Product Type: Kodak digital cameras
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Kodak Easyshare C143
Member Name: kellface
Kodak Easyshare C143
Advantages: Lightweight, Easy to Use, Loads of Features
When it comes to taking photo's I'm a bit of a bugger for it, and my friends will tell you that. I'm forever taking snaps on nights out of everyone from start to finish - it's always good to see the progression of drunkenness from the start to the end of the night on Facebook the next day. Photos of shame. I also love taking photos when I'm out and about during the day, especially in the summer when there's so many places to go and things to do. Now I'm due to have my first child I know that my photo taking is going to get even worse as I take pictures of my little ones firsts, and pretty much anything else she does so I can keep it and share with her when she grows up.
The Geeky Bit:
3 x optical zoom
5 x digital zoom
2.7in LCD Screen
Other Cool Stuff:
Red eye reduction
SD/SDHC Memory card compatibility
20 Scene Modes
I've had the C143 for a few months now, after replacing my old Kodak after it died a terrible death when I dropped it down the stairs and the lens broke. To be honest it had been through quite a rough time as I'd dropped it many times before, it had been caked in sand on my trips to the beach and it had been covered in sticky booze on nights out, I thought it would have died a long time before that. I was in my local Argos flicking through the laminated book of dreams when I found this cute little Kodak which came in a rather lush Red colour. You can also buy it in silver but to me it looks a little dull like that. I looked at the geeky bit, and had a quick nosy at all the picture taking features it had built in and it seemed like the one for me. The price was £59.99 which for me was the perfect price as that's pretty much what I had paid for my previous Kodak.
I've had absolutely no trouble with the C143, it's smooth sleek and easy to handle, and taking pictures is so simple. There are lots of cool little features built into the camera which make taking pictures easier than before, and the quality of the pictures themselves 9/10 times are brilliant. I especially love the face detection feature, this captures up to 5 faces in one photo, this means that when I've got a group of my friends together in a photo the camera isn't going to just focus on the one person, making the rest seem blurry and out of focus. All faces (up to 5) will be in the same sharp focused detail as the others. There is also built in red eye reduction, which OK doesn't completely get rid of all red eye in photos but it does reduce it drastically. I personally love a bit of red eye in photos, there's nothing better than looking like the Terminator! ha-ha!
When it comes to taking photos there are also cool features like the built in scene modes, which you can choose from yourself or let the camera choose for you. Scene modes are different styles of photo, this just means that certain settings are reduced or increased to have a different effect on the photo you've taken. Some of the scene modes include; Portrait mode, self portrait, sports mode, fireworks and loads more. Fireworks mode for example will help increase the brightness of your photo in the dark, and increase the colour saturations and such. It's good to have a little play around with the scenes yourself to see what they really do. You can change settings yourself like the brightness or contrast in the cameras menu's or let it do it's magic and change this for you.
Another brilliant feature of the C143 is that it has built in movie capture with sound. This means that I can record my adventures, or my friends drunken antics and soon to be my child first words, steps and little adventures of her own, and upload them straight to my Facebook or email them to my friends and family.
The LCD screen is 2.7inches and takes up pretty much the entire back of the camera, this doesn't bother me at all as it means less room for fiddly little buttons and more room for me to look at the photos I've taken. The quality of the screen is clear, sharp and the perfect size to see your photos in detail.
The camera is lightweight weighing in at just over 170g, it fits nicely in your hand and isn't bulky in the slightest. It requires 2 x AA batteries which are included with the Camera itself but I prefer to use Duracell Ultra which seem to last a lot longer for me than other batteries. When it comes to digital cameras I really wouldn't recommend using cheap own brand batteries as they simply don't last long enough. Yes they are cheap, but that is for a reason and it certainly isn't for picture taking.
Finally, when it comes to transferring your photos and videos to your laptop or desktop computer it couldn't be simpler. There is a direct print option if you want to hook it up to your photo printer, but I always just put my photos onto my laptop. There is a USB cable included with the camera which you simply plug into the camera and into your laptop or computer. From there software and anything your computer needs to let the camera do it's thing will install and the set up is complete. You can simply drag and drop your photos across and edit them, or put them straight onto Facebook, Myspace, Flickr or into your e-mails. If you have a card reader on your laptop or computer you can simply remove it from the camera and insert it into your computer and drag - drop the photos this way.
The Kodak Easyshare is currently on offer in Argos at £49.99 instead of £59.99, you may think is that it? But £10 off makes it even more of a bargain than when I bought it. Argos also have lots of offers to go with the camera when purchasing memory cards and other accessories so it's really worth checking out what they have on offer.
There really is nothing bad I could say about this camera, it's a great price, looks good and has fantastic features. It's not the camera for a professional picture taker or someone serious about photography but for someone like myself, or a young teenager or just for a general family camera it really is brilliant. It's easy to handle and even easier to use, anyone will be able to pick it up and start snapping.
Summary: Cracking little camera.
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