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Kodak EasyShare DX6490 | Digital Camera Review | Control
The Kodak EasyShare DX6490 has a few functions that differ from the traditional way of operating a digital camera. One can be sceptical of changing a concept that already proved its value in practice, but on the other hand one should also be open-minded to a new contribution. This philosophy must have led to the fact that Shutter and Aperture priority are adjustable by a command wheel with a double function. When the camera is set to the A (Aperture priority) or S (Shutter priority) the A or S value will show on the LCD monitor. Through the wheel which is integrated in the hand grip the value can be adjusted, the wheel has to be pressed to lower or higher the value. A different way of operation, but quick and easy.
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The DX6490 like all digital cameras from Kodak, features the EasyShare concept that ensures user's convenience. It's one of the first cameras to place the bar a little higher if we look at the enhanced camera settings. For Kodak it is a matter of sticking to the easy way of operating but beside that being enhanced, less automatic, in functionality. Personally I find that Kodak succeeds in combining the EasyShare concept and creative photography in a wide range. The semi-automatic functions are a welcoming addition and add to the cameras' spirit. The command dial at the back of the camera gives direct access to the half-automatic functions and, a sign of the EasyShare concept, the red Share button is placed right above it. The user who uses the DX6490 for the first time will be able to take pictures straight away, this is the power of the concept, whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, the EasyShare concept leads directly to fine results. One who prefers a more creative way of photographing can experiment without hesitation and will be able to see the images on the large LCD monitor. The enhanced, photography aimed functions are directly accessible but will be clear for the starting photographer after the necessary practice.

Depending on the setting for exposure all information will be displayed on the monitor through the INFO button. Data like shutter speed, aperture or exposure compensation and other information can be hidden by pressing the INFO button once again. The Kodak DX6490 shows the images enlarged in play mode, once activated it is possible to scroll through the images quickly.
The multi-controller in the centre of the command dial on the back of the camera enables navigating through the menu, but is also functional for example when browsing through the captured images.

The DX6490 is a camera that has undergone a lot of attention concerning user's friendliness and settings. Kodak succeeded in lifting this camera up to a higher level, the only thing that didn't get enough attention is: speed. After activating the camera it takes at least 5 seconds before the first image can be taken. A time span that can surely spare some seconds! The same thing occurs when de-activating the camera. Beside that the time the camera needs to focus in telephoto is too long, (approximately 1.5 seconds), in wide angle the camera needs a moderate time span to focus (less than 1 second). The quality of focussing is perfect, only the time it takes to do it is disappointing.

The menu of the Kodak DX6490 deserves full credit. The readability of the symbols and the way the menu is divided, meet the EasyShare concept of simplicity and functionality. The space on the LCD monitor is used to a maximum which gives the camera a surplus value. In general the operation of the DX6490 is pleasant and straight forward. Here and there some minor disturbances concerning the placing of a few buttons, but this is my personal experience. Undoubtedly there will be other user's who won't make a fuss about it!
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