A brief info on Kodak DCS-Series Digital Still SLR cameras
Part VI - DCS-600 Series with Nikon F5 body Chassis

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01.1999. DC-260; 06.1999 Nikon D1 Digital Still SLR camera; 09.1999 Kodak Professional DCS-620 series (05.1999) Digital Still SLR camera; DCS-660) (03.2000). Fuji Photo & Film Co. Ltd.'s S1 Pro Digital Still SLR camera; 05.2000 Kodak PalmPix

When Kodak first introduced the EOS-EF-mount DCS-520 which used the top of the line EOS-1n as its core model, many thought the years-long Kodak/Nikon relationship has turned sour, especially during the period, Kodak only has used the 'lower-ranked" APS-Nikon body to come out with a DCS-315 & a marginally improved DCS-330 that followed later (however, the semi-pro-spec body N90s/F90x during the time, was still holds the honor as being the highest resolution digital SLR). But eventually, in order to satisfy and offset the discomfort of the dedicated Nikon F-mount Kodak DCS users, the Company eventually introduced a Digital Film Back in September, 1999 where Nikon's flagship model, Nikon F5 was used. This new combination of a revised film back built by Kodak on the Nikon F5 camera body restored earlier Kodak/Nikon partnership. However, despite having a year late in its debut than the EOS-based system, the Kodak DCS-620 didn't seemed to be enjoying a lot of benefit over the comparing Canon D2000/ Kodak DCS-520, except that most of the operational features and functions were now based on the Nikon F5 rather than Nikon N90s/F90x. The DCS-620 offers a similar 2 Megapixel CCD sensor as used in Canon/Kodak's D2000/DCS-520, it came with a continuous shooting rate of 3.5 fps for up to 12 shots before pausing to write to memory (almost Identical to the Canon/Kodak EOS D2000/DCS-520,and it has virtually the same components, function, and form (the Digital Film Back section). However, the camera has a built-in, removable Lithium Niobate anti-aliasing filter with infrared reduction coating. Focal length multiplication for the camera is approx. 1.6X. It accepts wide range of storage media such as PCMCIA Type II/III, CompactFlash Type I/II, IBM MicroDrive and even the Sony memory stick (with adapter). In short, it was just like a Canon's EOS EF-mount DCS-520 except it takes Nikkor lenses and features on the basic Nikon camera body that varies from the Canon. However, these comparisons of the Nikon DCS-620 with the Canon/Kodak DCS-520 may not be too appropriate as Kodak has already revised the DCS-520 with a 6 megapixels Kodak DCS-560 in late 1998 which enabled Canon has the best digital SLR at the time of its introduction.

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NOTE: -See Instruction Manuals for respective Models at the bottom of this page.

While at the same time, Kodak announced an variant of the DCS-620 model as Kodak Professional DCS-620x (May, 1999). Like the DCS 620 camera, the DCS 620x is built on the Nikon F5 platform and retains all the durability, functionality and lens compatibility of that single-lens-reflex camera. The camera features ISO settings ranging from 400 to 6400. Key to the DCS 620x digital camera was a revised designed 2-megapixel (1736 x 1160) 13um, ITO, CCD (charge couple device) sensor, color filter array (CFA) pattern, and low-noise electronics. The new CFA on Kodak’s 2-megapixel ITO (indium tin oxide) CCD basically enhanced spectral response, producing high picture quality at high ISO ranges. In addition, a serial port is added for GPS receivers and direct cellular telephone connectivity, burst rate of 3.5 frames per second, and a sustained burst depth of 12 images. Further, on top of a new software noise reduction filter, the DCS 620x offers Kodak’s "Picture Protection" – a range of features that includes post-shot exposure compensation,

Other features include, photographers can customize the DCS 620x with such options as removable anti-aliasing and IR blocking filters, IPTC captioning, white balance uploading, direct cellular phone transmission, and a wide choice of storage options. The camera has a retailed price of USD$10,495 at the time of its introduction.

