Help Canon S1 IS or Kodak DX6490

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Roots750, Apr 24, 2004.

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    Roots750 Guest

    I have narrowed my choice to these two cameras , can you help me decide.
    My photography over the past 30 years has been with an SLR and a good
    selection of lenses and filters.
    I still like to think I don't need glasses and find the LCD on the canon
    small , but manageable.
    The Canon is new and unproven while the Kodak has been around a year.
    The Kodak is $100 cheaper. I already have a Kodak that uses the SD memory
    card.The Canon will hold a microdrive.
    The Canon takes movies at 30fps with sound the Kodak at 20 fps. The Canon
    uses AA cells .
    I could go on, but I would like some opinions that are not based on making a
    sale. Which one would be the better camera for the long haul as once I buy
    something I tend to stick with it good or bad.

    Roots750, Apr 24, 2004
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    Larry Guest

    I have the Kodak DX6490 (along with several other digital cameras). It does
    color VERY well needing very little (if any) post work in PhotoShop as far as
    color is concerned.

    The control system is GREAT with P/A/S/M available the only manual function
    NOT in the 6490 is manual focus, but the Auto-Focus works great.

    That is the list of PROS.

    Now the list of CONS>

    No options for compression level. All pictures are compressed to a very high
    compression level. Ihis sometimes a problem causing artifacts. This was a
    VERY bad decision on the part of KODAK.

    Though I'm a little disapointed because of this, I still use the Kodak, but I
    try not to shoot any pictures with large areas of blue sky, as this is where
    the artifacting problem shows up.

    For all around "snapshot" picture taking and for Macro work on flowers and
    insects , or that 10x zoom for local wildlife the 6490 is very handy.

    I've not seen, handled or used the Olympus camera. So I can make no comment
    other than the statement that they have a very good reputation, and have a
    loyal following as far as the brand is concerned, there is probably some good
    reason for that.

    My other cameras are:

    Sony Cyberview 717 (5mp 5x Zoom)
    Sony V1 (5mp 4x zoom)
    Fuji S5000 (3mp 10x zoom)
    Fuji S7000 (6mp 6x zoom)

    They all have at least ONE fault that can be a PITA, but they are ALL good
    Larry, Apr 25, 2004
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    Paige Miller Guest

    On Stardate 4/24/2004 9:14 PM, the following keys were mysteriously
    typed at Ron Hunter's keyboard...
    I have kids and I use the movie feature quite a bit. On a few occasions
    it has lost focus in movie mode when the subject moved a large distance
    (or the camera got jostled), but most of the movies I have are very

    Paige Miller
    pmiller5 at rochester dot rr dot com

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    Paige Miller, Apr 25, 2004
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    BenOne© Guest

    I can't speak for the Canon, but the Kodak is a very good camera - I've taken
    over 500 of my daughter since she was born 6 months ago (guess when I bought the

    My decision was based on picture quality, and I read the review sites to
    ascertain which of the cameras I could afford had the best quality pictures.
    BenOne©, Apr 25, 2004
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    Ron Baird Guest

    Greetings Roots,

    I work for Kodak but am offering my own opinion on your question.

    - I prefer the features of the external flash as it enhances my exposure
    options. I can set the flash to provide enough light for most any situation
    with that feature. So, since I enjoy events in the evening and often may
    need such extension I like the camera for that reason.

    - I also like the EVF as I can see clearly what I am seeing, i.e. electronic

    - I also like the long optical 10X lens as optical images are better than

    The real answer is which camera is going to do what you want it to. You
    should consider how much money you have to spend, what features you want and
    will likely want in the future. Also, how well you like the camera after a
    hands on review.

    Talk to you soon. If you have any questions about the Kodak camera or
    digital in general let me know.

    Ron Baird
    Eastman Kodak Company
    Ron Baird, Apr 26, 2004
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    Roots750 Guest

    Thanks for all your help.
    I have just purchased the Kodak DX6490 and the more I play with it the more
    I like it.
    Roots750, May 20, 2004
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