Conclusion: There's a lot to like about the 5MP Kodak EasyShare DX7590 superzoom: It's easy to use, takes colorful images and is reasonably quick. If only it had image-stabilization features and took slightly sharper images, it would be one of our favorites.
Pros: Solid and easy to use. Images show vibrant, appealing colors. Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 10X optical zoom lens. Large, bright LCD automatically adjusts to lighting conditions. Kodak's EasyShare system makes sharing photos simple. On-screen explanations of settings and modes.
Cons: No image-stabilization abilities. Images can be noisy and a bit soft.
Conclusion: The DX7590 is a camera that rewards those prepared to take the time to learn how to use all its functions and to work around its foibles - you start getting better and better pictures the more you use it. Quite how this fits in with the 'EasyShare' concept I'm not sure, though Kodak has done a fairly good job at combining sophisticated features with genuine ease of use.
Pros: Nice color, generally very good exposure, Versatile 38-380mm zoom range, Very compact, Good handling, Good flash performance, Good white balance in most situations, Large, bright LCD screen, High resolution EVF, Both screen and EVF work well in low light, Generally accurate focus, Lots of features, easy point-and-shoot use, Huge range of scene modes and simple explanations of features/functions, Simple, automated picture sharing with supplied software suite, Good batt...
Cons: Not very high resolution - lack of fine detail, Slightly soft images, Over-aggressive noise reduction at ISO 160+, Some problems with high contrast/wide dynamic range scenes, Occasional exposure problems, Lack of image stabilisation limits use of long end of zoom to bright scenes, Some controls are fiddly, Very slow buffering/card writing, Camera freezes for up to 25 seconds after 4 or 5 shot burst, Highest quality setting is still quite heavily compressed, No custom/...
Excerpt: Physical Views The DX7590 and a standard CD for size comparison. The 10X Zoom Kodak DX7590 and the Fuji FinePix S5100 . Continue on to Features & Controls DX7590 Specifications CCD resolution 1/2.5 inch type (5.36 M total pixels) 5.0 M effective pixels 4:3 aspect ratio image sizes 5.0 MP -- (2576x1932 pixels) 4.4 MP -- (2576x1716 pixels) 3:2 4.0 MP -- (2304x1728 pixels) 3.1 MP -- (2048x1536 pixels) 1.8 MP -- (1552x1164 pixels) image quality JPEG standard and fine zoom...
Excerpt: The Kodak
EasyShare DX7590 ($499)
is the follow-up to the well-received DX6490 from last
Pros: Very good photo quality, Large LCD, sharp EVF, LCD and EVF usable in low light, Many manual controls, Flash sync port for external flash, Supports conversion lenses, Hybrid AF system for low light focusing, EasyShare system makes it very easy to share and print photos, Plenty of scene modes, Good redeye test performance, Can save favorite settings to a spot on mode dial
Cons: Details in photos can look muddy, overprocessed; photos tend to be soft, as well, No manual white balance or manual focus, Image stabilization would be nice, VGA movie mode, while nice, has a sluggish frame rate
Summary: The Kodak Easyshare DX7590, has some appealing qualities, the 10x optical zoom lens, the large 2.2" screen, a 5 megapixel sensor, a good macro mode, and it's quick focusing and shot time, however due to the camera not having any form of image stabilisation, the 10x zoom is often only usable in good lighting, and it's images are a bit soft and fuzzy. The MPEG4 movie mode is appealing, although other cameras often have a higher frame rate.
Pros: Good colour, Good macro mode, Large 2.2" screen, Very quick focusing, Quick shutter response, Slow zoom / quick zoom control, Good video mode (MPEG4), Orientation sensor auto-rotates images, Red-eye reduction can work well, Easy to use, Very low purple-fringing
Cons: Slightly soft / fuzzy images, No Custom White Balance, Delay zooming (in playback mode), Doesn't take AA batteries, No way to access playback mode without the lens extending
Summary: Kodak's super-zoom demonstrates superb handling and an impressive performance. The controls are intuitive and the zoom control is slick. Image quality is above average with good contrasts and accurate exposure but the resolution can seem a little rough when pictures are enlarged, despite the five-megapixel sensor.
Summary: On test, the DX7590 produced photographs with slightly elevated contrast and saturation, although colour fidelity was generally high. Pictures had excellent edge-to-edge sharpness but sharpening artefacts were common. Low light shots were clean but noisy at ISO 400 and 800. Response times were average. . .
Pros: Excellent picture quality for the price, Superior electronic viewfinder, Plenty of shooting options
Cons: Sharpening artefacts common, No image stabiliser, Poor AF performance in low light [BG05]
Summary: Not a name you instantly think of when talking about quality digital cameras. Obviously when thinking of film cameras Kodak is a big name, although they have made digitals for years, here at last they make a giant leap forward.