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      08.08.2002 00:27
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      I never thought of writing something on this camera but I should have done it a long time ago. It really deserves we stop a moment to consider its beneficial support and part in the world of technology…maybe not with my words mind you. I am not very good at using technical terms when it comes to cameras (or any other specific products) so I kept this review simple and hopefully useful and informative. I am absolutely fascinated by the automation that digital cameras have brought to the industry and the DC is a great way of getting involved in this new technology. Once the instructions booklet read (something I don’t really like to do but when it comes to electronics stuff it is a must) I took few shots and what a snap! It produces great-quality pictures. I downloaded straight onto the machine and e-mailed to my parents in France who were very happy with them too. As you may know all my family lives in France and sending photos by post (without adding the price of the development and the films) is a luxury nowadays. Having a digital camera couldn’t make things easier for us and it is cheaper too to run. A magic creation. How simple is it? A memory card which will contain all the photos taken is in the slot so no need for you to put a film in. put the camera on, make necessary adjustments (play with the zoom, set the quality of the picture, put the red-eye function on or not, ……) and simply press the button. You can have a look at your beautiful take on the LCD screen and if not satisfied simply delete it and start again. Look of the camera: 2 colour options, a silver and a gold one. We have the silver version and it is quite sleek. The camera is almost completely rectangular, so it doesn't feel ergonomically correct for your hands but still looks great. It is quite light but would weigh like a feather if it wasn’t for the 4 AA batteries. It is just smart and hand
      y. We couldn’t ask for more. Humm yes maybe for one thing: the battery tray is in plastic so are the components allowing it to lock properly. It is then very easy to damage them if you are not careful. i just accidentally broke the lock and wait on a quote to get it fixed. The LCD screen is of good quality and you can review all the photos you have. There is also a counter so that you know exactly how many shots you took. It comes with a PC and a Mac serial cable so that you can download the photos onto the computer. There is also a video cable allowing to see them on the television. The software provided is very easy to install and to use (about 60 mb). It allows you to touch photos. You can alter the brightness, size, quality…and do all sort of other things that I am still learning to do . Some of the Features I like the most - 2x Zoom lens - A flash with red-eye reduction - 1.8 inch LCD display screen - 1152x864 pixel resolution at the highest setting. - Automatic Timer - Can be hooked up to the TV to capture screen shots Features I dislike - It comes with a serial cable, whereas most of the other cameras in this price range have USB connections, which transfer pictures quicker. - It only comes with a 4 mb memory card so at the highest quality settings this card holds about 12 pictures. Memory cards are quite expensive but at the end you can store many photos even on a 16mb, great for any occasions really. - It eats batteries within few hours so well worth it to invest in rechargeable ones.

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        07.06.2002 07:36
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        Before offering an opinion on the Kodak DC215 digital camera, it would only be fair of me to mention that this is the only digital camera I have ever used – and it was part of a PC package; so I couldn’t really place a value upon it. What I can offer however, is my rookie opinion and a brief perspective based upon my own experiences of using this wonderful little gadget!!! Basically, I chose to include the camera in my PC package almost three years ago out of sheer novelty value – although it wasn’t long before the novelty became a fundamental part of everyday life. So far, this fabulous piece of equipment has shared my graduation day; the birth of my nephew; taken holidays with me; and even helped me to find a new apartment. Being such a technological bimbo, I must admit that I had my initial reservations – however, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered how easy it was to master; even the supporting software proved to be virtually fool-proof. The instruction manual (for those that bother to read them!) was very straight-forward and easy to follow – with a detailed table of contents and a step-by-step guide (with illustrations) on everything from taking your first picture to troubleshooting if the need should arise. The camera itself comes with a number of useful features including: a zoom function; a ten second delay self-timer; the ability to add the date or a template to your pictures; instant review of your shots; and the option to delete one or all of your pictures. In addition to this, the user is able to select from a choice of quality (good/better/best) and resolution (high/standard) for the picture – and depending upon your choice, the camera is able to store between 12-54 pictures on a 4MB memory card (included with the camera). In the two years I have been using the Kodak DC 215, I have only discovered one small disadvantage – that the batteries (even high quality
        brands) tend to drain rather quickly if using the self-timer and/or zoom functions. However, for the sake of remembering to pack an extra packets of batteries; I feel that the benefits a person would get from using this camera far outweigh this minor set-back. After first being introduced to the world of digital photography, and since meeting the Kodak DC215, I can only recall using a ‘normal’ (non-digital) camera once – and I severely missed the advantage of deleting any poor photographs before wasting money on development (it was safe to say that the pictures didn’t turn out very well!). For anybody who uses a camera for regular daily snap-shots and special occasions alike, I would heartily recommend this user-friendly little machine… just think of the money that you’ll save on films and processing!!!

