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This is the second Kodak easy share camera I have had. I've had my fair lot of digital cameras, although the Kodak easy share m230 has to be my favourite.
I originally bought this camera in a 12 mega pixel for over £100 in the same camera! This one I have now is a 9.2 mega pixel and if im honest.. I don't see a difference between the two!
I had to downgrade as my 12 mega pixel got broken at my birthday party, it was dropped and the lens got jammed. I couldn't turn the camera on and so Argos sent the camera back for me. The customer service was great however my camera was lost on its way back to Argos so I had to choose another replacement camera... I love this Kodak camera so I decided to stick by it and got the next thing to it. Unfortunately the 12 mega pixel was no longer for sale!
Price; .... This 9.2 mega pixel camera wasn't much cheaper than the 12 at the time. I think it was about £20 cheaper. Although I'm sure it can be bought from Amazon for a lot cheaper!
Quality and Durability; .... Well lets just say... this camera literally came within half a metre of an elephants foot and went into a Zebras mouth at the safari in Tunisia... and survived! I've had this replacement camera now for 6 months and it has been abroad with me twice so far! I personally think its worth every penny! Kodak is a great company to reply on and this camera is a great example of how good Kodak are!
I'll admit, I do drop my camera quite a lot! However there's not one fault with it! I keep it in a padded camera case which I bought cheap from Tesco and that protects it perfectly. My first Kodak easy share M320 broke quite easily as I mentioned already it was dropped. So the camera isn't un breakable! However when bought from Argos you get a years guarantee... and I was able to send my camera back to be fixed.
This camera is available in various colours although I chose black as it is a very smart, clean looking case. The casing is smooth and isn't very shiny, which means fingerprints don't stick to the camera!
Design; .... Along with it's great casing durability, this camera has a great slim, light design. The lens is situated on the right of the camera when looking at it lens up screen down. The flash is neatly tucked away on the front of the camera. The screen size is fantastic, I don't know the exactly measurements so if you are considering buying this camera and would like the know the exact size of the screen, it can be found on the Kodak website. The screen is the biggest out of the cameras I have tried over the years... it takes up 80% of the camera on one side! The buttons are neatly placed to the right of the screen and are of a reasonable size. I've never had any problems with the button sizing and they are easily pressed.
The battery is neatly tucked away on the right side of the camera under a secure flap. It is found by easily and simply sliding the casing down and releasing it. The memory card slot is also found here. There is space for a camera wrist strap to be attached to, I got one with my camera however they are easily and cheaply found on the internet and I would recommend getting one as it minimizes the chance of you dropping it!
Battery Life; .... The battery you get with this camera is a Li-on battery meaning it is rechargeable. The battery charger I found to be great, you don't have to take out the battery from the camera to charge it! The charger is simply a plug adapter and a USB cable. This means you can also charge up the battery on your laptop or computer when you are transferring images.
When I charge up the battery on holiday, It last me a full day (and more) of being used continuously! For example at the Zoo I had it out a lot and I was turning it on and off continuously. The battery life is great, it would have lasted longer if I needed it to. When I'm not using my camera for a full day event, I can charge it and it will last me a few days before it will show the 'battery low' signal.
Buttons; .... As already mentioned, the buttons on the camera of a good reasonable size and I never found them too small to work with. The main buttons are found on the back of the camera. There's a; .... Delete Menu Play (view images) Share Zoom in, Zoom out (one button) Alter view button self timer button OK ( used when searching through the menu )
This sounds like a lot, however the last three are each situated on the larger circle button and they all are designed nicely and set out in a neat layout.
There are also buttons found on the top of the camera; .... Power Button - on/off Flash button- change the type of flash, turn flash off/on A camera shot button ( to take a picture ) A main button which turns... this holds all of the options to how you want to use your camera. The options are; .... Video- use to capture motion and sound Close up -use for subjects closer than 28 inches (70cm) Landscape- Use for distant scenery Auto- Use for general picture taking Blur reduction - use to reduce blue due to the subject motion SCN- a wide range of shooting options for different sceneries, weathers (sun, beach snow etc.) and object (flower, children moving etc.) High ISO- use to capture pictures in very low light conditions
The labels of these buttons on the swivel switch do wear away, however their setting status appears on the screen when selected.
Delete; .... When you have taken a picture which you don't like, there is a picture of a dustbin shown on one of the main buttons besides the screen for easy deletion. The speed of deletion is fast and there is also the option to undo delete! Which is great for those bad times when you delete a very special picture!
Through viewing the images, you can 'mark' a picture and keep it safe by selecting the menu and selecting the 'protect' option when viewing the picture. There is a wide range of options you can do with your pictures! Including 'crop' 'Perfect touch tech' 'copy' and more! You can also view the images in a slide show by selecting this in the menu option when viewing your images on your camera or memory card.
Zoom and lens; .... The camera comes with a 3x optical aspheric lens. The zoom is easy to use with the button situated besides the screen. When zooming into an object from far away, the picture quality does decrease however it is still see able and reasonable quality. When visiting the zoo, I zoomed in to a bull from verrry far away and got a great shot of him! The camera even caught his eyes which came out red. The lens is protected by plastic which automatically opens when you switch the camera on. It's not advisable to touch the lens.. or let any drunk people hold it! When fingerprints get all of the lens, the picture quality decreases! As I recently experienced when using the camera at a party. This is easily solved however by wiping the lens with a smooth cloth or clothing to get rid of the greasy fingerprints!
Image Quality; .... The image quality is fantastic! I am always receiving compliments at how great my camera is! Having 9.2 mega pixels means when transerfing the images to your computer, the images appear very big! (depending what you are using to view the images) I like to open the images in 'Pain' and shrink the images to at least 30% it's orgional size... this cuts down the size of the file whilst also ensuring the picture is easily uploaded to applications such as facebook! When transerfing the origional photo file size, it can take a while! Especially if you are copying a large number of photos. However the quality is worth it, and you don't loose any quality viewing the images smaller.
Overall; .... I am very happy with this Kodak camera. It is great value for the money and I would recommend it to anybody wanting a reliable good quality camera at a reasonable price! I will certainly be sticking by Kodak and buying another of their cameras when this one bites the dust!.... Which won't be soon hopefuly as I am relying on this camera to perform it's best again when I visit Egypt in a few weeks :D
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