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I bought this camera a few years ago from House of Fraser before going on holiday to Germany as I didn't have a digital camera yet. I needed to save money for the holiday and this camera was on offer. It wasn't as good as the other cameras as it had already been on the market a while, but I just needed a simple inexpensive digital camera to take on holiday, and this fit the bill perfectly.
It cost about £160, which I feel was quite good at the time. Now obviously people are selling these cameras on eBay for VERY cheap.
The camera came with an instruction booklet, USB cord for the computer/laptop, installation CD, mini camera stand, and an SD card. The camera is 8.2 mega pixels, and has 3x optical zoom. It has lots of settings which I will elaborate on later.
The instruction booklet is very useful but is very thick because it include loads of versions of the instructions in different languages. Wouldn't it save paper and money to just print each country's instructions in their own language? The installation CD proves very useful because it has the kodak easyshare software on it that allows you to view your pictures and videos very easily. I have found that I cannot view my videos on my laptop using windows media player so I have to upload the videos onto YouTube to see them, which is rather time consuming. The mini camera stand is pointless, its a cheap piece of plastic which I just threw away. The SD card holds 800 pictures, but everyone buys their own SD card don't they.
The settings on the camera include; favourites (you can favourite your pictures), video option, auto (normal setting with flash), digital image stabilisation and close up for images closer than 28 inches. There is also a setting called SCN which has a number of sub-settings; fireworks, flower, museum, self portrait, children(action photos), back light, sunset, high ISO, sport, landscape, night mode, snow, beach, and text(for taking close ups of texts and documents). Some of these settings are very useful, such as 'museum' which takes photos silently and steadily without flash, and children for capturing action filled shots of those mini humans! However I find some of the settings are similar and have the same results, e.g. 'children' and 'sport'. I also find it quite irritating that there is no self timer so you cannot take family shots or portraits easily, someone HAS to take the photo.
The batteries have to be replaced by buying AA batteries, which can be expensive if you use the camera a lot. If not subjected to extensive use the batteries are replaced every couple of months.
The picture quality is pretty average, and at 8.2 megapixels in todays standards is not that great. The pictures are not that vibrant and I've seen mobile phones with better picture quality. The video quality is even worse, and sound is jagged and crackly.
The camera itself is the standard silver camera with nothing especially attractive about it. It is also quite bulky and inconvenient to carry around for a digital camera. You can't just put it in your pocket. It does seem quite well made however, as I've had it for a long time and it's survived many drops and knocks.
Overall, at the time the camera seemed pretty average, and it was, but now I recommend that you buy a newer version, with more mega pixels. I would still stay with Kodak as they seem very reliable and its a hard wearing brand.
I'm a bit clumsy when it comes to digital cameras, and this is my third one, having rendered the prevous two unusable after dropping. Digital cameras, I have found, don't really like being dropped, and I have resolved to look after this one properly!
The Kodak Easyshare C813 is a little gem of a camera, retailing at a modest £50 from most retailers. The low cost, ease of use and high quality of pictures make it an ideal first camera for those new to the world of digital photography.
The camera is nice and compact and can be easily carried in a bag or pocket. It weighs just 141g and measures 4 x 9 x 7 cm. It is really easy to get started with the camera. It takes two AA batteries. I usually use rechargeable batteries, as digital cameras are quite high drain devices, although the batteries seem to last longer in this camera than my previous ones. Usually, if I am taking the camera on holiday, I pop two spare batteries and a charger in my bag too, as a precaution.
The camera has a limited 16 MB memory capacity for storing pictures. It has an expansion slot for an SD memory card. I find that a 2GB SD card suits my requirements well, and enables me to store many photos and the odd video.
When you turn the camera on, you can access various modes via a switch at the top of the camera which you turn. These modes enable you to choose whether to shoot a video or take a picture. The camera is 8.2 megapixel, so you get a very good quality picture. The camera enables you to take pictures in a variety of conditions, such as night, snow, sunset, or landscape, to name but a few.
The camera comes with a flash, which you can set as automatic or control manualy. The camera has a 3x optical zoom, which enables you to get the best out of your pictures. You can opt to take pictures in colour, sepia or black and white, and can edit existing pictures in camera.
Pictures are easily transferred to computer via USB cable. The camera comes with an Easyshare CD which allows you to edit pictures and share them online. Kodak have a dedicated website which links in with the technology and gives you various printing options and ways to use your photos creatively thanks to the services of their online shop.
You can also protect your favourite pictures in the camera, which prevents them from being accidentaly deleted, and create slide shows in camera, as well as creating a limited number of effects.
