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Kodak Digital DX3215 at the Zoo 100409

This is an older model of digital camera. Practically ancient. I paid about two dollars for it at a thrift shop this week.
This morning I took it to the St. Louis Zoo to see what it can and cannot do.

It has a few nice points.
It accepts SD memory cards, and when I slipped in a 1 gigabyte card, it said "ok."
At 1.3 megapixel maximum resolution, that means the camera can store about 3,000 images there at its highest quality!
The controls on the back were intuitive enough to allow me to figure out the settings without a book.
I was able to find a data connector end to fit the socket on the end, for direct data transmission to my PC.
Or I can pull out the SD card and slip it in my card reader.
And my PC recognized the camera.
Camera has a real optical zoom, 2x, equivalent of 30mm to 60mm.
If you push the tele button again at full magnification, it engages a virtual zoom for an additional 2x, done by cropping.
The flash works, in four different modes.
It also has a macro mode.
Camera has two finders, the direct optical scanner if you want to conserve power, and the LCD as a finder.
And the body has a very "Homey," "Familiar" look and feel... I think it is made of the same batch of plastic that Kodak used for the 135 Pony cameras, back in the 1950's!!!

Now the downsides.
It eats up battery at a tremendous rate. It kept dying on me at the Zoo, I was doing tricks like wiping the battery comtacts and reinstalling, to squeeze a little more juice for the next shot.
It takes forever to boot up. If the camera is not already turned on, forget about catching that elephant's smle before she lumbers off.
It takes forever to store the data to the card, before it is ready for the next shot.
It has the annoying habit of powering down when you wish it wouldm't.

But that all being said, it surprised me with the quality of some of the images.
And it really excells under some weird low light conditions, such as the little boy in front of the glass walled fish pond.

Please remember to click on thumb images to see enlarged.
All imagesd are 2009 E.J.Kowalski.
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