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---How I Got the Camera---
This was my first digital camera and I knew nothing about them.
My son purchased it for me - plus he was going to a pop concert and wanted one to take! So I did not have any say in the camera choice - but just wanted a simple one that I could use without too much hassle.
Eastman Kodak Company, commonly known as Kodak, is an American multinational founded by George Eastman in 1889. Kodak is best known for its wide range of photographic film products. (Wikipedia)
By most people's standards this is getting an outmoded camera.
* 5 MP Silver camera
* 5X digital zoom
* Fast picture capture
* On-camera cropping
* On-camera Share button
* KODAK EASYSHARE Software.
* The KODAK 36 mm Lens (35mm equivalent)
* video capture
* 3 color modes: color, sepia, black and white
* Point-and-shoot simplicity
* View your pictures on its bright 1.5 in. color display
* 16 MB internal memory and an SD/MMC card expansion slot
* Sharing is one-touch simple
* KODAK EASYSHARE Software
* Red-eye reduction at the touch of a button
* Ready to go--right out of the box
* USB cable
* Wrist strap
(I never had the optional printer dock and would just upload my pictures straight to my pc.)
A bit academic as they are no longer for sale on the Kodak website but you can pick up second hand ones on Ebay - current prices range from £9 to the very expensive over £50.
As well as Ebay this can probably be picked up second hand in other places.
Firstly my poor camera got knocked off son's desk not long after we had it so the door to the battery compartment has always been held closed with tape.
The one good thing was if I was at an event in our village hall and taking snaps I could quite safely just leave the camera lying around and no-one would steal it!
Apart from the battery door I have never had any trouble with this camera.
I buy my batteries from Ebay (£3.79) and they do tend to last a very long while (unlike with my Vivita camera when they almost run flat within half an hour - or quicker).
---EASE OF USE---
This is a camera that you just point and click.
I do sometimes zoom in on things but apart from that there is little to know.
The flash works fine and I have had no trouble with it.
I do not bother to do editing on the camera.
The internal memory only held 13 images so I used an 1 gb SD card which would hold 1015 images or 53 minutes of video.
I have a memory card in the camers and am able to easily upload the images via a USB lead and edit on my computer This is only basic cropping and brighteneing etc.
I have had this camers for years now and from what is on the market these days it is a bit out of date.
I would love to have a high pixel camera with a huge zoom facility - but actually this little camera has served me well and I do not really need to buy another untl this one dies on me.
For 5 MP no-one has complained about the quality of any of my pictures and the other day I had a gentleman emal me to ask if he could buy a large image of a church I has photographed and uploaded to geograph.org.uk- so the quality must be reasonable.
I know people give their children higher specification cameras than this these days but I always try and be happy with what I have.
(Have just been on the Kodak website and seen they sell refurbished Easyshare cameras for under £30 - so this review might have got me another camera!)
---What It Has Been Used For---
Over the years I have used this camera for:
* Pictures of village functions
* 1500+ pictures of area for Geograph website
* Family events
* Pictures to make into slideshows for YouTube
* Pictures for village history books
* Modern day pictures around the village for a 'Then & Now' blog.
---Would I Recommend?---
Yes definitely - this is an easy to use camera and though 5 megapixels is very low these days I am quite happy with the results.
A very simple and easy to use Digital Camera, takes reasonable close up photos, but poor at landscape or distant photos. Very basic functions on the camera so point and shoot, no extras!
The camera is small and light weight, feels extremely plasticy and not substantle or strong.
When using Kodaks easy share easy to Crop and change photos, although diminishes the quality of th epictures, those not cropped are pretty good and what could expect for a budget camera.
Would say that a very suitable camera for the Kids, school trips, days out. Simple and easy to use.