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I must admit that when it comes to technology I hate buying new products as I find myself overwhelmed by jargon, and baffled by extensive lists of product features. So when it came to buying a new digital camera in December 2009 after I managed to drop and smash my previous digital camera (from the top of the stairs to the bottom) I must admit my purchasing decision was probably not based on the best rationale!
There was quite a rush to purchase a new digital camera as Mr Lools and I were soon to become parents to twin boys so wanted a camera to capture all of those special moments so we did not have vast amounts of time to shop around for the best product. We did want a high quality camera that would last so purchased a high pixel model which at the time 9 pixels was a "decent" camera but also wanted ease of use. We somehow came to the decision to purchase the Kodak M320 easy Share Digital Camera swayed by the fact we had previously owned a Kodak camera so felt a sense of familiarity by replacing with a product from the same brand.
The Kodak M320 Digital Camera is a 9.2 megapixel digital camera which has 3x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom and has a 2.7 inch LCD display screen to view the photos you have taken on. The camera also benefits from face detection. The M320 is part of the Kodak EasyShare range which means you can link up the camera to a range of other Kodak products with docks to print and edit your images. This includes simple editing, creating slideshows and even adding music and sound effects to photos when you view them in a slideshow.
The Kodak M320 has a 16MB memory capacity and the compatible memory format is SD and SDHC. The camera has a Li-ion battery.
The camera can also record continuous VGA video with Quicktime motion JPEF and auto recording during capture and playback.
When you purchase the Kodak M320 new included in the box is the camera battery, AC charger, USB cable, a wrist strap to put onto the camera, Kodak EasyShare software disc and an instructions manual.
The camera is 97mm wide, 59.7mm high and 21mm deep so is reasonably compact. The camera is also very light weighing 125g. The camera looks very neat and compact and is available in different colours which include silver, black, red and dark blue. I own the camera in black therefore my review will be based on this model in black.
***Price and Availability***
The Kodak M£20 Digital Camera is available from a number of retailers including Asda Direct, Tesco, Argos and a variety of online electrical retailers including Amazon and Currys. We purchased this camera in December 2009 from Asda who was at the time selling this model for the lowest price and I paid £99.99.
The current selling price of this camera is £79.99 at time of writing from Amazon (February 2012) which I feel is reasonable for a digital camera. Obviously this camera is an older model now but at the time of purchase at the end of 2009 this was a slightly higher than average priced digital camera because of the features and it had quite a high mega pixel spec compared with other models of camera available at that time.
***Using the Camera***
We purchased the camera in black and for those interested in aesthetics; this is a very smart looking camera. It is compact in size however the matt black casing of the camera, mixed with the shiny stainless steel detailing on the lens and side casing definitely makes this look like an expensive piece of technology.
The camera comes in a box along a User Guide, USB connector, Li-ion battery and AC Charger. The camera does not come with an SD memory card however we purchased this separately ready to use alongside the camera. I firstly referred to the User Guide to set up the camera. This included finding out where the battery and emery card fitted and then how to use/ charge the camera for the first time. Inserting the battery is a simple case of pulling down a slot on the side of the camera, and slotting the memory card and battery in then pulling down the casing clip over this section. This is secure so does not accidentally fall open but not too difficult for those with limited dexterity to get into. To charge up using the mains charger a full charge takes around 2 hours. When charging the camera displays a battery charging light which then goes off when the battery is fully charged. During use and when you turn the camera on there is a battery indicator on the main screen which informs you how much charge is left.
Turning the camera on/ off is done by pressing a small button on the top of the camera. The camera makes a bleeping sound and the lens on the front of the camera pops out. Once the camera is turned on it automatically sets to "record" mode so you are ready to take images. Depending on the type of image that you want to take will depend on the setting you use. However the M320 camera settings are operated by a dial on top of the camera which has the following features:
--Auto- a setting for taking general photos and the flash setting is on auto so the camera decides if it needs a flash on or not.
--Landscape (displayed as an image of mountains) - best used for distant scenery
--Close Up- advised to use for close up shots of subjects closer than 70cm
--Blur reduction- advised to use for taking shots of moving subjects
--High ISO- Use to capture images in very low light conditions
--Scene- For various scenes. When selected you have the option to then select the type of shot you are taking from 17 different options which include photos on the beach, snow, on the beach, sport, children and text.
--Video- this records video image and audio footage.
There is then a button in between the power button and the settings dial on the top of the camera to control the flash. There are four different flash options to scroll through these and choose the option you require you simply press the flash button until it displays the icon of the setting you require. The flash settings are:
--Auto- based upon the light conditions the camera decides if the flash is needed when the image is captured. This is the default flash setting and when you turn the camera on this is the flash setting that you find is used if you do not change the flash setting.
--Full- The flash is always used when you capture the photo no matter what light conditions are
--Red Eye- to automatically correct red eye in photos caused by the flash
--Off- this turns the flash off completely
To actually capture images and video the largest button on the furthest right needs to be pressed. What I like about this is that it is very easy to actually press and take the image. On my parents camera I find it quite difficult to take an image as you have to press the shoot button hard which often results in the camera being held at a tilted angle. With the M320 you know the image has been taken as there is a clicking shutter sound effect as you snap although you can turn off this option. After each image has been taken the shot you have taken automatically displays on the LCD screen for 5 seconds and then resumes to "record" mode.
