It's become apparent to me that the Kodak DX6490 has earned an almost cult-like following. I decided to update my review and explore just exactly why this little super-zoom 4 megapixel digicam has earned such great respect in the photographic community.
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More than meets the eye
My favourite camera right now is my Kodak DX6490. It's not just my favourite, it's also the favourite camera of many others, as it has generated almost a cult-like following around the world. On the surface, it appears to be a low-cost superzoom 4 megapixel camera; however, it is much more than that. The lens is bright, clear, and fast. The pop-up flash has the ability to reach across a room, while at the same time light up close objects nicely. It delivers results that can be indistinguishable from pictures taken by more expensive digital SLR cameras. It's shaped like an SLR, but smaller with a brighter viewfinder that's boosted in low light. The autofocus works even in low light. However, it's most endearing quality is the fact that it's a camera a beginner can use to learn on, and then grow with.
Great for beginners who want to learn
Someone new to photography can take this camera and immediately start taking very good pictures. They can focus on composition and let the camera do the rest. The flash doesn't come on automatically, which allows a person to think about if they really want to use the flash or not. Without gimmicks like image stabilization, it causes the user to think about things like tripods (the tripod connector is made of metal to survive heavy tripod use). This means the beginner is drawn to start thinking like a more seasoned photographer, so they can think about things like flash and tripod use. This also means that although it's a camera that's easy enough for a complete beginner to use, it's really made for the beginner who wants to learn more about photography.
Grows with the beginner as they learn
As the owner of this camera becomes better, they can start to use some of the cameras more advanced program functions. They may choose a setting depending on if they're taking an action shot, portrait, or night shot. They can experiment with the macro and landscape settings. They can force the flash or use red eye reduction. They can learn how to use the timer and burst mode. They can learn about these things at their own pace as they move into the intermediate phase of photography.
The intermediate photographer gets more sophisticated
From there, a budding photographer will inevitably discover the very powerful PASM (Program Aperture Shutter Manual) mode. It is here that the photographer will discover full control over the cameras functions, being able to set their own aperture (F-stop), shutter speed, and a full range of ISO speed that compliments common film speeds(between 80-800 ISO). This allows the photographer to do some really creative stuff, like make a waterfall look like silk, or take a night shot of a cityscape at night without a flash but have it look as bright as daytime in the picture. With a PC flash connector, the photographer can set up their own studio with remote flashes, or connect an external flash for flash effects like bouncing.
The sophisticated gets more advanced
By now, the advanced photographer will want to do more...and with this camera, they can continue to do so. With the optional lens adapter, they can add filters, tele-converters, and wide angle attachments. The creative control the photographer has is limitless.
In the world of 35mm film cameras, the Pentax K-1000 became the beginner camera of choice, and earned a cult-like following. The Kodak DX6490 is destined to be the K-1000's digicam equivalent. Like the K-1000, it doesn't offer everything...but does offer the full manual control, ease of use, and stunning results. Once the budding photographer has used this digicam to its maximum potential, they'll be ready to move on to professional grade cameras...but keeping this one as a backup, as all professionals carry a backup camera.
Oh yeah, almost forgot...it takes video too, and it does a decent job if you're in a bind...but this digicams main purpose is to capture bright, sharp, colourful pictures.
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Amount Paid (US$): 250
This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Flexible Enough for Enthusiasts