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I bought the Kodak Easyshare M575 after breaking an earlier version of the Kodak Easyshare and needing a replacement. I had been impressed by my older Kodak Easyshare and so decided to go with a similar model again. My main concern was the quality of photo taken - this is a 14 megapixel camera with 5x zoom so takes very good quality photos, but the price was pretty reasonable too and there was a choice of colours which is always enticing to the fashion conscious so I went for a classic black!
In comparison to the older Kodak easyshare models the M575 is much sleeker - the corners are more rounded, the camera more lightweight and compact (and handbag friendly), and the buttons again more rounded and smooth and more durable (there was some wear and tear on my older model following frequent use). All in all the design has obviously been very carefully considered and looks modern and chic, with all buttons and options easy to find and a really good sized screen to view images back on.
The top of the camera has four buttons - power on/off, flash (changes flash options between auto, red eye preflash and flash off), camera/video mode, and the shutter button to actually take a photo (press this down and hold it for the camera to focus and take the photo). The auto flash option has always worked well for me and it is rare that I have had to adjust this option. I have not used the video mode an awful lot but when I have it is good quality - a little grainy but only very slightly. My main problem has been with the volume - it is apparently adjustable but no matter what I do the sound seems to be non existent.
The camera uses an auto capture mode which means it decides what it thinks you are taking a photo of (person, landscape etc) and adjusts itself accordingly - useful most of the time but on occasion the camera can seem to get it wrong. If you press the camera/video mode button on the top of the camera, you can select the 'program' option which then allows you to select auto focus or macro or infinity, or you can select the 'scenes' option which allows you to choose one of many options including portrait, panoramic, landscape, snow or night photo.
The buttons on the back of the camera (next to the screen) include the zoom in/out buttons (when viewing images back you can use the zoom buttons to zoom in on the picture and have a closer look, or if you press the zoom out buttons you can view more than one image at once as thumbnails). There is a delete button, as well as a select ('OK') button with cursors which are used to flick through images and menu options, and the playback button which shows your images on the screen when pressed. It is really easy to view back your photos and you can delete any you don't want to keep very speedily. There is a very useful option to undo delete should you accidentally delete an image (although you have to select this option immediately or the photo is lost). There is also a red easyshare button - you select an image, press this red button, select the social networking site you desire, and when the camera is next connected to your computer this selected photo should be uploaded to the site you have chosen.
There are two other buttons on the back of the camera - the menu button and info button. The menu button when pressed unsurprisingly brings up a menu. This menu contains camera setup options, for example, LCD brightness, red eye reduction, self timer and picture size (you can select 1,2,3,6,11,12 or 14 megapixels - the more megapixels the better quality image but the more space used on your memory card too). The 14 megapixel images are truly fantastic quality - I have a 60x40 cm canvas of a water scene taken with this camera and the detail is stunning.
When the camera is ready to take a photo and the info button is pressed the self timer/burst options appear in the top left corner of the screen, and the cursors can be used to select from self timer off, burst on (this takes up to 3 photos in rapid succession), 2 second timer and 10 second timer. I don't often use this option but it is a little difficult to get the timing right - although there is a little red warning light which counts you down to the photo being taken it is still quite confusing. When the info button is pressed whilst viewing an image, 3 options appear on the screen - select photo, edit tag and view thumbnails. The cursors and 'OK' button can be used to select one of these options. The 'edit tag' option makes it possible to 'tag' photos in a category, for example 'holiday' or 'birthday' and then when in viewing mode, the thumbnails of one category can be viewed together. This isn't a feature I personally use but if you have a large amount of photos from various event I can imagine this would be very useful.
The camera uses a rechargeable battery so it is plugged in at the mains to charge - personally I find this much better than an AA battery powered camera, although there aren't an awful lot of those around. The memory card required is an SD card, or an SDHC card if you wish to make the most of this high definition camera. The camera without a memory card holds six 14 megapixel images.
The Kodak easyshare M575 is a lovely stylish camera with a huge amount of features - sometimes too many if you are just a social photographer like myself and don't have the time to flick between options between taking photos. However if you are looking for good quality photos with the option to improve your photography skills then this is a great way to start!
Picture this. You're letting loose at a trendy hot spot with friends snapping pictures so amazing you'll want to share them online as soon as you get home. Any other camera would slow you down with tags sorts and uploads. But not the new Kodak EasyShare M575 Digital Camera. Take stunning HD pictures and view in High Definition on any HDTV or other HD device.