The basic configuration for this expedition was the trusty ol' Thinkpad and Nokia we had along on our first two expeditions.
Thanks to the Digital Imaging Group's participation, we had two exellent Kodak camera's on loan (see Doug's review below) as well as our reliable standby Mavica.
When out on a Digital Expedition, the desire to let people at their browsers zoom in the way our eyes do, to capture more detail, is part of the experience. So it was exciting to play our part implementing the developing FLASHPIX/IIP standard. In addition to DIG's site, good resources to learn more about this software side exist at: Hewlett Packard OpenPix Internet Imaging and the Kodak Developer Relations Group.
e-mailed June 22, 1998, 4:48 PM
by Doug Filter
Having become used to the Mavica cameras and an original Kodak DC50, we were extremely surprised to discover how fine the Kodak cameras, loaned to us by the Kodak company, actually were -
Kodak DC210 - the girl's favorite, this hardy camera was easy to use right out of the box. It had a nice feel, the icons and menus accessed quickly and logically, and the images were crisp and bright. It came with a 2 meg memory card, which, at the higher resolution settings filled up pretty fast, but it was simple to load the pictures onto a laptop and continue, so we didn't feel that this was a hindrance. It is a useful, light and durable camera that feels and acts precise in its nature.
Kodak DC220 - This camera is a statement of how fast digital imaging is advancing. The case is comfortable, light and has a fine feel to it. The buttons are logically located and strategically placed. The viewing screen turns off when not in use, to conserve batteries. The menus are logical and access quite fast. We were able to pick up the camera and start taking beautiful pictures right away. However, it pays to study the camera, manual and features, as this camera has some amazing capabilities.
The resolution in "Best" mode is 1152 x 864, which results in files around 350k, plenty of detail and crispness. The camera also has a "Burst" mode, which allows you to capture an action sequence, perfect for creating animated gif's on the web, or studying motion for improving your sport. It also has a "Time Lapse" mode, which allows the camera to be programmed to capture a picture every few seconds, so you can play back in series differences over time - storms will build up, boats will blaze past, and so on - a fun feature, although not explained well in the prepublication version of the manual we received with the pre-production version of the camera.
Most interestingly, the camera comes with software which can be loaded on your computer, and which allows you finer control and programming of the camera from the computer. Our first, brief look at this feature reveals some very promissing opportunities which we plan to explore in the next few days.
I am looking for a buyer for my Mavica so that I can acquire one of these fine instruments.