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Kodak EasyShare DX6490
Kodak EasyShare DX6490

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Kodak EasyShare DX6490

Editor's Review

The 4-megapixel Kodak EasyShare DX6490 is Kodak's first extended zoom digital camera. The 6490 combines a 10x optical zoom with simple controls and a well-designed body that makes it easy to grip the camera. A large LCD helps you frame your shots, and simple on-screen instructions guide novices as to what mode to use. We recommend the purchase of the optional EasyShare docking station, which makes downloading pictures as easy as pushing a single button.


  • 4.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 10x optical zoom/3x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 80-800
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • UPC: 00041778206768
  • Release Date: Oct 17, 2003

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Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fabulous pictures (Don Moery — 02/01/2008)

I have used this camera for close to four years. I also own five other digital cameras. The lens on the camera is great and the 10x optical zoom tops all of the others producing pictures that are razor sharp with dazzling color. It's a little jewel.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera. (vince — 11/04/2007)

The DX6490 is a very good camera if you want to leave everything on auto,and has a great deal of manual settings for the more experienced user.The lcd screen is a good size and the 10x zoom is optical exellent.I have two batteries,but the battery life is so good I have never needed the other one.I have had mine a couple of years with no problems to date. A great camera with loads of features.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Far better than I'd imagined (Nicole — 10/31/2006)

I was looking for something to allow fast action photos in low lighting, especially at live concerts. After a little research on digitals with good zoom and manual controls, I got the DX6490. I have been completely thrilled with it. Twenty concerts, beach shots, city night shots, and many other uses later, I can't say enough about how fabulous the camera is. Pro photographers are shocked when they find out I took my pictures with an EasyShare. I would wager this is the best EasyShare Kodak ever produced. The only drawback is that there is some noise in the pictures when you are in low light situations, so if you're looking to photograph images for huge posters in low lighting with no flash, this isn't for you. Anyone else, I highly recommend it. I even got my 80 year old grandmother to buy it when she was looking for a new digital, and she takes great shots with it without knowing anything about the manual controls.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love it!!!!!! (Susan — 10/24/2006)

I just bought this camera 2 days ago. but, I love it

  • 1.0 out of 5
Deception (Paulo Martins — 09/03/2006)

All the pictures taken with my DX7590 - which is similar to the DX6490 - have bad pixels in the same places so it must have a damaged sensor.
The camera has a lot of dust inside the lens and there is no way of cleaning it.
The autofocus sucks because it only rarely takes sharp pictures at high zoom.
Indoor and night pictures have almost always bad quality.
The EVF works very poorly in strong light conditions.
When I complained - several times - about these problems, sometimes they simply didn't answer and when they did it was to tell me there was nothing they could do.
I ended up reusing my old DX6340.
Anyway, I will never buy Kodak again.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera (Caryn — 08/09/2006)

I don't have anything bad to say about this camera. I also spent $400+ for this camera. We have taken many pictures indoors, outdoors and also several videos. At this point I would say this camera is one of the best that I have ever owned.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great camera with serious limitations (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Like a few of the other reviewers, this camera is great, with a few serious exceptions. I have taken some GREAT photos with this camera in optimum light situations. Daylight outdoor scenes with high resolution have been spectacular. However, if you do not have optimum light situations you are in trouble. I have lost far too many key pictures that were at night due to this camera. Even going into the manual camera settings, which is a great option to have, does not resolve the issue. Pictures will turn out grainy and blurry. The camera will not automatically account for night conditions, and the manual settings are complicated. I had a low line 2 megapixel Cannon Elph that took far better low light pictures than this camera. The zoom is pretty fantastic, and there are a lot of other neat capabilities, but I probably would not buy the camera again.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent Outdoor Shots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've owned this camera for 2 years and like most others who have submitted reviews, I'm very impressed with this camera's performance in taking outdoor shots; clear, crisp, and pleasing to the eye using the Saturated Color mode. However, indoor/night shots are marginal (i.e., dim, blurry, uneven). I plan on buying a tripod and using the manual settings to compensate for this deficiency. My only problem with the design is having to rotate the mode selector to turn the camera off. A relative recently bought the new 5-megapixel version and the on/off is separate which cuts down on wear and tear.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Takes great outdoor pics, but terrible indoors. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am very disappointed with this camera. If I take pictures outside they look great. Taking a picture indoors is a different story. The photos are almost always blurry or grainy. I might get one good picture out of 100. I tried every possible setting, and still the pictures are blurry. This camera was a total waste of money. I see other people take pictures indoors with different digital cameras and their pictures look great. We spent close to $400 for this camera and it has not lived up to the great reviews that we read.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Have always been a Canon A1 & F1 user, but was going on a trip to Australia & NZ and didn't want to take all the lenses, film, etc. Bought the 6490 and tried it out for a bit before the trip and was really pleased with it and felt quite comfortable leaving my 35mm at home. By the time we got back from our trip, I was completely in love with this camera! It does just about everything my 35's would do and does it more easily and with less "junk" to lug around. (Not the mention the difference in weight). All in all, I don't think you could buy a better all-round camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Workable files size, easily packed. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought for personal use because of satisfaction with 3.2 megapixels for documentation of processes at work with older Agfa. Didn't want or need gigantic files. So satisfied with personal use, had employer purchase for business purposes. Great to send process photos around the world. It's a tool not a toy!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent outdoor pictures. Average low-light pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

