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Kodak DCS 14n

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DP Review
6 April 2004
  • Conclusion: The DCS-14n certainly created a stir at Photokina last year, since then it's been a case of 'forever delayed' for this camera, and even now while I review it I still get the feeling that Kodak haven't really finished developing it. Stepping away from that the DCS-14n is certainly a very interesting digital SLR, it offers a full 35 mm size sensor with huge resolution, even a year ago we couldn't have imagined double digit megapixels in a portable single-unit digital SLR...
  • Pros: Amazing resolution, the highest we've seen so far (takes the crown from the EOS-1Ds), Ability to produce very sharp lower resolution images (puts any six megapixel to shame), Full frame 35 mm size sensor, offers excellent wide angle shooting, Good dynamic range with up to 1.5 stops of extra data in RAW and ERI-JPEG images, ERI-JPEG offers 'RAW like' image recovery for overexposed images, In-camera histogram displays extended dynamic range, Job Tracker / IPTC support i...
  • Cons: High ISO noise levels (especially at slower shutter speeds), Intrusive noise reduction (can not be disabled), Moiré visible in images with fine detail, Slow startup time (4.5 seconds is too long for a D-SLR), Slow continuous shooting, Much slower write times shooting JPEG, Flash sync max 1/125 sec, Limited high sensitivity (ISO 400 max at full resolution), Camera system still in 'two halves' (photo / digital), Low color saturation, 1/2 EV steps for exposure selection ...
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Overall 8
Value for money 6
Features 8
Performance 8
Construction 8

Kodak Pro 14n Review

By Thom
15 March 2004
  • Conclusion: Recommended with qualifications ; in bright light with the new software and at the base ISO value, this camera produces state-of-the-art DSLR images. Low-light or high ISO users will be less impressed, but can still produce decent images. Be sure to read the caveats, below.
  • Pros: Noise . When it's there, it can be bad. If you need high ISO values or long shutter speeds, this isn't your tool., Changing Target . The software never seems to get done, and each little increment means you have to pay attention to the changes and perhaps learn new tricks., Expensive . You're paying a premium over a D100 to get more megapixels and full frame. That better be what you need. (Some would say that the Pro 14n is less expensive than the Canon 1Ds, the other...
  • Cons: Megapixels, baby! You'll be downsizing your output to get 8x10 prints! The Pro 14n had the highest resolution of any DSLR when it was introduced., Full Fram e. Wide angle is back. So are fisheyes. What you learned in framing, focus, and perspective with 35mm cameras applies perfectly., It's a tank . I can't complain about the body build. Robust., Handling Pluses . Nicely designed software with excellent menuing and help. Easy software updates. Exposure lock. A nice ha...
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