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Concord 6340z Digital Camera First Thoughts Review
by fsacj -  5/10/2005

Concord 6340z Digital Camera First Thoughts Review

Concord is known for providing lots of features and impressive specifications for a low price.  The new Concord 6340z is no exception, with 6 megapixels of resolution for only $229.99.  Where it really stands out from the competition, however, is not in its advantage in the price/megapixel race, but in its other features not usually found in this price range.

Concord 6340z

With a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, true 3x optical zoom, mpeg-4 movie mode, and a high resolution LCD, the Concord 6340z allows even the most budget conscious buyers to have features previously unattainable.

The 6340z is surprisingly small and light, and easy to operate with one hand of nearly any size.  It is not as thin as some models, but it will still slide into a shirt pocket or loose pants pocket with ease.  It features an aluminum case which feels very sturdy and looks much more stylish than plastic.

The built in 16MB of memory will hold from 4-70 images, depending on quality.  This is great in a pinch, but a 256MB or larger SD card should be considered a necessity.

The Concord 6340z design is minimalist and simple, not flashy.  The button layout is straightforward and intuitive, yet there are provisions for accessing manual and advanced features.  To add to its simplicity, there is only one auto mode.  Creative photographers can switch to manual mode for full control over shutter and aperture

The LCD displays is a smallish 1.5 inches and quite sharp and usable outside, but strangely, the menu text is not as clear as most cameras.  The image becomes fairly grainy in low light.

Operational speed is not very fast, especially when shooting indoor with flash.  Even when pre-focused I am able to fully turn around and photograph what is behind me after I fully depress the shutter button.  In general, low light performance is limited to the flash range.

Check back with us in a few weeks for a full review of this offering from Concord Camera.