An excellent choice for ameteur photographers like me. Very easy to use. Excellent outdoor shots. Great for safaris, portraits, F1 races, vaccation. Have got a lot of compliments on the photos. The camera doesn't give a clear picture in low light conditions with multiple light sources.
Camera is a bit bulky, hence most ppl shake their hands while taking pics and the pic gets blurred.

  • 1.0 out of 5
The bad outweigh the good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had an extended warantee on a previous Kodak model that was not working properly and after 5 times sending it in, they finally gave me a credit to purchase another camera. I purchased a DX6490 because of Kodak's "reputation", but it's no better than the first one. Supposedly it has auto focus, yet most of the pictures come out blurry, even though I depress the button first to hold the focus. I'm not a professional, but I do know how to use a camera. The shutter speed is slow, it's bulky and the zoom lens doesn't want to go back in, even when you shut off the camera. You have to turn in on and shut it off 3 or 4 times before the lens will go back in.
The only good thing about it is that it is pretty easy to use....when it works. Well, my extended warantee is now up and I am in the market for a different camera. Kodak is NOT what it used to be!!! I will NEVER, EVER OWN ANOTHER KODAK!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nice camera but (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned this camera for nealy 2 years. I recently took a three week trip to Italy. The pictures taken outside were great although at the outer limits of the optical zoom pictures began to blur. Digital Zoom was useless in my opinion.

Pictures taken inside in low light were extremely disappointing. Even set to ISO 800 and manually setting the exposure, pictures were blurry in wide angle and telephoto.

If you are going to use this for occasional pictures it is a great camera. If you are going to take a trip were you are going to encounter low light situations you better consider a better option, especially if you do not plan on returning or are taking that once in a lifetime vacation.

I have decided to upgrade to a Nikon D50 Digital SLR. The shots I missed in Italy convinced me that I needed a camera that could handle all situations encountered.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I'm Impressed! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I always wanted a camera that would take pictures of things the way I saw them, this one takes pictures of things I cannot see! I use it like binoculars to bring images up close...takes wonderful outdoor photos! I have had two pics published and have had offers to buy many more from people who have seen them. Love to share photos and this camera has allowed me to do just that! The only downside is in very low light outdoor pics, but that is a small problem.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Greatest (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

If you are looking for a mid range high performance semi SLR. Then this is the one. PERFECT outdoors, not very great indoors. Overall neighbours envy owners pride. it is awsome when it comes to sharpness and outdoor pictures. the only downside is the night mode when u r taking a moving picture. u can only take stills in night mode.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very happy- some suggestions for cases (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I haven't had the camera long but I am very pleased with its initial performance. The images look great and the Kodak software is quite easy to use. Decent cases are oddly enough difficult to find, and the standard Kodak case looks like crap. I have two suggestions if you are planning to buy this camera: (1) The Quantaray digital camera bag (qc-bn) and (2)the Lowepro Rezo TLZ 10 Medium Topload Case. Both look very nice and can be either worn on the belt or carried with a shoulder strap. I chose the Quantaray (at Ritz camera) because it is smaller.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Dust collects inside camera lens (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera collects dust INSIDE the lens and Kodak says they cannot prevent it! Stupid!