Probably many Nikon digital faithful who may have bought the DCS-620 earlier also might feel rotten over all these developments, because barely within a year in September, 1999, Kodak introduced another revised followed-up of the 620 called Kodak Professional DCS-660 Digital Still SLR camera to enable Nikon has similar "high-end" spec digital imaging tool as the Canon. It comes with 2 models: DCS-660 & DCS-660M. Both models employ a 6 million pixel (3040 x 2008 pixels) Indium Tin Oxide CCD imager (2:3 aspect ratio) operating at 80 - 200 ISO while the DCS 660M shares a high image capacity of 6 million pixel imager (2:3 aspect ratio) but operating at a higher 320 - 880 ISO ratings.
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* ISO Range: 80 to 200
* Battery life of up to 100 shots or unlimited number with AC adapter
* Bit depth: 36-bit color (12 bits per color) original capture
* Burst rate: 1 f/sec, min. 3 frames buffered before PC Card write
* Image size: 3040 x 2008 pixels
* Size: 7.6 in. (194 mm) tall, 6.2 in. (158 mm) wide, 3.4 in. (88 mm) deep
* Weight: 3.49 lbs. (1.58 kg) without lens
* Conforms to FCC Class B, CE Mark
* Class B Declaration, VCCI Class 2 Certified


Other features include, photographers can customize the DCS 620x with such options as removable anti-aliasing and IR blocking filters, IPTC captioning, white balance uploading, direct cellular phone transmission, and a wide choice of storage options. The camera has a retailed price of USD$10,495 at the time of its introduction.

Sections outlined below may let you evaluate the main features shared among all the models within the DCS-600 Series:

Credit: All images of the Kodak DCS-620 shown here courtesy of Adorama® Inc. "Ebay - Mathew Duren" <ebay@adorama> Webisite URL: Adorama.com, who also operates a popular Ebay Store. All images appeared herein are Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.r.

Image quality:
*   DCS 620: 2 million pixel imager (2:3 aspect ratio) operating at 200 - 1600 ISO
DCS 620x: 2 million pixel imager (2:3 aspect ratio) operating at 400 - 4000 ISO
660: 6 million pixel imager (2:3 aspect ratio) operating at 80 - 200 ISO
660M: 6 million pixel imager (2:3 aspect ratio) operating at 320 - 880 ISO

NOTE: -See Instruction Manuals for respective Models at the bottom of this page.
*   Anti-aliasing filter to minimize color aliasing or IR filter to improve image quality
*   Enhanced White Balance functionality including ability to save White Balance settings (not available with DCS 660M)
*   Calibrated exposure and color
*   Large wide cross array with five-area autofocus sensor (Multi-CAM1300) system (incorporating three cross type sensors) covers wider horizontal and vertical ranges in the viewfinder than other systems

NOTE: -See Instruction Manuals for respective Models at the bottom of this page.

Image management:
*   Dual active slots for PC Cards
*   JPEG file processing allows you to finish files on the camera (DCS 620 and 620x)
*   Ability to recover deleted images
*   IPTC data in image header
*   Lossless compressed 12-bit raw data for processing with DCS Host software
*   Microphone for recording sound files
*   Transmit data using serial port. Transmit images with a purchasable option

Image Capture:
*   DCS 620, 620x: 0.5 frame/second continuous frame rate with 3.5 frame/second burst for 12 images
DCS 660, 660M: 0.15 frame/second continuous frame rate with 1.0 frame/second burst for 3 images

NOTE: -See Instruction Manuals for respective Models at the bottom of this page.
*   Vertical shooting controls
*   Intervalometer allows you to set your camera to capture a series of images automatically
*   Global Positioning System option determines the latitude and longitude of the camera
*   Dynamic Autofocus for moving subjects, and choice of five fixed Single Autofocus areas
*   Two autofocus modes: Continuous Servo AF and Single Servo AF
  Other features:
*   Image LCD panel where you can perform functions such as setting the date/time, formatting a PC Card, deleting images, displaying a histogram, and specifying camera properties.
*   Back Status LCD panel displays camera and digital information (white balance, frame#, remaining frames, battery level, PC Card present, and microphone active).
*   3D Color Matrix Metering
*   Flexible Center-Weighted Meter
*   Custom Settings for added versatility
*   1/300 High-Speed Flash Sync (with Custom Setting; 1/250 sec. and slower at normal setting)
*   High speed IEEE 1394 serial interface connector
*   AC adapter connector on camera & Removable rechargeable battery
*   Self-diagnostic double-bladed shutter tested to over 100,000 cycles
You can attach your camera to one of several computers, then move your images from the camera to the computer using the DCS Host software

