Simple enough for anyone, the Kodak DC3600 makes
pictures good enough for all but the most demanding users. It
comes with a docking tray that you keep connected to your PC or
Mac. To upload pictures to your computer, just place the camera in
the tray and press a button. Kodakís software does the rest. And
the camera recharges as it sits in the tray. If you need a longer
zoom, or higher resolution, Kodak (and many others) makes more
Itís a crowded field.
Toshiba are among the better-known names.
35-70 mm f/3.3-4.5 (35 mm equivalent), 30 mm threads, built-in
2x optical, 3x digital
0.5 m (1.6 ft.) to infinity, close-up mode 28-60 cm (10-24 in.)
Automatic; continuous automatic exposure during movie capture
shutter speed 1⁄8 to 1⁄1200 second
100, 200 (automatic)
0.5-3.2 m (1.6-10.5 ft.)
modes: off, automatic, fill, red-eye reduction
Best - enlargement, up to 8" x 10" (25 x 20cm);
Good - snapshot/email, up to 4" x 6" (15 x 10cm)
Kodak DC3600 Digital Camera
By Patrick McQuillan
College is hard enough, so I sure donít want to work
any harder than I absolutely have to when it comes to setting up and
using my digital camera. And uploading pictures has to be really
in our dorm room, my roommates Sean B., Peck, and Sully decided we wanted a camera thatís easy to use and
really easy to hook up to our laptop PCs. And we didnít want to spend a
ton of money, either. Thatís why we chose the Kodak DX3600. We can transfer
and share pictures with the touch of a button, thanks to Kodakís EasyShare
When you place the camera
in the dock, your pictures are automatically uploaded to your computer and
the cameraís battery is recharged
The EasyShare system features a camera dock
and two digital camera modelsóthe DX3500 and the DX3600 Zoom (which we
tested). The camera dock connects to the PC (or Mac). It addresses two
my pet peeves with digital cameras: easy connection and charging the
When you place the camera in the dock, your
pictures are automatically uploaded to your computer and the dock recharges
the cameraís battery pack. The EasyShare system also includes software that
allows you to connect to the Internet so you can to e-mail or print
and dock are one part of the EasyShare system. The other part is Kodakís
Picture Software, the brains behind picture sharing. Several features are
Picture Transfer: Press a button and the camera dock automatically
transfers the pictures to your computer within seconds. You donít have to
plug a cable into the camera or load a memory card into a reading device.
Picture Sharing: The Kodak Picture Software incorporated into
the EasyShare system lets you simply e-mail or print your favorite pictures.
A few more clicks, and you can also edit and enhance them.
Picture Management: EasyShare lets you organize your pictures in folder
by date, name or event. It also lets you delete pictures from the camera
after they are transferred to a computer. That makes your camera ready for
taking more pictures.
Battery Recharging: The camera gets a recharge every time you put it in
the dock. A full charge takes about 2.5 hours.
We had a great time using the DX3600. We were
all over the campus, indoors and out, taking pictures that some parents
should never see. The quality was really good, but once in a while weíd see
someone with ďredeye.Ē Thatís caused by the flash reflecting off the
blood-rich retina of the eyeball. Or maybe they just had too much to drink.
We printed a bunch of pictures on 4" x 6" photo
paper, and they looked great. But what we usually do is share the pictures
via e-mail or by posting them on our own Web sites.
To me and my roommates, the idea of being able
to take pictures and within seconds share them around the world is pretty
powerful. I guess itís not like the old days when you had to bring negatives
to the photo shop and wait a week for reprints. Thank goodness.
Anyway, we all liked the Kodak DX3600. I wish
each of us had one. Hey Kodak, are you listening?<
Yeas & Nays
uploading to PC
need to plug cable into the camera
place camera in the dock, software does the rest
zoom lens would be nice
200 is good; 400 and 800 would be better for sports
How many pixels are enough? Most entry-level
cameras shoot at 2.1 megapixels (thatís 2.1 million pixels), good
enough for snapshots. For more demanding work, or where youíll be
cropping pictures to use only a small portion of the image, youíll
want to consider a 3.3 megapixel camera. Olympus and Sony offer 5
megapixel cameras, but these are strictly high-end offerings.
Most digital cameras store pictures on a memory
card. Naturally, the greater the capacity, the more pictures it
can hold. Cards holding 128 Mbytes or 256 Mbytes are a great value
and have dropped in price over the past two years.
couple in your pocket and youíll have more than enough for
hundreds of pictures. And itís a lot easier to carry than rolls of