I am really pleased with the camera, which has proved a reliable friend, always at hand to capture special moments. Yes, it is simple, but it takes really great pictures, and these can be used in a variety of ways, to create innovative personalised gifts, or simply as a wallpaper background for your desktop. The Kodak Easyshare is a perfect little camera and it makes it easy to forget the old days of loading film and taking it to be processed.
I was given this as a birthday present from my girlfriend and I love it. Ive always had the cameras which take films but I was able to use this camera without any struggle and have been using it alot ever since.
At the time this camera was around £50 from argos so I this is a bargain, especially since it is a good make 'Kodak' and they specialise is photography. Its just the right size to fit in your hand and if your out and about it will fit into any size bags without a problem.
It comes with all the features you could ask for a camera. It has 3x optical zoom, different modes such as outdoor mode and night time. It has a flash and auto take. You can also record videos on it but at first I got confused because I recorded a video and went to play it back but there was no sound so I researched into it and found out there only sound when you upload the video onto your computer as the camera has a built in mic but no built in speakers.
This camera has a very good camera, it says it has a 8.2 megal pixel but for some reason you can only take pictures of a maximum 8.1 mega pixel but .1 megapixel makes no difference.
I do get problems when I turn the camera on, the lens shutter gets stuck but I just give it a touch and it opens fully. This is probally because ive take this camera everywhere and its just a bit of wear and tear.
In conclusion this is a very good camera, so dont go spending £500 on a new camera when this is just as good as the expensive ones.
I've owned this camera for some months now and have just been on holiday and given it it's first good workout! I bought it after my previous Easyshare broke (due to my toddler getting his hands on it) for around £50.
It's a nice compact camera, yet feels quite nice and sturdy with a nice weight to it....it doesn't feel cheap like many many budget cameras do, it feels good quality.
As I mentioned earlier, I've just returned from holiday (in Devon). The majority of my shots were of the awesome scenery in that part of the country and when I got home and viewed my photos I was blown away by the quality of the images it took!
I wasn't expecting much from a budget digital camera, yet some of the shots I took are comparable to those I took some years ago with a film-based SLR camera that I had when I took an interest in 'proper' photography. The images were so crisp and clear and colour appeared natural and the levels of detail were impressive.
I found that landscapes were where the camera really shone, but it coped quite well with family photos too, a couple were slightly dissappointing here, but mostly were excellent.
It's not all good news though...I wanted to take a photo of the view of a beautiful night sky over the beach, but whenever I tried to take a photo in 'night-mode' the camera crashed and reset itself. We tried to adjust the settings manually, but were unable to get a decent shot.
Aside from that one small disappointment, I can't fault this camera. For the price it represents excellent value for money.
I had this camera bought for me for my birthday and I am so pleased with it. I have never owned a digital camera before and wanted something easy to use that took good photos and was easy to transfer onto the pc.
Well this camera does it all. It is nice to look at, silver in colour and fits nicely in the hand when taking the photos. It is quite heavy for the size but not too bad. The camera is a 8.1 mega pixel camera which is really good for this prive level. The zoom on the front is easy to use and you can zoom in quite a good distance to see take close ups. It is brilliant at taking photos of family and friends and doesnt blur if your not to steady at holding it still although there is a setting you can use to help this more but I havent had to use it and I am not that steady at holding it still. The buttons are simple to use and in the right place for easy touching to take the photo although I must say that sometimes I have pressed the wrong button by mistake and turned the thing off isntead of taking the photo but I think that is just becasue I wasnt concentrating.
The menus system is easy to navigate and you can easily flick thorugh the photos that you have taken and delete ones that you dont want although it is a bit tedious if you have a lot to delete. The screen size is quite big and the photos look clear on the screen.
The software that came with the camera is good to use to transfer the photos once you realise how to work it and to let it do it automatically. Now all I do is plug my lead into the camera and then the other end into the usb port and the photos are transferred into a new folder with the date on so you can find them easily. It leaves any photos that you already have on the computer and just copies the new ones so you dont have to go through and sort out what you want to transfer.
The photos that I have taken so far have been really nice with sharp pictures and nice colours. Even those taken with a flash are really nice pics and being so small the camera fits inside my hand bag so I can take it with me at all times just in case I want a photo of something.
There are many more buttons on the camera which I havent experimented with yet like the video button but I will have to try them all out soon. Over all I am very pleased with this camera and would highly recommend it for someone wanting something simple to use. Would be great for anyone to have from elderly to teenagers.
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I do love Kodak cameras and always found them to be the most user friendly (as I am a complete novice when it comes to technology) I bought the Kodak c813 because it does everything I would want and need it to do. It has an 8 mega pixel camera which provides great quality shots and can perform video capture swell. The photos look much better and are generally of a much higher quality then the videos, this is a great camera for photos. It has image stabilisation, 3x optical zoom and great other features.
