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My eyes wondered of their own accord, until they drifted onto a camera called the Kodak F600. I walked to the counter and said....How much for the F600? £80 the sales assistant replied. Instantly I umped at the chance to have a camera with a 2.0x zoom for only £80! I never looked back on buying this Kodak, with its silvery gold shine to it......until I met the bill for developing.
The camera itself has a very nice silver tint to the outside finish, with a few setting buttons on top of the camera. The camera is very easy to pick up and to hold, it has a comfortable feel about it. There is an easy to see ON button sitting at the back of the camera, and about an inch and a half away from it is the view finder. On the top right hand side of the camera there is a small adjustable lever, this is to adjust the zoom with ease. There is then a switch on top of the camera, near central, to adjust the picture to panoramic or just to normal, there is also an in between setting.
When the camera is switched on there is a reassuring zoom sound, so you know the camera has come to life. The zoom lever is easy to use, press to the right to zoom in and to the left to zoom out. There is a 2.0x zoom on this APS camera with 3 other zoom distances between 1.0x zoom and 2.0x zoom. The exposure button (the one you press to take the photo) is easy to find, but could may be a little lighter to press, not advised for professionals who already have shaky hands and want a good photo. This ends up with photos slightly blurry, not advised for long distant shots.
The view finder is very small and I would not recommend this camera to someone with long eye lashes (it may sound stupid but its true), this could get in the way of what you're seeing and could spoil those important moments you want to capture.
The display screen is easy to see, it is about .75 inches by 1 inch, this will only display the date, the number of photos you have taken, whether you have loaded a film or not and other simple settings. There are 3 very small buttons used to change the date, and a tiny button for rewinding the film. This is so you cannot accidentally knock the button and waste a lot of photos. Only press this button when you are positive that all photos have been taken.
There are various symbols used to represent the different settings these are standard symbols a experienced photographer would understand, but for beginners, the user manual would come in handy. These settings consist of: red eye reduction, auto flash, timer photo (around 8-10 seconds)and a couple of other flash settings.
This camera has auto focus. APS cameras are all very automatic, the film is very easy to load, just a case of pressing the open switch to the film holder and popping it in. When the film is loaded properly a number 1 will appear on the camera, if it hasn't, a flashing E will appear, standing for empty.
The APS films are more expensive and the developing is more expensive. If you leave the camera on, there is no auto turn off mechanism. If you leave the camera lying down for a long time, this can be the end of your battery and will cost about £6 for a replacement. It takes 1 CR123a battery, these batteries are mainly for cameras. The films come in 25 or 40 exposures but there is not much versatility in film types.
This camera does not take the best quality pictures, and is not for the professionals. It is very expensive to run, the batteries are extortionat. They need changing every 3-4 months. Processing is very expensive, I would say stick to the very reliable and great quality of the trusty 35mm cameras, a lot cheaper.
The only good thing I can say is that it is easy to use. Ideal for a beginner with a very large amount of money.