I just got my first digital camera today, the Kodak CX7300. It wasn’t as expensive as the Sony Mavica I had in mind and since there was a promotion at G.K Vale this month I took the plunge and splurged about half my monthly salary on this purchase. The Kodak CX7300 is the latest in a series of entry level digital cameras that are aimed at the beginner/casual photographer market. After discount the camera was listed at Rs 8,300 including taxes and they didn’t give any freebies. I thought long and hard at the counter wondering if I’d have enough money at the end of the month to buy a pitcher of draught KF at the local pub if I went ahead with this deal.
Unfortunately for me it’d been less than 6 months since I joined the company and my credit card was stil under processing so paying cash upfront was the only option. Still, being a bachelor with a decent job in an MNC and taking home around RS 200,000 (sounds unbelievable now) per year so I had some cash to spare.
Lets get the tech specs out of the way first;
Sensor: 3 Million pixels.Wow this shit is awesome!
Internal Memory: 16 Megabytes. My buddy with the Mavica would need more than 10 3.5 inch FDs to match that capacity
Display: Live view and playback on 1.6 inch LCD
Storage: SD and MMC cards supported, the guy at the counter said I can buy cards with capacity of up to 512 Megabytes
Video: Shoots 320×240 silent video in .mov format
Connectivity: Supports USB 2.0 data transfer
Whats in the box:
2 AA Kodak batteries
Software installation CD
My previous camera was a 35mm fixed lens Yashica automatic film camera and compared to it this Kodak is amazing. I can take a shot and review it instantly on the LCD. I’ll never have to worry about some idiot room mate opening up the film compartment and exposing the reel or have to wait till the roll is over to process the film.
The camera response is pretty good too, it just take a couple of seconds for the camera to switch on and then you’re ready to go. I took it along with me on a couple of office trips and it was very popular with the guys since they could all share the pictures on their computers and email it to their friends back home.
Picture quality: The output images are in JPEG format and can be used for prints up to 11 inches. I print most of mine in 4×6 size so its more than adequate. Pictures taken in broad daylight are sharp and detailed but performance in low light conditions is really bad but the guy at the Kodak Color Science Lab (he even wore a white lab coat!) reduced the noise in the prints after working his magic. Here’s one I took when I visited Delhi in 2006;
The next month I bought a 128 Megabyte Multi-Media Memory Card (MMC) which upped the storage capacity of my camera to insane levels. I also decided to spend some money on an imported camera pouch. I found this brand called Caselogic which came from Singapore or Taiwan. It cost Rs 499 but is high quality stuff and protects my camera from rain and dust while I’m riding my bike on weekend trips.
This is probably what I would’ve posted in my blog back in 2004 if I had an internet connection in our bachelor accommodation in Bangalore. I dug up this camera from my closet during the Eid holidays, did some cleaning and popped in a new set of batteries and it still works like a charm after more than 8 years of service. Hope you enjoyed the review as much as I enjoyed remembering it and writing it down.