The image stabilisation works really quite well and optical zoom zooms in on an image without the depletion of its quality and living in London being able to zoom in on the sites is fantastic. You can save your photos within the camera for ease of transfer when you hook your camera up to a computer. As with most Kodak cameras Kodak easy share software is included and this is again really user friendly. It helps you to transfer your pictures quickly and easily. This is extremely helpful as opposed to transferring pictures from a memory card with the old cut and paste method that is very annoying and time consuming Batteries included (always a good thing =])
This camera is great for all crafters who need to showcase their projects online. I bought this camera as I was fed up was my husbands which could only take 3-4 shots before needing to be recharged. I bought it in Tesco in February for under £50.
It is very sleek and comfortable to use with it's ergonomically shaped body it fits well in the hand. The screen is 5cm x 3.7cm in size and does the job easily. Im no photographer but I found the controls very easy to navigate and use. It offers a variety of options; 'automatic' for when the light may not be quite as good as you would hope as it adjusts everything for you. Often in dim light it will flash just before the lens opens and marginally after - reducing the chance of red-eye. I mainly use it for very close up work so select the flower icon and it is excellent as it means I can get within 30cm of subject and by gently pressing the shutter it automatically focuses and shows you the image before you decide to click or not.
The zoom is an excellent facility in so many different sitiuations and it operates quickly and smoothly. Dont worry if you forget to readjust the zoom back to normal as the camera will do so after a set period of time and it also turns itself off after a set length of time; thus saving your batteries.
Talking of batteries the Kodak batteries in the camera when bought lasted me about a week, at first I assumed the camera must be faulty but obviously there is no way of knowing how long those batteries have been sat in the unit before purchase. I changed to Tesco - greener living everyday rechargeable and they work great and take just a few hours to fully recharge. You will always know when the batteries will need recharging as you wont be able to turn the camera on in the first place. I wish I'd known this at the start!
Downloading the images couldn't have been any easier. Plug the cable into the camera (supplied) and the other end into your pc and, once loaded - which was faultless- the system runs automatically showing you all of the photos within seconds allowing you to make your choices.
The quality of the image is crisp, clear and bright. I cannot believe it is from such an inexpensive camera. Kodak is certainly a name to aim for as I believe you are getting stylish, quality equipment at affordable prices. It makes photography accessible to many more people as it is so easy to use I would not hesitate giving it to a grandparent who claims to be a technophobe and what a perfect gift for a teenager!
I was bought,as a gift, this didital camera, just after Christmas from Tesco's. I don't know what the price was though as it was a gift. I am not a knowledgeable photographer, but I seemed to get the hang of this one pretty quickly. The one or two hiccups I had originally ( battery running out, which was a surprise as I had only had the camera two weeks,and the zoom lens sticking) paled when I saw the stunning results of the photographs I had taken. I am perfectly delighted with it. The sharpness of the photos, and the perfect colours are to be admired. The video didn't seem as sharp though, but that might have been me. The camera is lightweight, easy to carry, and the zoom lens is a wonderful extra. I have bought a smart carrying case, and very soon now aim to get a Kodak rechargeable battery. All in all a very smart, very easy to use little camera, I am perfectly satisfied with it. Having seen the prices of this camera, I must also say that it is certainly very very resonable.
I bought this camera for myself for christmas as I was sick of my old one because the picture quality was rubbish.
It was on special offer in tesco just before christmas for £52 although I do believe that they have come down in price since then.
I was instantly amazed as to how an 8.2 mp camera could be so cheap. As soon as I got it home I couldn't wait to set it all up and start snapping away. It did not take me long to work out how to use it and I think that it was very easy to use.
The flash has different options available which are: auto, fill, red eye reduction and off. The flash is very good and even the photos that I take in the pitch black come out clear as day.
There is a self timer and date and time stamp, picture editing where you can trim etc.
There is a 3x optiocal zoom lense which means that you can zoom in without loosing the picture quality, a 2.4 inch screen, video with sound and print options that can record for up to 80 minutes, digital image stabilizer which reduces blur by the camera shaking or the subject moving, 16 programmed scene modes including: sport, snow, fireworks, party and portrait, 16mb internal memory and an SD card slot and many other things that would take me far too long to mention.
Included with the camera was the Kodak easyshare software to enable you to transfer your pictures onto the computer, usb cable and two AA batteries, user guide.
I work as an estate agent and we have a Kodak camera that we use which is a much more expensive one and I do not believe that the picture quality on that is as good as it is on this one.
Three of my friends have been to buy this camera after I did as they were so impressed by the picture quality.
