Kodak DX6490

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Martin P. Posch, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. Hi and greetings from Austria,

    I am thinking of buying a Kodak DX6490-Camera and my dealer gave me one
    to play with for one day.

    I like this camera very much but what suprises me a little is that the
    lense-tube is a little loose when extended. I can move it for approx 1
    to 2mm. I had a look at other 10x-Zoom Cameras and there it was the
    same.

    My question: Is this normal / necessary. Its not really the thing I
    expected from a precise optical tool.

    Thanks
     
    Martin P. Posch, Oct 28, 2003
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  2. Seems so :)

    Compared to other Superzooms I tested the Viewfinder seems quite good to
    me. At least it is comparable to the one in the Olympus or Minolta-
    Cameras in that range. But the Display of the DX-6490 is really
    outstanding, so I dont use the viewfinder much. I compared the display
    of the Olympus C-750 and the Kodak side by side and the difference
    especially in sunlight is enormous. Though its not an OLED display Kodak
    seemed to have a good hand with that display.


    Martin
     
    Martin P. Posch, Oct 28, 2003
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  3. Martin P. Posch

    Ron Baird Guest

    Hi Martin,

    Yikes, that does not sound right to me. I am sharing with our engineers to
    find out just what might be going on. Since you have found this to occur on
    several cameras it may be a result of the long extension. I will be back to
    you on this.

    Ron Baird
    Kodak




    Hi and greetings from Austria,

    I am thinking of buying a Kodak DX6490-Camera and my dealer gave me one
    to play with for one day.

    I like this camera very much but what suprises me a little is that the
    lense-tube is a little loose when extended. I can move it for approx 1
    to 2mm. I had a look at other 10x-Zoom Cameras and there it was the
    same.

    My question: Is this normal / necessary. Its not really the thing I
    expected from a precise optical tool.

    Thanks
     
    Ron Baird, Oct 28, 2003
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  4. Thanks, I am really interested in your comment on it, but as I told you
    I had a look at several 10x Zoom Cameras and every camera had a somewhat
    loose lense-tube. I can move the one of the Kodax 1 to 2mm sideways at
    the top whereas on the minolta I could move it 3to 4mm.

    I nearly can not the move the lense when its retracted and the camera is
    powered of, but on the minolta z1 even there I can move it (too much for
    my impression).

    Regards
     
    Martin P. Posch, Oct 29, 2003
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  5. Martin P. Posch

    Ron Baird Guest

    Hi Martin,

    I did get a hold of our engineers on that matter and it is normal for a
    slight amount of play to be in a long extension found in cameras with a 10X
    feature. It will not have any impact on the images. I am going to guess
    that some play is necessary for the lens to move easily. Just a guess on my
    part. You do not need to worry about the play with the DX6490.

    Talk to you soon.

    Ron Baird
    Kodak


    Thanks, I am really interested in your comment on it, but as I told you
    I had a look at several 10x Zoom Cameras and every camera had a somewhat
    loose lense-tube. I can move the one of the Kodax 1 to 2mm sideways at
    the top whereas on the minolta I could move it 3to 4mm.

    I nearly can not the move the lense when its retracted and the camera is
    powered of, but on the minolta z1 even there I can move it (too much for
    my impression).

    Regards
     
    Ron Baird, Oct 29, 2003
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  6. Martin P. Posch

    Ron Baird Guest

    Greetings Rudy,

    Glad to hear you bought the DX6490. It is a great camera and a nice
    transition from your TTL 35mm as you still retain some of the features that
    you are used to using. Shutter lag is a part of digital cameras and though
    the times vary a bit, it is still there unless you have a pro model, etc.
    You will quickly get used to it.

    You can go to the Rite2U site where the batteries and charger are sold
    online. The page will ask you for your email address so you can be notified
    when stock is available. Should be soon. This way you can buy directly
    online.

    http://digitalimagingstore.rite2u.com

    We are always working hard at improving our products and services, Martin,
    and I am going to pass along your interest to the engineers we have that are
    dedicated to the Mac EasyShare versions. I know they will appreciate your
    interest.

    Talk to you soon, let me know if you have questions.

    Ron Baird
    Kodak
     
    Ron Baird, Oct 30, 2003
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  7. Rudy

    I'll answer your last question re: MacOS 9.

    We have discontinued work on the MacOS 8/9 software for the Kodak EasyShare
    line. There are numerous reasons for this but it boils down to two things:

    1: Apple has discontinued working on the tool set that allows us to build
    the application that we want. We are using technologies that are not
    available on MacOS 9 (embedded browsers, SOAP, XML and others ) that would
    make building an equivalent of the EasyShare software for MacOS X difficult
    if not impossible

    2: The cost of maintaining two separate and distinct platforms is
    considerable. When the Mac platform shared a common code base (for example
    MacOS 8 and MacOS 9) we were just fine with supporting the older versions
    with continued releases. However, we had to make a decision to move onto
    MacOS X. The result of that decision was that continued MacOS 9 support was
    going to be very costly and we could not justify the investment.
     
    William Jackson, Oct 31, 2003
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