The back of the camera is where the LCD screen to view photos that you have taken is located. This is a relatively large screen. To the right hand side of this screen are the Menu and control buttons which you use to view, select, scroll through, delete photos and use various functions on the camera. There is also the zoom in control buttons which are located at very top on the back of the camera. The zoom in buttons again are very simply to use and zoom to the correct amount when taking a photo and viewing a photo.
In addition to the zoom, the buttons on the back of the camera are very self-explanatory even for those that are not too familiar with technology and digital cameras. There is a play button, a menu button a round scroll button and a menu button to access additional camera features. I think the simplicity of the buttons makes this very easy to use for someone who simply wants to have a digital camera to take general shots but also has the option of more advanced features if required.
Kodak sells and promotes the M320 digital camera as an easy to use camera and I really feel that it is. I previously had owned a Kodak digital camera which I managed to smash so I did have some experience with Kodak digital cameras however Mr Lools very rarely used the old digital camera so when purchasing the M320 camera he was very much a novice. Within 5 minutes (and in his usual fashion) he had not read the instructions but had very easily worked out how to turn the camera on and off, capture images, and then view these images on the LCD screen which included zooming in.
I definitely think that this is a very easy to use camera although I do not feel I probably use all of the settings and features to their full benefit as I use the camera for general family use and 90% of the time just pointing and clicking at scenes. The has features like a framing grid, framing marks, date stamp, panorama function, ISO speed, white balance and a self-timer and I must admit out of all of these features I only really use the self-timer occasionally. With all of these features they are very easy to use and set up using the buttons on the back of the camera and I find even on the first few uses I did not refer to the User Guide for how to use the self-timer I simply spent 30 seconds or so figuring this out myself.
With most images I take I use the Auto setting on the dial on the top of the camera. I also use the auto setting on the flash. Both of which are default settings but these settings are perfect for the shots I tend to take. I also find the video function very helpful if I want to take a short clip or footage Usually this footage is of my children but I feel the image quality of the video and the sound quality is very good. I do find when you playback video on the camera itself the audio quality of the footage often sounds crackly but when uploaded to a PC there are no issues. In fact I prefer to use the Kodak M320 as opposed to the Sony Bloggie we purchased for taking video footage as I feel it is easier to use.
I do not have any other Kodak products therefore do not use the "share" and Easyshare function. This is not an issue as you can upload photos to PC or other memory devices by connecting the Kodak M320 to your PC using the USB cable provided with the camera or you can remove the SD memory card (providing your photos are stored on here and not the internal camera memory) and take the photos off this way too.
My greatest issue when taking photos on the Kodak M320 is its ability or inability to take high quality images at night of landscapes. The particular frustration came when we visited London and had a late night ride on the London Eye and attempted to take photos of London at night. The images taken were by no means completely obscured but there was quite a strong element of blurring in these images which caused a lot of disappointment. I was not particularly rushed taking shots so could scroll through all of the functions and settings aimed at capturing this type of scene but unfortunately even using the night time scenery mode on the camera the images were not up to a standard I expected. Therefore I feel for those who want to take lots of landscape shots with detail at night this would not be a camera for them even though it claims to have settings to capture these types of shots.
The only other issue I have had with image quality is when taking close up shots of documents. Mr Lools often has to submit work expenses electronically and he has used the camera to take a photo of receipts to submit. Even on the close up document setting (specifically aimed at this purpose) the text has looked distorted and blurred. This has not occurred on every occasion but on a number which is very frustrating that you have had to shoot the image 5 or 6 times before you get a perfect shot.
Otherwise the quality of the images we have taken have all been fantastic and to a quality as novice photographers we are perfectly content with. I feel the quality of the images and clear definition compared with other digital cameras is extremely good. My parents have a Canon digital camera which is 1 year newer than our Kodak M320 and also cost around £150 and I still feel the images taken on our digital camera are superior to those I have taken on their camera. This became apparent when we visited the park and there were a number of images of my boys take on the swings on both cameras. The images on my camera were taken on a general setting and had no blurring yet on my parents Canon camera even on the "movement" setting the photos looked blurred. This became especially apparent when we uploaded the images onto Facebook and then later had the photos printed via Snapfish you could automatically see the difference between the cameras.
Durability wise the Kodak M320 camera in my experience has been quite robust over these last two years. I would not advise dropping this camera and I do not feel this camera is not "smash proof" in fact dropping a previous camera was why I needed to buy this one in the first place. However it has survived being knocked off side tables onto laminate flooring on a number of occasions (by my children) and has also once been dropped from my hands onto the floor and survived. I would say that the matt black colour does show up a number of scuffs and scratches more so than brushed steel silver model of this camera would do therefore this may be worth bearing in mind when choosing the colour of the camera. I sometimes use a camera case but the casing of the black M320 has picked up some light scratches as I would imagine the red and blue versions of this camera, whereas the silver model these types of marks would not be so apparent.
I would definitely recommend this camera to others and feel that for the price that we paid in 2009 (£99.99) this has been an excellent value for money camera.
As a mum of two I tend to take a lot of shots of my children and take the camera on lots of days out. As a result we get a lot of shots of our children moving and the images are rarely blurry or of a poor quality. The video capture feature is also very helpful for those that do not want to purchase a digital video camera but do want to take some video footage. This is probably not the best digital camera for someone who is a keen photographer and wants a camera with top spec features but at this price I do not think this can be expected.
