The 'Kodak Easyshare V1233' is a small stylish and easy to use camera. We bought this camera about two years ago and have been very happy with it. My wife is more into taking pictures than I am and my sister has a much more professional camera from when she was studying photography, all of us enjoy using the V1233.
The V1233 takes up to 12MP photo's which is more than adequate for home use. It has a 3X optical zoom and 5X digital, the optical zoom works very well and very quickly but using the digital zoom dramatically reduces the quality of the photo and makes it a lot harder to take a good photo. I would recommend just using the optical zoom and to use the computer to digitally zoom in on photo's
The camera uses digital image stabilization and it is the first camera we have owned that does. A lot more of our photo's have been successful thanks to this feature. The screen shows either a green, amber or red logo for how much the image stabilization had to be used, most photo's with red are no good but there are thankfully few of those.
32MB of internal memory seems entirely pointless, there must be some reason that this camera comes with any internal memory but I do not know what it is. You can pick up 4 or 8MB SD cards really cheap on Amazon at the moment and they often have deals on in the supermarkets.
There is perfect touch technology built into the camera but I find it a lot easier to use it on the computer. The 'Easyshare' stuff on the camera is really not my thing and I prefer to manage my photo's in a more traditional way but I can certainly see why some people would really get on with it.
The V1233 comes with a replaceable rechargeable battery, we have not had to replace the battery since we got the camera and it has seen some pretty intensive use. There is HD video capture available on the camera, it is easy to use and creates decent videos in the MP4 video format. I still prefer using a video camera for video and a camera for photo but if you do not have a video camera this is good enough.
The screen on the back of the camera is very clear. The face detection technology and continuous focus really help to ensure your photo's are as good as they can be. There are 22 different photo taking modes but most of the time we just leave it on auto and that seems to do the trick. When you set the camera to burst mode it only takes up to 3 photo's and I would prefer it if there was also a continuous shot option however you can easily take still shots from the video.
The V1233 is a great all round family camera. When we got it it was half price from Argos for about £80 and I would say it was definitely worth it. If I were to buy a newer model I would happily go for Kodak again, 12MP is fine but I would choose something with a higher optical zoom.
I bought this camera specifically for my holiday 2 years go and it is still going strong. It has lots of different settings for a wide variety of situations and although it is 12 mega pixels you can actually change the setting to reduce the picture size so that way can save memory space. Hooking it up to a computer is very straight forward and the easyshare application allows you to keep your pictures very organised and backed up for peace of mind. There is also a handy zoom function which gauges how far you have zoomed in/out and then indicates whether this will distort the image you are about to take in any way. The ISO function is very handy...when in a very dark building you can simply add or subtract and alter the light instead of being stuck with a bunch of dark photos you can do nothing with. I would recommend it to anyone who wants an easy to use but quality camera. It also comes with changable adapter for charger which is handy when you're abroad
The V series is Kodak's premium range of compact cameras, with this particular model being one of the top two. For a 12mp camera, it has a great price tag, often being found in shops for around the £120 mark.
Th V1233 is nicely styled, although not as slim as some of its competition. However, you do get the feeling that it is a solid camera.
The camera is easy to use, with all its functions asscessible at the touch of a button. It has a 2.5" screen with 230k pixels display. It also has the usual set of features which are average for a camera in this class.
Linking it to your computer is simple, as is editing the photos on Kodak easyshare, where you can also order prints online.
One major drawback with this camera (at least the one I had), was that about a month after buying it, whilst on my first holiday using it, it simple packed up on me. When pressing the 'on' button, all the lights would flash, the lens zooms out and the LCD screen briefly flashes on, but then it cuts out and the lens closes again. I knew it was not possible that the battery was dead as this was a new camera, but as a precaution I bought a new battery which, to no suprise, made no difference. A friend of mine had a camera from the same range (10mp counterpart), so I tried their camera charger with my camera, and again to no avail. At this stage I was fed up that my new camera had packed in so soon (I have had disposable cameras last longer). It was then a case of returning this camera to where I bought it, and buying a different make.