Since I rediscovered Kodak digital cameras last year, I have loved them.  Now, there is a convenient “package” that just can’t be beat.

Start with the EasyShare Zoom 3.1 Megapixel Digital Camera (DX6340) for stunning photo quality prints from 4″ x 6″ to 11″ x 14″.  Add a powerful 4x optical zoom coupled with a 3.5 x advanced digital zoom and professional quality lens for incredible sharpness.  Include a high performance flash powerful enough to shed light on subjects up to 19 feet away. One-touch sharing allows you to tag pictures to print or e-mail; also store 32 e-mail addresses right in the camera for extra-easy e-mailing.  There, you have the camera, priced at only $330.  This is probably the best value I have seen in a camera of this quality and the smallest with 4x optical zoom.

The other half of the “package” is the EasyShare Printer Dock 6000 — The easiest way to create Kodak-quality photos with or without a PC – or a technological bone in your body. Easy?  Kodak invented easy.  Just dock your EasyShare camera, press print, and you’ll have vibrant 4″ x 6″ borderless, waterproof photos that will last a lifetime. Press another button for a TV slide show.  It also transfers pictures to a connected computer, Mac or PC, at the touch of a button and recharges your digital camera’s batteries (included with the printer dock) while it’s docked.  This little gem is only $200. Combined refill paper and dye cartridge packs will have suggested retail prices of $14.99 for 20 prints, $24.99 for 40 prints, and $39.99 for 80 prints.  Because the refill packs include color cartridges, users don’t have to worry about running out of supplies in the middle of a project.

This is NOT a conventional inkjet printer.  It is a high-quality dye sublimation printer that adds a special XtraLife laminate coating which helps ensure the prints are durable, waterproof, and last a lifetime — just like prints from traditional photographic processes.  The dye dries instantly!

Now you have the makings of a super-easy snapshooter’s camera AND a matching printer.  The combo makes a great Father’s Day gift idea, which I spied on my recent visit to one of my favorite destinations for gotta have it stuff – Best Buy.

All I can say it that the “system” works perfectly.  One thing is certain, that this camera will never confuse and confound the user.  It is as straightforward to use as they come.  It is ALWAYS ready to snap a picture, even if photos are being reviewed on the large, crisp and bright display.  In any mode, simply press the shutter button to snap a picture. You NEVER have to push or twist something changing modes to get ready to take a picture.  I love this feature.

I also recommend two available accessories with this camera – the Wide Angle and Telephoto lenses with special lens adapter.  These inexpensive add-ons make a great camera even better.  The Wide Angle lens allows the user to take in a wide left-to-right area from closer than normal.  It is particularly useful shooting indoors and also outdoors, such as when trying to shoot the front of a building without having to be far away.  I use one frequently and would not travel without it.  The telephoto lens extends the optical zoom WITHOUT degrading the image quality.  You can find these accessories on the page with all accessories for this camera HERE.

See them both at your nearby Best Buy, or online at  Detailed camera info is HERE.  Detailed Printer Dock info is HERE.

For more camera details, read on . . .

Image Resolution – Up to 2032 x 1524

Image Storage Media and Capacity – MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital

Imaging Sensor Resolution – 3.3 total, 3.1 effective megapixels

Lens – 4x optical/3.5x digital zoom/14x total

Lens Focal Length(s) – 35mm equivalent 36-144mm

Viewfinder – Real-image optical, 1.8″ indoor/outdoor color TFT LCD screen lets you preview and review pictures even in low light settings

Burst Mode – Yes

Internal Memory – 16MB with MMC/SD expansion slot

Text Overlay – Date and time

Shutter Speeds – 4 – 1/2000 sec.

Aperture Range – f/2.2 – f/5.6 (wide); f/4.8 – f/13 (telephoto)

White Balance – Auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent

Flash Range – 1.6′ – 19.4′ (wide); 2.5′ – 8.9′ (telephoto)

Flash Modes – Auto, red-eye reduction, fill-in flash, flash off

Orientation Sensor – No

External Flash Mount – No

Focus Range – 1.6′ – infinity (wide); 2.5′ – infinity (telephoto)

Movie Mode – Yes – Video and audio capability lets you capture video/audio and play it back through the camera’s LCD and built-in speaker

ISO Equivalent – Auto, 100, 200, 400

Self-Timer – 10 sec.

Interface – USB, Kodak EasyShare camera dock-compatible

Video Outputs – NTSC, PAL

Audio – Yes

File Formats – JPEG (Exif v2.2)

Exposure Control – Auto, manual

Image Storage Capacity – Varies

Batteries – 2 AA lithium or NiMH batteries or 1 CR-V3 lithium battery

AC Adapter – Optional

Digital Magnification – 4x

Imaging Sensor Type – CCD

Imaging Sensor Size – Not rated

Time Lapse – None

Tripod Mount – Built-in

Accessories Included – CR-V3 lithium battery (or equivalent), video-out cable, USB cable, wrist strap, Kodak EasyShare software CD

Additional Features – Auto rotation so pictures will always appear right-side-up in viewfinder

Product Height – 2.5″

Product Width – 4.3″

Product Depth – 1.5″

Product Weight – 7.8 oz.

Warranty Term – Parts 1 year

Warranty Term – Labor 1 year

Compatible with Kodak EasyShare Camera Dock 6000 and Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock 6000

Kodak color science provides consistent color and sharpness

Automatic and scene modes (portrait, landscape, night and sport) make creativity easy


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