I think one of the strongest points of this camera is that it is very easy to use. It is the type of camera you can give to a friend and ask them to take a photo of you and they can simply point and click. The design of the camera also makes it very easy to press the play button so you can view the images you have taken on the LCD screen and it is also very easy to upload photos onto a PC. The quality of the images I have taken all look very good and when uploaded to Facebook or when I have printed digital images off through photo printing services the images I have taken often look superior to those images I have taken on my parents (more expensive) digital camera.
I think the picture quality is good but at times not the best and probably would not recommend this camera to those looking to take lots of landscape shots at night time when you want to pick up detail. We have some good quality shots that have been taken in darker settings or with limited light but I feel these are slightly more blurry and not to the same quality as the images taken on this camera in full day light or in better light conditions. I have also encountered some problems when taking close up images of receipts when using to submit work expenses. This does not happen every time I have tried to take this type of image but has quite frequently.
Aside from these issues this has been a fantastic camera and aside from a few scrapes and scuffs on the casing after dropping the camera it is still in fantastic condition and full working order. A great camera which we will continue to use as our family grows.
I recieved my Kodak easyshare M320 as my 18th Birthday Present and was amazed at how simple this camera is, it's a 9.2 megapixel camera, it does have a small built in memory but SD cards are pretty cheap and come in a huge range of sizes. It does have quite a good zoom but only in certain functions, for example i find the zoom to be pretty useless when the camera is being used in sports mode as the pictures come out quite blurry.
The Kodak Easyshare M320 has a massive range of settings, from landscape to flower closeups(I call it macro but not sure if it is a proper macro setting) to blur reductions to low light pictures. It also has a setting called scenes which contains even more settings such as snow, beach, sports, fireworks, candles etc etc...it basically has a setting for any and every use you could need a small compact digital camera for!!!
My camera is now 2.5 years old and apart from some minor wear and tear it still works and looks like a brand new camera, it fits in most pockets, has a variety of flashes for different uses and comes in a range of colours, my one is red. The camera comes with a USB cable and a USB plug for charging and a wrist strap which attaches easily to the camera.
This camera is a brilliant, easy to use camera, with a variety of functions to play around with! This was my first proper digital camera, and I like the no-nonsense-ness of it. It has the capacity to record video clips which in my opinion are of pretty good quality, for both visual and audio.
Turning the dial at the top of the camera allows you to switch between the different functions, and these include panoramic photograph capture. I have used this to take some stunning landscape photographs. This does mean you have to manually take 3 photographs which the camera knits together, however it does this extremely well with little/no overlap.
There is also a function for photographing flowers, and I was again pretty impressed with the quality when I tried this out.
I should stress that I am not a photography whizzkid and I doubt this camera will compare with some of the photography equipment for the hardcore, but I was pleased with the results.
I also thought that Kodak's Easyshare software was great, simple to use and allowed me to sort and store my photographs as I wanted, with the option of turning my snapshots into some great keepsakes at their online shop.
I have had this camera around two years now, it was my first digital camera and initially I was very pleased with it. It took photos I wanted. However, I have noticed a lot of my friends cameras in a similar price range, which take much better quality pictures. I have gradually started to unlike this camera because of certain aspects. The dial at the top of the camera is too complicated. On a plus side, its good to get different settings, to give different effects and qualities to the pictures. But to be honest, I always use the 'auto' setting as the other choices aren't very much different. Another downfall about this dial is over the time I've had it, it seems to have stiffened/ jammed up. It's extremely hard to turn the dial one way, often wasting time when I'm wanting to take a picture. This is definitely a technical flaw, making it temperamental and frustrating. Another aspect I don't like is the colour of the photographs. All my photos often come out pasty and white-washed. There is a setting you can alter temporarily which can change 'natural colour' to 'high colour', but you have to change this setting everytime you switch the camera off. Compared to some of my friend's cameras, their photos look fresh and vibrant, whereas mine looks rather bleak and makes everyone in the picture really pale!
Overall, it can be used as an everyday camera, but I believe there are much better cameras available to buy at a similar price!
I've had this camera for a couple of weeks ago, after my old easyshare camera got broken. Rather than go through the rigmarole of selecting a whole new camera, I simply got the upgrade to the 9.2 megapixel model, from my old 7.2 megapixel model.
I found this product to be very easy to use, and anyone who has used an easyshare camera before (and they do seem to be very popular among the casual user crowd) will have absolutely no problem using this and navigating through its various features.
The picture quality is more than adequate and is great for any kind of casual use, e.g. holiday snaps, nights out, birthdays, everyday photos etc. Anyone looking for a more high end photo quality should certainly look elsewhere, as should anyone hoping to take some very close up shots, as this lens just cannot cope with that. Nevertheless, this camera does boast a nice quality for the price, and it's unlikely anyone buying this camera will want to use it for anything more than basic everyday use anyway.
The camera boasts plenty of useful features such as lots of scene modes, and face detection. It's also very affordable.
I've only had one digital camera and found it hard to use; There were 2 dials and over half a dozen buttons, plus it was heavy to hold and my hands aren't very steady, so every picture I tried to take came out all blurred. So when Dad borrowed it and lost it (have I mentioned that it was my 21st birthday presant? Thanks Dad), I wasn't really that bothered.
I'm going to a swanky wedding in a few weeks and am going to NYC at the end of the year, so I decided to get a cheap and cheerful looking camera, so opted for a KODAK M320 simply because it was £40 and is a nice shade of red.
