Product Type: Kodak digital cameras
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Kodak Easyshare C1013
Member Name: kinglillie
Kodak Easyshare C1013
Date: 18/11/10, updated on 18/11/10 (80 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of features such as video, scenery options and zoom
Disadvantages: Images become pixelated when zoom is used
---- Why I bought this Camera ----
I needed a new camera as my 18th birthday was coming up two years ago, so after doing a bit of shopping around loking for good deals and the like I found this camera to be within my budget of £80 ( it was roughly £70 at the time) and it was of a good mega pixel quality at 10.3Mpix so the Argos catalogue informed me, and it was capable of taking videos. It pretty much ticked every box so I snapped one up straight away!
I have never owned a Kodak digital camera before but as Kodak is a well established and renowned company I didn't mind buying in to it. I assumed the camera would take good quality snaps and be durable. Well, it has lasted me two years already with no major breakages and I've taken it out at least a couple of times every month since then.
----- Camera Features -----
Zoom- The camera has a 3x optical zoom lens. This means that you can zoom in pretty far. However I find that the quality becomes terrible if you zoom in to the fullest extent and you are left with a very pixelated screen that vaguely represents what you were trying to capture.
Batterry use- The camera runs on battery power 2 AA's. I find rechargeable batteries to be really useful so I just used the ones that I had from my previous camera. The camera can usually run for just over a day before it needs another charge again. Obviously this is not meant for the camera to be left on all day but for a day of moderate camera and film usage!
Film setting- Minutes worth of video can be captured on the camera in good quality with sound as well. Another good feature is that you can use the zoom whilst recording a video which not every camera allows. However when you play it back on the camera no sound is available, which worried me at first, but once loaded on to a computer the sound is present.
Memory- Without a memory card the camera can only hold about 10 photos so I strongly recommend purchasing one of these! I have a 1GB memory card and that serves me fine. There are memory cards of all different sorts and they retail for about £5 (for a 2GB one) these can be bought in shops such as Argos or online shops such as memorybits.co.uk and I'm sure Amazon sell them too.
Flash- The camera has a few lighting settings including a flash which is quite strong and definitely makes indoor pictures much better quality. There is also the option of no flash which is good for outdoor snaps. The flash button is on the top of the camera near the photo taking button so you don't have to mess about clicking lots of things to find it.
Screen- One of the things I really like about this camera Is that the screen is a good size. The screen is 2.4 inch (6.1 cm) colour display. Once you've taken a photo and you're viewing it you can also zoom in to it then.
Settings- The camera has a wheel on top that you can turn to access a few different features, one of these being a 'settings' option. This allows you to choose what type of photo you're taking e.g. a portrait, sunset, backlight, high ISO, sport, landscape, night portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text, fireworks etc. So this camera is ideal if you're the sort who gets out a lot and takes snaps of anything and everything. To be honest this is a feature that I tend to forget I've got on the camera as I mainly take pictures on a night out and on secial occassions as opposed to days out. However when it was snowing I did take some lovely photos on the 'snow' setting. It just adjusts to the landscape.
Self timer- Great for if you have a portrait to take and there is no one around to take it for you. There are several options here one is a ten second wait, another is a 2 second and another is a double take where the camera takes two photos one straight after the other.
Colour options- Photos can be taken in black and white as well as sepia and obviously colour which is the camera's main mode. I like this feature as it means you can really control the 'look' of the photos. Remember to choose this option before taking the photo though.
---- Camera aesthetics -----
Whenever I get my camera out and I'm around a really technology-savvy friend they always seem to comment on the 'chunkiness' of the camera. I suppose compared to a lot of these new super slim lined ones this is a bit on the bulky side. It weighs 136 g. When you turn the camera on the lens comes out and is roughly 2 cm long. One the back is a circular button with a small 'OK' button in the middle. As well as this there is a menu button, a review button a delete button(which I've used so many times the text above it has rubbed off!) and the zoom buttons.
-----Overall opinion & ease of use -----
The camera is easy to use as there are not tonnes of buttons, just the ones that you need. The wheel on the top of the camera has small logos on it and you can select which one you want to use my turning the wheel around and selecting. It is all fairly straight forward. The camera comes with its own USB cable which means that ny footage and pictures you take can easily be uploaded a computer.
I would recommend this camera to anyone after a basic camera which is straightforward and easy to use. The camera is not the most beautiful and thin piece of technology ever created but it can take a pretty good picture and serves me well as a way of documenting nights out and birthday parties etc. If you are looking for a camera with a really good quality zoom, this one probably isn't the right one for you. The pixelated 'gritty' quality is one of the camera's flaws but otherwise it's fine. This camerca can be bought on Amazon for £89.99 and that comes with the USB cable, camera strap and other such accessories.
Summary: A good camera which takes a quality photo!
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