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          24.04.2002 17:44
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          I never thought of writing something on this camera but I should have done it a long time ago. It really deserves we stop a moment to consider its beneficial support and part in the world of technology…maybe not with my words mind you. I am not very good at using technical terms when it comes to cameras so I kept this review simple and hopefully useful and informative. How did we end up buying the DC215? Well it was actually part of the computer package we ordered over 2 years ago. Lucky us? Yes quite a bit for the camera but the PC is another story. In fact we were not supposed to get this very unique camera but an Agfa that has also the function of a webcam. To us it looks far too cheap when you compare it to the PC specifications. As my partner and I were aware of the money invested in the computer we openly shared our views with the sales assistant and requested a better quality camera and a separate webcam. The deal finally came to our advantage and we had what we wanted without giving an extra penny. However I wasn’t sure how good was the DC215 he kindly put in the package. I may have read few opinions on it and I was very much happy to see it is a beginner's digital camera, although it would be great for experienced users but to be the one to use it is slightly different. On the way back home I was getting excited about the DC. I couldn’t wait to try it and it seems so easy too. I am absolutely fascinated by the automation that digital cameras have brought to the industry and the DC is a great way of getting involved in this new technology. Once the instructions booklet read (something I don’t really like to do but when it comes to electronics stuff it is a must) I took few shots and what a snap! It produces great-quality pictures. I downloaded straight onto the machine and e-mailed to my parents in France who were very happy with them too. As you may know all my family lives in France and sen
          ding photos by post (without adding the price of the development and the films) is a luxury nowadays. Having a digital camera couldn’t make things easier for us and it is cheaper too to run. A magic creation. How simple is it? A memory card which will contain all the photos taken is in the slot so no need for you to put a film in. put the camera on, make necessary adjustments (play with the zoom, set the quality of the picture, put the red-eye function on or not, ……) and simply press the button. You can have a look at your beautiful take on the LCD screen and if not satisfied simply delete it and start again. Look of the camera: 2 colour options, a silver and a gold one. We have the silver version and it is quite sleek. The camera is almost completely rectangular, so it doesn't feel ergonomically correct for your hands but still looks great. It is quite light but would weigh like a feather if it wasn’t for the 4 AA batteries. It is just smart and handy. We couldn’t ask for more. Humm yes maybe for one thing: the battery tray is in plastic so are the components allowing it to lock properly. It is then very easy to damage them if you are not careful. We just accidentally broke the lock and wait on a quote to get it fixed. The LCD screen is of good quality and you can review all the photos you have. There is also a counter so that you know exactly how many shots you took. It comes with a PC and a Mac serial cable so that you can download the photos onto the computer. There is also a video cable allowing to see them on the television. The software provided is very easy to install and to use (about 60 mb). It allows you to touch photos. You can alter the brightness, size, quality…and do all sort of other things that I am still learning to do with the help of my partner. Some of the Features I like the most - 2x Zoom lens - A flash with red-eye reduction - 1.
          8 inch LCD display screen - 1152x864 pixel resolution at the highest setting. - Automatic Timer - Can be hooked up to the TV to capture screen shots Features I dislike - It comes with a serial cable, whereas most of the other cameras in this price range have USB connections, which transfer pictures quicker. - It only comes with a 4 mb memory card so at the highest quality settings this card holds about 12 pictures. Memory cards are quite expensive but at the end you can store many photos even on a 16mb, great for any occasions really. - It eats batteries within few hours so well worth it to invest in rechargeable ones. I am afraid it will be all I can say about it with my beginner experience. Overall it is a great camera and nowadays doesn’t cost much in its field and still seems to be a favourite on many recommendations sites.

