Product Type: Kodak digital cameras
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Kodak Easyshare CX6330
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Kodak Easyshare CX6330
Advantages: Very cheap on ebay now, light and compact, great photo's for its time
Disadvantages: battery operated - i would recommend you buy a compatible dock to go with this
The Kodac EasyShare CX6330 was the first digital camera I ever owned. I purchased the camera in 2004 in my first year of 6th Form with the intension to use to help my A Level artwork and for a trip to Spain that I was planning that summer.
I wanted something that would take big decent pictures and if anyone remembers at the time mobile phones weren't as good as they are now - I owned a Sharp phone at that time which was one of the most decent phones around and it had a built in camera. The trouble was the photos on them phones came out very tiny and you needed a degree in computing to actually get the pictures off the phone! This was no good for me...
This camera was recommended to me by a friend who had also purchased the model - and I was very impressed with the results in her photos and how easy the camera was to use.
Appearance-wise this camera is silver in colour and the front of the camera and the shutter is situated to the right side. A big portion of the front is taken up by the flash section and to the bottom centre it gives you the brand name, model and model number. It also states the spec of the camera is 3.1 mega pixels.
On the other side of the camera you have a decent size LCD screen, that you see on many modern digital camera's these days - just like the modern day camera's the screen is here to view the menu and to take photos (and not having to look through the eye hole to do this). The general set up is very easy to use and in my opinion a lot less complicated to many digital camera's that have come out since. The buttons clockwide on the back are to Delete, Flash, Zoom in/out, Menu, Review, Share and a circular up/down/left/right/ok button for the main menu. As previously mentioned the menu is so easy to use a child could operate it. The Share button mentioned on the back I have never tried this but is to be used with a dock that can be purchased seperately for easy file sharing.
When you are looking at the back of the camera, to the right on the side of the camera there is a lid that you can slide open. There is one slot to connect your computer to the camera to retrieve files (a lead is provided when you purchase the camera), a slot to hold a memory card and a slot for video playback (to connect to your TV). The camera is compatible with SanDisk memory cards and holds a total of 16mb internal memory.
There is a few different modes you can use on this camera. You have Automatic mode, which to be honest was the one I used the most as I just wanted to take photo's and I wasn't really the best of photographers! Night mode was one I used on some occasions which was handy for in a dark pub or outside at night-time. Landscape mode was an option I maybe used once or twice to take some test pictures of the scenery around the Lake District where I live. There is also a Close Up mode which is suitable for taking photo's at close range - I believe I tried this one once and to me it was a bit distorted - you will better off using the automatic mode instead. The final mode is the burst mode which allows you to take up to 3 photo's at once.
As well as the different mode settings you also have three options for colour shooting - colour, sepia and black & white.
On top of the photo shoot and colour modes you also have the option to video footage but the total you can film is limited to just a couple of minutes. You can play back video footage on the camera no problem but due to no speakers you could never hear sound. I didn't think it recorded sound until once when I viewed a video on my PC and the sound was played back perfectly on there.
As well as the different shoot modes, colour modes and video mode you also have a built in 10 second timer - which is great for getting everyone, including the photographer in the picture!
The zoom quality on this camera is as follows :
3X optical zoom, 37-111 mm (35 mm equivalent) 3.3X Advanced Digital Zoom 10X
... And the focus distance unless you are taking a landscape photo is 2ft.
If you are a serious photographer and want to get every detail in your photos this is definetely not the camera for you. The reason I say this is because although in my opinion the photo's do come out very nice it doesn't capture detail well - meaning if you are taking a photo with someone with a spot on their face it will not capture this detail very well - which can actually be a good thing.
My favourite bits of the camera have to be how light and compact it is for its time - weighing less than 200g with batteries and the dimensions are WxHxD: 102.5x65x38 mm. Fits very nicely into any bag and you barely notice its there. Great for days out / nights out.
The worst thing I hate about this camera is that it is battery operated - it requires 2x AA batteries which can be inserted when you slide off a lid to the bottom of the camera. More modern camera's you can just connect by a USB or to a plug and it will charge for you. However if you like the camera and this is a big issue for you, you can buy an extra accessory - KODAK EASYSHARE Camera Dock 6000, which will fully charge the camera in less than 3 hours and makes it a bit easier for uploading to your computer. Unfortunately I never had the dock so I was forever having to replace the batteries with the overpriced specially made ones for digital camera's.
About two years ago I upgraded to a higher spec camera from Samsung. The lense shutter on my new one broke within a month and was sent back without any damage done by myself. This Kodak camera is still used on rare occasion by myself as a spare and in the 8 years I have had it I have never had any issues with it - just the odd scratch due to wear and tear.
I still like to take this one on nights out as I am aware if I lost it, it wouldn't cost as much to replace as a newer one.
The Kodak CX series has been replaced over the years with the C series - which is now Kodaks lower priced camera group. The CX series is no longer in production but when I have checked on ebay these are with starting bids as low as £10. In my opinion this camera would suit someone who was worried about having to replace a more expensive camera if lost whilst still achieving quality photo's. It would make a great holiday or festival camera.
Summary: old camera which takes decent photo's
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