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Old Jan 25, 2004, 3:21 AM   #1
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Default new guy: HP 850 vs. EasyShare 6490

im trying to decide which camera to purchase, i had my heart set on an 850 and ive been trying to find one on ebay, but i saw the DX6490 in a flyer and the 10x zoom quickly got my attention. I checked out the test pics and the hp seems to be sharper and have nicer colour, and i heard somewhere that kodak cameras heave bad compression can anyone conferm this of give any advice on which camera is better?

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Old Jan 25, 2004, 2:45 PM   #2
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After doing a couple of months of research and reading reviews and then purchasing the DX6490 I think it is the best 10X optical zoom on the market today. A very close 2nd is the Oly C-750.

A few months ago I did a bit of research as to what 10x digital cameras were offering and not offering. 3MP or higher was my goal as I print some 8x10s and up to the odd 13x19. I looked at the Oly C-750, Minolta Z1*, Fuji S5000 and the Kodak DX6490. I ended up going with the latter for a few reasons. Below are the things that swayed me to the DX6490, they may not meet your requirements.

Reasons for picking the DX6490 (in no order):

- picture quality is better than expected (it rivals the Nikon 5700 I had.) Compression is not an issue.
- large 2.2" LCD (153,000 pixels and 4x zoom) for viewing after the shot has been taken.
- wider shutter range than the other 3 cameras (1/1000 to 16 sec)
- good price.
- ease of use (Menu and button locations are great, especially after using a Nikon 5700.
- low 80 ISO in PASM or Auto mode.
- battery life is amazing, 310+ shots and the low battery indicator still did not come on.
- Orientation sensor! When shooting portrait style photos the camera 'knows' the camera position, therefore I never have to flip the picture when I view in on the computer...nice time saver!

Reasons for not picking the...

Oly C-750 (was my 2nd choice):
- the C-750 is about $100.00 Canadian more than the DX6490.
- 256MB xD cards are currently $60.00 Canadian more than the 256MB SD card.

Fuji S5000 (was my 3rd choice):
- in PASM mode 200 is the lowest ISO (160 ISO in Auto mode is available).
- Shutter speed was only as long as 2 secs.
- seeing too much consistant noise examples in gallery sites on the net.

*Minolta Z1 (4th choice):
- to be fair it wasn't available at the time I was looking in shops for a 10x. I read comments and a couple of reviews and the most consistant issue I heard was that the lens felt 'loose' <shrug?>

Here are some examples; http://juetts.com/6490/

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Old Jan 25, 2004, 5:24 PM   #3
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My sister has the 6490 and she loves it. It does produce very good pics. It has very limited manual adjustments.
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