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I bought this camera to take pictures for my eBay auctions because I didn't want to use my phone camera anymore and being that it was on sale and offers 10 megapixels is one of the main reasons I selected this camera. I'm not big on camera features so the limitations on this camera totally fits the job. I don't know if it this is normal but I didn't get one of those little wrist strap things to prevent it from falling if it ever slips out of your hand while filming. Also didn't get a wall plug in charger all I got was the USB cable to charge with my PC.
I really don't like the delay that exists after you push the button to take the picture it causes a lot of pictures to be blurry since I had to hold the button down so I would move slightly. The facial recognition isn't all it's cracked up to be and is sometimes very frustrating since it won't find the face quickly enough and can lose it pretty fast. Sometimes my computer would have trouble reading the camera so I had to unplug and plug back in several times. Also, getting drivers for Windows 7wasn't easy and I had to contact customer support to find them.
Unfortunately mine broke and the lens will not retract back into the camera so I had it for like two weeks before it happened but while it was working it was decent for the price. For my next camera however I will certainly lean towards a more high-end camera for much better results.
I bought this camera after seeing an advertisement on TV as Currys were selling it at £79, reduced from £179, which I thought was a bargain for a 10MP camera, particularly a Kodak one. The camera looks great and is nice and small, yet the screen is large (3 inches) so that you can see your photos clearly. Turning the camera on, it loads very quickly, and the photos are taken very quickly, unlike some cameras where you're waiting for ages for the focus and the shutter, etc.
It has many different "scenes" that you can set it to, such as 'self-portrait', 'snow','beach', 'candlelight' even 'fireworks' so you can basically use the camera anywhere and be guaranteed to get the best settings. There's also a blur reduction feature which works really well, I managed to get an excellent shot of my budgie flying and looking right at the camera (he flies very fast - like a little bat!).
The video quality is excellent (another of the main reasons that I bought the camera), although I haven't yet viewed any of my videos in HD as I don't have the HD dock required. However, even without the HD the video quality is still excellent.
My only slight 'complaint' if that's what you would call it is that the battery doesn't seem to last long, but you can buy spare ones fairly cheap anyway in case you're taking it somewhere where you won't be able to charge it. Overall, I would definitely recommend this camera, it is very easy to use, it's literally just point and click, and so makes it ideal for beginners.
I bought this camera recently via a half price online deal at Curry's. The camera cost £75.
I liked it because it looks very sleek, all black, touch screen back with a large screen. I wanted a high mega pixel camera with a good and reputable name and this camera fit the bill, as well as being very reasonably priced. I think it is usually £150.
When you first charge it, it charges really quickly, I think it took about 2 1/2 hours, and it lasted me two days of constant sight seeing and picture taking.
The image quality is good, but I use Photoshop to touch them up. The red eye reduction and facial recognition features work really well.
I did spill water on my camera which left it out of service for a couple of days, but it dried out fine. I tried to use the camcorder in the rain and that didn't work. I wouldn't go as far to say the the camera has a particular aversion to water, but try to keep it dry!
I bought this camera as my girlfriend had bought one the week before and i wanted a simple, compact digital camera to take on nights out. Firstly, make sure you have a memory card, it takes SD which can be purchased cheapest off play.com for a fiver. I use a 2GB which can store around 600 photos at 10 megapixel.
What first drew me to this camera was the size, its very compact, nothing sticks out when it's in your pocket and looks very swish. Secondly was the screen size, very impressive for such a compact camera, and the largest in it's price range. It shoots pictures well, no complaints about the quality, all pictures look clear in the largest setting and the auto focus couldn't be easier making it a very user friendly simple camera.
However, I've been through three of these, the first wouldn't turn on after a few nights, and the 2 and 3rds screens kept malfunctioning, if it wasn't for a friend working at currys I wouldnt have a camera.
I purchased one of these as a gift for my daughter. This is always difficult for me, because I use a digital SLR and always find myself looking for high end features, forgetting that my daughter will only want a point and shoot. This camera was chosen because it seemed to be very compact, had a good brand and also featured HD video capture, so a bit of future proofing for the likes of YouTube (where you will find some HD footage taken with one of these it you search).
The M1033 delivered well on the following fronts;
Size - this is very compact and can be taken everywhere easily.
Picture quality - very very good, nice colours, no purple fringing, blurred edges.
HD video - this was better than I thought, very very clear. Sound is not fantastic, but more than acceptable. You can even zoom in whilst capturing the video.
Build - this feels realy sturdy. Although early days, it certainly feels as though it'll last.
Menus - very very easy to navigate.
Auto - It has a smart mode that select the best setting automatically. For a younger user it makes it foolproof.
The M1033 has the following negatives;
The battery is a Lion, so if you need a spare expect about £20.
No charger supplied, the cable is, but it means you have to charge the battery whilst it is in the camera. This makes it hard to charge a spare. Another £10 on ebay sorted this problem, but it should be in the box.
Lens sticking out - Well what I mean by this is that on two ocassions, the battery has run out whilst taking photos. The M1033 did not retract the lens, so it was left exposed until the battery was recharged.
Overall though a really good camera, nice quality.