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This review is of the digital camera Kodak Easy Share, model number C743. I purchased this camera because I needed a cheap product which produced photographs of good quality, and have overall been pleased with this purchase.
The memory in the camera itself isn't very large (32 MB), probably holding only around thirty photos, but I use an SD card with much more memory, which simply slots into the side of the camera. If you want to delete photos though, it's very easy to do so using the cameras display pictures features.
I'm not an expert on the quality of photographs, but I know when an image is of good quality, and I was pleased with the performance of this camera. After downloading the images onto the computer, the image quality, even when zooming into the picture, has been crisp and clean, and there is little or no blurring, and the colours to my eye at least seem vibrant and clear.
I've personally found the battery life to be very good, I use rechargeable batteries, and the camera can easily take around 100 photos and be used across a weekend just on two AA batteries. I've been very impressed at this, it at least means not having to continually find new batteries to buy, or batteries to recharge, a problem that I've had in the past with some other cameras. When the camera is running low on battery, the power light will flash red so you know to replace the batteries.
I've found the camera itself to be quite robust, although the flap at the side which protected the SD card has broken off my camera, although this is likely just through a lot of usage rather than an intrinsic problem with the design of the camera. Otherwise the camera has picked up very few scratches or marks.
With regards to the software which comes with the camera, a CD-ROM was included, and the drivers for the camera are available on-line. However, I've always been able to plug and play straight away into the computer without needing the drivers, as Windows was able to locate and download the pictures automatically. The camera comes with the usual USB lead, and I found it very easy to get my photos from the camera.
It's not really a feature that I've often used, but there is the facility to take videos on the camera. These are just as easy to download onto the computer, although they of course take up more memory.
You can take photos on the camera in three colour modes, full colour, black & white and sepia modes, although I find the last two a little bit too artistic for my requirements! It's easy to achieve though should you wish to do so. The camera has 7.0 mega-pixels, and in terms of additional items, my camera came with two batteries and also a detachable wrist strap.
I purchased my camera from Argos for 34.99 pounds at the end of 2008, and although this isn't a state of the art camera, and is sold new by fewer retailers now, it's still available second hand on sites such as eBay and Amazon. It can be obtained for around fifteen to twenty-five pounds, although prices vary a little.
In summary, I found this a very good value camera. I have had no problems with it in two years of usage, and it proved to be quite robust. It's harder to locate now if you want to purchase this camera, but if you do see it, or see a second-hand one, I'd personally recommend this digital camera.
This camera overall, I believe, is a very good one. Taking into account it's price on the shelves and it's range of advanced features which are so easy to use. for example, it has a videoing feature which allows you to record as well as take pictures. There are also additional features which enhance the quality of the photo depending what sort of photo you are looking to take, for example, if you are at your child's sports day there is an option for action shots, if you're at the beach and the sun is in front of you there is an option to get a good photograph even then.
There is a downside though, no matter what batteries I've used, the longest use I've had out of them is about an hour; even with the Kodak own brand batteries, this means constantly having to replace them when you are out or trying to take them out when you're not using them which isn't very convenient if you're at a show or a zoo and you're waiting to take a shot because you lift up the camera only to find the little red light flashing to tell you the batteries have run out.
The camera also comes with Kodak EasyShare software so you can upload your pictures and videos to the computer with no hassle and construct albums and screensaves and a variety of other things. This digital camera is certainly one I'd recommend as it's cheap and very good value for money.
To avoid any accusations of plagiarism, I would like to say I wrote the same review on ciao.co.uk under the username giggsy91.
I have owned this camera for just over 18 months now and have been consistently pleased with its performance. As one of the Kodak Easyshare models, for a cost you can buy a docking base for "easy upload of your photos". I have used these in the past and personally wouldn't recommend them. I have found it much simpler and quicker to pay £10ish for a universal card reader that simply plugs into a USB port.
As for the camera itself, it is very user friendly. I only needed to spend a very short amount of time with it to get to know how it worked. My favourite and I think best feature is that it can record video and sound. For such a small camera the quality of recording is very high and I prefer this small discrete camera, rather than a much larger camcorder.
The photo quality is sharp, however, you do need a steady hand and give the mechanism time to focus. Rush and you will get blurry images.
My least favourite aspect of the camera is how it handles low light conditions. Images are often dull or blurry, however steady your hand is!
For the price, this is a very good camera. Perhaps ideal for your teenager or if you are new to the world of digital photography.