  • 4.0 out of 5
great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a great camera, it produces great quality prints and the price was within my budget this is my second digital camera , my first one was a point and shoot. On the down side however it's not that hot on taking indoors shots, but that is the only downside.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Easy To Use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Very easy to use makes taking pictures a snap. The only problem that I have is if it is not in the ideal light then you don't get very good photos. Great for beginners

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera ! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Graduated to digital after years of using Minolta SLR cameras with a range of lenses and finally became tired of bad colour prints and disappointing sharpness. Chose the Kodak after briefly considering Canon and Fuji equivalents but was sold by the remarkable quality of the prints which the photo shop showed us. And my own prints have been just as good: my friends are all so impressed with the professional photographs we come back with from our holidays. The colour is vivid: the focus is always sharp and crisp and the battery lasts extremely long. My only wish would be for a panoramic or stitch facility (although I have been told these don't always work too well) and a better optical viewer for bright light conditions when the screen is almost invisible. However, even when I put my eye to the viewer and guess, the results are usually excellent ! Although there are portrait, landscape etc modes I find I get just as good results by just firing away on automatic. I am definitely a Kodak user from now on - this camera is brilliant !

  • 4.0 out of 5
Really good, but wondering if it is time to upgrade? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had the Kodak for about 1 1/2 years now. I, too, have had other people go out and purchase this camera after seeing the quality that I've gotten on photos. I think that the 10x zoom is an absolute must.

I'm now seriously wondering if it is time to upgrade. I have small children, and it is hard to get the camera to focus and shoot fast enough to get the shot that "was there" just seconds before. I also have had the camera "freeze up" and need to be shut down—and then it mysteriously works fine again.

The size is great, which is an issue always for me. I don't want to tote around a lot of weight, and this one was much, much lighter than the other ones I looked at.

All in all, it's at a great price now (I spent much more 1 1/2 years ago!)and I'd definitely recommend it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
It's good. Somewhat (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera has lots of pro's, however there are a few cons. I find I get a lot of blurry pictures when I'm not in the most ideal light setting. ie. indoors. Outside this camera rocks! fabulous wonderful outdoor shots. This camera gives you an advantage in lots of manual settings. One thing that could use improvement is how much noise it makes when zooming and focusing.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great display and ease of use -a good digital choice for anyone. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After many determined years, avoiding pressure to go digital, I decided to try it out.

I researched for 6 months and eventually chose the Kodak 6490.

My reasons -Lithium battery, 10*zoom, large display, ease of use, colour reproduction and downloading to computer-----and of course a good price.

It has exceeded my expectations on all the above.

Several friends now have one, after seeing my results -even another die-hard 35 mm Canon man!

Drawbacks -- I soon realized that the camera needed a 256 memory -which has proven a good move.

I have now purchased a second battery and a second 256 memory card. Most useful when on holiday for taking hundreds of pictures.

When I used my Canon I was always aware of the cost of producing the hard copy pictures. However with my digital camera, I have so much fun editing the pictures on my computer and no worries about how many pictures I take.

Another slight drawback is the small menu selection wheel which is a bit 'fiddly'.

However, I would definitely recommend the camera to anyone who wants a good reliable and easy to use digital camera.

Most fun, is producing the cd's and watching with friends when I put them on the tv. So much easier to put each event on a cd and much easier to store. Would be useful to get advice on the best quality long- term cd to purchase - for posterity pictures.

Fairer evaluation would be good to excellent (for my requirements) -but you don't have this category.

Hope this helps others make up their mind.

  • 5.0 out of 5
DX6490 Delivers the Goods. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have used Canon A1 35mm SLR's for years and years. Finally I had to change to a modern Canon EOS model. Digital came and I tried a Kodak (good for snaps), a Canon which was excellent until the flash was used and the pics showed all the dust in the air, another Canon (still using it) and finally, the Kodak DX6490. Now we are back to SLR territory. I get clear, well colour- balanced shots, in focus and sharp. Sometimes I do take shots below "workable" lighting conditions knowing I can correct them on the computer. All in all, I am delighted with this camera and have plenty of scenery shots and memories to prove it. Only two minor flaws. The button time lapse is rather long (after 35mm) and there should have been a flash shoe for a more powerful flash. I will get an accessory bar and try to find something to make my Canon flash connect on a lead instead of through its foot. This really must be one of the best digital cameras around at a reasonable price yet still delivers the goods!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very good camera for the money. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First, I am somewhat of a camera nut, have used high end 35mm, Medium format and large format film camera for 50 years. My daughter went digital last year and the results look OK.
So when Fry's put the DX6490 on sale for $199.00 I purchased one.
It works very well, the zoom lens is good except at each end.
I am having to get use to the slow time between shots and the camera writes to the card.
With time this thing may become my main camera for most shots. However, if a picture is real important to me, a 35mm camera will be used. Guess this is the fact I am old, and use what I know will do what I want.
Also, support American companies.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Super Camera!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is really somewhat of a super performer. The 10x optical zoom is just what I need to capture great quality photos and Kodak's kept it's ease of use as before. Even a small kid could use.
This camera should be attractive to both amateurs and advanced users. I have also bought some wide angle and telephoto lenses and the results are awesome. Really worth the money. Go for it!

