockingstation. Next to it we see a small round opening which is meant to make it possible, together with the tripod connection, to place the camera in an optional printer station (type 6000). This printer station works according the EasyShare concept and enables printing images directly from the camera in an easy and pleasant way.
The back of the camera is the navigation centre of the camera. The first thing that attracts the attention is the large size LCD monitor of the camera. The 2.2 inch size screen is clearly larger compared to competing models. Kodak has really taken position concerning monitors.
|According to Kodak the first emotion is experienced through the monitor, also called: "the Golden Moment". During this first experience one can decide through the EasyShare system whether to print the captured image or share it with family or friends through e-mail for example. So on forehand the consumer gets the possibility of putting the emotion into action, instead of telling the consumer afterwards what he can possibly do with the captured image, a clever concept!
A larger size LCD monitor fits with this thought and I agree. Gradually we see manufacturers switch over to larger monitor sizes, however the 2 inch and larger is not used often, 1.8 inch seems to be the maximum size for most manufacturers. Time will tell, but my guess is that there will be a demand from the consumer for the larger size monitor.
Above the LCD monitor we find the electronic viewfinder which can be activated through a small button on the side of the viewfinder. The viewfinder can be adjusted through a dioptry to the sharpness of the user's eye. The viewfinder shows a 100% of the image just like the 2.2 inch monitor, both perform excellently! Utmost right the zoom button is placed annoyingly loose on the back side. Personally I would have rather seen a stable, heavy button to operate an optical zoom lens. Kodak has chosen this smooth, too deeply integrated zoom button, a small defect. Another striking segment is the famous red Share button with which the EasyShare concept is directly accessible. The command dial that gives access to important functions has a prominent place and lights up every function on the wheel, very fashionable.
The Kodak EasyShare DX6490 is a nice compact model and apart from a few misplaced buttons it is well put together. The material feels trustworthy, the large size screen is a joy to use and the overall finishing touch is nice and neat.