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Kodak DC215 1MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom, Silver
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- 1 megapixel sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 4 x 6 prints
- 2x optical zoom focus-free lens
- Included 4MB CompactFlash card holds 32 images at default resolution
- Connects to Macs and PCs via serial port
- 4 AA batteries included
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.66 x 1.7 x 4.53 inches|
|Item Weight||0.71 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||20 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Parts/Labor|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0 - F4.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||58 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/362 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||1,152|
|Minimum Focal Length||29 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||1 second|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||1 MP|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Resolution modes||1152 x 864, 640 x 480|
|Shipping Weight||2.35 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||AA (4) batteries (NiMH recommended)|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (tunnel)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Kodak's DC215 zoom digital camera captures great moments with easy-to-use controls. It is sleek and compact with a silver metallic design. For close-up shots, it offers 2x optical zoom capabilities. One million pixels provide the necessary detail to generate crisp, photo-realistic pictures up to 5 by 7 inches. The controls allow you to choose the image quality setting you prefer so you don't waste precious memory on bad shots.
For better control of your camera, Kodak provides either automatic or manual exposure modes. The flash has several programmable modes so you can take pictures in any lighting condition. A full range of editing software is included, as well as a serial cable for image transfer. It is compatible with either PC or Macintosh systems.
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Top Customer Reviews
I think the color is dead on for outdoor shots. I bought the lens adapter from Kodak that allows for 37mm screw on filters; have UV, Polarizer, ND6, ND9, & FLD for flourescent light-if needed. But Kodak has a great lens coating on their lens; my indulgence in the extra filters was lagnaippe for me-many shots (most all) need no filter at all.
Kodak Pictures Now software is very good, enabling you to crop, set brightness or contrast, and has templates for printing single or multiple shots on a page, or different shots on a single sheet at a variety of different sizes to save paper. If you get the Kodak card reader the software with that is very good also, enabling you to do a bit more-you can even touch up those laugh lines (look ten years younger!) along with more detailed editing, and it offers templates for editing and printing as necessary. I have Photoshop, and although it is useful, it can be time consuming and somewhat mind-boggling. The software provided with the camera is good; the one with the cardreader gives you a little more to work with, and both are fast and easy to use.
An important feature for me is the wide-angle lens (29mm-48mm Zoom) for landscape photography. It is THE widest lens I have found (except for the Kodak 4800 digital-28mm) for a camera of this type and price-range. Also, you can control exposure + or -2 stops in half step increments. It has a self-timer & video in/out to view on tv. It is easy to program, installed easy on my computer. You can store what seems like a zillion photos at the best & highest setting on a CD rom. I also got 2 sets of NiMh rechargeable batteries and rechargers-always keep my extra set in my camera case. I bought 2 extra 16mb picture cards; I can get over 50 pictures on one card at the best settings.
To wrap this up, if you want to explore digital, (I've had my Canon F-1 for 23 years) but are skeptical because you are used to high-end 35mm SLR or larger format, this camera is a great one to start with. Do not let the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed ranges fool you or stop you. You can even take great night pictures-a favorite of mine-get the tripod-with a little available light. If you are an artist who wants a camera for reference material, look no further-this is the one. It is amazing what this little camera can do! Kodak hit the jackpot, so did I!
You need to have realistic expectations about the electric power consumed and the limitations of the serial interface as well. It can use up four good batteries in an afternoon if you keep doing things with it that take a lot of power, and the images take a few seconds to transfer to your computer. You should consider an A/C Power Supply and/or rechargable batteries if your will be using it a lot.