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These days, when gadgets are the most important thing a man can get, the idea of a digital camera is blindingly attractive. With computing power so significant and hard disk storage virtually limitless, and the promise of eminently affordable equipment, there is really no excuse whatsoever for even the biggest Luddite to go on denying their urges and not buying one of the beautiful little silver products which promise literally hours of fun and adventure. Storing your digital snaps somewhere inside your PC may not be as tangible and concrete a feeling as actuall having the glossy real thing nestling in your sweaty little mitts, however, the digital versions of your pix won't age, are easy to improve with the right software and normally much easier to find, especially if you employ the right application such as Adobe Photoshop Album, which allows you to attach all manner of keywords and set up slide shows, brilliant advances. To my way of thinking, the PC version of a photo album has much to commend it over the touchable version of the thing, and I've become a committed convert. Okay, having tried to convince you of the importance of owning a digital camera, let's consider which one to buy. Like most electronic, chip driven gadgets, there's an endless array of choices to select from when you eventually come down to doing the picking, with an enormous price range and huge variations in spec. From what I've seen in reviews of ranges of digital camera, Kodak doesn't get a great deal of support, with most good judges steering well clear of the brand when they make recommendations. However, I have been very impressed by the various Kodak models I've tried and believe they do what they set out to do very well indeed. They don't have too many of the snobbery value facilities and functions that the expert writers
seem to rate, but then for most everyday uses all that stuff doesn't really interest me. The Kodak CX4230 model is one of the Easyshare range of products, which allow you to easily load your snaps up to your PC by use of a docking bay, and there's a lot going for it. As per the Kodak site (http://www.kodak.com), "With outstanding color and exposure capabilities and a quality lens, you'll have crisp, sharp, colorful pictures. The on-camera share button, and software with one-touch photo printing and organizing, means that quality prints and emails are only one-step away." Now, I've heard that one before, but in this case Kodak are giving you a quite realistic appraisal, even if they insist on Americanising the word colour, it's C O L O U R, damn you! With the package you get the following: KODAK EASYSHARE CX4230 Zoom Digital Camera, CRV3 lithium battery or equivalent, Video out cable, USB cable, Wrist strap, KODAK EASYSHARE Software CD, Documentation, Custom camera insert for optional KODAK EASYSHARE Camera Dock. You have to buy the docking bay separately, but with it you get a rechargeable battery pack, although I've found that it does run down extremely quickly. The docking bay will cost you about fifty quid, although you can then transfer pix at the touch of a single button and recharge the battery pack at the same time. For the rest of the spec (if you can be bothered), visit http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=1969&pq-locale=en_ 5;S but I can't believe you really want to know all that stuff, after all
us layman don't actually need it. The same page also gives you access to user manuals and various downloads. According to the Kelkoo website, the CX4230 will run you between £142 and £151, assuming you don't bother with a memory card. Such a card will cost you about £15 for 16Mb, £16 for 32Mb and £21 for 64Mb, although the camera's internal memory will do for a while. For most uses, however, you will want to get a memory card, and I opted for 128Mb which cost me about 50 quid at a duty free shop while I was on holiday. You can go right up to 256Mb but they're really difficult to track down. The 64Mb card will hold 95 photographs at best quality, but 383 at the lowest quality setting. The lovely thing about the CX4230, however, is that it will also capture short video clips, although the quality isn't wonderful. If you do want to take videos I'd advise you to get a proper digicam, but nevertheless this is a nice touch. There's a basic zoom facility and various settings with the camera, which is exceptionally easy to use, just point and click and away you go. You don't need to be an expert or even particularly careful, and can quickly achieve really tremendous results. I resisted buying a digital camera for an awfully long time, but I'm now extremely glad I took the plunge, and trust me, you will too if you get one.
I have had several digital camera's but this is the best to date. its small not bulky but most of all it's easy to use, i use this daily as i have babies who are always doing some thing new. The front of the camera has a shutter button which slides a little shutter over your lens to keep it clean, it has the flash unit, an on/off switch, the view finder lens, self timer light. At the side there is a usb point and the dc in connector. The bottom of the camera has the camera dock connector, tripod mount socket, and the battery door. When i first got my camera looking at the instructions wasnt as daunting as i thought it might be, it told every thing from installing the soft ware right through to troubleshooting. ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ System requirements are of course your pc, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ windows 98,98se,me,2000,or xp. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 233mhz processer or greater, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 64 mega bytes of available ram, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 22 mb of hard disk, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ cd rom drive, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ usb port ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ colour monitor with minimum resolution of 800x600 pixels. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ and internet access for on line printing and emailing. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Once i had installed the software which was easy, i had to vconnect the camera to the computer another easy task as all i needed to do was connect by using the usb lead and plugging in into both usb ports( one on the camera and the other on the pc. Great i now ready to proceed taking the pics of the kids. ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~
~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ The things you can do with this camera are pretty impressive,(no it doesnt wash the pots nor close the curtains)but you can transfer pics to your computer, share, automatically print, order online prints and email your tagged pictures, you can organize, find and retrieve pictures from your computer, edit add special effects to your pictures, make a custom slide show,fix red eye,crop,rotate and much much more. you can automatically print to any printer with an mmc/sd slot make prints at any kodak picture maker. take the camera's memory card to your local photo retailer for professional printing. When you 1st get your camera you will find in the box ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ The camera (no good if it isnt in there) a wrist strap, usb cable, video cable (for viewing your pics on the tv) custom camera insert, kodak crv3 lithium battery, user guide or cd, software cd and quick start guide. ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ The user guide is very easy to follow not like some guides where you need a degree to understand what everything means. Before you start to take your pics you have to remember to put in the mmc/sd/card, this is easy as you can only put the card in one way. ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ There are 2 options for storing your photos there is an internal memory that stores upto 23 pictures at best quality, or as i have already mentioned the memory card which stores as many photos as you like(depending on the size of the card) ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ There is allsorts of ways you can take your photos not just the nomal way of pointing the camera and hey presto we have a photo, You can share your photos on the internet, You can tag your photos ready for emailing, You can view picture information. ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~
~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ If by any chance you get into difficulties there is telephone customer support for all over the world or you can go to a web site http:/www.kodak.com/us/en/digital/contacts/dainternationalcontacts.shtml you can also get the upto date listings from there. My opinion of this camera is that it is not expensive, its very easy to use, and the photos that have been taken are fantastic.