Product Type: Kodak digital cameras
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Kodak Easyshare M530
Member Name: lorrainek858
Kodak Easyshare M530
Date: 04/11/11, updated on 05/11/11 (66 review reads)
Advantages: easy to upload pictures to computer/facebook, good quality pictures, great range of features
Disadvantages: not professional quality
I first decided to look for a new digital camera after my old one 'went for a swim' in a pint of beer (technology repels me). So the first thing I did was go down to Currys and I had a talk with the sales advisors about which camera would best suit my needs. I am not a great photographer, though I do take alot of photos when I am out and about with my friends or if when I go on holidays or for a day away so I dont need a top of the range professional (expensive) camera. I am however abit of a geek when it comes to technology and like to get as much value as I can for my penny.
The first thing I should include in this review is the product specification:
Style: Ultra Compact
LCD Screen: 2.7
Resolution: 4:3 16:9 3:2
File Formats: JPEG
White Balance Settings: auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, open shade
Flash Modes: Auto, fill, red-eye reduction, off
Shooting Modes: portrait, landscape, close-up, night portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text, fireworks, flower, museum/ manner, self-portrait, high-ISO, children, backlight, panning shots, candlelight,
sunset, sport, blur reduction, panorama
Maximum Movie Resolution: 640 x 480 pixels
Maximum Movie Frames Per Second: 30 fps
Maximum Movie Duration: Up to 4GB
Image Stabilisation: No
Lens Converters: No
Self Timer: 10 seconds or 2 seconds
Computer Connection: Yes
Batteries: Lithium-ion Rechargeable
Dimensions: 93.7 x 56.7 x 22.7 mm
The first thing I was interested in when I decided to buy a new camera was the battery, I wanted the battery to be rechargeable as I really hate having to change the batteries in any device I buy, having a rechargeable battery in your camera is much handier. This cameras battery is rechargeable and also the battery life is quite impressive, I dont really have to charge it that often and I use it quite regularly, this is useful as my old camera's batteries used to run out half way through the day when I was on holidays and this can be very annoying when you want to take pictures of the sights.
This cameras flash, like many digital cameras, is built in. There however is one criticism that I do have about this camera is that the flash is very bright, this can be annoying when you are out socialising and are taking pictures of you and your friends and everyone ends up saying that you have 'blinded' them. There are a number of flash modes however that you can use when operating this camera, these include, Auto, fill, red-eye reduction and off so if the flash isnt needed, it is easily turned off and also you can choose the red-eye reduction mode (which is a double flash) to stop your pictures coming up with red eyes.
This camera take 12 megapixal photos, the quality of pictures that this camera produces is really good for social use, there is also a blur reduction feature within this camera, this is really easy to use and comes in handy when you want to take pictures of things that are moving.
The memory that is built into this camera is very small, 32MB, this isnt really enough if you want to take alot of pictures, I reccommend buying extra memory when purchasing this camera, this camera is compatable with SD or SDHC memory cards, when buying my camera I also purchased a SanDisk SDHC 16GB memory card cheap online and this is more than enough storage space for my pictures, I have well over 1000 photos on my camera at present and still have room for more.
There are a number of great shooting modes that you can explore when taking pictures with this camera, they include
Portrait- this is used for full frame photos of people and other objects.
Landscape- this is used for distant scenery.
Night portrait- this is used at night to capture both subject and the background.
Night landscape- this is used for distant scenery photos at night.
Snow- this is used in a bright snow scene.
Beach- this is used in a bright beach scene.
Text- this is used for photos of documents.
Fireworks- this is used for photos of fireworks.
Flower- this is used for photos of flowers in bright light.
Museum/ manner: this is used when the sound and flash are not desired.
Self-portrait: this is used for a close-up of ones self
High-ISO: this is used when you want to take a picture in very low light.
Children: this is used for action pictures of children in bright light.
Backlight: this is used when the light in the photos is behind the subject.
Panning shots: this is used for expressing speed of the subject.
Candlelight: this is used when capturing candle light.
Sunset: this is used in sunset light.
Sport: this is used to reduce the effect of fast action.
Blur reduction: this is used to reduce blur due to subject motion.
Panorama: this is used for producing images that are too long to capture in one picture take.
These are really useful features and they are explained well within the camera.
There is also a video camera mode on this camera, this is not great quality but is more suited to short video clips.
This camera is connected to the computer easily with the use of a USB connection, when you first connect this camera to your computer you are asked to register yor camera with Kodak to enable quick sharing of photos, you can then choose to select the photos you want to save to your computer or else save all the photos saved on your camera at once, it is a really handy and quick way to do this and is a great feature of the camera. It is also possible to save pictures from your camera directly to either the Kodak Gallery, Facebook or Flicker with the touch of one button on this camera.
This camera is small and compact and is easily carried around, it has a decent sized screen to view taken pictures (this is listed in the spec.).
I bought this camera for £89.99 a year and a half ago, however if you were to buy it now you may get it cheaper, I think it was money well spent and am really happy with my camera purchase, I think it is a great camera for everyday use and would recommend it to anyone looking for a casual use (non professional) camera.
*also posted on ciao under lorrainek90*
Summary: Great camera for social use
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