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      26.09.2009 14:00
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      still recommended

      i love this camera my boyfriend bought me it for me birthday a few months ago in red. Although there are loads of benefits such as the great pictures it takes and the small size of it to fit in your handbag on nights out , it has had a few faults on it and a friend of mine had the same fault, after uploading your pictures on to your computer the camera just seemed to stop working. i took it back to the shop we got it from and they were happy to fix it, as it was the batterey that needed changing. but they had no red ones left and had to get a black one which is just as nice! it has only happened once so fingers crossed it wont happen again! i still think it is a great camera as it has loads of different ways to take different type of pics, i would still recommend it!

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        14.09.2009 13:04

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        Ok for the price, wont buy it second time around

        I bought this camera at christmas as our old camera kind of had it a bit! I loved the look of this camera, its sleek and small and easy to carry about with you. When I first received it, I thought it was fantastic, took lovely pictures etc... because compared to my old camera it was lovely! When I started taking loads of pictures of the kids, I noticed that it was taking the pictures really dark and they werent as light and bright as they should be. I messed about with it, changing this and that but it was still the same. I did really like the camera though, and I thought the idea of charging it from mains rather than batteries was superb. And the battery life lasted so long, I didnt have to change it for so long! but then the camera broke :-( It wouldnt turn on and at first i thought it was battery, but charged it fully but it would still not work. We sent it back and got a refund. So now still on the hunt for a new one. This camera is good for the price, but I wont be buying it second time around.

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        11.07.2009 12:02
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        fantastic product

        I bought this camera 6 months ago. We wanted a good camera which would take good quality pictures and last a long time. We chose this camera because Kodak is popular make and we'd ready some good reviews on it. When we bought the camera it was around £150 from currys, but I do think you can buy it at a cheaper price now.
        The camera is black plastic and a good small size so fits in your bag easily. There is also a 6.9cm LCD screen on the back to view your photos and videos. Included with the camera is a lithium battery which fits inside the camera from underneath. There is a usb cable which also plugs into the plug included to charge the camera up through the mains. I did have to buy a memory card for it though as there wasnt enough on the camera for me and a memory card wasn't included.
        The picture quality is fantastic as it is 10.2 megapixels.There are many different settings on it too, although I do have to admit I'm still not sure how to use all these settings and my boyfriend usually has to change them for me. It is simple to use and the video camera on it is also excellent. The only problem which i have had with this camera is that it isn't very good when trying to take a photo in the dark, if it is very dark (night club etc) then it is okay but if it isnt that dark then the flash doent work well. I had this problem in a bowling alley, if you had the flash on it was too bright, but without flash it was too dark. Except for that one problem it has been a great product and well worth its money.
        I would recommend this camera to anyone who wants a good quality camera for days out.

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          03.07.2009 22:16

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          Great point and shoot for family pics

          I recently chose this model as a replacement camera for my mum as hers was stolen on holiday. This model is a pretty basic point and shoot camera without many of the features boasted by the competition. It's a great camera for holiday snaps and family occasions. The 2.7 inch LCD is clear and bright, my mum has no problems even though she has got quite bad eyesight. The 10.2 megapixels result in quality images and the camera has optical image stabilisation and digital anti-blur which is great for holiday pictures when the kids won't stay still!! The only big problem is the image quality in low light; I especially found pictures taken at dusk were poor. The camera has 3x optical zoom which is average for most cameras of a similar price though there are some available with larger zoom if you're interested in close-ups. A great point and shoot for the in-experienced but lack of manual control and limited range of features should probably put off the experienced photographers.

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          20.04.2009 00:59
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          Kodak camera which simply doesnt meet the Kodak Quality standard.

          I like Canon cameras, I have to state that first of all, so my comparisons will be made to my 'main' camera which is an Ixus 980.
          I recently took a weeks leave from work and headed to the South to spend some time with the human I refer to as the maleshape or Mr Scuba, this as I am female meant I was frantically packing at 6am before my 7.45am train, and as a result of grabbing my camera bag on the way out the door I then proceeded to leave it in my Dads car when he kicked me out at the station. So on a week where the entire plan was to go out and be a tourist I couldnt be without a camera!