Technical Specifications:
Type of camera   Integral-motor autofocus 35 mm single-lens reflex
Imager size   DCS 620 and 620x: 2 million pixels
DCS 660 and 660M: 6 million pixels
Lens mount   Nikon F mount
Usable Lenses   Refer to below for a list of compatible lenses*
Focus area/Modes   Five selectable focus areas; Single Area AF and Dynamic AF selectable
Focus mode   Autofocus and Manual with electronic rangefinder
Operation mode   BASIC and ADVANCED
Focus mode   Single Servo AF with Focus-Priority and Continuous Servo AF with Release-Priority
Focus Tracking   Automatically activated when subject moves in Continuous Servo AF mode
Autofocus detection system   Nikon Multi-CAM1300 autofocus module
Autofocus detection range   Approximately EV –1 to EV +19 at ISO 200
Autofocus lock   Possible once stationary subject is in focus in Single Servo AF; in Continuous Servo AF, focus can be locked with AE-L/AF-L button
Electronic rangefinder   Available in Manual focus mode with AF Nikkor and other AI-type Nikkor lenses with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Exposure Metering   Three built-in exposure meters - 3D Colour Matrix, Center-Weighted, and Spot
Metering range (ISO 200 w/ f.1.4)   EV0 to EV20 in 3D Color Matrix and Center-Weighted, EV2 to EV 20 in Spot
Exposure meter duration   Activated when the Shutter Release button or AF start button is pressed or when other camera controls are operated; turns off after 8 seconds or when the camera is switched Off
Exposure modes   Programmed Auto, Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto, and Manual
Programmed Auto Exposure control   Camera sets both shutter speed and lens aperture automatically; Flexible Program is possible in increments of 1/3 EV
Shutter-Priority AE   Aperture automatically selected to match manually set shutter speed
Aperture-Priority AE   Shutter speed automatically selected to match manually set aperture

Manual Exposure control   Both aperture and shutter speed are set manually
Exposure compensation   With exposure compensation button; ±5 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Auto exposure lock   By pressing the AE-L button while meter is on
Shutter speeds   Lithium niobate oscillator-controlled speeds from 1/8800 to 30 seconds (in 1/3 stop increments); electro-magnetically controlled Bulb setting
Viewfinder   Nikon multi-meter finder DP-30 provided as standard for the DCS 660 and 660M, modified for the DCS 620 and 620x; fixed eyelevel pentaprism high-eyepoint type; 0.8X magnification with 50mm lens set at infinity; approximately 100% frame coverage; metering system selector, diopter adjustment knob, accessory shoe and eyepiece shutter lever provided; interchangeable with Nikon AE action finder DA-30, 6X high-magnification finder DW-31 and waist-level finder DW-30 with limited functionality;
Eyepoint   Approximately 20.5 mm with Eyepiece shutter
Focusing screen   Nikon advanced EC-B-type screen; interchangeable with 12 other optional screens
Viewfinder information   LCD shows metering system, focus indication, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, electronic analog exposure display, exposure compensation value and exposure compensation mark; exposure level indicators, flash ready-light LED, aperture direct-readout, focus indicators and focus area indicators are also shown
Camera Status LCD panel info   Shutter speed, aperture, exposure information mode, AF area mode, focus area, Flexible Program mark, exposure compensation mark, exposure compensation value, exposure bracketing mark, and shutter speed/aperture/ focus area position lock marks
Image LCD panel
  ISO, Flash Sync mode, personal computer connection, auto exposure/ flash exposure bracketing, custom setting, white balance, microphone active, card present, frame number, frames remaining, battery level
Status LCD panel illumination   LCD panel illuminated by rotating power/LCD panel illumination switch
ISO range   DCS 620: 200 - 1600 in 1/3 stop increments
DCS 620x: 400 - 4000 in 1/3 stop increments
DCS 660: 80 - 200 in 1/3 stop increments
DCS 660M: 320 - 880 in 1/3 stop increments
Self-timer/Frame counter   Electronically controlled; 10 seconds duration (can be changed to interval from 2 to 60 seconds using custom setting #16.); Counts the number of images captured
Accessory shoe   Standard ISO-type hot-shoe contact; ready-light contact, monitor contact; mount receptacle for SB-28D/SB-28/SB-27/SB-26/SB-25’s or other equivalent speedlights Posi-Mount System provided
Frame rate  

