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I have owned this camera for a couple of years now, and it has been pretty much everywhere with me and is still lasting. I couldn't be happier with it.
Its simple and easy to use, with features that allow you to adjust it to what you need and depending on the day or time of photo. I've used it on nights out, snowy days, sunny days, rainy days. Generally all the time.
What I love about it is that compared to a lot of my friends new and recent 60 billion (or something like that) pixel cameras, this one actually gives good photos and as a university student I am the one who is always being asked to upload my photos ASAP, as they were the best quality, people preferring these pictures.
I'm no photographer, but I find myself really attached to this little camera. The film quality isn't bad either, and has been regularly used as a substitute when no one has a camcorder or other fancy new gadget.
I rate this camera highly as I have had no problems with it and to the length of time its lasted me, especially since i should have been taking a lot better care of it than i should have.
I would recommend this camera to anyone and would quite happily buy it again if mine were to break (lets hope not though!)
This is my first review, so here goes!
I bought this camera a year ago after killing my 6 month old (rather pricey) casio exilim by spilling a pint of beer over it! This seemed a good replacement and as it was on a half price deal it seemed like an offer i could not refuse!
I ordered the camera in black-it comes in 6 different colours;black, silver, red, blue, orange and pink. However, when purchasing this item online the only colours in stock were black, red and silver.
This item is compact, stylish and easy to use. I am the first to admit that i never open a user guide for anything i buy although i normally end up referring to it within few hours. However, this has never been the case with this camera.
There is a clearly labelled on and off button at the top of the camera. The mode wheel at the top of the camera has different symbols to show the different pictures that can be taken. There is also an option for videos to be taken. When turning on the camera you can turn the wheel and this will result in a small amount of text appearing on the screen which gives you a simple explanation of what type of photograph will be taken with each option-great if you are like me and hate reading manuals or even if you have forgotten what options are available. Flash is automatic on the camera but it can be turned on or off by pressing the flash button (it has a lightening flash symbol beside it). If you press the flash button 4 times it will show an eye symbol, this is the pre-flash red eye option. Sounds fancy if you are not an avid camera user but when turned on this will cause your camera to pre flash so that eyes become accustomed to the light therefore reducing red eye. In my opinion this is unecessary as in the year of owning this camera i have never had to use this option as none of the photographs i have taken have been affected by red eye.
The screen on this camera is large and great for reviewing your photographs and videos after taking them. The buttons on the right hand side of the screen are clearly labelled with symbols or words. The play button, a triangle inside a box, allows you to review any photos or watch any videos taken. When looking at photographs you can use the zoom bar in the top right hand side of the camera to zoom in or out of a photograph if required. You can also delete any unwanted photographs by pressing the button which is symbolised by a dustbin. When pressing this button it will give you the option to delete a picture, all of the items on your camera or to exit, this is activated by pressing the OK button on the left hand side of the screen. When watching a video you can change the volume of the sound by using the up and down arrows on the circular button on the left of the screen. If pressing the right or left hand arrows you can fast forward or rewind your video-great if you want to show a particular moment.
The menu option allows you to make adjustments to the LCD brightness, picture size and white balance. All these options are easy to change and if wanting to get back out of the menu option press the menu button again and it will return you to the original screen.
Overall this is a super camera for anyone wanting an easy to use, reliable camera. The picture quality is superb! Very clear colourful and crisp! The ion battery lasts much longer than regular rechargable batteries and makes this a slimline light camera. It comes with mains charger and wrist strap-great for accident prone people like me!
I hope this review has helped any future camera buyers in their search for the ideal camera. Thanks for reading my post.
It would appear, the humble digital camera is somewhat of the 'pinnacle' in reviewing on these review sites...partly because it must be one of the main products that 'external' customers use to choose a product. So, without further ado, here's the Kodak M863. Lovely stuff.
My particular version comes in a black matt finish with a strap to place around your wrist - being a bloke it was a far more obvious choice that the potential vivid pink option!
