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The Kodak DX3500 (2.2 m pxl) is a pleasure to work with and is as simple to use as the advert portrays. A week prior to buying the Kodak, I purchased my first ever digital camera, a ‘cool cam’ don’t know what make it was, couldn’t find anything on the packaging! At £100 I didn’t consider it to be cheap, and although I knew it wouldn’t give me top rate quality, I was very disappointed with its confusing controls and poor quality pictures. All of the pictures came out with vertical lines running down them. I took it back to the store and exchanged it plus an extra £150 and walked out with my DX3500. I had been expecting to pay and extra £199, but Argos had £50 off – nice one! I couldn’t wait until I got home to start playing with it so while waiting for the bus (car broke down - bummer!) I opened the packaging delved in for the camera and started searching wildly for the lithium battery pack. My heart was pounding, I thought it wasn’t in the box – but it was right at the bottom. Put it in and…nothing happened. Of course, I hadn’t stopped to read the instructions – just like me. I realised I would have to charge it up. It only took a couple of hours for the red charging light to go green for ready and I was off. It is simple enough for a technophobe to use – I swear, my mother could use it, if you knew her, you’d know why I say this! There are 3 stages for the shutter 1 – closed 2 – open 3 – Zoom - (shown by a flower), you can use the directional buttons on the back of the camera to increase or decrease zoom maintaining good quality. The picture you are about to take is shown in the decently sized LCD screen. (although sometimes the picture looks dark in the screen, when taken it is normal. Taking pictures is a breeze and they appear almost instantly on the LCD screen for a few seconds with the option
to delete the picture straight away. If you take no action the picture stays and you delete it from the preview mode if necessary. The select button on the back confirms each choice you make from the menu. When deleting pictures the default position for the select button is exit, so you don’t accidentally delete picture by mistake. You can delete them one by one or all of them. Apart from the shutter button on top of the camera there is also a dial, which allows you to choose the function you require 1 – camera mode You can change date/time stamp settings, red eye reduction, select storage medium, set the self timer change the settings for taking your snaps from good 900 x 600 pixels allowing you to store around 50 pictures and 1800 x 1200 for great prints but obviously storing fewer pictures. An 8MB internal memory is supplied with an option to add a 64MB card. 2 – preview mode Here you can protect individual pictures from deletion, magnify them, perform a slide show, copy to a media card, view picture information and more 3 – settings Here you can change things like the time, date, language, brightness and format There is a button specifically to turn on the flash, unlike on my first purchase. You can select Auto, Fill or red eye reduction. Picture Transfer For easy transfer of pictures connect the USB cable to your computer and the docking station provided. Connect to the mains and put in the camera. You can transfer pictures while the camera is charging in the docking station. At a touch of the button, the process is initiated for you. You will get a chance to configure your transfer settings and can choose to transfer one at a time while renaming them (they are given filenames with a combination of digits and letters), or you can transfer all of them. You can also choose to delete each picture after transfer or leave it in memory. You can create subd
irectories. The photos will be stored in a Kodak Pictures folder on your C:\drive. After transferring your photos you have a choice of adding fun effects, creating slide shows and more. There is an audio/video cable supplied too. All the cables supplied are of good length. I haven’t worked out what to do with the video/audio cable yet as I haven’t seen any option to take video clips, but I’ll get around to reading the user guide (which comes in Adobe format) one day! A great camera, quality pictures and so simple to use. I'm very pleased I forked out the extra £150. If you would like to see the quality of the pictures, visit the website I created to help parents of children with Cerebral Palsy. In the Aids & Therapy page there are hyperlinks to pages containing pictures taken with the camera. You'll be able to tell the difference between my first digital cameral and the Kodak DX3500 without a doubt! www.writer29.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk - and if you know anyone who could use find the site helpful, please pass the link on. Thanks.
I had never used a digital camera before now and apparently, with this model, you can't go wrong. I didn't need to put in a compact flash card in to store pictures; it did it already with 12 piccies at best quality and 30 pictures at good quality. Just pick up the camera and start snapping straight away. There are two different types of settings for picture taking, close up and panoramic. This makes it almost foolproof. The Kodak transfer dock makes it a dream to use. This is a relatively new idea with this kind of dock that is permanently ready to transfer pictures at the touch of a button, but it works so well. You just place your camera on the dock and press the small button located on the front and the software instantly pops up on your screen. The battery charges in less than two hours and by including the dock you automatically have a place to store the camera and charge it at the same time. The camera dock comes complete with a small insert tray so if you decide to update your camera, you just take out the tray and insert the new size tray and it automatically fits into place. A universal place to park. The included software is incredibly easy to install and at the touch of a button, hey presto, there are your pics in glorious technicolour. You can use the software to mess around, sepia, mosaic, and even print out in any size that you want, including the entire standard picture sizing and it automatically places them ready to cut from one piece of A4 glossy paper. You can even e-mail them to all your friends from this one port of call. Incredibly easy to use camera, fantastic picture quality and software for everyone. What more could you ask for from your beloved??? UPDATE..... Just bought a 128mb compact flash card (original Kodak) and inserted, takes an incredible 196 pictures. I used this camera all day at Disneyland Paris, using the LCD screen to take pictures and view them strai
ght away. When coming home at 9pm that night we all viewed the days trek, the battery lasted the entire time. 118 pictures later and 6 people turning the camera on and off to view the entire catalogue of pics. It still hadn't run out, in fact I probably could have used it for at least another 24 hours with no problems whatsoever. I LOVE THIS CAMERA!!!