Shooting Mode

DCS 620, 620x

DCS 660, 660M

CH (Continuous High)

3.5 fps

1.0 fps

CL (Continuous Low)

2.0 fps

15 fps

CS (Continuous Silent)

1.0 fps

.15 fps

Reflex mirror   Automatic, instant-return type
Depth-of-field Preview button   Provides visual verification of depth of field
Flash Control:   Slow Sync and Rear-Curtain Sync built-in
Flash synchronization   In Programmed Auto or Aperture-Priority Auto, shutter operates from 1/250 to 1/60 second in normal sync, 1/250 to 30 seconds in slow sync; in Shutter-Priority Auto or Manual exposure mode, shutter operates at speed set, or at 1/250 if speed is set between 1/250 and 1/8800 seconds 1/300 TTL High-Speed Sync can be selected using Custom Setting #20 in Shutter-Priority Auto or Manual exposure mode.
Flash recommended /ready-light   Speedlight attached: Lights up in red when Nikon dedicated Speedlight is ready to fire, or blinks to warn of insufficient light for correct exposure
External Battery Charger   Charges one or two batteries
Power source   Single, rechargeable nickel cadmium or NIMH battery
Battery power confirmation   On Back Status LCD panel
Kodak-specified AC Adapter   An alternative power source that allows you to conserve your battery while working indoors
Dimensions   Width: 158 mm, Height: 194 mm, Depth: 88 mm
Weight   1.86 KG. This is the weight of a camera containing a battery and PC Card with no lens attached.
NOTE: With built-in CPU lens in Aperture-Priority Auto or Manual exposure mode, lens is not set to the smallest aperture setting. Set the lens to the smallest aperture with the Sub-Command Dial. Aperture can also be set by rotating the lens aperture ring. In this case, F-- remains in the viewfinder and top LCD panel, and aperture can only be confirmed through the aperture direct-readout in the viewfinder. Non-CPU lens is attached. Programmed Auto or Shutter-Priority Auto exposure mode cannot be selected. Set aperture by rotating lens aperture ring. In this case, aperture can only be confirmed through the aperture direct-readout in viewfinder.

Compatible Viewfinders: Multi-meter finder: Modified DP-30 for DCS 620, 620x; DCS 660, 660M use Standard DP-30; Action finder DA-30; Waist-level finder DW-30; High-magnification finder DW-31

Compatible Lenses: Your camera works with the following NIKKOR lenses. Some work with the camera’s antialiasing or IR filter in place, some work without it, and some work in either situation. You cannot use non-AI or modified AI lenses with your camera. Virtually ALL AF Nikkor prime and zoom lenses can use with our without the antialiasing or IR filter. The lenses with "*" CANNOT works with Antialiasing or IR Filter.