This is easy to use; Slide in the lithium ion battery [included] and SD memory card [not included. I use a Kingston 2 GB memory card and it can hold over 1000 photos (largest size)]. in the side openings, charge the camera [I lost track of time, around 1 hour], then enter the date and time [It asks as soon as you turn it on] and off you go.
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I'm giving the battery charger it's own section because I think that the design is great (maybe it's the norm and I'm totally clueless).
The charging unit is seperate from the prongs and you simply slide the prongs [LOL: What are they called?] in. The great bit is that your camera comes with two prongs; The standard 3 prongs AND a 2 prong set. Since I'm going to the US at the end of the year I think this is extremly useful.
The charging unit doesn't have it's own wire - you plug the USB cable to it. Again, I think that this is great; not having loads of seperate wires to cart around on holiday.
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I've taken photos indoors and outdoors, in different sizes [there are eight sizes], different levels of zoom, with flash, without flash and the results have been flawless everytime.
I've took photos of the bright flowers in the garden and the colours have all been true to life - direct sunlight hasn't bleached the results in any way.
I'm not sure would someone more experianced would think of the image quality, but I honestly can't fault it.
I understand this to be a basic camera, yet there are plenty of easy-to-use features; Colour mode [High Color, Natural Color, Low Color, Black & White or Sepia], long time exposure, white balance, face detect capture, exposure metering, AF zone, redeye preflash, sharpness, blur warning, set tags and variable ISO speeds. There is also a built-in help guide on the camera.
I've taken a few short videos too and have been quite impressed. The image is slightly wavy and distorts when I used the zoom, but the audio is clear [a bit tinny though] and I can play it on QuickTime, Itunes [though I can't transfer it to my Ipod. I do have the old 30 GB model, so maybe you can transfer it on newer models] and RealPlayer.
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On the camera; There is a 'share' button so you can select the photos you want to print and/or send via email.
Software; It's simply a case of popping in the disc and following the prompts to quickly and easily install the EasyShare software. After transferring over the photos and videos to the computer the first thing that happens is that anything you may have selected for printing or emailing pops up and prompts you to complete the task.
After completing that there is a variety of ways for you to edit your photos, including cropping, rotating, altering the colour, adding text and facial retouching. There are also some 'fun' effects, which younger family members will love; Spotlight, colouring book [b/w pic you can print then colour in], cartoon [I love this. It tranforms the photo into a sort of sketch design] and the fisheye effect. Then you can upload your master artwork to YouTube, Facebook or Flickr at the click of a button.
** You can also make cards and calendars. Some are free, while some templates have a small charge. There is also quick access for joining and ordering prints via the Kodak Gallery **
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Optical zoom 3 x
Digital Zoom 5 x
Memory capacity 16MB
Compatible memory cards SD/SDHC
Battery Type Li-ion
Face Detection Yes
LCD Screen Size 2.7
Interface USB 2.0 Full Speed AV Out
Dimensions W x D x H 97.2 x 21 x 59.7 mm
Weight 125 g
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I've briefly shopped around and believe this model is slowly being phased out, but Amazon still sell ones via third parties. Other retailers still currently stock them too.
The M320 is available in a choice of black, silver or red. I paid £41 for mine, but the usual prices for second hand or warehouse clearance cameras vary between £60 to £130.
The Kodak EasyShare M320 was my second Kodak Easyshare camera and was just as easy to set-up and use as the first; a simple format of the memory and you're off, using different buttons for different pictures and all with such ease.
With the EasyShare cameras, this one especially, the rotating dial at the top of it is a great way of selecting the different modes it offers. I always use Auto (a nice sub-heading on the screen tells you 'for general picture taking' - useful!) but sometimes have to use the Blur Reduction when my hamsters are scurrying too fast for me! Auto, I've found, gives the best overall picture, whilst Blur Reduction will obviously reduce the blur and show things a lot more clearly - compared to my old Easyshare, the Kodak Easyshare C533, it actually reduces blur quite significantly, and is great for rugby matches!
Other than the usual Blur Reduction, Auto and Video that you can get on most cameras, there is also a setting for Landscape and Close-up, although Close-up has never actually worked for me and the pictures come out more blurred than if my hand was shaking... You can also find a setting that allows you to capture photos in low-light setting. I haven't used this myself as the only time I wanted to use it was when my hamsters were in a dark corner of the room and they were fighting, but as they only have little eyes I didn't have the heart to hit them with a stronger flash!
My favourite mode setting is the one with the indicator 'SCN'. I honestly don't know what that means, but little pictures come up and you're able to choose even more modes on this one menu; Portrait, Flower, Museum, Night, it has almost every mode you could possible need to take a picture with a digital camera. I have only really found a few of these useful, but I know the Museum mode is useful than taking a video where you don't want any sound.
The video mode on this camera is of excellent quality, and it even plays the sound with it when you watch it back - I've never had a camera that could do that before. It's a decent sized screen to watch a video on too, unlike some cameras where their screens are much too small to view properly.
