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Kodak DC3400 2MP Digital Camera with 2x Optical Zoom
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- 2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints
- 2x optical plus 3x digital zoom lens with autofocus
- Included 8 MB CompactFlash card stores 19 images at default resolution
- Connects to Macs and PCs via USB or serial port
- Uses 4 AA batteries (included)
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|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||CompactFlash|
|Item Dimensions||3 x 5.2 x 2.1 inches|
|Item Weight||0.75 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||9.8 to 19.7 inches|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Parts/Labor|
|Maximum Focal Length||76 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||0.00132 seconds|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||1,760 Pixels|
|Minimum Focal Length||38 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||2 MP|
|Resolution modes||1760 x 1168, 896 x 592|
|Shipping Weight||2.52 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||4 AA Alkaline/Rechargable NiMH|
Kodak DC3400 2MP Digital Camera with 2x Optical (no batteries). Includes User Guide, Quick Set-Up, AC Adapter. 8MB Memory Picture Card, Memory Card USB Reader/Writer
The Kodak DC3400 was created to take the place of the DC280, one of Amazon.com's top-selling digital cameras of all time. Essentially, Kodak faithfully kept all of what made the DC280 such a great camera--2.1-megapixel images, 2x optical zoom, ease-of-use--and placed it in a new body with a more traditional shape. The DC3400 has enjoyed some great reviews from publications, which cite Kodak's trademark color saturation, the easy-to-use menu system, and its resemblance to the popular DC280.
The 2.1-megapixel CCD captures images at resolutions of 1,760 x 1,168 or 896 x 592 pixels. At both resolutions, Kodak offers three levels of JPEG compression to choose from. Files are saved to the included 8 MB CompactFlash card. The built-in flash features auto, off, fill, and red-eye reduction modes.
Kodak was aiming for the middle of the consumer market with the DC3400. Essentially a point-and-shoot camera, the DC3400 features a degree of customization not normally found in point-and-shoots. Exposure compensation (EV) can be adjusted in increments of 0.5 EV, from +2 to -2 EV. The user can select center-weighted or multipattern metering. Center-weighted metering allows the photographer to adjust for a backlit subject and helps portraits come out well. Multipattern metering takes samples from the entire frame and averages the light values. Image sharpness can be adjusted to one of three presets: Sharp, Standard, and Soft. Also, white balance can be set to auto, daylight, fluorescent, or tungsten.
The 2x zoom of the DC3400 is perhaps its weakest point, but even that can be overcome--if you don't mind the decrease in resolution required when you use the 3x digital zoom. All in all, the DC3400 is a good choice if you're looking for a point-and-shoot digital camera with good image quality, saturated color, and a certain level of customization.
- Easy-to-use point-and-shoot digital camera
- Allows for a good amount of customization
- Kodak color saturation
- 2x optical zoom is a bit weak
- 8 MB memory card will need to be upgraded quickly
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Top Customer Reviews
That said, I'm extremely happy with the Kodak DC3400. This is my second Kodak digital (my first was a DC240), so obviously I'm pleased with the Kodak product line.
After unpacking the DC3400, I spent about 10 minutes getting it set up, and proceeded to take a few pictures. Another 10 minutes or so, and I had the photo software loaded on my laptop. Connect the USB cable, and I was able to load the photos onto the laptop immediately. The camera shows up as an icon, like a disk drive, which you can double-click to open and transfer the pictures to a folder on your hard drive -- piece of cake!
The quality of the pictures is amazing. I use the Ofoto service, and had some prints of some of my digital photos sent to my mother. According to her, you could not tell the difference between the digital images and those taken with a 35mm film camera. The colors were vivid, the images sharp -- just what you'd expect from the Kodak name.
I'll agree with most everyone else and say that batteries might be the only downside to this camera. It's definitely worth the investment to get the Kodak NiMh rechargables and the charger. The ONLY time I use NiCads is when I'm my NiMh set is in the recharger, and I need to snap a few pictures.
For the money, I don't think you can top this camera in terms of features, quality, and ease of use.
After having this camera for a few weeks, I decided that I was unhappy with the battery life. It also started to "hang" on me and no respond to power on and offs (maybe during low battery life?) I "fixed" this by taking the batteries out and back in, sort of a reset.
I was also hungry for more optical zoom capability, as the 3x digital zoom was not very useful (bad quality picture when I tried it). The 2x zoom quality was good, but not enough zoom for me.
I am returning it and will see if I like the Olympus D490 better (with the free card reader).
Uploading software which comes with the camera is no good...however, i could drag and drop the pictures directly from the chip to the desktop.try it it works wonderfully this way.
The camera is sturdy and the controls are very easy to use. The camera is heavy for its size....though it does not bother me so much. Look out for better deals...they are giving out a 32mb card free nowadays. In all....4star camera and you will not repent your choice.
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