A Consumer Education Project. Comparing two Digital Cameras one by Fuji and one by Kodak.

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Consumer Ed. Project

Fujifilm Finepix 3800; 1.8 inch TFT LCD monitor, 3.2 megapixel camera with 6x Optical and 3.2x Digital Zoom, all for less than 300 dollars. Kodak EasyShare DX7590; newer model, 2.2 inch TFT LCD monitor , 5.0 megapixel camera with 10x Optical and 3x Digital Zoom, all for less than 500 dollars. One is older, slightly less quality, but still considered a good buy, and one is newer, slightly better quality - but is the more expensive Kodak EasyShare really worth the larger money you spend, or would it be just as nice to have the Fujifilm Finepix and not have to pay as much?

As previously stated, the Fujifilm Finepix (which from hereon in I shall refer to it as "Fuji") has 3.2 megapixels, as compared to Kodak EasyShare ("Kodak") which has 5 megapixels. It's a large jump, but do you really need those extra 2 megapixels? I consider myself an aspiring photographer, and anything about 3 has worked very well for me from large printouts to online graphics.

It is, however, still a nice feature on the Kodak.

The next significant difference is their zoom capabilities. Our cheaper friend, Fuji, has 4x less optical, but is barely any different with digital. When zooming in past about 5x it is generally necessary to have a tripod for best outcomes with most digital cameras, and for most digital camera owners, we don't want to use the tripod. For me, again, the zoom is generally not needed and, unless you have specific reasons for needing to zoom in close, there is no reason to pay more for Kodak's 10x as compared to Fuji's 6x.

One thing I didn't mention before was different camera settings. This is one of the areas where I found Kodak reigned supreme. Kodak...