Now, im hardly a connoisseur when it comes to digital cameras; the only other one I've previously owned was a 'Premier' one. (yep, never heard of them either!) But the first thing that strikes me about this camera is the large detailed 2.7 inch LCD screen on the back of the camera. With the camera being 8.2 mega-pixels; which is probably far too many to make any difference than, say, 6 mega-pixels would for day-to-day photos, it's a very detailed photo you're going to get at the end of it. But lets go into how exactly you get the photo you want.
Well, firstly lets be pedantic - the 'on' button is on the top of the camera, next to the flash option which has the regular presets as on, off or depending on the light available...which usually just makes it flash anyway! Next to that on the top of the camera is the selection wheel, where you have the different mode options - photo, video, digital image stabilization, close-up, backlight, high ISO (for low light conditions) and favourites - a selection of, unsurprisingly, you favourite photos. Now, for the majority of us we'll just use the photograph and video options, but the stabilizing and close-up options could be extremely handy for those using this camera for professional usage. Oh, and finally on the top of the camera is the big button which takes the photo...lets not forget that one!
Along side the LCD screen are a whole host of buttons which can get you from A to B to C in digital camera terms. There's obviously a zoom button, simply labelled 'W' for wide and 'T' for tight to help you differentiate. There's another circular button selection 'thing', but this doesn't turn like the one on top of the camera - this one rather just has options such as a timer and screen display - it can remove all the details around the edge of the LCD screen to give you a full picture, and also provide a grid to make sure your subject matter is centre, left-of or right-of picture.
Then there's the big old Menu option. Despite being the inquisitive type, I rarely venture into here as I don't really need to chagne any of the default settings. But, pretty much any option you could ever think of is here...The list goes - Picture size, long time exposure, colour mode, date stamp, white balance, face detect capture, exposure metering, AF zone, ISO speed, sharpness, red eye preflash, blur warning, maintain settings, LCD brightness, image storage, set album, orientation sensor, camera sounds, sound volume, date and time, auto power off, video out, language, format and finally 'about...' - think of that intense list as a set of 'ingredients' of what this camera can provide. The factory settings as usually in the common sense mode; for example face detect capture is 'on', red eye preflash is 'on' and the image storage option is set to automatic.
Finally on the back of the camera is the photo album button, which you can look back through your photos. Pressing it once will take you to the photos stored on the camera - an alternative button on the back of the camera allows you to delete any - and pressing it again takes you back to photograph mode, or whichever mode you last left it in.
As with all digital cameras, there are various input points for USB leads to connect to a computer and extra holes to insert bigger and better memory cards. For the record, I've never brought an extra one as the one provided in the packaging when I brought the camera is 128mb, which is realisitically enough if you take it for a day-trip or a night out for example...unless you're trigger happy of course!
Now, here's all the technical details for those of you out there with a head for numbers...
Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 9.1 x 5.7 cm ; 118 g
Boxed-product Weight: 908 g
Resolution: 8.2 Megapixel
Optical Sensor Type: CCD
Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 64, ISO 1600, ISO auto (64-320)
Digital Zoom: 5 x
Max Shutter Speed: 1/1400 sec
Min Shutter Speed: 4 sec
Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
Digital Video Format: QuickTime
Still Image Format: JPEG
Video Capture: QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 15 fps ¦ QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 30 fps
Effective Flash Range: 0.6 m - 3.5 m
Type: Zoom lens - f/2.8-5.1
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 34 - 102mm
Min Focus Range: 60 cm
Macro Focus Range: 10-70cm
Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec
Display Format: 230,000 pixels
Connector Type: 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x USB ¦ 1 x docking station ¦ 1 x DC power input
Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, Apple MacOS X 10.3 or later, MS Windows Vista
System Requirements Details: Windows XP or later - 600 MHz - 128 MB - 200 MB ¦ MacOS X 10.3 or later
Now that all sounds like a techno-experts wet dream and means very little to me, but primarily I'd recommend this camera every day of the week. It's versatile, it does the job I ask of it every time and has so many settings and quality of photograph that realistically it could be used for some professional work. Interested? It's available on Amazon for £74.99...get it!