Ai 6/2.8S Ai 8/2.8* Ai 8/2.8S Ai 13/5.6 Ai 13/5.6S Ai 15/5.6 Ai 15/3.5 Ai 15/3.5S Ai 16/2.8 Ai 16/2.8S Ai 16/3.5 Ai 18/3.5S* Ai 18/4* Ai 20/2.8S* Ai 20/3.5* Ai 20/3.5S Ai 20/4* Ai 24/2 Ai 24/2S* Ai 24/2.8 Ai 24/2.8S* Ai 28/2 Ai 28/2S* Ai 28/2.8 E 28/2.8* Ai 28/2.8S Ai 28/3.5 Ai 28/3.5S Ai 35/1.4 Ai 35/1.4S Ai 35/2 Ai 35/2S E 35/2.5 Series E * Ai 35/2.8 Ai 35/2.8S Ai 50/1.2 Ai 50/1.2S Ai 50/1.4 Ai 50/1.4S Ai 50/1.8 Ai 50/1.8S* E 50/1.8* Ai 50/2 Ai 55/1.2 Ai 55/2.8 Micro Ai 55/2.8S Ai 55/3.5 Micro* Ai 58/1.2 Noct * Ai 58/1.2S Noct Ai 85/1.4S Ai 85/2 Ai 85/2S E 100/2.8 Ai 105/1.8S Ai 105/2.5 Ai 105/2.5S Ai 105/2.8S Micro Ai 105/4 Micro Ai 105/4S Micro Ai 105/4.5S Ultra Violet Ai 135/2 Ai 135/2S Ai 135/2.8 Ai 135/2.8S E 135/2.8 Ai 135/3.5 Ai 135/3.5S Ai 180/2.8 Ai 180/2.8S Ai 200/2 Ai 200/2S Ai 200/4 Ai 200/4S Ai 200/4 Micro Ai 200/4S Micro Ai 300/2S Ai 300/2.8 Ai 300/2.8S Ai 300/4.5 Ai 300/4.5S Ai 300/4.5 Ai 300/4.5 Ai 300/4.5S Ai 400/2.8S Ai 400/3.5 Ai 400/3.5S Ai 400/5.6 Ai 400/5.6 Ai 400/5.6S Ai 500/4S Ai 600/4 Ai 600/4S Ai 600/5.6 Ai 600/5.6S Ai 880/5.6S Ai 880/8 Ai 880/8S Ai 1200/11 Ai 1200/11S 28/3.5 Perspective Control 35/2.8 Perspective Control *1 *1 500/8 Reflex 1000/11 Reflex*2 *2 2000/11 Reflex*3 *3 120/4 *1 Lenses with product number 906200 and before cannot be used. *2 Lenses with product number between 142361 and 143000 cannot be used. *3 Lenses with product number between 200111 and 200310 cannot be used.

Ai Zoom25-50/4 Ai Zoom25-50/4S Ai Zoom28-45/4.5 Ai Zoom28-50/3.5S Ai Zoom28-85/3.5-4.5S Ai Zoom35-70/3.3-4.5S Ai Zoom35-70/3.5 Ai Zoom35-70/3.5S Ai Zoom35-105/3.5-4.5S Ai Zoom35-135/3.5-4.5S Ai Zoom35-200/3.5-4.5S E Zoom36-72/3.5 Series E Ai Zoom43-86/3.5 Ai Zoom50-135/3.5S Ai Zoom50-300/4.5 Ai Zoom50-300/4.5 Ai Zoom50-300/4.5S E Zoom70-210/4 Series E E Zoom75-150/3.5 Series E Ai Zoom80-200/2.8S Ai Zoom80-200/4S Ai Zoom80-200/4.5 Ai Zoom100-300/5.6S Ai Zoom180-600/8S Ai Zoom200-400/4S Ai Zoom200-600/9.5S Ai Zoom360-1200/11S Ai Zoom1200-1700/5.6-8S IX Zoom 20-60/3.5- 5.6; IX Zoom 24-70/3.5-5.6; IX Zoom 60-180/3.5-5.6 cannot work with nor without Antialiasing Filter

Highly recommdended web links (External):
History of Kodak Cameras

for Kodak DCS 660 in PDF format
Basic Manual (4.1 MB) | Quick Guide (240k) | Flash Guide (56k)
for Kodak DCS 620 in PDF format
Basic Manual (4.1 MB) | Quick Guide (240k) | Flash Guide (56k)
for Kodak DCS 620X in PDF format Basic Manual (4.1 MB) | Quick Guide (240k)

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