The Zoom on this camera is mind-blowing to me - I've found I'm able to zoom into someone's front room window and watch their TV from my window across the street. They had nothing interesting on but the zoom works! It has a 3x zoom, but it seems so much better than the 3x zoom I had on my old camera that I'm sure it must be more! It can pick up the tiniest details from not far off, and I do really like that feature. The pictures come out as almost perfectly clear too, obviously depending on steadiness of hand and how far you zoom in. I've found that about halfway across the little indicator at the top gives you a perfectly detailed, distant picture, but anything past that and it gets blurred and horrible. The crop tool on this camera is very helpful when it comes to wanting picture perfection but only half zoom - cropping it gives you the biggest picture possible from your zoomed-in one, and is the best tool to use when it comes to 'I need to zoom in more but it looks bad past this point'. I always use it!
I chose the 9.2 megapixel as 9.2 is really all I need when taking pictures. I actually found it to be quite a lot compared to my old camera which gave me good enough pictures (as far as I'm concerned) at 5 mega pixel. I've found the camera can be very helpful in dark areas such as a pub garden or on the street at night, just because it's flash is enough to blind a blind person, and that's only on Auto, and its Zoom and Blur Reduction helps with pictures of playing kids, mad animals and sports events, especially the rugby - it really does take some cracking pictures in either Sports or Blur Reduction mode, I can see player's faces on some of them! Its availability of different capture modes can help even the most Beginner of picture takers, and I actually believe myself to be one of those!
I bought mine for around £90 from Currys, which I thought was steep myself to start with, but with the quality of the pictures and videos I've gotten from it it was definitely worth the price now. I was using an old 1gb memory card to start with, but recently upgraded myself to 4gb. I think a 1gb memory card gives roughly 500 pictures on 9.2 mega pixel, but my 4gb memory card gives just over 1800. Obviously if you drop the mega pixel on the menu you get more pictures than that, so a 4gb on 5 mega pixel is roughly 3000. It all depends on what mega pixel you want, but with this camera even the lowest mega pixel gives off a decent and clear photo so you really can't go wrong!
I would see this camera as something perfect for a photography student who wants something small, compact and cheap, or even just as a camera for everyday useage. It gives really god, clear, high quality pictures, even after uploading them to a PC or Social Networking Site. Just a great camera (=
This is the second Kodak easy share camera I have had.
I've had my fair lot of digital cameras, although the Kodak easy share m230 has to be my favourite.
I originally bought this camera in a 12 mega pixel for over £100 in the same camera! This one I have now is a 9.2 mega pixel and if im honest.. I don't see a difference between the two!
I had to downgrade as my 12 mega pixel got broken at my birthday party, it was dropped and the lens got jammed. I couldn't turn the camera on and so Argos sent the camera back for me.
The customer service was great however my camera was lost on its way back to Argos so I had to choose another replacement camera... I love this Kodak camera so I decided to stick by it and got the next thing to it. Unfortunately the 12 mega pixel was no longer for sale!
This 9.2 mega pixel camera wasn't much cheaper than the 12 at the time. I think it was about £20 cheaper.
Although I'm sure it can be bought from Amazon for a lot cheaper!
Quality and Durability; ....
Well lets just say... this camera literally came within half a metre of an elephants foot and went into a Zebras mouth at the safari in Tunisia... and survived!
I've had this replacement camera now for 6 months and it has been abroad with me twice so far!
I personally think its worth every penny! Kodak is a great company to reply on and this camera is a great example of how good Kodak are!
I'll admit, I do drop my camera quite a lot! However there's not one fault with it! I keep it in a padded camera case which I bought cheap from Tesco and that protects it perfectly.
My first Kodak easy share M320 broke quite easily as I mentioned already it was dropped. So the camera isn't un breakable! However when bought from Argos you get a years guarantee... and I was able to send my camera back to be fixed.
This camera is available in various colours although I chose black as it is a very smart, clean looking case.
The casing is smooth and isn't very shiny, which means fingerprints don't stick to the camera!
Along with it's great casing durability, this camera has a great slim, light design.
The lens is situated on the right of the camera when looking at it lens up screen down.
The flash is neatly tucked away on the front of the camera.
The screen size is fantastic, I don't know the exactly measurements so if you are considering buying this camera and would like the know the exact size of the screen, it can be found on the Kodak website.
The screen is the biggest out of the cameras I have tried over the years... it takes up 80% of the camera on one side!
The buttons are neatly placed to the right of the screen and are of a reasonable size. I've never had any problems with the button sizing and they are easily pressed.
The battery is neatly tucked away on the right side of the camera under a secure flap. It is found by easily and simply sliding the casing down and releasing it. The memory card slot is also found here.
There is space for a camera wrist strap to be attached to, I got one with my camera however they are easily and cheaply found on the internet and I would recommend getting one as it minimizes the chance of you dropping it!
Battery Life; ....
The battery you get with this camera is a Li-on battery meaning it is rechargeable.
The battery charger I found to be great, you don't have to take out the battery from the camera to charge it! The charger is simply a plug adapter and a USB cable. This means you can also charge up the battery on your laptop or computer when you are transferring images.
When I charge up the battery on holiday, It last me a full day (and more) of being used continuously! For example at the Zoo I had it out a lot and I was turning it on and off continuously.
The battery life is great, it would have lasted longer if I needed it to.
When I'm not using my camera for a full day event, I can charge it and it will last me a few days before it will show the 'battery low' signal.
As already mentioned, the buttons on the camera of a good reasonable size and I never found them too small to work with.
The main buttons are found on the back of the camera.
There's a; ....
Play (view images)
Zoom in, Zoom out (one button)
Alter view button
self timer button
OK ( used when searching through the menu )
This sounds like a lot, however the last three are each situated on the larger circle button and they all are designed nicely and set out in a neat layout.