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            23.06.2001 21:03
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            If you are new to the world digital cameras I can highly recommended the DC215. Very easy to use, easy to review the pictures on the small screen on the back of the camera. You can delete the image if you don't like it and try again. A little bulky and heavy for some, mainly due to the 4 AA batteries. I find the image quality is fine for my purposes and I'm sure most other peoples. I normal get around 24 pictures at a time on my 4MB card which came with the camera. I use my camera to put images onto the yahoo auctions and also to review the building of our new house. With digital technology I am able to upload the files onto the web and share the images with my family and friends, it's great. On the downside here are a few things to bear in mind. This camera eats batteries !!! You would be better of buying several packs of re-chargeable batteries otherwise it will cost you a fortune. I also purchased an A/C power adapter for my camera (£40 !!) but obviously this can only be used within the confines of your wall power socket. Download times from the camera to the PC are slow. It takes me around 15 minutes to download the camera, 24 pictures. Again, this eats the batteries so my A/C adapter is a must. Another option would be to buy a card reader. With the reader you put your memory card into the reader instead of getting the pictures direct from the camera. This loads the pictures in a fraction of the time, but I was not prepared to pay another £30 - £40 just to download my pictures quickly. I'm never in that much of a hurry personally. I'm fine downloading from the camera with my A/C power adaptor attached. Overall a great camera, very easy to use and good quality output.

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            12.06.2001 20:56
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            I was asked by work to test 5 Digital cameras, One on them was the DC215. The camera was easy to use, and the picture quality very good. The DC215 was the cheapest Digital camera with a compact flash card that I found on the market, so I was very suprised with what I got for my money. There were a few problems that I encountered and worth taking note of what the camera will be used for. 1. If unprotected in a bag it could turn it's self on and run out of battery. 2. The LCD screen is used after every photo is taken so the battery life is not that long. 3. Changing the batteries lead to the battery compartment coming loose and so loss of power to the camera.(three cameras) 4. Connecting to the laptop was quicker with an adaptor and not with the lead, in order to get your photos from the camera. All in all with these points in mind if used carefully this camera has proved to be the best value for money.

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              18.05.2001 05:11

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              I love my DC215, it is reasonably good quality in photo resolution, not the best - but considering the price .... very good. I use mine mainly when I am at work looking at machine problems and emailing piccy's back to my drawing office as an example. The resolution is more than adequate, "a picture speaks more than a thousand words." I like the feel of the solid build and it dont bother it to be chucked around in my breifcase on flights etc. My only criticism is the software for pic transfer to PC, slow and messy, thats why I bought a PCMCIA compact flash card adaptor, just plug the memory card in and bingo, the file transfer is as fast as your machine can cut and paste. Good on my ancient laptop. If you have spare cards they can also be used for other file store applications as well. Well done Kodak for a handy robust jobbing machine which dont cost an arm and a leg,

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              18.05.2001 01:40

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              This all new digital camera from Kodak seems to work prefectly well and smoothly. At first I found it easy to use and user-friendly. The computer connection was okay and the 1.0million megapixel quality was quite hard to beat at that time. I think this camera works best if you actually need a digital camera, if you don't I might recommend a good SLR camera. But, personally, I prefer digital cameras to standard ones because you don't need to take them to your local Boots to get them developed. But, of course, if you wanted to, you could do that as well, so you have the coice between the two. Overall I would recommend this digital camera because of value-for-money and the user-friendly environment created.

