Product Type: Kodak digital cameras
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Sometimes simple is the best, Kodak EasyShare C140.
Kodak Easyshare C140
Member Name: trayrope
Kodak Easyshare C140
Advantages: Easy to use, sturdy, takes good pictures.
Disadvantages: A bit old fashioned.
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.
Summary: I really enjoy using this camera and will be sad when I have to replace it.
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