There are also buttons found on the top of the camera; ....
Power Button - on/off
Flash button- change the type of flash, turn flash off/on
A camera shot button ( to take a picture )
A main button which turns... this holds all of the options to how you want to use your camera. The options are; ....
Video- use to capture motion and sound
Close up -use for subjects closer than 28 inches (70cm)
Landscape- Use for distant scenery
Auto- Use for general picture taking
Blur reduction - use to reduce blue due to the subject motion
SCN- a wide range of shooting options for different sceneries, weathers (sun, beach snow etc.) and object (flower, children moving etc.)
High ISO- use to capture pictures in very low light conditions
The labels of these buttons on the swivel switch do wear away, however their setting status appears on the screen when selected.
When you have taken a picture which you don't like, there is a picture of a dustbin shown on one of the main buttons besides the screen for easy deletion. The speed of deletion is fast and there is also the option to undo delete! Which is great for those bad times when you delete a very special picture!
Through viewing the images, you can 'mark' a picture and keep it safe by selecting the menu and selecting the 'protect' option when viewing the picture.
There is a wide range of options you can do with your pictures! Including 'crop' 'Perfect touch tech' 'copy' and more!
You can also view the images in a slide show by selecting this in the menu option when viewing your images on your camera or memory card.
Zoom and lens; ....
The camera comes with a 3x optical aspheric lens. The zoom is easy to use with the button situated besides the screen.
When zooming into an object from far away, the picture quality does decrease however it is still see able and reasonable quality.
When visiting the zoo, I zoomed in to a bull from verrry far away and got a great shot of him! The camera even caught his eyes which came out red.
The lens is protected by plastic which automatically opens when you switch the camera on.
It's not advisable to touch the lens.. or let any drunk people hold it! When fingerprints get all of the lens, the picture quality decreases! As I recently experienced when using the camera at a party.
This is easily solved however by wiping the lens with a smooth cloth or clothing to get rid of the greasy fingerprints!
Image Quality; ....
The image quality is fantastic! I am always receiving compliments at how great my camera is!
Having 9.2 mega pixels means when transerfing the images to your computer, the images appear very big! (depending what you are using to view the images)
I like to open the images in 'Pain' and shrink the images to at least 30% it's orgional size... this cuts down the size of the file whilst also ensuring the picture is easily uploaded to applications such as facebook!
When transerfing the origional photo file size, it can take a while! Especially if you are copying a large number of photos.
However the quality is worth it, and you don't loose any quality viewing the images smaller.
I am very happy with this Kodak camera. It is great value for the money and I would recommend it to anybody wanting a reliable good quality camera at a reasonable price!
I will certainly be sticking by Kodak and buying another of their cameras when this one bites the dust!.... Which won't be soon hopefuly as I am relying on this camera to perform it's best again when I visit Egypt in a few weeks :D
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Two things first: 1) I bought the M320 for my dad as a Christmas present and 2) I've used it way more than dad has. He's always been keen on having new technology such as the latest DVD player / TV / PC or laptop / mobile phone BUT he doesn't necessarily use them very often (well not the camera or the laptop anyway). Therefore I can say with confidence that I am experienced enough with this camera to review it having taking probably in excess of 1,000 photos with it in a 6 month period. I have found it a pleasure to use the M320 and sometimes don't want to hand it back to dad.
Now for some interesting stuff (or it's boring if you're not into cameras or their history).
SO IT'S MADE BY KODAK HUH?
I'm fairly sure most people will have heard of Kodak. Just in case you haven't, they're a multinational company which has been around forever (well at least since 1892 - just a few years before I was born). They're specialists in imaging and photographic products and if you want to know more about them you can go to www.kodak.com. You might not be aware of this but the first digital camera was invented by Steven Sasson in 1975 when he worked for Kodak as an electrical engineer. Obviously digital cameras have come a very long way since the 70s but did you know they were around before the mid to late 90s? I recall paying something ridiculous like £100 back in 1999 for a tiny digital camera which could only produce the smallest of jpg images; probably the size of a passport photo! Whilst I thought it was pretty cool I was also disappointed with the lack of decent sized photos I could take digitally.
Did you know that in 2003 Kodak were all the first company to produce a printer and camera dock combination with their EasyShare Printer Dock 6000? And did you know that Kodak was also the first company to release a digital camera with a full colour LED screen? Why do I mention all this? Well it's because I've always favoured Kodak as a camera company and like to tell you these interesting (well they're interesting to me anyway) facts. I've have very good experiences with my previous 2 EasyShare models and only in the last 3 years have I ventured towards other makes such as Canon and most recently Samsung. My loyalty to Kodak made me opt for the M320 for my dad when his previous digital camera "broke". That's another story as to how he managed that in his back pocket...
ERM SO THE M320 - WHAT IS IT? IS IT A MOTORWAY?
No, it's not a UK motorway; it's a digital camera whose full name is Kodak EasyShare M320 Digital Camera. The camera has 9.2 megapixels, has 3x Optical Zoon and 5x Digital Zoom with a 2.7 inch LCD screen and weighs in at just 563g.
The EasyShare range by Kodak has been around for some time now and all the EasyShare models are basically cameras which are compatible with Kodak "docks" making them very "easy" to "share" the photos with your computer for printing and editing.
