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I purchased my Kodak Easyshare sport mainly due to the waterproof feature, and I think that the camera is excellent in that regards! I've already been outside in the rain twice, and the camera has stood up to the test. Being a mountain biker / hiker, I like to have a durable camera that I can use in any condition, and this was the one for me.
The camera has a quick bootup time, so if you really need to get it on for the picture quickly, that is a good feature. I've had cameras that took forever to startup, and when they did, it was too late for the picture that I wanted.
Setting up the camera was very easy. All of the menus are straight-forward so you can easily adjust the date/time, as well as other options. The initial setup took about less than 2 minutes, and then it was ready to go.
The camera has a 12 megapixel resolution, so the pictures come out very clearly. The shutter delay is short, so you're going to get the picture you planned.
Overall, this is a great beginner digital camera that has a low price point. The added bonus of being waterproof allows you to bring your camera out where some people can't have theirs.
I know it doesn`t exactly make me sound like a professional, but I have to say I chose this camera very much so because of its wicked cool design, and I`m not ashamed of it! Luckily, it turned out quite brilliant in every other aspect as well, so all is well!
With this camera from Kodak, you can take pictures in a lot of different settings, such as portrait, sunset and sport photos, and the large variety of photo settings makes this a camera that can work great for a lot of people, whether yòu`re standing on the top of the Great Wall of China or about to take a photo of your son graduating from college...
This camera is very easy to connect to your computer, it will last for a little over a day with two AA batteries, that is if you use it a lot that day... What also impressed me with this camera, was that you can take pretty decent video with it, not amazing of course, but the quality of sound and picture is clear and good! I`d say that this Kodak model is perfect for someone who loves to enjoy the outside, the nature and the different travel destinations of the world! With this also being an underwater camera, it`s perfect for people who love to enjoy nature up, close and personal!
I gave this camera to a friend of mine a couple of months ago, and with both of us owning it, we can agree on it being a very good overall camera, and we are both very pleased with it! Kodak is a brand that I have always trusted to be reliable, and this time is no different! The model is funky and cool looking, and the quality gives me nothing to complain about! Recommended!
The kodak easyshare sport C123 is the cheapest underwater camera that we stock at the shop I work in and the low price is the only reason we sell it (people keep asking for a cheap underwater camera and the next cheapest we do is a Panasonic at over 2 times the price).
This particular camera is 12mp, with a 3x digital zoom, 2.4" LCD screen and is powered by AA batteries. Colour wise you'll have to go with something bright and garish - as far as I'm aware they don't do a black or silver, but they do have yellow, orange and I think green.
The camera itself is made of plastic and feels incredibly cheap and tacky to hold - infact it reminds me of a fisher price camera I had as a child in that respect. The finish is gloss which becomes very slippery if your hands are wet, however they have provided a rubber grip on the front to solve this issue. On the base of the camera is a hinge which gives access to the battery and memory card compartment, and underneath is a rubber cap which is presumably one of the watertight aspects of the camera - 2 single use AA batteries are provided, but the SD card is something you'll need to buy seperately. If you so use the internal memory and then place an SD card in the camera, it will ask if you want to transfer the photos - I thought this was a good feature as many times customers have come into the shop with whatever camera, saying they've taken photos on the internal memory and don't know how to get them off.
When you first turn the camera on you are prompted to set the date and time which is simply done, and the menu allows you to place a date stamp on the photo if required. You also need to select a language from which there are 23 available, so a nice wide range of choices for those who aren't native english speakers. Unlike other underwater cameras this one does not prompt the user to check underwater precautions, so you need to remember to do this yourself before you drop it in some H20.
The 2.4" screen is fairly small by today's standards, but it does take up a large amount of the rear surface space of the camera and is perfectly sufficient to see what you're taking photos of, so not an issue for me.
The camera does have a zoom function, but it is a 3x digital only - this seems very backward among the cameras of today (infact this is the same zoom spec as my first ever digital had, which was also a kodak bought for the same sort of price in 2004!) As digital zoom is artifically bringing in the image, this does degrade results and isn't really worth bothering with, plus the zoom action is very staggered so I've severly unimpressed with this aspect of the camera.
The rear of the camera tends to use depictions rather than words to denote the functions of the buttons, so if you are unfamiliar with kodak cameras, it may take you a while to get used to what buttons perform which role - for example the button with a picture that looks like a list, is the menu.
As you'd expect for a camera of this type and price, there are no manual overrides with regard to shutter and aperture, however you can still set your ISO and white balance if required. Personally I wouldn't bother as the camera is pretty good at picking the appropriate settings for itself, however it's nice to know they are there if you need them. You can also adjust colour settings so you can take B&W or sepia photos if the mood takes you.
When it comes down to picture quality there are a couple of issues - the flash bar is located directly above the lens which leads to a harsh and very unforgiving flash (if there are any slightly refective objects in the photo, the light will bounce back off them and it's not a good look). If you therefore decide to turn the flash off, you will struggle to get blur free photos indoors or in low light conditions as there is no form of anti shake mode.
