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As a first digital camera, the Kodak Easyshare C533 is an excellent choice. The camera itsself works perfectly and, in the 3 years that I have owned mine, it has never let me down.
In the box you get the camera, a USB connection cable, a Kodak Easyshare CD, and several helpful instructions. As an excitable person, I immediately skipped the instruction manual and went straight to using the camera. It is extremely easy to use with several settings: Automatic, Landscape, Macro (my personal favourite), Video mode, and also a "SCN" button which allows you to choose from several other modes.
There is also a photo album mode in which you can view your photos without having to turn the actual camera on, as it only uses the screen. Here you can select your favourite photos and either 'lock' them as your favourites (which means that you can't delete them), or you can 'share' them through e-mail or print them from a Kodak printer.
With the camera you also get a timer, very useful for group photos, as well as a pretty good optical zoom. However, if it doesn't zoom in far enough for your liking, there is also a digital zoom which, which does compromise the quality of pictures slightly.
The LCD screen which you view photos on is of a decent size and, like every other digital camera screen, is a little too forgiving due to the light. Obviously once you transfer photos onto your computer, you will notice some blemishes that you didn't realise were there.
This, however, leads me on to my next point. The transfer of photos from the camera to the computer can be a little confusing. Originally I never installed the CD onto the computer, and I just clipped in the USB cable and my camera, and a little box from Windows would come up asking if I wanted to import the photos, which I did, of course. Annoyingly, however, a few months after I got my camera, my dad got a Kodak one too, and he installed the CD, meaning that my original method of putting photos on the computer was ruined, because a Kodak box would come up. Through the Kodak CD it was averagely easy to add photos, but then the photos would become part of the Kodak 'photo gallery', meaning that you could see every single photo on the computer that had been put on through Kodak's program. Not that I have anything to hide, but this annoyed me quite a lot as I'd rather my entire family didn't have the means to go through every single photo that I'd taken. It's possible to delete them from the gallery, but I found it was a lengthy, tedious process, which resulted in me using my mobile phone's camera instead.
Unfortunately, the Kodak Easyshare C533 uses 2 AA batteries which means that you have to use the camera only when you desperately need to, which does sort of defeat the object of having a camera, especially for those times when the time it takes to turn on a camera means that the window of opportunity for a photo has passed.
The camera is, as I have found, extremely reliable. I've had to mark it down a couple of notches due to the short-lived batteries, but other than that I've had no problems with it (except for one major one, which was not the camera's fault - the memory card was faulty and as soon as I reached 40 photos it deleted every single one of them). My Kodak Easyshare C533 has even survived me dropping it all over the place, rain, splashes, and other things that many an electrical product has been lost to.
Overall, this has been my favourite camera to date and, so long as I don't install the Kodak software, I definitely plan on buying another Kodak camera again (so long as it has a rechargable battery!!!)
I have had this camera for a few years now and it has never let me down, despite only being 5 mega pixels the picture quality is great. The camera has several modes, sport being the one I use the most, which is great if you want to take pictures of the kids playing. You can also take pictures of yourself with the self portrait function and it has a 10 seconds timer function so if you wanted to get that family shot then you won't have to worry about anyone being left out.
The viewing screen at the back also comes in handy so if you decide you don't like the picture you can simply delete it. Within the menu you can change the colour option to black and white or sepia.
I am yet to try this camera with the easy share base, but transferring pictures to your pc couldn't be simpler. You can transfer pictures and videos using the supplied cable with either the Kodak software supplied with the camera or the windows camera wizard.
The camera is also very sturdy, being out and about a lot with my camera it has taken a few knocks and drops and still works as well as when I bought it.
This was my first Kodak Easyshare Camera and, as I was younger, fitted my needs perfectly and stayed durable through everything. I think I've had it now for roughly 4 years and it's been used at all major events, birthdays, Christmases, Prom, and general days out to see the Lambananas in Liverpool. Got some great pics with that! Not sure where it was bought from or for how much as it was an Xmas present, and my parents can't remember past last Xmas so no chance of a price!
A little outdated at the moment as anyone will say considering there are probably at least another 50 Easyshares out there, but it served me well for a good few years and is definitely something I'll keep a hold of as a very very good spare camera. The picture quality was really good considering it's only of 5 mega pixel quality, and the pictures came out really good when uploaded or printed off.
If you have an Easyshare already, there's not much point reading about the Menu buttons and different Modes, but those who haven't might be interested. There's a dial at the top of the camera (you can't miss it, it sticks out like a sore thumb) which offers a range of Modes. The usual ones such as Auto picture, Video, Close-up and Distant scenery are all there, but there is also an added extra with the label 'SCN' giving an even bigger selection of Modes to choose from. You can take clear pictures of documents, perfect pictures of flowers, non-blurry pictures of sports matches, and there's even a mode for taking great pictures of Fireworks as they blow up.
It can take any memory card, and to be honest the lower pixel allows for more pictures of considerably good quality to be taken, so personally that was an advantage to me as I enjoyed taking as many pictures as possible! I was stuck on a 1gb memory card for a very long time, giving roughly 800 pictures. It was great to know that I could take pictures over 3 or 4 weeks and upload them all together rather than having to upload 20 or 30 at a time. Of course, with the bigger mega pixels nowadays that won't be something people are looking for!
I've had mine for a long time and it still works, in almost-perfect condition aswell. I've taken it on holiday abroad with me, to nights out, to day trips out, even just to family doos, and it still works and gives great quality pictures no matter the occasion. The only complaint I have is that it broke a memory card I was using once, which meant I lost every single picture I'd taken, but there's a chance that memory card was faulty as I had just bought it. I always take the time to format a memory card 2 or 3 times before using it, just in case, but this one wasn't having it with my camera. It was a cheap one, so avoid cheap memory cards in this camera as they don't work well!
Obviously this won't be a very popular camera right now but for anyone looking for something simple and not too technical, and also decent quality without paying out your bottom for it, this camera is highly recommended. It's also a very good camera if you have teenage kids that like to take a lot of pictures but also enjoy their camera swinging from their wrist as they join in - it's extremely bulky so very durable against the slightest knocks and long-lasting even when scratched up. Mine's a state!
If you're considering a camera for a very active teen, this is it.