  • 4.0 out of 5
great zoom / slow between pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The images are vivid and clear.
The zoom is incredible for shooting the kid's baseball games, I get outfield shots with no problem.
The time between pics - while waiting for the camera to "write" the last shot is too long. It's
frustrating trying to shoot sports.
For more stationary subjects the quality of pictures for the price is unbeatable.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Old Timer, New Convert. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Am very satisfied after initial misgivings about tiny controls and unfamiliar format of Digital photography in general, and new digital vocabulary to be learned after a lifetime of film use from Kodachrome's ASA 10 days. Remember ASA 10? For anyone picky about color fidelity in a variety of light conditions, have no fears here. Color realism seems to me startling. Ease of use probably is a standard setter. Can be pointed and shot, or be set up for manual settings for individual preferences and creativity. Flash scenes are of course, flat lit, as are all camera flash units. Nothing changed here. Highly recommended. CMG.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Simply a great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Bought this camera two weeks ago and after learning how to use the features, which are easy, I've found this to simply be the very best camera I've ever owned. This is my third Digital camera and after dealing with high megapixel cameras with no optical zoom lens to buying this camera with the German made Zoom lens, I'm simply in heaven. The nature pics are the best feature. But all in all a great camera!
  • 4.0 out of 5
Great for Nature/Outdoor Photos (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Have taken over 1,000 photos (lots of waterfalls) and the flexibility from auto to totally manual control is great. I thought there was a problem with the flash, and received very little help from Kodak in resolving the problem, which I traced to the lens/filter adapter. For whatever reason the flash fires but does not illuminate properly with the adapter in place. I do most of my photography outdoors but was glad to find the problem was not with the flash. Also, even thought the photos were so dark as to barely discern what was there(with adapter in place), when uploaded to the computer and enhanced--bingo, it was as though the flash had illuminated properly.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Great pictures, video feature was easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I love this camera! I bought it last summer before I went on a fishing trip to Alaska. It took GREAT pictures with super colors and was easy to use. I bought a 256 mb card online so I've got plenty of room. I had to think fast on the boat to get some video of whales that suddenly appeared, and I just turned the mode switch to video & pointed and clicked. Video turned out great with good sound to boot. Came with the docking station which is almost idiot proof (I usually test this theory - not on purpose). Can't go wrong unless your a pro with much higher expectations than me. The only thing I'd like to see improved is the flash recharge time.
  • 5.0 out of 5
What a great camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
We took the DX6490 to Italy for 2 weeks and have nothing but great praise for the pictures, movies with sound, and ease of use. We've shown our pictures (which I took in 3.2mp instead of the maximum 4.0mp so as to save memory) through our TV and already have two friends who have said they're buying the same camera for themselves. The long-life battery is a must. Make sure to charge the battery through the 6000 dock or the SpeedCharger, because the AC adaptor is not a charger (I learned that the hard way and had to buy a charger for $100 in Italy). That's not a negative - I can't think of a bad thing to say about this camera.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Great optical lens (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
After using this camera for 3 months and 350 pictures taken on a trip thru the Canadian Rockies and at home, I found this camera is easy to use and creates great pictures. I have had compliments on the quality of the pictures. Only problem is now and again, it locks up, just shut it off and on again and it is OK. Video is great for those special moments.
  • 5.0 out of 5
I will simply say this is an excellent camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I recently bought this camera, my first digital camera. I will simply say this is an excellent camera. It is easy to use and feels great in my hands. I have let a few friends, that are above average photographers, use it and they all have nothing but good things to say about it. It has plenty of controls to produce excellent, highly detailed photos. The LCD is huge and fairly clear in bright sunlight too. My only real complaint is the 'dangle from a string lens cap.