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              10.05.2001 20:39
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              I bought this as a first digital camera in November 1999 to monitor the work on renovating my house. You can see the results at www.william-powlett.net (but the pictures of Amelia are NOT taken with the DC215). In general I have been very pleased with the camera, although it does have three fundamental shortcomings out of the box. The first is that the 4MB card is woefully inadequate for storing high quality pictures (it fits only three pictures at the highest quality sometimes), the second is that the card is not supplied with rechargeable batteries. The third is that you have to use a serial link to take pictures off the camera, and this can be pretty slow in this era of USB. Once you have bought rechargeable batteries and a bigger flashcard things look up, although this will add £60+ to the cost of the camera. I bought four NiCad batteries with a charger and they last incredibly well. Four “well known” standard batteries would last around half an hour, but the rechargeable ones last for days. I was lucky enough to get a USB adapter free with my 8MB flash card, and that made taking pictures off the card a doddle. If you stick with the standard “out of the box” solution for retrieving pictures, the software supplied as standard with the camera is pretty good. It allows you to see the camera as an extra “drive” on your PC and copy files from the camera to the hard disk. This is much better than other cameras where you treat the camera like a scanner and have to take the files off one by one. The camera has a useful screen on the back which gives a preview of the picture for quick deleting, and can be used to zoom and pan on stored images. There are a lot of settings, including date stamping each picture. I use that because if I want to remove it it is pretty easy to do on the computer. You can use the screen as a view finder if you like, but that saps batteries, and the optical view finder i
              s far easier to use (unless you want to go really close up). So, what about picture quality? I have been pretty impressed given that the resolution is not that high. On the highest resolution and detail, landscapes can be a little disappointing, but for close-ups they can be excellent. The problem is that the results are inconsistent. My feeling is that camera shake comes in to play. The lower resolution (640 x 480) is uniformly pretty good. I am happy with the performance, but when compared with a friends £500+ 3.1 megapixel camera the pictures look like they come from the cheaper version. I print pictures, look at them on screen and publish them to the web. The prints are pretty much indistinguishable from a real photo on the right paper, and on the web where pictures are reduced in size they look very sharp. The flash is extremely bright, which is generally a good thing, but can wash people out if they are too close to the camera. Finally, the camera is very robust! I have dropped it twice from waist high on to concrete. Both times I broke the battery compartment. The first time Kodak replaced it very quickly, the second time I actually broke the catch inside the camera so it is now held together with elephant tape. I use the camera every day, it still takes good photos and for the price it has done me proud. I have taken well over 3000 pictures and have no plans to buy a new digital camera. 21 May 2001: Having recently seen the next generation of digital camera - a £450 Kodak with 3.1 megapixels - the DC215 feels rather dated. However, although on screen the pictures from the more modern camera are stunningly good, the prints I make at home are limited by the printer quality. Whilst I drooled over the new camera, and its landscapes were fantastic, I still have no plans to ditch my 215. 21 November: Camera still going strong. I am now completely convinced that camera shake is to blame for the fuzzy pictures. In good light co
              nditions, pictures are excellent. In bad light, they look blurred.

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                18.04.2001 23:12

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                I suppose I shouldn't have expected so much from a £220 digital camera. The image quality is sometimes very poor (even on the highest setting) but you do get the opportunity to view it on the LCD screen before commiting it the the small standard memory card. The serial connection is painfully slow. However the zoom works quite nicely, and the macro mode is quite good for closeups. This camera is probably best suited for beginners, but don't forget to try getting one at an online auction instead of spending £220 on one then wanting to replace it in 6 months.

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                12.04.2001 00:21

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                Bought this about 2 years ago and it is a good little unit but there are now better ones on the market - my main gripe is that it is too big and weighs a ton so it isn't very good to keep in your pocket - personally I like the new digital ixus but haven't bought one yet as it is too expensive. Battery life is good so long as you don't use the LCD screen too much and image quality is not too bad but 1 mega pixels is looking a bit old now what with a number of newer units boasting 3-4 mega pixels. One point to note - don't take these cameras out on the ski slopes - in very cold weather the LCD panel can freeze - if this happens it will crack and is VERY costly to repair.

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                28.01.2001 04:25
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                I am now on my third dc215! All exchanged under warranty. The camera in general is a good work horse but I have noticed small blotches on the pictures that look like moisture but was an internal fault. Is this because of a bad batch?? I don't know but beware. They have a helpline who also failed to call back when promised. I have also noticed that distance shots are a little fuzzy. Although I make these points I am still generally happy with this camera the simplicity is good and the serial connection is handy if you have a silghtly older PC without USB support.

