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Kodak EasyShare DX4900 4MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom

by Kodak

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  • 4-megapixel sensor captures 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at sizes up to 11 x 14 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 2x optical/3x digital (6x total) zoom
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds approximately 12 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port or optional EasyShare dock
  • Uses 2 AA batteries or 1 lithium CR-V3 battery (alkaline batteries included)
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Product Description

Product Description

The Kodak Easyshare DX4900 zoom camera offers first-of-its-kind performance as a print-optimized, 4.0 megapixel digital camera designed to be one-touch simple. Giving you creative ease with crystal clear results, it features an all-glass aspheric 2x optical zoom and exclusive 3x advanced digital zoom lens, and uses Kodak color science to deliver vivid and consistent images under any condition. When paired with the Kodak Easyshare Camera Dock (sold separately), the camera can transfer pictures to your computer at the touch of a button; for e-mailing, photo-editing software included, color printing at home and computer storage. Docking station compatible with all Kodak DX digital cameras (sold separately). Other camera features: Real-image optical viewfinder and 1-1/2" color LCD; Automatic and manual settings; CompactFlash memory card expansion slot lets you keep on shooting; Focus distance 20" to infinity; Multipattern, center-weighted and center spot exposure control; 16-1/2000 sec. shutter speeds; Automatic, fill-in, red-eye reduction and off flash modes; Automatic, daylight tungsten and fluorescent white balance; Black & white, sepia and color modes; 3 frames/sec. burst shooting at 1 MP resolution; 10-sec. self-timer. Includes video out, USB cable, Kodak picture software CD, removable memory card, documentation and custom camera insert for camera dock. Compatible with: Windows 98/2000/Me/XP; Macintosh 8.6 and up. Camera No. DX4900. Dock No. 1538230. Made in USA. Camera: 2-1/2Hx4-1/2Wx1-3/4D" Dock: 1/2Hx5-1/2Wx2D".


Kodak's goal in creating the DX4900 was an ambitious one: to provide the highest-resolution, easiest-to-use digital camera at the lowest possible price. The results are impressive--a simple 4-megapixel point-and-shoot with optical zoom for the same price as many 2-megapixel cameras.

Resolution and Optics
The 4-megapixel sensor on the 4900 creates images with filmlike detail, providing ample resolution for sharp, detailed prints--even at sizes up to 11 by 14 inches. Though most people will never actually make a poster-sized print with any of their photos, this level of detail has a more practical use--the ability to crop away unwanted portions of the picture on your computer and still produce a crisp print.

A 2x optical zoom lens (35-70mm equivalent) isn't as powerful as the 3x zoom lenses found on many digital cameras, but it's still useful in composing exactly the photo you want. An additional 3x digital zoom (6x total) further magnifies your image. Digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's best used sparingly, but the sensor has so much resolution that you can use the digital zoom and still have very good results.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.5-inch LCD display (which is also used to review the shots you've taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: if you're used to using a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder. If you want to see exactly the picture you'll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features
Kodak bills its EasyShare cameras (including the 4900) as being some of the easiest-to-use digital cameras ever, and it's true that you can simply turn the camera on, point, and shoot. However, the DX4900 also includes a surprising number of advanced features for adventurous photographers who choose to delve into the multiple menus displayed on the camera's LCD screen, including exposure compensation, sharpening, ISO and white-balance adjustment, and spot metering.

The DX4900 uses two AA batteries--disposables are included. The benefit to using standard AA batteries instead of a custom proprietary battery is that AA batteries are widely available, so missing a once-in-a-lifetime shot due to dead batteries won't be an issue. The downside is that a digital camera will kill a set of alkaline batteries extremely quickly, especially if you're using the camera's LCD display. Instead of alkalines, you'll want to use a pair of high-capacity rechargeable batteries.

There are two ways to resolve the battery issue. One is to get a charger and four rechargeable batteries. In this way, you can always have two batteries in the camera and two fresh ones waiting in the charger. The second is to get the optional EasyShare dock. In addition to simplifying image transfers to the press of a button, the dock also includes a rechargeable battery pack that goes inside the camera. While the DX4900 is sitting in the dock, its batteries are being recharged automatically.

Movie Mode
Unlike many digital cameras now on the market, the DX4900 does not include a movie mode.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on standard Type I CompactFlash (CF) cards. Consider the included 16 MB card a "starter," since its 12-picture capacity means you'll need to return to your computer often to transfer images and free up the card for more pictures. A 128 MB card is a great size for this camera, storing around 100 images.

To transfer pictures to your computer, you have several options. You can connect the camera directly to the computer with the included USB cable, or you can use the optional EasyShare dock (mentioned above). Drop the camera into the dock, press the button on the dock, and the computer will automatically launch software to start moving pictures from the camera into the computer. A third option is to use a CompactFlash card reader, which lets you use the removable memory cards more or less like floppy disks.

Printer Compatibility
Most inkjet printers manufactured in the past several years will produce excellent prints if you use the right settings and paper. Set your printer to its highest-quality mode and use glossy inkjet photo paper for results that look very similar to those from a photo lab. Of course, you can also use an online photo service (like Amazon Photo Services by Ofoto.com) to create pictures using traditional photo processes on genuine Kodak paper.

At 4.6 by 2.6 by 1.7 inches and 8 ounces, the DX4900 is a pretty typical for a point-and-shoot. It's small enough to fit in a purse or coat pocket, but people whose hands get cramped trying to use an ultracompact shouldn't have problems with this model. The body is made of plastic and feels durable.