          So when I arrived at the maleshapes home out in Essex *shudders* I forced him on to a bus to the Lakeside shopping centre to seek out a new camera, I set myself a budget of roughly £100. Given my liking for Canons I was attracted to a Powershot A4something or other but the best price was £119, and had a lower MP than several other similarly priced cameras. So by a process of elimination - I've heard of the brand, it has a few MP's, didnt come in pink as standard, and it was the cheapest of the lot I ended up with the Kodak M1073 IS.
          The camera is avaliable in black or silver, and has a plastic body. Mine is the black version pictured, it looks quite sleek and classy in the pictures, unfortunately in person it simply looks like a cheap black body with cheap silvery bits. Also worth noting is that the camera unlike many DOES NOT come with an SD card as part of the pack, you have to purchase one separately, of course this unlikely to be a problem for most people replacing an older model.

          So what is in the box... Other than the camera itself, there is the battery, a wrist lanyard, USB cable for transferring images, a charger block with changable plug ends - one UK and one continental, and the clear plastic 'printer dock'. The USB cable doubles as the charger cable too.

          Setting it up is very simple, insert the battery and SD card, plug in the charger and away it goes, there is a small LED on the back of the camera body which indicates the status, red = charging, green = charged.
          Its worth noting that when charging you cannot use the camera for anything.

          Ok so its charged now what? Better find out what the buttons do, the front has no buttons. The top features three, from right to left, shutter, flash, on/off. Nice and simple so far. On the back you find the usual LCD screen this is 6.9cm so is fairly big, on the top right is the zoom button, cleverly indicated by little silver coloured magnifying glasses on the plastic. Below this is the 'mode' dial, to the left of this are two small buttons the upper one is the erase button, the second the menu button - again these are clearly marked. Moving lower yet is a large silver round button - which covers four functions, 'up' is a small box with two lines next to it not a clue what it means, 'down' operates the timer function, left and right are scroll buttons. The centre of this round button has the 'OK' button. Below this is a red button marked 'share', and a silver button which features the box with arrow symbol indicating this is what to press to view the images stored. Easy.
          Once charged you'll want to finish setting it up, switching it on is simple the on/off button is on the top closest to the middle of the camera body. You have to set the date and time options, these are simply altered by pressing the up/down buttons on the dial to the relevant digits are displayed.

          Ok so we're all set up and ready to go!
          My first attempts at using this were somewhat unsuccessful due to my having it set to video and the male hiding whenever I picked it up. But I can report that the video function is ok, picture and sound quality isnt great but adequate - its better than the video I can get from my phone. Once I worked out where I was going wrong I started aiming at his sleeping cats instead. Photos of the sleeping moggys were ok, clear and when zoomed in to on the LCD screen look to be of a decent quality, though not great beyond one push of the zoom button - little evidence of the 10.2 MP this camera claims to boast.

          But having worked out the basic functions I was happy enough that I could use it during my week away.
          So how did it cope with other things?

          Once in the Big City, the first thing I attempted was a photo of Big Ben (told you tourist!). Of the two attempts, one without flash looks very very dark, the other having used the 'night landscape' mode looks odd, its a strange colour and fuzzy due to the shutter speed being slow to capture as much light as possible.
          My next few photos were back to the 'Auto' setting for some snaps of the hotel room (to be attached if I get around to reviewing the hotel). These appear to have worked just fine.

          Back outdoors and being a tourist I turned my camera to the Tower of London, again in Auto mode these were decent pictures - uninspired granted but thats my problem not the camera, trying with other settings resulted in blurred, fuzzy or strangely coloured snaps.
          The same pattern was to occur on every photo I tried to take using the mode most appropriate for it, photos have an odd shading, the shutter speed slows so much that there is no way I could avoid shaking the image without a tripod. This is particularly irritating when it is set to 'sports' mode, when the speed at which the image in captured is meant to be quicker - the result more blurry images even of slow moving or stationary objects.

          A minor plus, the menus are easy to navigate and clearly explained. But other niggles I had with the camera are the slow speed at which it turns on, slow menu navigation process, the lcd screen displaying the mode description everytime you change it, the fact it can take a couple of seconds for the mode to change and the camera become useable again and most annoying of all that after taking a photo the image is displayed on screen for almost 6 seconds which seems an eternity when you want to take several photos in a short space of time. And strangely prehaps given I don't tend to use it the lack of viewfinder has annoyed me intensely!
          Once you transfer the photos to a larger screen I found yet more issues, the camera claims to be 10.2 MP, well some of the images from it are less sharp than those taken from my 1.2 MP camera phone - so I have to sumise that the lens and software in the camera arent particularly high quality. I have not downloaded the software from the disc provided so have no idea what manipulation tools might be avaliable but as I prefer not to use the likes of photoshop on general snaps I like my images to be clear and bright no matter what, this camera simply does not provide this.