I had this camera bought for me for my birthday by my girlfriend. I think it retails in Argos for around £80. It's a great camera with good overall picture quality.
It is very very easy to use and could definately be deined as a true point and shoot. It has minimal controls with various scene modes. It also allows users to specify white balance conditions and ISO settings. It also has 3 different flash setting for auto, fill and red eye reduction. The camera also has long exposure shots for night-time static shots.
However I was disappointed that I was unable to specify shutter exposure time below one second as I would have liked to be able to specify down to 1/2000 seconds allowing me to get the best shot possible.
The options for resolution are very good and there are choices that allow for 6 x 4 format if you know you're going to print that size.
The video function is very good with a good VGA resolution and good frame rate. Audio is excellent too.
After growing up with cameras that were the size of TV's and only took batteries, the M863 was my first camera that was recharchable and used a memory card (not film!).
This camera comes in three different colours: black, red, silver. It is easily portable, however not so small you can't see the screen when taking pictures! In fact, the screen is a very adequate size compared to many competators!
The zoom is also very good, and rarely blurs which is what you expect from a decent camera. 8.2 megapixels is a generous amount and there is not much difference between the 8mps and the 10mps - unless you are printing and enlarging the images!
The amount of different settings and features are endless however you need not get swapped with too much technical waffle, as this camera is great for just pointing and shooting! You can also record video which again comes out very well, however please note that the format is not too good if you want to import video into Windows Movie Maker!
The camera as a whole is quite durable (depending what you do with it) i mean, this is my THIRD M863 as i lost the first, and dropped the second which taking a picture so the lense broke. Lesson learned. I attached a Nintendo Wii strap to my camera instead to keep it with me at all times and to stop it falling and breaking!! But this third one has still taken a fair share of knocks and is still alive.
Also, the battery life is incredibly long - who wants a camera that takes ten pictures and then dies? Therefore, if long battery life, good pictures, low cost and durability are what you are looking for - then this is the Kodak M863 is camera for you!
As a student I wanted a basic, good camera which wasn't too expensive but still performed all the basic functions. The Kodak M863, has all of these qualities and did not disapoint me at all.
It has many different functions, them beingdigital image stabilization (to reduce camera shake), Close Up (for images closer than 28inches, 70 cm) and scenic, which contains many different settings, such as, landscape, sport, portrait and snow. It also has a self-timer and obviously, flash.
It is sturdy and comes in different colours; red, silver and black. It has a modern look with silver metal borders and a large screen.
It is also strong and sturdy in that it has survived banging around in my bag for a good few months now!
Overall, a good camera which I couldn't live without. Great for snapping memories and taking every with you, to take a photo of that special moment!
This camera is a dream to use with face recognition and 3 times zoom,It's on offer at the moment in Argos for £99.00 along with a 7 inch digital photo frame a saving of £50 off the regular price.
The only thing you need to check before taking a picture is wether you want a close up shot (flower symbol), or Iso for low light scenes indoors .
The video feature is also really easy to use and is shown as a old movie camera symbol on te same dial .You can watch it back easily on thel large lcd screen , it would be really hard to take a bad picture with this camera. It's easily charged from your computer's usb port or the charger plug included in the box .
The camera has a built in flash ,and set up disc for viewing ,editing picture on your computer i have printed out a lot of pictures from this camera and they come out really well.
It comes with a wrist strap is lightweight and compact and comes in various colours. Its perfect for out and about, especailly good for people like me who just want a point and shoot camera without missing" the moment" each time
The M863 is simple to use and packed with the features you need to get great looking pictures. Plus, it's pocketable and available in stylish colors with optional fun accessories - all at a price you can afford.
The M863 is part of the Kodak EasyShare System so sharing your pictures is amazingly simple.
Unpack the M863 and you're ready to shoot. It's that simple.