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The build quality is garbage - very flimsy construction. The software is a conjob, rigged by Kodak and Apple Quick Time, they give you the basic software and then pressure you to upgrade to the premium software. This racket is supported by the firmware being set to only take movies in MOV format, and the files after full conversion in to AVI (RADTOOLS) and then WMV, with almost no discernable loss of video or sound quality, compress down to 1/7th their size.
Kodak and Apple do dirty deals for mutual kickbacks.
Online registration is a conjob, as "registering for warranty" also means that not only do you have to fill out a 72 question market reasearch survey where you have to answer all the questions; then your details DO get shared amongst all of the Kodak branches and their affiliates - so Kodak and their affiliates then start spamming. The opt out is a JOKE, meaning that you have to then opt out of every seperate affiliate and department.
Kodak is the apitamy of dirty deals in the fine print.
The customer service under warranty is absolutely appalling.
In a technical sense, the camera is very good. The build quality is junk, the software is sleazy and inadequate, and Kodak are a pack of corporate scumbags.
I bought one of these cameras for my fiance in 2003. He was not sure about the size of it but was happy once he started using it. I have no idea how we lived without digital now.
The features are great. Movies with sound, selection of pic quality, loads of different flashes, snapshot etc.
Only problem we have had is with the battery cover. It cracked when tring to put it the enormous batteries it takes and since you have to do this very often its not a grreat design. We got it repaired under warrenty and bought a docking station so we could use rechargable batteries and we would never have to open the battery case again!
WOuld recommend to any novice/amatuer photographer!
I think that this is a brilliant camera overall.
I would advise people to not use the software provided cos it does wierd things with your pictures, like keep thumb nails even if you delete the image(i think it does this only if you delete the file from your windows file dirrectory-but lots of people do this). YOu don't really need the software anyway though-so its not a problem.
Would be better if kodak compressed the phot better when it is stored on the camera because it looses some of the quality through there file compression i think. It would be better if they just saved it as a standard jpg and allowed the user to adjust the compression and had more options that are picture quality related. Instead of asking how many pixels you want, it asks whether you want the picture to be in good, excellen or very good quality. I think it could do with a lot more flexibili9ty in this dirrection.
Having said that it is excellent for people unfamiliar with the jargon, very good to just pick up, go and take some stunning pictures, after all the qualities much better than film, just slightly disappointing they let themselves down on something so simple.
Very pleased with the buy and not overally pricey :)
i found this camera easy to , once I had gottem over the computer disc manual , as there is no paper manual included
The menu is really easy to use and for the money I paid,well worth it
The review menu is easy to use as you can inspect your pictures as you take them and discard them if you don't like them .
THe zoom is particularly good .
I find the opening to access the computer connection a bit fiddly.
The camera came with software and is easy to transfer onto your pc. I would have liked the ability to have a few more options to edit your photos, also with the money I spent I think I would have liked a camera case .
Full review ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -- I decided to buy a digital camera as a Christmas present to myself and decided on the Kodak Easyshare DX 6340 as it appeared to offer both value for money and great specs for the cash. I was not disappointed! I bought the camera from Dixons for £179.00 and took a lot of pictures over the holidays in a variety of conditions. The picture quality of 3.1 megapixels is more than enough for an amateur camera user like myself. My partner, who is a keen photographer was also pleased that he could adjust settings like the apature and he was impressed by the action, landcape and night time functions. The three flash functions (auto, red eye and fill) are also impressive and effective. You can choose between four different picture qualities depending on how much space on your memory card you want to use (I have a 128Mb, which is completely worth the £60). I use the second highest setting with excellent results ? I don?t even need to use the highest setting to get excellent photographs when printing. The zoom is reliable and more than enough, and if you want to get even closer, you can use the macro feature (my favourite), which allows you to take pictures from a mere 60cm away. I have found that I can even get a little closer and still get good results. Downloading the pictures to both my PC and Mac via the USB cable has not been a problem, although the accompanying software is a bit annoying ? I have not yet managed to get the Kodak easyshare software off my start bar on the PC. There have been some complaints about the battery life on this camera, but I have found a way around it: on the set-up menu, you can switch off ?live view? ? the screen does not automatically come on and stay on ? you only have to press the little mouse to activate the screen. Through this alone, I have made the rechargeable NIHM battery it c
ame with last over five months and over a thousand photographs and I only had to change it three days ago! The screen is both bright and a good size, and the zoom feature makes it easy to review the quality of your snaps before you download them. It isn?t the smallest camera on the market, but it?s size makes it a lot easier to hold still than some of the other smaller models. The sound video function is fun and not bad quality, but you can only get short clips. It?s not something I personally use, but it?s a fun extra to have. The casing is sturdy which is reassuring, given there isn?t a camera case included. I haven?t felt the need for one because the camera is very compact and doesn?t have any appendages that could get damaged in the bottom of my messy handbag. It would be better if the camera came with a paper manual (it is on a CD) Nevertheless, I wholeheartedly recommend this reliable and value for money camera.