I believe it was excerllant value for money
I bought this one through e-bay and it is refurbished so it cost me around 70Euro, (with SD card + starters pack) but you can get a new one for just a little bit more money.
I bought this camera because I wanted to have something that takes decent pictures and since I will mostly use it outdoors and on field exercises, that I won't be very sorry if it gets damaged. And this one nailed it.
It is not the prettiest camera to the eye, it is kind of robust and comparing to newer neatly models a little bit big. But considering that it uses regular 2 AA batteries (comes in handy if you are on field where you can not plug in and recharge your camera, I always carry spares) it could not be smaller. It is also not really heavy, so it is not a burden to carry around, because of its weight I carry it around almost always. It also has a big display so viewing pictures is not a problem.
Picture taking itself is not complicated, you have a wheel at the top of the camera where you can set basic picture taking options (photo album, movie, automatic, moving person, micro) and SCN option where you can set more demanding options (portrait, self portrait, snow scenario, beach scenario... There is a lot of options). For a beginner user first few options are enough since the camera takes decent pictures when set on Auto.
You can modify the picture taking even further by pressing the menu button where you can set date, timer, contrast, brightness, colour (sepia, b/w), iso (up to 1250), set it up to 8.2 megapixel...
You can also naturally toggle the flash of and on. The camera also has a 3x optical zoom.
I am also pretty impressed with the video quality but one must be aware because the sound recording option is off by default and you must set it (I recorded two great funny videos to only realize afterwards that the sound was off).
There is also a feature called Perfect touch which really comes in handy, after taking a picture, it sometimes happens that the picture is to dark or too blurry and you realize that after you have taken it (not only with this camera but with others too), and in this case you just apply the Perfect touch on that picture and the camera will automatically repair the picture to I must say decent quality one.
You transfer the pictures taken via the USB cable that comes with the camera, if you have many pictures the process can be quite slow and annoying but otherwise works smoothly. You can also transfer pictures via SD card if you have a card reader.
There is also Easy share button on the camera which should make transferring pictures even easier and faster (you can prepare them for direct printing, emailing) but I really do not use it since it saves only a few seconds and I really do not mind but I guess this is an useful feature for the anxious ones.
To make it short, this camera is certainly not the best on the world but for the price in my opinion is the best one can get. Recommended!
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I was given this camera as a present about 6 months ago and I think it is great. I have not had any problems with it. It is compact, straight forward and easy to use. The display screen is a good size and the picture display is clear. The optical zoom produces images at a good quality. I find the digital image stabilization is very useful. If you are moving or just don't have a steady hand it helps reduce the bluriness of the image. The close up mode is also good. It helps to focus and produce a clear image of close up objects. The video mode is good - not the best quality but for a compact camera its good. I use a memory card in it which makes removing pictures easy but it does come with a lead to attach to a PC. Overall a good camera with all the features you need for every day use.
An extremely temperamental camera. I'm currently in the process of trying to get my THIRD c813 to work, despite battery changes and checks. The camera works fine to start off with, but seems to stop working if not used for a few days, and if it is stored somewhere slightly too cold. I found this extremely disappointing, especially as it stopped working in time for a friends daughters nativity. The 8.2mp camera, when working, produces high quality photos, with an anti blur feature, as well as several other shooting modes. The camera itself is lightweight, and photos can be printed using either a kodak easyshare dock, usb connection to your computer, or by taking the memory card into a photo processing shop. The video seems to be of a good quality, but you cannot hear the audio until you upload the video to a computer. If you do purchase, keep hold of your receipts and warranty.
I received this digital camera as a gift at Christmas, and so far I am extremely impressed. The Kodak camera is 8.2 Mega Pixel and gives superb quality pictures. Also the quality of the audio and video is amazing.
With other cameras, I often become frustrated with blury images because of camera-movement, but with the C813's digital image stabiliser, you can literally swing the camera over your head and get a decent picture out of it!
The camera's 2.4 inch colour screen displays photos clearly and you can even view your pictures on an HDTV or other HD products, to enhance the experience.
Batteries, like when used in any camera, tend to have quite a low life-span. I like to use rechargable batteries, they last longer and are cheaper to recharge than to buy new ones!
The camera also gives the option to change the flash settings to auto. This means that the camera will calculate the light-balance of your surroundings and use flash only when needed. This proves it is one of the more advanced digital cameras of today.
The 3x Optical zoom is another great feature of the camera, allowing you to zoom to some extent without any distortion.
Transferring your photos to your PC is fast and simple and the Kodak Easyshare (software provided) is completely straight-forward to use. It is quick and easy to install and filing your photos can be done by a ten year old!
The camera is stylish and lightweight, also incredibly easy to use. It is fairly cheap and so for me is a must-buy! Well worth the money!