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My husband is totally into cameras, he is the proud owner of a Canon 600D and a few other Canon cameras. I do not touch his cameras as the amount of technology and gadgetry on them turns my reasonable grasp of technology into a quivering pile of techno fear.
My camera of choice, aside from the pretty shoddy effort on my Sony Xperia X10 is a Kodak EasyShare C140. I have owned and used this camera for the last 3 or 4 years with reasonable results. I am of the point and shoot persuasion when it comes to picture taking leaving the results pretty much to chance.
I have a pretty basic knowledge of the camera so this review will not be like a user manual, more a basic guide based on my experiences.
I believe the camera is available in a few different colours; I have the silver version as this was brought as a gift. Given a choice I would probably have picked red but lack of receipt with the present meant no swapping.
The camera is quite heavy weighing in at 130g, the majority of this weight is focused around the screen and lens area as you would expect. As I am quite a clumsy person the first thing I did was attach the wrist strap and I always slip the strap over my wrist before using the camera and it has saved it from a few accidental droppings.
The camera takes two AA batteries and unless you want to spend a small fortune on batteries and fill a landfill with used batteries I recommend investing in some good quality rechargeable batteries. The batteries I am currently running are rechargeable Energizer 2450 mAh, on a full charge these last me days and days and I would estimate I can take 300-500 good quality pictures before a change of batteries is needed.
The camera also takes a SD card, I am currently using a 512MB Kingston SD card and this holds more than enough pictures for me. To remove pictures I just pop the memory card out of the camera and plug it into the card reader on my computer, I believe at some point there were data transfer leads with the camera but they have long since been consigned to the mysterious big box of leads with no known use.
The front of the camera is quite nice looking with a small attempt to add a bit of a curve to make the camera look less blocky, compared to the latest cameras I would say the C140 is quite bulky looking. The front of the camera informs me that it is 8.2 Megapixels, which I my opinion is more than enough image clarity and detail for day to day photography, most of the pictures I take are loaded onto the computer and have never been printed off. When the images are expanded on the computer to the largest size there is never any pixilation.
The lens of the camera stands slightly proud of the smooth front; this is where the camera loses points for me as the surround of the lens seems a little cheap and the silver coloured glossy plastic looks a bit tacky compared to the matt finish of the rest of the body. Around the lens we are told that it is a 3 x Optical Aspheric Lens, 36mm - 108mm (equivalent). I really don't understand what that means; all I know is that the lens smoothly moves out when the camera is turned on and in again when it is turned off, the camera makes a quite mechanical whirring noise during the process. Happily for me there is a cover included on the lens, I really can not be doing with popping the cover on /off when ever I want to take a picture. When the camera is turned on and the lens slides out the lens cover opens too, the cover is quite a flimsy affair consisting of two rather floppy pieces of black plastic that act as a shutter over the lens. I have never had any problems with the lens cover mechanism till I got sand in it, happily an inexpert poke with a finger nail and a vigorous blow soon dislodged the sand and the cover started functioning normally. A manoeuvre which I would heartily not recommend doing on my husbands camera lenses.
The front of the camera also houses the flash, which needs no description.
On the top of the camera is the on/off button, a button for switching the camera to filming and back to pictures and last of all, the shutter/focus button. The shutter/focus button is quite large and rectangular shaped making it easy and comfortable to press.
Now we get to the business side of the camera. The majority of the back is taken up by a 2.5inch screen. This is where you see what you are about to take a picture of as there is no view finder on this camera. When the camera is first turned on it will tell you that it is on auto for picture taking, how much life is left on the battery and how many pictures you can fit on the SD card a few other symbols come up for the flash and auto focus.
To take a picture couldn't be simpler, just point the camera at whatever you wish to shoot and half press the shutter button, the camera will then focus in on whatever you are photographing, when the picture is in focus press the shutter the rest of the way and you picture is forever captured. Until you delete it anyway.
This brings me nicely to the rest of the buttons on the back. On the top right hand corner there is a rocker type button, press the W side of the button and the camera will zoom out, press the T side and the camera will zoom in. The main button on the back of the camera is a round multi purpose button with ok written the middle; this is used for navigating the cameras menus and then pressing ok to complete the action. The next button is the delete button, this is symbolised with a dust bin, and this is great for when you have taken a picture and instantly want to delete it. The button underneath that has an information symbol above it, this is a button I have never used till just know and when pressed it brings up the information that is displayed briefly when the camera is first turned on. The next button is the menu button, pressing this will give you access to all the setting within the camera and using the main button allows you to scroll through the menu's and settings and ok changes if you want to. The only thing I have ever changed in the menu's and settings is the quality of the pictures from best to good so I can get more pictures on to the memory cards and to make the pictures I am taking small enough to load up onto web sites without having to shrink them down first. There are a lot of options in the settings and menus that I don't think you should change unless you know what you are doing. The last button has a play symbol above it, press this and it will show you the pictures or videos you have just taken. There is also a mysterious red button that I have never pressed; I think this is for sharing your pictures via Easyshare software on your printer or computer.
