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I bought this camera about a year ago and it has gone down a lot in price! At the time I wanted something easy to use that was stylish and good quality, as well as affordable in case I lost it - all of these things apply to this camera.
The functions on the camera are very straightforward and the fact that the button to choose which function you require is on top of the camera, means that it is easily accessible however, perhaps a bit too accessible, as sometimes I would press the function button rather than capture button.
Unlike many digital cameras, the video function is of high quality, both in terms of the picture quality and the audio quality. Pictures and videos do need to be resized or edited before being put onto social networking sites such as facebook.
The CD that comes with the camera to transfer pictures is easy to use and after set up, all you have to do is plug the camera cable into the USB slot in the computer and the pictures will be copied onto the computer.
One downside is the fact that the camera is quite big and bulky so you cannot fit it into your pocket and it does not come with a case, so if you do not want it to get damaged, you will have to buy one seperately. Also, the display screen is quite small compared to other digital cameras which makes it a bit more difficult to focus on a particular object. Another problem is that the camera is not rechargable and uses batteries which do not last for very long. If you buy this camera get some rechargable batteries and a charger for them, otherwise it will cost you a fortune to keep on buying new batteries.
One big advantage is that because Kodak is a well respected and popular make, there are various products made for use with the camera such as printers and camera cases.
I decided last year that it was about I time I jumped on the digital band wagon and bought a camera that you don't have to wind on when you've taken a shot.
I did a lot of research and entered into it knowing that if I could I would get a Sony as I've always considered Sony to be the best and most reliable make. I'm not going to go against that now either. However I wasn't willing to spend Sony prices and quickly ruled them out as an option.
Instead I took a lot of interest in Kodak. It's true to say that most of the Kodak camera's that fell into my price range were ugly and brick- like. I wanted a camera that was a relatively high spec and a good price, but not at the expense of style. I found the Kodak Easyshare C340 met all my requirements and a few months on I'm still delighted with it.
It's a 5.0 megapixel camera which for those of you yet to enter the digital revoltuion means that each picture that you take is made up of 5 million different dots. Obviously the more dots, the more detailed (better resolution) the picture will be. To put this into context, you can get camera's with 7 and 8 megapixels, but the best phone cameras might give you 2 megapixels. For the photography that I was interested in and the pictures that I would be producing I decided 5.0 megapixel was more than enough as this gives you pictures of upto 50cm x 75cm without losing detail.
The camera contains all the things we have come to expect of a digital camera. It has optional and automatic flash, red eye reducer, multi zone automatic focus and a 4cm x 3cm screen for reviewing your shots. It also contains a 3 x optical zoom which allows you to adjust the lens to shoot things quite a distance away. On top of this there is a 5 x digital zoom which enhances the optical zoom further (however image quality may be reduced depending on the shot).
You have an option of 13 scene modes to choose which basically give you diffeent pre set light and motion setting to get the most out of the shot. These scene modes include automatic, portrait, sports, landscapes, claose ups, night portrait, beach, snow, fireworks (which produces some spectacular shots), self portrait, back lihgt children and party. Then there are 3 colour modes - colour, sepia and black and white. You can even take TV quality video with it for as long as your memory card permits.
The camera doesn't come with a lot of memory (64mb internal memory) which will only allow about 10 shots. However you can buy memory cards separately (I got a 512mb SSD card from EBay for around £30) to hold more photo's and video's on.
Below is a more comprehansive list of spec details for all you techno-geeks:
Aperture f/2.75.2 (wide), f/4.68.7 (tele)
Shutter speed 41/1400 sec.
LCD 1.6 in. (4 cm) high resolution (72 K pixel indoor/outdoor color display
Burst mode 3 fps, up to 3 pictures
Video mode continuous motion JPEG video with audio capture/playback
Video resolution VGA (640 × 480 pixels) at 13 fps; QVGA (320 × 240 pixels) at 20 fps
Video length continuous up to 80 min. limited by capacity of external memory card; or 5-, 15-, 30-sec. clips
Video format QUICKTIME MOV (motion JPEG compression)
Auto focus TTL-AF
Auto focus selection multi-zone, center-zone
Focus range Standard23.6 in. (60 cm) to infinity
Landscape32.8 ft (10 m) to infinity
Close-up wide528 in. (1370 cm)
Close up tele928 in. (2270 cm)
Sensitivity ISO equivalent 80160 (automatic, still), 80200 (sports) and 80,100, 200, 400 (manual)
White balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent
Exposure metering center-weighted
Long time exposure 0.74 sec.
Exposure compensation +/-2.0 EV in 0.5 EV step increments
Ease of use features
Built-in flash auto, red-eye, fill, off
Flash range wide211.8 ft (0.63.6 m); tele26.9 ft (0.62.1 m)
Review options 1X8X magnify with pan, slide show, multi-up, fast scroll, protect, album
Favorites on-camera picture storage
Auto picture rotation Auto picture rotation with EASYSHARE Software
Software KODAK EASYSHARE Software
PICTBRIDGE compatible print directly from camera
Storage 16 MB internal memory*, SD/MMC card expansion slot
Self-timer 10 seconds
If you're starting out in digital photography then good luck in finding out what all that means. If you know a thing or two about digital photography then you'll see that this is not a bad camera.
I've recently enjoyed playing with the long time exposure setting to experiment with different shots (like those night time ones of traffic that shows a stream of light as cars have travelled through the shot) You see, you can experiment like that with digital because you can instantly see the result and if you don't like it then you can get rid of it without the costly expense of more film.
I can honestly say that I've really got into photography since I bought this camera. Mainly because it gives you he flexibility to experiment, but also because it has so many added features that beyond the expectations that people have of every day digital cameras.
I love this thing, and would definately recommend it, especially if you are starting out, but also if you were one of the first on the digital band wagon - then maybe this would be a useful, but affordable upgrade.
Please note though that if you dont't buy rchargeable batteries, it wont be long before you have spent the cost of the camera on Duracells!