I got this camera in December 2003 and have been using it continually since. having not used a digital camera before, I was very surprised at how easy this is to use. I decided to go for this model as I wanted to get the best quality pictures possible at an affordable price. I looked at a few cameras and was swayed by Kodak because of their DX6000 photo printer. I had previously owned a Canon 35mm camera which I really liked, but after years of spending a fortunre on film developing only to get half a roll of decent pictures back I decided it was time to move on to digital. I am not the best photographer and the idea of seeing the picture before printing seemed brilliant. One of the plus points of this particular model over some of the cheaper ones is the size of the preview screen and the fact that it is anti-glare, so you can see your picture in any light. The DX 6340 had all the features I wanted, a good zoom, a date facility, background settings, light adjustment, red-eye reduction and all that jazz. It even has the ability to take pictures in black and white or sepia! I like the fact that the facilities on this are automatic, you switch the camera on and the zoom lens slides out, the shutter opens, there's no problem with the thing not setting up properly just because you didn't slide the lens cover across properly first time! The camera comes with everything you need to be able to get yourself up and running, batteries, a USB cable, the computer software, a manual (if you really need it) and a cable to plug the camera into your television so that you can see your pictures on a bigger screen or even set up an automatic slide show. I love this camera, it is great for novices like me who aren't professional photographers, but do enjoy taking pictures.
I have had this Camera for about a year now and it is the first digital camera that I have owned. The decision to go digital was purely a financial one. I was planning a trip around Europe and I didn't want the expense of having to develop all the rolls of film I was planning to use. The camera cost me £199.99 from Amazon but is now available for just £149.99. First I will start with the camera's specifications; it is not a particularly small camera but not a large one either. In my opinion this camera is around about the perfect size. Not too small that you are fumbling to use it properly nor too big that you can't carry it around with you comfortably. It has dimensions (width/depth/height) of 10.9 cm x 3.9cm x 6.5cm and weighs in at 260g. I have carried this camera around Europe for 4 months and found that I barely noticed its weight. It is also very durable and even survived being dropped a couple of times (once from quite a height). The camera has an internal memory of 16MB, which is ok initially, but if you plan to take a lot of pictures then a memory card is a must. The camera can take both Multimedia (MMC) and Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, which are readily available. The memory cards come in a variety of sizes ranging from 32MB up to a whopping 256MB. I took a 256MB around Europe with me and found it to be more than ample. I took over four hundred photos and it still had room to spare. The camera has an optical zoom of 4x and a digital zoom of 3.5x which amounts to a total zoom of 14x. I found this to be perfectly adequate and even at the maximum zoom the pictures are still relatively crisp. The camera also has three quality level settings, which can be used to determine the clarity and sharpness of the photos. The higher the quality though, the more space the photos take up on the memory card. I experimented with the three settings before setting off on my trip and found that there was little difference between th
e highest and medium settings so I have my camera set to medium. The camera can produce photo's with a maximum size of 11 x 14 inches and has a maximum resolution of 2032 x 15024. The camera has five different settings that can be used to take still photos - Close-up, landscape, sports, night and standard. I usually keep my camera set to standard but I have used the night setting to good effect. I found little difference when using the landscape setting comapred to standard and unless I am taking photos at night I keep it on the standard setting. From the moment I started using this camera I found it very easy to use. I didn't even bother with the manual, which is supplied on CD because the camera has a very logical set-up and is practically just point and click. When the photo has been taken the LCD screen on the back of the camera displays the picture which you can then either opt to keep or discard. I found this function to be particularly useful and eliminates the need to take 2 or 3 pictures of the same scene. You can simply keep deleting the picture until you have one that you like. As a default the LCD screen is permanently on and can be used to line up photos. However, I found this to be an incredible drain on the batteries and it can be easily turned off via the easily navigated menu. The menu is navigated using arrows on the back of the camera and is very logical allowing you to change various options. From the menu you can turn off the flash or turn on red eye flash to eliminate those annoying red eyes in photos. You can also utilise more advanced options such as the setting of exposure times. The quality of the photos is excellent and using my friend's photo quality printer and some good quality photo paper the photos were really crisp. The colours are also vivid and lifelike and the pictures that I took of the French Alps were particularly stunning. The camera comes with a USB cable to enable you to downlo
ad the pictures to your computer and a basic but adequate photo editing program. The software makes it easy to print your photos and gives you the option to organise them into albums. If you want to do serious editing however, the software is quite limited and you are better off with Photoshop. For power you are provided with a CR-V3 lithium battery but I recommend that you buy some rechargeable NiMH batteries and a charger. This is because the DX 6340 uses a lot of battery power and if you don't buy rechargeables it is going to cost you a lot of money. As well as still photos the camera can also captures continuous video and audio. The quality of the video is not brilliant but is perfect for making short movies that you intend to email or upload to a website. The audio on the videos is also quite good and the microphone seems to pickup sound fairly well. All in all this a very good camera for the everyday user and is good value for money. It produces high quality photos and with the easy to use software you can be printing photos in a matter of minutes. The only minor gripe I have with this camera is the fact that Kodak did not bother to print the manual. It is supplied on CD but is pretty hefty and I certainly wouldn't bother to print it out. Having said this I have only skimmed though the manual and have found that I can still operate the camera perfectly.