Underneath the camera is a standard sized fitting for screwing the camera on to a tripod.
Well that's all the buttons explained as best I can, now on to the using of the camera.
In a few short words, this camera is so simple to use and can give amazing results, it genuinely is just point and shoot. I use the camera mainly for photographing items I want to sell on eBay and taking pictures of products I am reviewing. With a steady hand close up pictures of jewellery and stereo components come out crystal clear. I also enjoy taking pictures out of the car window when my husband is driving and have countless shots of epic scenery, depressed looking farm animals and little fluffy clouds. The pictures come out crystal clear and in focus providing I am not rushing and allow time for the camera to auto focus. In low light conditions the camera fares quite well as the flash comes on automatically, I think this can be changed in the settings though. Pictures I have taken in the evenings and on nights out have come out fairly well with the main subject matter being colourful, clear and in focus, the backgrounds can be quite grainy though. The flash seems just right and when it does come on it does not drain people of colour. Pictures of moving people and objects can sometimes come out a bit blurred around the edges if they are going fast, but again if I take my time and allow the camera to focus fully I usually get good results.
After 3 or 4 years steady use the camera is still going strong despite a few knocks and drops and a beach holiday which to me says the build quality of the camera is very high, as I have had the camera a fair few years now I have started letting my daughter take it on school trips, she does get mixed results as I don't think the allows the camera to focus, hopefully she will get me a few good pictures of The Houses of Parliament next Monday (do they allow pictures in there?)
Aside from taking pictures the camera makes a good effort at filming, it is by no means HD stuff but for capturing little important moments at short notice it is great and I have a lot of film clips from school plays and of the kids on holiday. The camera will film for as long as you have memory card space, but be warned film clips take up a lot more room than pictures. The sound quality on the film clips is ok provided there is not too much wind or background noise. To capture a film clip all you need to do is switch the camera from picture to film mode and then press the shutter when you are ready, to stop filming press the shutter again.
All things considered I think The Kodak EasyShare C140 it as great little camera, it gives me great photographs without the techno fear that I get when trying to use my husbands cameras. Some people see the fact that the camera requires batteries as a bad thing. I personally prefer the batteries as it is easier to switch batteries when out and about than it is to find some one with a laptop to connect it to for a quick charge. I find the camera simplicity itself, this camera replaced a very old Kodak EasyShare and when its time is up I will without a doubt buy another Kodak EasyShare despite never using the EasyShare function.
I hope you find this review useful and I have copied some technical specifications for those of you who enjoy that sort of thing.
8.2 Mega Pixel.
3 x Optical zoom
5 x Digital zoom
16MB Memory capacity
Compatible with SD/SDHC memory cards
Requires 2 AA Batteries
LCD screen size 2.4 inch
W91.4mm x D21.9mm x 62.4mm
Face detection and Blur reduction.
Currently available on www.amazon.co.uk for £34.99 with free delivery.
Thank you for reading.
When i bought this camera, i was a little doubtful as to whether it was really worth it - my old Vivitar camera worked fine and I'd just spent money on something to replace a still-working item. However, that all changed when I tried it out.
It has a 8.2 megapixel lens on it - it wasn't the best in the market but it certainly exceeded my old 3.2MP Vivitar. Taking pictures was a doddle - tap the button to focus, press it hard to take a photo. The flash was also a welcome addition - certainly made night photos a lot easier to manage. I was also glad that they had stuck with batteries instead of going for a rechargeable one - far easier to replace in a hurry. I never used the bundled software - it seems far easier to just use a SD to USB converter than load up some software.
Would I recommend it to a friend? Probably, although there are better cameras available for the same price now.
I bought my daughter a Kodak Easyshare C 140 digital camera for her birthday. I wanted to get her something that was easy to use and also light weight, that didn't cost a lot of money, and was easy to transfer the photos onto the computer.
I already had a Kodak camera of my own although it is a different model, but I saw this one on Amazon and it was going for about £60 which was well within my budget and it seemed to have all the qualities that I wanted.