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                  05.01.2001 05:03
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                  The Kodak DC-215 is an ideal first digital camera. It's relatively cheap (available for around 200 pounds now), takes good pictures, and is simple to use. The Compactflash card included (4Mb) is just about sufficient to start with, but look to buy a larger card after a few months use. The LCD screen is fairly good, the user interface is simple, but functional, and the whole package certainly looks and feels the part. So, what's wrong with it, then? Well, to be honest, not very much. It positively EATS batteries (I used up my first set in a few hours use), so invest in rechargables. The other problem is the delay between pressing the 'take picture' button, and the picture being taken (note that this only occurs when using the flash) - It's not a huge delay, but it is there. Try taking a picture of a moving car - you'll miss the car almost every time. Also, pictures take quite some time to save to the compactflash card, especially on the higher image quality settings. It's also a little on the heavy side with the batteries in. Aside from those minor points (they may not be minor to some people, though) this is really an excellent camera. It's certainly the best available at the price, and is understandably popular. Look for the millenium pack, which comes with an 8Mb card as standard, and a USB card reader, which makes picture downloads much quicker.

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                    04.01.2001 04:13

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                    I have been using my camera for some time and find it reliable, easy to use and lightweight. It is solidly built but compact. It looks and feels like a 35mm camera with all the extras of a digital camera. The software provided with it is easy to load on the computer and use to transfer photographs. The camera itself is well marked so it is easy to change modes from connecting to the computer to changing the preferences. The picture quality settings can be changed from good to best so the memory card can store more pictures when required.

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                    09.10.2000 01:00

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                    The DC215 Zoom is Kodak's most compact, megapixel digital camera with a 2X (29-58mm) optical zoom lens. It creates 1152 x 864 pixel images and stores them in one of three levels (Good, Better, Best) of JPEG compression. Its megapixel images create photo-realistic prints up to 5x7" on today's printers. Great value for money for about £200. There are some flaws such as the tripod socket which is located on the extreme corner of the body. This placement of the socket will make the camera a bit unstable when mounted on a tripod. Overall though I think the average user is going to be quite happy with the pictures that the DC215 Zoom produces.

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                    02.10.2000 22:54
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                    If quality were judged by weight, this would be tops. It feels so reassuringly solid, backing up its excellent brand name. It is also very eay to use - just point and shoot, near enough. It has a manual zoom of 2X to back up the megapixel display. Most pictures therefore are easy to tyak and produce reasonable quality. If you are going to print out photos, try to make the image as large as possible in the viewfinder - if you are going to crop before printing you are losing resolution which wil show. In general too, i don't usually print out on much more than 6" x 4" photo paper where pixellation can barely be seen. the camera does has some drawbacks which are well documented in reviews - the on board card only takes 12 top resolution pictures (4Mb), and the batteries run down quickly if the LCD screen is used much, and fairly quickly anyway - and for the basic £210 you don;t get a mains adapter which is a pricely £40 extra. Don't take it far from home - and turn it off whenever possible - and delete pictures wholesale through the PC based controller - much quicker. The camera comes with Adobe Photoshop 3.1 an adequate but not brilliant program. As for picture quality - it is good enough for me, but may be not for the discerning. It is however a very good introduction to digital photography. ******************************************* Update 10/00: +++++++++++++++ A computer magazine has pointed out a couple of things this month (Computer Buyer Nov00) 1) The 215 is fixed focus. It actually does remarkably well considering IMHO 2) There is evidnce of compression techniques on pictures - I noticed difficulty on large flat grey areas - I had assumed that this was the printer that was struggling - most likely now it was the camera at fault. Update 12/00 +++++++++++++ I've been using this camera a lot to put pictures onto Ebay auct
                    ions. The fixed focus is only a small problme - even close up pictures come out remarkably clear. The Adobe Photoshop 3.1 packaged with it is a little limited mainly in formats supported. I have also bought a mains adaptor from buy.com for less than £30 (65% of list). It is expensive partly because it is global and has four different plugs into which the transformer fits. A waste as most people can cope with international mains adaptors - just an excuse to charge loads. But the adaptor is essential to save money in the long term as the camera eats batteries, and when taking close up pictures, the viwfinder is too offset and you have to use the LCD screen to frame the picture

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                    The Kodak DC215 is the choice for anyone who loves taking, making and creating beautiful pictures.

                    The DC215 Zoom Digital Camera is an outstanding value for creative picture takers. Megapixel resolution and 2X optical zoom provide amazing detail and vibrant color. There's a 1.8" color LCD that lets you review and preview your pictures, and a 4 MB Picture Card that stores up to 54 standard-resolution pictures. It's a snap to use, thanks to an award-winning interface and controls. And we've packed all this functionality into a silver metal-skinned design, among the most compact on the market.