Kodak cx6445 vs cx7430 vs Other 4MP?

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Nobody, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. Nobody

    Nobody Guest

    Hi,

    I really need some help buying a new digital camera!

    I'm looking for a compact 4MP camera that takes SD cards, uses AA
    batteries (not some proprietary Lithium ion cell like in the Canon
    SD200), has some manual settings, decent flash range, and good bright
    pictures in *indoor* settings. Video with sound is also preferred.

    I've noticed that the cx7430 is priced a little bit more than the cx6445
    at Best Buy (Canada). The 6445 has 4x optical zoom and a higher flash
    range, along with the Schneider lens.. But why is it priced less than
    the cx7430, which seems a bit more basic to me?

    Another camera I have in mind is the Panasonic DMC LC-70. The reviews
    look good. Mind you, I had an LC-33 before and enjoyed using it except
    I was not impressed with the flash at all.

    Nikon Coolpix 3200 has been advertised a lot lately. It includes an
    AF-assist lamp but has no manual ISO settings, and the indoor pictures
    are apparently grainy.

    Opinions on these and/or other cameras?

    Thanks!
     
    Nobody, Jan 10, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    I have a DX6440, which is a 2004 model series, and I really enjoy the 4x
    zoom. The flash range on this camera is quite adequate, IF you remember
    that using the zoom REDUCES the flash range, so don't use the zoom for
    composing indoor shots, move closer. I find the DX6440 very easy to
    use, and extrememly flexible for a P&S camera. It takes pictures with
    good color, relatively low noise, allows some manual settings, and is
    small enough to fit in a coat, or trouser pocket (a hard rule for camera
    selection here).
     
    Ron Hunter, Jan 10, 2005
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  3. Nobody

    Nobody Guest

    Is the CX6445 really the same as the DX6440, minus the aperture/shutter
    priority setting on the dial?
     
    Nobody, Jan 10, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    This may be a Canada only camera, but the review I just read indicates
    manual aperture and shutter settings. I have the DX6440 and I am
    completely pleased with it.
     
    Ron Hunter, Jan 10, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    At the current prices, the CS6445 is an excellent value. Get it if you can.
     
    Ron Hunter, Jan 10, 2005
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    Nobody Guest

    Ok, I went out and got the CX6445 tonight.. but ... I am extremely
    disappointed. Ron, your DX6440 must be a whole different camera,
    because purchasing the CX was a total waste of time for me. This was my
    3rd digital camera and it seems like I just downgraded my camera. It
    has the Schneider lens, but that it is all it has going for it. One
    minute after taking it out of the box, I was able to find 5 things that
    I did not like about it at all. Flimsy doors and bad design. Picture
    quality is bad; they contain minimal noise but are blurry as hell and
    not even close to the size of a 4 MP picture (used 'Best 3:2' quality).
    Zooming into a picture during playback takes a while. No On/Off
    switch; instead, you have to switch through the scene modes before you
    can turn it off. No white balance. A joystick instead of navigation
    buttons, which is difficult to use and bound to snap off some day. Plus
    I cannot find a battery meter!

    On the other hand, the flash is OK and it has 4x optical zoom. ;-) Oh
    well, I guess you get what you paid for.

    Anyways, maybe it's good for other people, but it doesn't work for me.
    It's going back to Best Buy... maybe i'll go back to owning another
    Panasonic.


    -D.
     
    Nobody, Jan 11, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    The doors ARE flimsy, but in a year, I have had no problems with mine.
    I suspect that you are having a problem with HOW to use the 6445. You
    MUST push the shutter button half-way down, wait until the green light
    comes back on, then press it the rest of the way down to get properly
    focused pictures. This DOES take some practice, but will produce
    extremely nice pictures.

    Most cameras, and all Kodak cameras I know of, use the mode switch to
    turn on the camera. I don't like that feature, but it is pretty much a
    standard on P&S cameras.
    No manual white balance has been no problem for me in a year, and about
    1600 pictures. The automatic function does a great job. The joystick
    navigation gets great marks with reviewers, and I have no problem with
    it. When the batteries get low, an indicator appears. If you want a
    real battery meter, you will need to be using something like Sony's
    'infolithium' batteries that provide a charge indication. This really
    isn't feasible with NIMH batteries whose voltage and current are stable
    until they are almost depleted.

    Perhaps you would be happier with a DSLR, but don't expect to put it in
    your pocket, even though your pocket should be nicely empty after the
    purchase.
     
    Ron Hunter, Jan 11, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Perhaps you could compare the pictures you are getting with some of mine
    which are on www.webshots.com. Look for userid rphunter42. The
    pictures since Feb. 2003 are taken with a DX6440.
    I am not fond of manual settings, since the camera can usually do a
    better job of these settings than I can, and I am free to take the picture.
     
    Ron Hunter, Jan 11, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    All the photos on webshots are compressed. Also, Kodak's firmware does
    a rather aggressive compression, so files are smaller than most 4mp
    cameras. Some say they shouldn't compress so much. I tend to agree.


    would like to see some of your photos.
     
    Ron Hunter, Jan 11, 2005
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