Product Type: Kodak digital cameras
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Kodak Easyshare M530
Member Name: kirstymc
Kodak Easyshare M530
Date: 08/03/11, updated on 05/05/11 (10 review reads)
Advantages: A camera that you can just pick up, point and shoot.
I have a very poor history with cameras be they polaroid, film or digital - I don't know if it is my magnetic personality or what but they have a terrible habit or conking out on me.
My latest camera is a Kodak Easy Share M530 12 available for around £70, this is apparently much less than the original price but I am yet to find one at full price.
The camera has 12 mega pixels 3x optical zoom and automatic focus. It also has easy share option for uploading to social networking sites Facebook and Flickr.
I have very little technical savy and hate reading instructions so a camera that you can just pick up, point and shoot is perfect for me. The instruction booklet you get is quite large and intimidating but you will find that this is mainly the same 20 odd pages in multiple languages. There is no CD software to add to your computer, you can just plug in the USB and you are on your way. The process of transferring images from your camera to your computer is very intuitive and therefore very easy.
This is a very intuitive and intelligent camera, it has a smart capture option which means the camera does the work for you. I have found the picture quality to be excellent, all images are crisp and clear. The automatic focus is great as it means you do not have to fiddle about with the settings to get a good picture. The face recognition function can detect up to 5 faces in a scene so you should never have a chopped off head ever again. It does not have a view finder which I think is fairly typical of digital cameras so you use the LCD screen to check what you are shooting. The camera also has a flash which goes off automatically depending upon the quality of the light around it. As I have said this is an intelligent camera that will clean up any noise, shadows, red eye etc so you should find it hard to take a bad picture.
The video option is easy to use and quality is very good although the audio quality could be better.
Easy Share - this is not as easy as you would think and it took me a while to get my head around it. I was expecting to be able to share online at the press of a button but you have to connect to your computer to utilise this option.
The camera design is quite cool (mine is black and red).It is very light and small enough to fit in a hand bag for a night out. I have also found it quite durable, dropping it a few times does not seem to have had any ill affect.
The best thing about this camera for me, and this may sound stupid, is that it is rechargeable - NO MORE EXPENSIVE CAMERA BATTERIES WAHOO!!! I have found that once charged the battery is very long lasting.
This is a very user friendly camera that should be easy to use for everyone.
I just hope my magnetism will not break this one because I really like it.
Summary: Great mid price camera for technophobes.
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