The video function allows you to record movie in VGA resolution (640x480 pixels) which again is low by today's standards, especially when full HD movie on cameras is becomming common. If you don't plan on doing any or much filming then they may not be an issue, but if it is something you are likely to use then you may well find yourself disappointed with the quality, especially if you try and watch it on your nice big widescreen TV!
The provided accessories are kept to a bare minimum - 2 AA batteries, a wrist strap, USB cable and a few bits of paper. You will need to buy a memory card and it may be a good idea to get a case, as although the camera is the underwater variety, it is not shock proof like many others of its kind.
Price wise this camera can be purchased for about £50-60 and at this price you can't expect too much from it, if you do then you're deluding yourself! If you want a bright, fun looking camera for a young child, or want something to use on the beach/in the water for a holiday in the sun then this could prove a good option on a shoe string budget. For any other purpose though I'd say look elsewhere - if you want to use a camera underwater fairly regularly you'll be better off saving a bit more money and buying something miles better like a panasonic FT10, and if you want to take decent pictures out of the water spend £20 or so more and I can guarantee the quality of the camera and the photos will be twice as good.
Personally I think Kodak have lost their way since the heyday of the box brownie - my first ever digital was a kodak and it was poor back then, my mum's had a couple of kodak digitals that were better but nothing impressive, you can just get so much more now from other brands that I don't see much point in buying from them, except under the misguided assumption that the brand name means it's going to be a quality product. Unfortunately I can't express the enthusiasm for this camera that some of the other reviewers have.
=== Introduction ===
I love going on holidays and I go at least four times a year somewhere whether it is a weekend away to a town or a nice beach. Fortunately I am no longer dependent on the school holidays and can therefore enjoy a cheap holiday. Given we were planning a beach holiday, it seemed to be a good idea to buy a waterproof camera.
=== What do you get home delivery ===
You get a a colorful looking box delivered home where the camera can be seen underwater. In the box you will find the camera to a USB cable, two batteries, manual and warranty card. Basically all you need to use the camera straight away. Everything is well packed and even if you drop the box it is well protected.
=== Appearance ===
The camera is available in several colors including yellow and orange. I thought orange would have been a nice colour. I ordered the camera via the Internet and I must say that it looked better on the picture than in real life. In real life the camera looks a bit cheap and childish. The exterior of the camera is made of plastic and also the shape of the camera makes it look cheap. The shape of the camera does make it easy to hold. At the front is a black piece of rubber which gives it more grip while holding. The back is all black and it certainly does not help with the appearance. The screen is 2.4 inch. On the bottom of the screen it says Easyshare C123 Sport. On the right you have different buttons for camera control. At the bottom of the camera you have the opening of the batteries. At the top you have the on / off button, shutter release and other buttons.
=== Functions ===
Like most modern cameras this camera has some features to make the best possible picture. These vary by camera, but there are still many similar functions, such as flash, self timer as well as the landscape mode. This camera has a wide range of functions which is impossible to mention all here, but some are worth it.
You can select different situations of your photographic situation, including auto, portrait, sports, sunset, backlight, children, clear (including beach and snow), fireworks, night and sports.
In the Settings menu you can select the image size, timer, exposure compensation, ISO, long exposure, white balance, exposure metering, sharpness and color modes.
This camera is waterproof to 3 meters which is sufficient for most pools and when you go swimming in the sea. You can even shoot video with sound, but we have not tried this. This camera costs only around fifty pounds and I have bought this camera only by the positive reactions that were already on the site. Usually I have my doubts with a cheap underwater camera because you read that most cameras would still leak. Not this camera! We have used this camera twice during the holidays and once in the pool and the sea. We have numerous pictures of each other, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the pictures! Most were sharp and clear, while I was expecting these images would be yet more blurred.
=== Use ===
How is this camera in general?
I must say that the camera is very easy to use and you can use him without need to change various settings. You can use the camera straight away with the automatic settings, so the camera is itself determined what is best for the best photo. You can change the settings do change and I must say that the camera is very easy to use.
Taking a picture
Taking a picture is very easy and it has a fast response. When I push the button to take pictures than it takes around 2 seconds to take a picture, with flash about 4 seconds. After taking a picture, you can again within 2 seconds take a new picture, so you do not have to wait for long. The result is certainly are!
Taking a video
Even though I actually didn't bought the camera for taking videos it can certainly take good ones! You can make a small film, 640 x 480 resolution with sound and it sounds pretty good.
I think the camera can last the day with two AA batteries, but it depends very much on your usage. If you take many videos, then the battery will go empty much faster. We have used this camera several times during the holidays and I later saw with surprise that the battery was still half full. This while it was certainly used extensively, not only underwater but also in town and on the beach.
Connecting to PC
You can connect the camera to your computer using the included USB cable. Unfortunately you can not just transfer the pictures from the camera. You get no CD-ROM supplied with the camera. The software is included on the camera when you connect the camera to your computer, the camera offers the software to install it. Installation is done within one minute and from this moment you can copy pictures from the camera and edit it with the software of your choice.
