The compact EasyShare DX6490 is one of Kodak's latest in their DX high performance, consumer range of cameras. Featuring a 4.23MP CCD (with 4MP effective), the camera is capable of capturing images at up to 2,304 x 1,728 resolution, which places it at the higher end of the consumer digital camera spectrum.
The DX6490 has a professional-styled body, but don't be fooled -- it's extremely small and can be easily operated with one hand. Which leads to a problem with digital cameras in general, particularly for the smaller models. You need to be careful to hold the camera steady when lining up your shots as it can be quite easy to take blurred photos.
However, for simple design and one-handed operation the EasyShare DX6490 is unsurpassed. Everything is where it needs to be (all controls within easy thumb reach), without requiring amazing feats of dexterity. The DX6490 does quite a good job with all settings on 'auto', and was able to handle different lighting conditions in a reasonable fashion. If you are after manual control of your camera you'll find the switches and settings well laid out, but recessed where you won't accidentally knock them.
Almost half of the rear of the camera is given to a generous 2.2in LCD preview screen, which makes lining up shots, reviewing shots or navigating the menu system a pleasure. While its contrast levels could be better (when reviewing shots), it's more than bright enough, plus with the ability to zoom into and pan around an image at 2x or 4x it really gives you the ability to judge your photos as taken.
If there's a criticism of the camera it's that perhaps it's a little simple at times, and limited by its menu system. The DX6490's design, coupled with the easy to share functionality in all of Kodak's EasyShare range makes this a perfect camera for the newcomer to digital photography, while its image quality makes it perfect for the more experienced snapper.