          After just 5 days use - 5 days in which the camera was kept in a camera bag except when in use there are several scuffs on the corners where the black has come away completely exposing greyish/white plastic underneath, and the silver coloured printing has already started to wear off! To me these small things imply a cheap construction and materials.
          Frankly I have to admit I very much got what I paid for with this camera, but if you cant trust a brand like Kodak who have built a reptuation on camera equipment who can you trust? According to Kodak's own site the M-series cameras have image stablisation, and HD image capture among other things, neither of these are evident to me at least.

          Before coming to write this review I had no idea of the RRP for this camera, but the quoted £100 - £120 (taken from the information to the left of the product information) has absolutely horrified me, I paid a 'mere' £87.99 for the camera and an add on deal of 4GB SD card and camera bag for £25. In all honesty I do not feel that the camera was worth this much. As this is me, I find myself also checking the cost of U/W housings for the camera Kodak themselves don't make one, indeed there is not a solid housing avaliable but this model would fit in to a ewa marine soft housing (basically a clear dry bag) which would cost around £40 and is only suitable for snorkelling with as it is only rated to 10m depth.

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            18.02.2009 14:01

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            I got this camera for christmas and love it. It's so easy to use and its easy to carry. The picture quality is immense and the memory capacity is reasonable. I have it in red and think that the colour range is an added bonus. The battery life on it is pretty impressive, mine laste an entire week on holiday when i was taking lots of pictures everyday. I would strongly recommend this camera to a friend.I would also like to know if someone could help me out. On a mad weekend i dropped the camera and now it won't work. How do I go about replacing it?

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            22.01.2009 03:42
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            Takes photos with the minimum of fuss but a basic camera

            The Kodak Easyshare M1073 IS a 10.2 megapixel camera, which is outstanding when you consider the price.It is basically billed as a "point and shoot" camera which is ideal for those just wishing to take some quality pictures without worrying about adjusting the settings of the camera which can become quite technical.
            With a choice of four colours, silver, red, black and pink, the Easyshare is plainly styled with a "boxy" front and a small gold and silver lens ring.A good fact is that the flash is positioned well away from the lens which reduces red eye significantly.
            The screen is a reasonable 2.7 inches (69mm).
            Dedicated buttons for menu, playback, delete, sharing and flash make life that little bit easier.
            The charger has a usb connection that you use to charge the camera and use the same cable to transfer your pictures onto your pc!
            This model sports a 3x optical zoom, optical image stabilisation (for those of us with unsteady hands) and image blur reduction.
            The sticker on the front of the camera proclaims stills that are HD, but as this is a 10 MP camera and HD is way below 10 MP I think that this proclamation is just marketing hype!
            Other interesting and useful features include face detection, and "panorama stitch" which can combine up to three shots and "stitch" it into one large panoramic view!
            Quite slow to start up, taking up to 6 seconds to capture an image, which isnt helped by the fact that the branded logo introductory screen has to be loaded first , but, unfortunately, unlike most other cameras, there is no way of shutting this off!.

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            09.01.2009 21:45

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            Great camera

            This is a great camera which comes with good easy to use software and makes for great photos. With 10.2 Mpix this camera is a great price - I bought a 2GB SD card which is perfect even for the longest of trips. Just used this at my neices christening gave great quality photos and is so easy to upload onto Kodaks website and order photos or used their online storage facility for albumns. I took a long time deciding which camera to by and researching all of the options. This one is easy to use, slim and takes great photos - what more of a recommendation could ou need - its obviously never going to replace the SLR for proper photo buffs but for those who just want to take some great snaps - this camera is great. Also has a choice of memory slots which is a great added feature which my previous camera did not offer.

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            07.01.2009 20:25
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            A Good Camera!!

            I brought this Camera about 3 months ago now. I brought it on a very good deal...