=== Conclusion ===
I bought this camera for the holidays and because it seemed like fun to even take pictures underwater. We want next year to Thailand or Australia where a waterproof camera is always handy for photos on the beach and under water. The price certainly did not deter me and after reading the comments, I was definitely sold. For about fifty pounds I had a camera with 12 megapixel and one from a known and reliable brand. The camera has certainly not disappointed me in action and I am very satisfied with the quality of the photos. The pictures look crisp and bright even when the pictures were taken underwater. The camera itself may perhaps not look great, but that's just a side issue, and certainly not the most important. I am very pleased with this camera, and therefore five stars!
I wanted my own digital camera so i didnt have to keep on borrowing my familys and worrying about breaking it when i am on holiday or out and about, but i didnt want to spend a fortune but i wasted it to be good still, so i scoured the internet and came across the kodak easyshare sport! not only was it relativley cheap, but the fact is was an underwater digital camera really impressed me aswell! I thought it looked really good value for money as i would take pictures and videos in the pool and sea on holiday as well as it being my everyday digital camera, and the 12mp impressed me aswell for the price! I purchased it from MAazon as well as an 8G memory card and i pleased to say that it's the best camera i have ever used, its light eight, robust, and takes an excelent picture! I am not the biggest fan of the colour (yellow/green) but i am not that worried about it! The picture quality in and out of water is excelent and it really is waterproof! not just splash-proof, but full blown underwater! not only that but i have filmed underwater aswell! You do have to use AA batterys in it, and they do drain quite quickly when in H2O mode, but i am only using battery's from poundland, so it could well be that i am not using the best quality batterys and that if you use better ones then it will last longer! there are lots of different modes on the camera, nightmode, fireworks, children so and so forth, so you can take the best picture for your surroundings! The flash is really bright and sometimes a bit dazzling! so just be wary of that! overall i would recomend this camera to anyone looking for a robust, cheap underwater camera that is good value for money but still takes n excelent picture!
The Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 is one of the coolest looking not only looking but coolest camera in all! This camera has so many different types of things you can change in your settings to make your pictures come out awesome! The color is also unique and different. So many people are getting this camera fo some amazing sport pictures!
I bought this camera about three weeks ago just before I went on holiday..... it was about £50 on amazon including delivery. My motive for buying? Was it the image quality, the amazing zoom, the sleek design? Guess again! Like most people buying a camera of this kind, I was looking for something a little more rugged than a standard compact.
I was trying to avoid a repeat performance of last year's holiday, near destroying a £500 compact when the lens got full of sand and I accidentally got water into the housing. Namely I chose this camera because it was cheap and waterproof.... I wasn't naïve enough to expect amazing photos. Merely just to be able to capture a few nice snaps on the beach.
-THE IMAGE QUALITY: this was surprisingly good. Generally I think the photos were of a good quality because of the situation in which I used the camera, on a beach (plenty of good light), perhaps in the evening the results would have been less pleasing but overall they were good enough to be blown up and printed to A4 without any visible pixilation or blur.
-THE BATTERY LIFE: 10 days, 182 pictures. I didn't have to recharge the camera once, again, the heat abroad helps to prolong this, but even so... 10 days is mammoth by any standard. My compact cybershot that im attached to lasts only about 3 days with heavy usage.
-THE DESIGN: okay, the yellow is a little vulgar, but the design is such that you can bash the Kodak around 'til your hearts content, no damage, no scratching. I didn't bother keeping it in a case, just threw it into the bottom of my beach bag along with the sandy towels and greasy sun lotion bottles.
-WATERPROOF?!?!? : from what I've written above, you may have your visa out ready to buy in time for the july holiday rush... alas, all is not as it seems. Initially I was optimistic, I'd been throwing it around the pool for 3 days without issue, but then I took it to the beach, bad idea. It appears that the camera doesn't do so well in salt water (partly my fault admittedly). Basically I took it in the sea, then left it on my towel whilst I was sunbathing, the salt in the seawater crystallised and everything stopped working, salty water had got into the USB terminal, around the lens, pretty much everywhere. . . . my advice to you, WASH AFTER USE. I just wish Kodak would have issued this warning.
**WHO's IT FOR**
-The Kodak would be great for anyone who enjoys hiking, those kinds of pursuits where you're likely to get rained on. I wish I'd bought one of these when I went camping last year, it would have been a lot easier.
-Equally, this would be the perfect camera for a child, its rugged and brightly coloured, and as an added bonus it stops your nice camera getting cluttered with pictures of the floor.
-I do like this camera, it served me well, and for fifty quid im not going to complain that it broke. My insurance agreed to pay out and replace the camera in the end so all is well, though the £35 excess makes it a little less profitable for me. All I can say is to take care around salt water, hopefully Kodak will notice this fault and make efforts to tell their customers that the camera should be washed in fresh water ASAP.