The package includes the camera, 16 MB memory card, USB and video cables, wrist strap, disposable batteries, instruction manual, dock insert (for use with the optional EasyShare dock) and software CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: the EasyShare dock (or rechargeable batteries and a card reader), a carrying case, and a higher-capacity memory card. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page.

Product Details

Product Manual [7.41mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1.6 x 2.6 inches ; 9.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000063BGY
  • Item model number: DX4900
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,585 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 20, 2002

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Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By D. Lewis on April 6, 2002
I've had this camera for two weeks now and I feel very justified in saying...stop looking and buy this one. What an amazing deal! This camera is easy to use, has tons of great features (the dock that keeps your battery charged is a must, as is a 128mb card) and takes beautiful pictures. I waited to write my review until I got some hard copies back from the kodak print center and they look even better than my 35mm. I can honestly say that I will never need more camera than this. I use it for the kids sporting events and have tried it indoors and out. There simply isn't a reason not to go with this camera. Some of the 2 megapixel cameras are going for the same price. Definitely won't disappoint.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2002
After shopping around for a digital camera. I decided to buy the DX4900. This is a great camera that takes excellent pictures. When the pictures are printed by a photo lab, it looks like a picture from a film camera. Most people will not be able to distinguish between the digital print and the film one. The camera is made of plastic and is very light. For some, it may feel a little cheap but the pictures definitely makes up for it.
I would also recommend a 128 mb card that will take about 100 photos at 4MP. The included 16 mb card will only hold about 12 photos.
This is my second digital camera and I am very pleased with it. I highly recommend this camera. Oh yeah, did I mention this camera was rated #1 in picture quality...etc ($300-$499 range of cameras) at the 2002 PMA convention.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lee Hanson on March 30, 2002
Kodak has stormed the digital camera market with it's EasyShare system. EasyShare makes digital pics as easy as traditional photography. With online printing services it is now possible to get the same quality from a digital camera as from traditional photography.
Kodak 4900 broke the megapixel/price barrier by bringing out a jaw-droppingly extraordinary 4 Megapixel camera at less than [amount]. Kodak's unequaled color capture capabilities in its digital cameras is evident in the 4900 as well as enough features to keep all but professional photographers happy for years.
With the 4900 it will be possible to crop pictures and still get beautiful 5x7 and 8x10s! Uncropped 16x20s and larger are possible from Ofoto (the best online print solution).
The only way to get a camera nearly as good as this is to spend 2-3 times as much money. Even at triple the money camera is as easy to use for great prints as the 4900.
Darn, this is a REALLY good buy for a REALLY great camera.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. JKW on December 19, 2002
Overall, if you're looking for a flexible, easy-to-use, easy-to-learn digi-cam, the DX4900 from Kodak is a nice place to start. It's basically a point and shoot camera that makes digital photography accessible even to non-techies.
Digital Camera: At it's highest resolution of 2272 X 1704 it can hold about 20 pictures or so. The easy to review LCD screen gives you instant feedback on your pictures and helps you decide on the spot whether or not they are worth keeping. You can add on another memory card to give you even more flexibility with the number of shots you can take. Plus, at a whopping 4.0 megapixels, this camera is at the high-end of printing and picture resolution in the digi-cam market. For quality pictures you'll want to stick to cameras at 3.0 megapixels or up, definitely no less than 2.0 megapixels.
Easily Works With Your PC:
The DX4900 connects easily with your PC and comes with transfer software so you can easily download, edit and e-mail your pictures and videos, thus allowing you to share your pictures easier with family and friends.
One of the most frustrating aspects about digi-cams are the "short-lives" of the batteries that come with them. Batteries tend to die out quickly, especially if you use the LCD monitor on the camera (which is one of the best things about digi-cams). Based on other reviews it seems that a lot of users have complained about the "power issues" with the DX series of cams (and other digi-cams as well). You'll definitely want to invest in the Kodak EasyShare Camera Dock II which comes with rechargeable batteries and helps make the picture transfer process easier.
My investment in the camera dock has helped keep my cameras (I own two) in tip-top working condition.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roch and Anita Miller on November 26, 2002
I spent many hours researching digital cameras.
My guidline was "the very best picture possible for the money".
This camera takes pictures in breathtaking clairity along with bright vivid color.
I have printed some of my pictures on photo paper on a HP Deskjet 895Cse. Every person that views these printed pictures can not believe that the photos were not devloped from negatives, also everyone asked "what digital camera do you have and how much does it cost". My 895Cse is just an average ... printer. The camera is very easy and fun to use. This Camera exceeded all my expectations especilly in photo quality.
Following are a few insights.
1. I purchased a Sandisk 256mb ultra memory card ... This is more card than you need. I can take 206 4MP pictures before the card is full. I recomend Sandisk ultra card but only the 128mb. (the ultra card is very fast, I can snap off pictures within 2-3 seconds one after the other).
2.The camera includes a usb cable,with the Sandisk card and XP os my pictures transfer from my camera to my computer fast,(less than one min. for 250 4mp pictures). I opted to not purchase the "camera dock" instead I purchased a "monster" battery charger that came with 2 sets of NiMH batteries plus an additional 2 sets of batteries,... These digital cameras use up batteries fast. The camera comes with batteries that can only be charged using the kodak camera dock,(the batteries only work with the kodak camera).
Even if you do not think you will use all these batteries, using the regular NiMH batteries and charger is the way to go, your batteries can be used in other devices and the charger is compact and easy to carry with you, the Kodak camera dock is larger and can only charge kodak batteries....
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