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            My Camera is actually Red compared to the black one shown in the picture, but it is availble in both colours.
            The Camera is 10.2 megapixals and it has a 2.7" LCD screen on the back of the camera which is very good quality and great as you can see the whole picture, my last camera had a very small screen and this was hard to see at times. On the back as i've said is the screen and also the buttons, there is a round button in which you turn around to change it onto Video, Auto and some other settings which to be honest i don't know what they are as i don't use them. Also the Zoom in & out button at the top, Ok & direction button, delete, menu, preview & a share button.
            The buttons are fairly small, so if you have big fingers or bad eye sight this may be a little tricky.
            The Turn on/ Off button is on the top of the camera with the flash & the button you use to take the picture.

            The Zoom is a 3x optical zoom with a 5x advanced zoom (i think the advanced zoom is when it's done the 3x zoom, it still carrys on but the quality isn't as good?) The 3x Zoom is brilliant and the picture is still a really good quality. The 5x zoom i used to the max and it was good, but a little fuzzy. This could have been because i was taking a picture of a picture?

            The camera is light and small so easy to keep in your bag or even in your pocket. It weighs 117g and is 92 x 56.5 x 22.7 (Width, Height & Diamiter)

            It has a face detection, so when your taking a picture it will dectect the face this is a handy feature especially if your moving while taking the picture.
            You can also take pictures in different modes Black & White, Sepia etc...

            ~Memory / Memory Cards ~
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            One down side to the camera is that is doesn't come with a memory card so you have to purchase one speratly.
            The camera does have a built in 32MB which is good but if your going on holiday or something your going to need more memory.
            I brought a Boots own memory card 2GB and i can hold just over 700 photos, the camera takes an SD card.

            ~ Uploading Pictures / Developing ~
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            Getting your pictures onto your PC is really easy, it comes with a USB cable which you simply put one end into your camera & the other into your computer, wait 3 seconds & a little menu comes up.. press OK & your pictures will show up then you can select which ones you want on your computer. Easy as that!
            Developing- I developed my pictures on a Kodak instant machine i put the SD card into the slot and followed the instructions, when the pictures came out they were really good quilty and i was impressed!

            ~ In The Box? ~
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            In The Kodak box you will find your camera, USB cable, Charger & Charger accessiores, a lead thing to put onto your camera so you can strap it around your hand, Kodak CD for your computer, Instruction booklet & Garentee booklet. It is a small box so if you want to keep it then it's easy to store away.

            ~ Price & where to get it? ~
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            I Paid just over £60.00 for my Camera as it had 1/3 off from Boots & then i got a little extra off on top of that.
            In Boots it is priced at £198.32 but it's on offer at £78.32 which is good value.
            Amazon has it for £146.06.

            Overall this camera is brilliant and i'm really impressed by the big screen and zoom quality. 5*s from me as i have so far come across no faults!

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            25.11.2008 16:42
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            The camera is easy to use but the only fault with it, is that the quality of low light pictures is a terrible, the pictures come out really dark. When zooming in to the full potential, the picture goes all blurry. I would rather spend a bit more and get a better optical zoom camera, not sure why the camera has such a bad zoom as I had another camera with a 3 x zoom which was a sumsung and it was much better, I would do my research by going into a shop to test the zoom if I was going to spend under a £100 for a camera as you can still pick up a better camera than this one. I always get disappointed with my camera when I go concerts or sports venues. It is a great little camera for going out clubbing where you do close ups.

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            20.11.2008 00:49
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            Very Good High Pixel Camera At Competitive Price

            I have never been a dilligent fan of Kodak, however I ordered this camera last week as it cost me £80 and for 10.2 megapixels that seemed like a bargain and WOW it was. There are very few cameras on the market which are as high quality as this camera with as low a price. It has everything that a Sony camera would have, although it could do with having a proper lithium battery. The USB charger is a nice touch as it definetily beats having to buy expensive batteries or to keep recharging batteries and wasting electricity. The only big negative I would say is that it is evident to see that they did not put much time into the design of the camera.

            Positive: Large Screen, USB Charger
            Negative: No manual control, blocky styling

            If you want a no nonsense, minimum of fuss, budget camera then look no further than the Kodak easyshare. If you want a stylish camera with slightly lower pixels then look elsewhere.

            I hope this review helps you make the right choice

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          The M1073 IS is packed with features to give you great looking pictures. It's simple-to-use and is designed to fit your pocket as well as your budget. The M1073 IS is part of the Kodak EasyShare system so sharing your pictures is amazingly simple, just press share.