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Kodak DC4800 Digital Camera Review
Kodak DC4800 Digital Camera Review - PCSTATS
Digital cameras seems to advance in leaps and bounds every few months. One such digital camera to makes itself known is the Kodak DC4800.
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Features of the DC4800

The first thing that stands out with this digital camera is that in addition to the small optical viewfinder there is a colour LCD display.

The benefits of this arrangement are two-fold. For those who prefer to frame the image visually through the optical viewfinder the choice is there - although the optical viewfinder is not of as high quality as you might expect.

Secondly, if the batteries are getting low, the viewfinder offers a backup to the LCD display if the unit goes into power saving mode. Personally, we preferred to use the LCD display to frame our images out, zoom in, and adjust the aperture. While the optical view finder lets you frame the image, it cannot show you what the final picture will look like in the way that the LCD display does.

The buttons next to the LCD display are controls for the onscreen menu and options. They enable you to navigate the very nice looking menus to change features, or special effects. Zooming in or out is accomplished by the small toggle switch by the upper right corner. With the expandable lens Kodak uses in the DC4800 the unit can got to 3X optical zoom, and an additional 2X digital zoom. Focal length changes from 28mm to 84mm.

We found the zoom capability to be superb, and especially liked the dual speed capability. Depending on how much pressure is placed on the toggle switch, the camera will either zoom in slowly or very quickly.

The controls on the top of the DC4800 are fairly clean. A large knob protects the power-on button and engages the menu settings, but also makes it a bit difficult for anyone with large fingers to turn on the unit. The shiny shutter release button is very well placed but slightly too stiff on the downward stroke. The effort to depress the button can sometimes cause the camera to twitch at the very last moment, resulting in a high-resolution, but, very blurry image.

Finally one little button on the top of the camera adjusts the aperture size of the lens so the user can quickly change the camera for dark or bright situations. We found that this button was not very well placed to protect it from being accidentally altered. With the Camera in a bag we noticed the switch would occasionally be moved into an incorrect position.

The front of the DC4800 emphasizes the simplicity of the camera by being devoid of any controls whatsoever. The optical viewfinder can be seen right above the Kodak emblem, and as you can see it is rather small. The quality of the image through those optics is bit suspect, but acceptable. The camera is really designed for the LCD display to be the main framing mechanism.

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Contents of Article: Kodak DC4800
 Pg 1.  Kodak DC4800 Digital Camera Review
 Pg 2.  — Features of the DC4800
 Pg 3.  Removeable Media and USB
 Pg 4.  Final Thoughts

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