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Kodak DC290

alaTest has collected and analyzed 265 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the color and portability. The value for money and usability also get good feedback. The manual image adjustments and storage get mixed opinions. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and focus.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Kodak DC290 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Kodak DC290


Last year Kodak found themselves playing catch-up to the new league of 2 megapixel digicams. What was their reaction? The DC265, an excellent digital camera in its own right, but really what the DC260 should have been when it was first released, most...

Excellent Image Quality (bright and vivid colours) ; Very little distortion effects (barrel or chromatic) ; Time-lapse feature ; Amazing low light capability ; At last - uncompressed mode ; Powerful yet measured internal flash ; External flash synch...

Noise visible on images, especially in shadows ; Slow updating and poor display LCD (still!) ; Focusing sometimes requires a "double hit ; Noisy mechanics (lens / zoom) ; Slow bootup ; Lack of real manual controls (outside menu system) ; Lack of...

If you're an avid scripter (read Digita) or a big Kodak fan then you'll love this natural progression from the DC265.. though I suspect many D260/DC265 owners were hoping for much more than the DC290, something to compete with the best 2+ megapixel...

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Kodak DC290 Zoom


Kodak's latest entry into the high-end consumer digicam arena is the DC290 which they proclaim on the box as "3.3 Ultra MEGAPIXEL Resolution" in large lettering followed by smaller lettering that says "2.1 megapixel non-interpolated." This type of marketi

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Digital Cameras - Kodak DC290 Digital Camera Review


The DC290 is an impressive offering from Kodak, extending their Digita(tm)-based product line into the 2 megapixel arena. This latest model provides high resolution (including an uncompressed storage mode for the first time), superb color, and...


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Amazon review summary for Kodak DC290


alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 user reviews of Kodak DC290 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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96% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Kodak DC290 2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom

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Excellent picture quality, a bit slow


I've had this camera for a few years. I bought it when the newer Kodak models had already come out because I liked the bigger design that is easy to hold and the manual controls which some of the newer point and shoot cameras didn't offer for a ...

Excellent color/print quality ; choice of manual controls ; easy buttons and menus w/out petroglyphs

Takes too long to take another picture ; blurry pictures in low-light w/out flash

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A Great Camera!


I've thoroughly enjoyed owning this camera and normally would have upgraded to something bigger and better by now, but I'll let the kids wait a little longer... Unlike another reviewer, I haven't had major problems using 37mm lenses with this camera -...

Easy to use ; compact ; change settings on the fly ; red-eye deterrent built in ; great value for the money

Batteries go quick ; too much lag time between shots, especially when you're using a flash ; needs light in darker areas to take good photos ; feels "big/bulky" if you're used to 35mm cameras

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Kodak DC-290 a lemon


I purchased a Kodak DC290 in early 2000 for personal use as an upgrade from a digital camera with fewer features and megapixels. I was pleased with the camera's operation until about 3 weeks after the warranty ran out. This was when the camera failed...

Worked, for about one year

Worked for only a year with battery power

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Awesome legacy technology!


This camera is amazing. You can load custom scripts and have the camera boot to a customized operat ...

Incredible photo quality. The ability to take uncompressed photos (TIFF).

Slight shutter lag time.

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Great quality. Not for people trying to take action pictures.


If you are taking pictures of objects that don't move, this is a great camera. I was literally overwhelmed with the quality of the pictures. I also really liked the red-eye flash. However, there are several drawbacks to this camera. To be honest,...

Excellent picture quality, impressive features.

Horrible battery life, delays and below average shutter lag.

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Great camera for most users



Good price ; semi-pro camera ; 3MP range W/Digita Scripting and GPS interface capability

Needs bigger card, eats batteries

Product Specifications

Kodak DC290 Zoom digital camera takes brilliant, dazzling pictures, thanks to 2.1 megapixel high/3.3 megapixel Ultra resolution. But what makes it the ultimate in digital flexibility and control is its ability to "learn" scripts and applications - much like you'd customize your PC with different software applications. Adjust, edit and apply special effects. Control and customize camera settings. Create animations. All right inside the camera. Whether it's for the most demanding business applications or sophisticated personal use, the DC290 is one very smart purchase. The camera's lens optically extends to 3X with no loss in quality, plus camera can "digitally" zoom an additional 2X for added flexibility. DIGITA scripting means you control everything from adding text and sound, to storing and cataloging pictures, to color balance and contrast - all right inside the camera. You'll be able to add new scripts and applications as they become available. Kodak DC290 Zoom is the only camera in its class to combine burst, audio and time-lapse functionality. You get more picture-taking options. The camera provides less waiting and faster results, with full USB support that lets you download up to 10x faster than serial interfaces. As new features and capabilities evolve, you'll be able to update the DC290 over the Internet. It's fast, easy and incredibly convenient.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:20MB/8MB


Country Kits:Europe
Model:290/290 Zoom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Kodak DC

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.0/F/3.0-11/F/3.0-4.7
Max Focal Length:24mm
Min Focal Length:8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:2.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image/Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL/PAL
Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):100
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical