Kodak DC4800 Repair

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Michael Brown, Sep 15, 2003.

  1. Greetings,

    I have this DC4800 for approximately 2 years. But yesterday the camera
    stop functioning correctly. I do get power. The "shots remaining"
    displays "25" so I think it is reading the flash card. But no other
    functions. After resetting it and still no luck. I opened the case and
    discovered a "burnt" ribbon cable. The cable has what appears to be a
    part number of DS234BK-EP-33A-1 and runs from CN1105 to CN301.

    Any chance of getting a replacement part?

    Although, chances are there maybe a defective board that caused the
    damage to the cable. If the cable were available and cheap enough it
    maybe worth a try to repair the camera.

    Also, I seen a post on dpreview.com that stated Kodak offers a flat rate
    $150.00 repair service or possible upgrade to a DX4330 or DX6340. Is
    this true?

    If this is true, I would likely upgrade rather than repair. Any
    preferences or comments on the DX4330 or DX6340?

    If this is not true, does anyone have a replacement suggestion? I was
    not completely satisfied with the DC4800. While it took great outdoor
    photos, I was very unhappy with indoor and low light photos. (Which I
    have since noticed is a common complaint with this camera.) I did
    experiment with external flash but found it inconvenient and clumsy.
    Anyway, the point is I would like a camera which takes good low
    light/indoor photos as well as great outdoor photos. At first glance,
    the Canon PowerShot G2 is the front runner. Suggestions welcome!

    Thanks in advance!
     
    Michael Brown, Sep 15, 2003
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  2. Mark,

    Great pictures, thank you for sharing. Yes one year does make a big
    difference. :) I have 2 kids and thought the same myself. Especially,
    after the birth of my son 3 weeks ago, my 2 yr. daughter, who really is
    a peanut, seems so much bigger/older.

    Anyway, if I would be happy with the quality of those indoor flash
    photos. Are they untouched originals? Perhaps, I was not using the flash
    correctly. I just wish my camera worked so I could try out your
    suggestions. :-( Would you consider yourself a professional? Could an
    amateur achieve similar results?
     
    Michael Brown, Sep 15, 2003
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  3. Michael Brown

    Ron Baird Guest

    Hi Mike,

    Yes, the pics were pretty good, and yes, you can do the same using good
    picture taking techniques. In general, the camera is really great for
    family picture taking. The flash range is likely your issue. The little
    flash that flips up is the key. That flash is only good at the max
    distances as noted.

    Wide = 1.6ft to 10.5 ft (0.5 to 3.2 m)

    Telephoto = 1.6 ft to 6.6 ft (0.5 to 2.0 m)

    When you move outside these ranges then light falls off. Depending on
    lighting it may start sooner when you near the max. This is not much
    different than most of the cameras that are out there today. Many people
    get fooled when using the telephoto feature as they forget the setting and
    assume the subject is closer than it actually is. So, it is wise to learn
    the perspective of 10 feet and 6.6 feet as that is the range of the flash at
    the wide and tele settings.

    Some people have found that using a flash frame works very well. With this
    device, you mount your camera on it then connect a flash to the frame which
    will help with red eye, and more, as well as flash range. You will be able
    to light a room more correctly at greater distances. The one I use is a
    Stroboframe - FlipFlash model so the flash is always over the camera to
    reduce shadow.

    There are also some great articles out there that will help you with picture
    taking techniques. Personally, I have found that there could be many
    reasons why the pictures seem a bit soft and out of focus. I always suggest
    you place the camera on a table or other stable surface and use the
    Self-Timer feature. This will eliminate any possible camera shake while the
    picture is taken.

    When you are going to take pictures while holding the camera, a good stance
    is important in getting a good picture. Stand with your legs about two feet
    apart with your arms close to your sides. Hold the camera comfortably, but
    in a way that is not blocking the flash or the meter of the camera. If you
    are going to take a picture using the viewfinder, keep this stance and bring
    the camera gently to your forehead. View the image with both eyes open if
    you are using the viewfinder and compose the picture. When you are ready to
    snap the shutter, press the shutter half way to set the camera mechanics for
    exposure. When ready to capture the image, do it slowly, yet deliberately,
    avoiding any jerky motions. Note: Digital cameras take just a split second
    longer to capture the picture so keep your position for just a second longer
    than you would with a film camera. This will help you prevent blurring due
    to removing the camera from the picture taking stance too soon.

    If you are going to use the view-screen to preview your composition, use the
    same techniques as noted, but do not hold the camera to your forehead. It
    will be a bit more difficult to keep a good stance, as you will not have the
    option of steadying the camera against your forehead. So, to limit blur,
    lean against a wall, rest your elbows, or use some other object, if
    possible. Try to rest your arms on something in front of you. The object
    here, is to make sure you have the support to steady the camera and prevent
    camera movement during exposure.

    If the images are clear, and sharp, using the self timer, consider this
    process each time you take a picture. It will soon become second nature to
    you. If this does not help, attach 2-3 sample images, directly from the
    camera without editing, to your reply of this e-mail. We will analyze them
    and get back to you as soon as possible.

    I wish you well, Mike, check the references.

    Talk to you soon.

    Ron Baird
    Kodak
     
    Ron Baird, Sep 22, 2003
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