There are various series in the EasyShare range such as the DX (the first in the EasyShare range) which was superseded by the CX series (now also defunct), P Series, Z Series, V Series, etc. I'm not going to explain what those series were famed for as my review is about a model in the M series which is a cross between the C series (point and shoot cameras) and the V series (stylish and slim cameras).
OK SO NOW TALK ABOUT THE CAMERA PLEASE!
The reason I opted for the M320 for dad was that it's very easy to pick up and just start taking photos with it. For a 70+ person who has troubling holding a camera still to take clear photos this is ideal as you don't have to hold perfectly still to get a clear shot (which was an issue with dad's previous digital camera). I took the M320 out of the box, inserted the battery and switched the camera on; took aim and snapped half a dozen shots without looking at the user guide. I then showed my parents the photos I'd just taken (again without needing to refer to the user manual) on the screen. The feature buttons are quite easy to work out if you've used any digital camera before. For a novice, this is really an easy piece of kit to get your head around. My M320 (I mean dad's M320) is black in colour but it's also available in silver or red (at this current time).
WHAT DELIGHTS ARE IN THE BOX?
When you purchase your M320 new you'll get a box with various contents in. One can always guarantee that the most exciting item in the box is the actual camera? As well as the main man (yes, the camera, keep up now) you get a wrist strap which is very easy to attach. You also have the battery (Li-Ion (3.7V, 720 mAh) KLIC-7001. On a fully charged camera you can expect to get between 200-550 photos depending on how much you review the photos taken and for how long the camera is left switched on. There's also a wrist strap, EasyShare software disc, USB cable and 5V AC adapter. You also get a User Guide in the box which looks like it's very comprehensive but that's only because it's all repeated in 12 different languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Turkish and Polish. The User Guide provided is enough for everyday usage but it does advise you of the website to visit if you want more detailed info
One thing I'd add here which is a bit of a gripe really. When you plug the USB cable into the power adapter you have to plug the cable into the bottom of the adapter which makes it a problem when using standard wall sockets which are near the floor (as mine all are at home) so I found myself having to use extension cables which I'm not overly keen on doing when charging camera batteries. There is also a cable to connect the camera to your TV.
Please note that there is no SD card included with the camera and although the camera has internal memory it's very limited so if you're going for this camera, make sure you purchase an SD card.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE BUTTONS AND SOCKETS THEN?
The Power button is clearly visible on the top of the camera. It's easy to depress; I specifically say this as my own fairly new camera has been a bit of a letdown that I bought earlier this year with a very small on/off button which is sometimes hard to depress. I definitely prefer the ease with which the M320 can be switched on and off and I'd add that this wasn't even something I thought would be an issue till I bought and started using my Samsung IT100. Next to the Power button is the Flash button. On top of the camera is also the Mode dial which for the basic user is best left on the "Auto" setting.
At the back of the camera (i.e. the bit that's facing the user) we have (from top to bottom) the Zoom button which is a fairly decent size directly below which is the Delete button. Below that is the OK button which is in the middle of the up/down left/right circular button. Below this are the Menu and review buttons to the right of which is the Share button. Not forgetting a major part of the rear of the camera we have the LCD screen where you can view your subjects when take photos and play back the photos you have taken as well.
On the right hand side of the camera is the battery compartment which is easy to open but not so flimsy that it opens by accident during regular use. Just above this compartment is where you can attach the strap for carrying the camera. The battery compartment also houses the SD/SDHC card slot. On the underside of the camera is a Tripod socket.
On the left of the camera is Power socket to plug in via the supplied USB cable to a power plug. When the camera is charging the small Battery Charging light is steady and once charged the light goes off.
LISTEN, IT'S ABOUT THOSE NIFTY FEATURES
The Mode dial on top of the M320 has 7 different settings to choose from:
* Auto (used most often by basic users for general photo taking)
* Landscape (for distance shots)
* Scene (basic point and shoot for pretty much any situation)
* Close-up (fairly obviously I hope)
* Blur Reduction (for taking shots of moving subjects)
* High ISO (indoor shots in low light)
* Video (again fairly obvious what this does)
The Flash has several modes which are:
* Auto (camera decides itself whether or not flash is required)
* Fill (which just ensures the flash is used for every shot you take)
* Red Eye (either automatically corrects red eye in photos or flashes before the photo is taken so avoid red eye in the first place)
* Off (no flash at all
As well as the features available from the physical buttons/dials on the M320 you can access various features from the LCD screen itself which include:
* Framing grid
* Framing marks
* Flash mode
* Self timer
* Date stamp
* Photos remaining
* Zoom slider
* White balance
* ISO speed
* Battery level
As an enthusiastic photographer with absolutely no desire to be professional, the features available from the Mode dial on the top of the camera are the ones I use the most. Whilst it's nice to have the features available on the LCD screen; I have to admit to rarely using these. I don't like date stamps on photos, I don't need a frame grid, I've been taking photos long enough to get along with this. I do like the battery level indicator and knowing how many photos can still be taken as this is useful and practical info I need when using a camera. Framing marks is a cool feature whereby it automatically frames people's face when taking people shots and focuses specifically on the faces. This is fairly standard on digital cameras these days; my last Canon Ixus has this feature (purchased in early 2008) and my current Samsung IT100 has it too (it's also called "Face Detection").As an amateur photographer I also put my hands up to not being a regular user of the Zoom feature. I've used it a few times but find unless you keep really still taking the shot you don't get the best results.
