Kodak DX6490 Viewfinder

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Joe, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    I've just been to look at cameras at a dealer and I was disappointed by the
    EVF on the DX6490.

    I wear glasses and I wasn't able to adjust the EVF to suit my eyesight while
    wearing my glasses. The adjustment range was very very small. I would have
    thought that by my wearing glasses, they would have brought my vision back
    to nearly normal and there would have been little adjustment needed.

    I even queried whether the camera may have been faulty, but the salesman
    assured me it was like that on other model Kodak cameras as well.

    The Olympus C750 had plenty of adjustment range. I felt the that the
    picture quality on the Olympus EVF left a bit to be desired though. To me,
    it appeared to be very contrasty, rather low resolution too. Definitely not
    as good as I was expecting. Maybe I'm spoilt with film SLR cameras.

    Joe, Nov 2, 2003
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    Trevor S Guest

    My wife has a 6490, I wear glass's, I don't have a problem with the EVF.

    Trevor S

    "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
    -Albert Einstein
    Trevor S, Nov 2, 2003
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  3. Joe

    Joe Guest

    That's strange, maybe the one I tried was faulty after all, although the
    shop assistant wouldn't agree. Unfortunately I don't think any other
    dealers in our town who stock the DX6490.

    Joe, Nov 3, 2003
  4. Joe

    Trevor S Guest


    I read your post and thought "I must be missing something ?", so I grabbed
    my wifes 6490 and had another go. My exeperiece is diametrically opposed to
    yours, at either end of the "zoom" I have no problmes with the EVF and
    think it's very good I took several shots with the EVF. My biggest (and
    probably only) complaint is there is way to much jpeg compression for my

    Trevor S

    "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
    -Albert Einstein
    Trevor S, Nov 4, 2003
  5. Joe

    Trevor S Guest

    Yes the JPEG compression is way to high at "Best" IMO. The image size
    from my wifes old Nikon 2500 2MP is about the same as the 4MP Kodak 6490,
    the Kodak compression algorithum might be good but not THAT good. I
    prefer the colour staright from the Nikon (maybe I am just used to it ?)
    , though the detail from the Kodak is better and the lens is a real gem.

    The EVF rates a 7 / 10 from me, getting to the button to switch to it
    sucks and no diopter adjustment, so it can't rate any higher.
    I see it, obviously in areas like the sky it is VERY obvious, and
    distracting. I see someone else who _owns_ the camera made the same
    comment in another thread the other day.

    Another observation, shots are way overexposed in bright sunshine but
    this can be corrected using the manual settings.
    shrug... My wifes says DX6490 on the side so, I can only assume :)

    I can't explain what you saw, only comment on what I see. I am not a
    photographer, so read my "comments" with that in mind.

    Trevor S

    "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
    -Albert Einstein
    Trevor S, Nov 5, 2003
  6. Joe

    Joe Guest

    Yes I agree about EVF's. I don't think their time has come yet - either
    that or I'm too used to normal film SLR viewfinders.

    I have definitely gone off the Kodak now and waning on the C-750. My
    interest now is the Sony DSC-V1 - with through glass viewfinder, 5M pixels,
    focuses in total darkness, great lens (only 4X though)

    Joe, Nov 5, 2003
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    Frank Rouse Guest

    According to the spec sheet there are 180,000 pixels in the
    viewfinder (that might take you a little longer than you thought). I
    believe that the an evf in general does not sit well with a number of
    people. In my mind it servers the same purpose as an SLR. I am finally
    seeing exactly what my lens is seeing which was the whole point of an
    SLR. Many photographers have dismissed the point and shoot 35mm
    camera's in the past because of the parralax (sp?) errors with the
    viewfinder. All comsumer grade digital camera's up to this point have
    suffered from this problem. I for one appreciate the advantages.


    Frank Rouse, Nov 5, 2003
  8. Joe

    Trevor S Guest

    DOH ! You're right, I had only looked underneath, on top and on the RHS but
    sure 'enuff there it is, on the LHS..

    and you're right not a great adjustmnet range but it did "tweak" it up a
    little better. I still use the LCD 98% of the time anyhoo.

    Trevor S

    "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
    -Albert Einstein
    Trevor S, Nov 7, 2003
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