2003: Kodak Easyshare DX6490
It is sometimes easy to forget that Kodak was actually the first company to produce a digital camera way back in 1975. More than 25 years later, this one is a 4mp model so small that it drops easily into the palm of the hand.
For its age, it has an impressive specification not least an all glass Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon f/2.8-3.7 lens whose zoom range is the equivalent on a 35mm camera of 38-380mm. The aspheric lens elements of this lens give corner to corner sharpness, while extra low dispersion glass reduces chromatic aberration. The spec includes multi-zone autofocus, manual and auto exposure, a digital zoom that increases the range to 30x, a comparatively large 2.2-inch LCD screen and JPG images recorded on an SD card.
The Easyshare is shown here (above) from the front with its flashgun flipped up and from the back, showing the simplicity of its controls. No pictures have yet been taken with this camera.