Using the Panorama mode is really cool if you have a steady hand or use a tripod. You can take several consecutives shot of a wide area and have these put together to make a wide photo.
Getting your photos off the M320 is fairly standard - pretty much the same as most digital cameras. You can remove the SC card and insert into your PC to download the photos or use the USB cable to connect directly to your PC instead.
BOTTOM LINE, WHAT'S THE SCORE? AND WHAT'S THE DAMAGE?
I am happy to give the M320 a strong 4 out of 5 rating. It takes really clear photos which I've had printed several times at 4 x 6 inches and also printed to A4 and wasn't at all disappointed by the clarity. It really only loses a point on the USB cable having to be plugged into the bottom of the power adapter.
I purchased the M320 online back in January 2010 for £69.99 which I felt was a very reasonable price for this bit of kit. At June 2010 I can see it's available from £58 to £79.99 (seems that Kodak sells this at the higher price range).
Kodak have designed this camera to be what is commonly referred to as a point and press camera. This means that it is not for professionals but is actually aimed at people who are slightly interested in photography, would like to take interesting pictures and fiddle about with some options as well as have a stylish caseing which is suitable for using in most places.
The Kodak EasyShare M320 is available in black, silver and a deep red and comes with a 9.2 MP lens. There are a number of quality features. You are able to shoot in black and white as well as serpia and there is the option to take three different types of shots in term of resolution. This leads to suprisingly different exposures. In addition to this, you can add voice tags or sound tags to pictures and you can modify the flash. There is the option to shoot video using the camera and you can also create a slide show.
One of the best features for me is the size of the LCD screen on the back and the clarity of the picture also. There is no view finder but I have never found this to be a problem because of the size and clarity of the screen.
This has a rechargable battery which is removable from the camera though it can be charged in the camera. Battery life is excellent. The USB connector is niffty! It plugs into the plug which charges the camera meaning that you only need to take a small plug and its wire if you're travelling and this allows you to transfer your images/videos easily. Pictures come off as JPEGs and they do so quite quickly.
The actual size of the camera is good. It is less than a cm thick and not too long or tall which is great especially if you're trying to take it on a night out. I, personally, find that it fits in most bags comfortably and can be easily carried in a pocket.
If you're a professional photographer then you're not likely to find this camera interesting though for anyone else I'd say it is perfect. For the price you really cannot complain regardless of whether you want to take some snazzy photos or whether you're just after the general holiday snaps and night out snaps!
For the price of this you cannot go wrong. It retails at approximately £60 if you look in the right places!
The Kodak M320 Easyshare digital camera is a bit of a surprise, really.
I wanted to buy my six-year-old son a camera, as he had shown an aptitude and interest when playing around with our compact digital camera. I looked around at all the kiddie cameras, hoping to find something sturdy and versatile, with a decent picture quality.
Let me tell you now: That does not exist in a kids camera. You get the sturdiness but it comes with a picture quality so poor that it really is not worth the bother. plus they cost almost as much as the cheaper adult cameras.
Anyway, I looked around and came across this one. The price was right, it had a decent amount of megapixel (9.2), it had a large LCD viewer (clear and bright) and it had interchangeable memory in an SD card socket.
I tried it out in Dixons and tested the thing that has always annoyed me about some digital cameras: the delay between clicking the button and taking the shot. Kids don;t have time to click and wait, they want to click and run. So I tested it by pressing the shutter button and moving the camera directly afterwards. It was perfect. The shots came out clear and instant, with no delay at all.
Anyway, I bought it (from Dixons), especially because they offered an extended warranty that actually seems worth the money: £16 for a three-year warranty that gives instant, no-questions-asked replacement for any damage, whether faulty goods OR accidental damage. Can't be bad, if they honour it, of course.
There are also many features on this camera, the usual suspects, really, and they all seem to do as they should. It seems to work quite well in low light, too.
The battery is one of those rechargeable ones from inside the camera. It can be replaced. In fact I got a free battery with the camera when I bought it, so I can have one in the camera and a charged one to replace it on long trips away. The battery does hold quite a charge too, so it takes a while to run down.
Overall, for £70, you cannot go wrong, especially if you are looking for something for kids. My son has found it very easy to use and enjoys learning about some of the more advanced features.
I have been through a lot of digital cameras and it usually doesn't take me long to find a fault. I paid about £70 for this camera, and I am yet to find anything wrong with it. Mine is a funky red colour with a large screen to veiw my pictures. It takes photos with one quick click of a button, unlike other cameras I have had, where I have had to hold the button down for what seems like ages. The auto setting produces really good photos, showing the actual vibrant colours. If things look blurry, I can quickly set it to anti blur and this solves the problem. It comes with a rechargable battery, and you plug the usb adapter into the mains adapter, so there aren't lots of wires to remember, and you dont have to take the battery out of the camera. It takes pretty decent videos, although the sound on them isn't amazin.
It takes really nice black and white photos, which I like, and this option is easy to select, as well as Sepia and low colour. There is a close up and landscape setting, on a scroll button, which is very usefull. I dont have to spent ages searching for the correct setting. Im slightly diappointed there is no snow setting, but ther photos I have taken in the snow look pretty good.
The battery lasts quite a while, for now anyway.
Id recommend this camera to anyone who enjoys the art of taking photos, but doesn't want to spend a lot, or spend ages trying to figure out how it works.