The camera is a nice red colour so we can instantly tell our cameras apart (mine is silver, you can get this camera in silver too but we liked the red). It takes a nice photo, 8.2 mega pixels, which the Kodak web site says produces HD quality photos so you can view them on a HD tv and they will look perfect. We haven't tried it out though but the pictures do have a nice look to them.
It also does video capture which can last up to 80 minutes depending on whether you have enough capacity to record that much footage. This video capture also records the sound and it works really well.
The camera has a 5x digital zoom feature so you can zoom in and get a better picture of something if you want to. It also has some other features like face detection, which is good for my daughter as most of her photos are of her friends, blur reduction which is great if your not that steady on holding the camera still, which is also good for my daughter when she is all excited taking photos.
You can view the pictures you have taken on the full colour display which really does show up well, even when you are outside, so it is easy to see if you have taken a good photo. You can also view them as a slide show on the camera.
You can edit your photos on the camera like cropping or rotating and it also has a self time so she can be in the shot with her friends. Another good thing is that you can tag your photos while on the camera.
The camera comes with 16 mb of memory already on it and you can increase this as much as you like with an sd card. We bought her a 2 GB memory card and I think you can fit about 1000 odd photos on it.
You can take the photos in either normal colour or you can take black and white photos or even sepia which would be good if you were wanting to have an old fashioned kind of photo.
It is easy to put the photos or videos onto your computer via the usb lead which comes with the camera. You can install the Kodak Easyshare software to your PC or laptop and do it through that although we do not actually use the software. We just attach the lead to the camera and then plug it into the usb slot and it comes up on the start menu under Computer. You can then go into the directory either on the phone or on the SD card and copy photos over from it onto the computer. You could also do it the other way if you wanted to and put photos you already had onto the camera which might seem senseless but if you wanted to take some photos to show someone else you could take them on your camera and show them. It says on the Kodak website that you can share photos and videos easy using the software, you can apparently upload videos direct to You Tube with the touch of a button but we have not tried this.
The batteries you need for the camera are 2 x AA, we use the rechargeable ones and they seem to last quite a while. You could also put in some normal AA batteries if you were running out of battery and you didn't have your charger with you but they don't last so long as the rechargeable ones.
The camera weighs 160g which is a nice weight for a camera. It fits nicely in the hand and the buttons are easy to use on it. The screen on the back is a nice size 6.1 cm (2.4 inches).
If any of you are thinking of buying a camera for a young teenager for Christmas I would highly recommend this camera to you and I give it a rating of 5 stars for the price and what you get with your money.
I received this camera as a gift from my children on my birthday. It is a very simple camera to operate and the picture quality is fantastic. Not only is it very simple to take a photograph, you can set it to review the picture you have taken straight away, therefore if you are not happy with the photograph you can delete it straight away and retake, instead of having some photographes you arenot happy with when you are reviewing later, or having to go through the review process after, which I had to do with my old camera.
I was also very impressed with the size of the screen, it is much larger than my previous camera which was also a kodak. therefore very easy to take a good photograph.The video feature is also of great quality and it records for far longer than my previous camera.
Overall I would reccomend this camera for familys as it is easy to use and at a good price. It also takes batteries rather than needing to charge the camera before using it.
I bought one of these for my mom for Christmas. She was a complete computer and digital camera virgin so I wanted something really simple for her to use. She hasnt has any problems with it, she was so into it that she started a photography course at college and started sharing her pictures with family and friends via email. She did find it a little slow in downloading her images, however she has sussed out that if she downloads just a few at a time it is a lot quicker. The Kodak program is simple for her to use and she has taken some wonderful pictures. She is certainly over the moon with this purchase and has even managed to use it without reading the instructions, it really is that simple. Ideal for an older person scared of technology or perhaps a young teen as a first camera. Basic yet very affective
I do feel this camera is very easy to use. I am not a big fan of the kodak easyshare due to the issue of when downloading pictures and printing the pictures, it takes a very long time. It can be good for a person who has never used a camera before because it has simple, basic features. I do not find it takes good quality pictures. There is not enough angle points for you to view with. The camera does not zoom in very well. Some of the pictures I have taken with this camera have been blurry. I did have to bring the first camera I bought back to the store because it had a defect within the battery compartment, so the store exchanged it. It is not a high, quality camera. If you're going to spend close to $100 on a camera, you do need to consider the quality. I would strongly suggest reading reviews on all your choices so you won't be disappointed because some stores will make it difficult to return electronics.