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I don't own the Kodak Easyshare V1253, but my Mum does, and I've ended up using it more than she has - so i've just as good an idea as any owner as to it's strengths and weaknesses.
First of all, it's a 12 megapixel camera with 3x zoom. This is about standard for digital camera of a number of years ago. The results (prints, or on full display on a computer screen) are generally of a good to high standard for digital camera for a similar price. The picture is sharp and the colours generally vivid and clear. Naturally though, this depends on the setting and amount lighting you've used to take the photo, as well as whether or not you've used flash.
So far neither my Mum nor I have been let down by this camera. Battery life is generally pleasing. A single charge will let you take around 200-250 shots, or the equivelent of 1-2 days worth of shooting. At no point have we had any reliability issues or errors. It all works quite well
EASE OF USE
This is where it falls down. For me this camera is not much of a problem to use. For my Mum it is a different matter. The camera does not remember it's last setting. It has to be manually altered every time you switch the camera on. This is annoying especially if you are taking a succession of photos at, say, night time and have to use a specific setting for that. Buttons are pretty small and the menu is awkward, too.
Things such as ISO can be changed under the manual setting, but obviously other aspects like aperture and exposure cannot. You therefore have to rely on individual settings to get the effect you want.
This is a perfectly acceptable digital camera. It is somewhat awkward to use, and not particularly user friendly. It does not help the photographer take good photographs - rather you have to fight with it to get decent results. Honestly speaking there are probably far superior models out there now, and as such, I would not particularly recommend this camera - which isn't to say it's a disaster by any means.
The Kodak Easyshare v1253 is a camera that took my interest while walking around in Curry's a while back. Its stylish design and sleek looks is an eye catcher for sure. I decided to view it and for a 12 megapixel, at the time of then was £140 i thought that was a great bargain! so i purchased it.
The camera takes as you'd imagine very high quality photos in great colour as well with 4000 x 3000 resolution, Yes please! i thought. The camera has a lot of different scenes to chose from such as
- portrait, sport, landscape, close up, night portrait, night landscape, snow, flower, museum/manner, self portrait, back light, candle light and sunset to name but a few! so its packed with handy features. I particularly like the image stabilization on this camera, you hold the snap button in softly and the camera recognizes when its still and prompts you with a green box and beep sound which is very useful and aiming to get even the novice camera user able to take professional looking photos.
I'd really recommend buying yourself an SD card for your Kodak though as its 128mb internal memory isn't that great and you are limited to the amount of photos you can take not to mention if u have a video saved it reduces the photo capacity as well. Invest, you can get SD cards cheap enough its definitely worth your while and will let you snap more and get the best out of it and you.
One of the nice features is the optical zoom and digital zoom giving a great combined zoom of 15x, 3x optical, 5x digital. The quality does fade a slight bit when zoomed in so much but still creates an eye pleasing shot.
The video recording on the Easyshare v1253 is exceptional quality in HD resolution so that was a big hit with me hands down! which you can then enjoy on your High Def TV flat screen or any TV for that matter ha ha via the camera to TV connector included in the box. Get the popcorn out this is one for you've been framed ha ha.
The layout on this particular digital camera is quite well done i think once you get the hang of it quite quickly in my opinion. Once you've taking your picture or video clip all you need to do is press the button at the top right hand side of the 3.1 inch screen called 'preview'
and up pops your snaps and videos which are very easily navigated using the little joystick on the right of the camera and pushing down on it to select. Simples!!
The Kodak is smart looking and rather well made. Everything is well structured and you wouldn't expect anything to fall off or feel flimsy, all buttons feel firm and intact, that of which you'd expect of a much dearer digital camera for a really fair price!
My girlfriend bought me the Kodak Easyshare V1253 for Christmas. Mine is in white, and looks very compact and stylish. Straight out of the box, the first thing you notice is the impressive wide screen dispaly which enables the user to review their pictures and video's with ease. The camera is heavier than it looks, which I took to be a good sign - I have had cheap, low end cameras before and they were very light anf flimsy. The camera also boasts a high quality Schneider zoom lens. Having now used the camera for 8 months I can confidentally state that it is an excellent, user friendly piece of kit.
Navigation is made simple via the use of the joystick (located on the rear of the device, next to the display screen). Just scroll through the menu and press the top of the joystick to activate your selection. This mean that pics can eaily be viewed/edited using the impressive wide screen display.
There are plenty of nice features when it comes to taking your pictures-you can easily set the camera for general picture taking, or for the more advanced enthusiast, you can specify if you are wanting to photograph close up, portrait, landscape, action, long distance, etc.
The on board video camera is also high quality, and the built in mic means you can also capture sound.
As always with digital cameras, the built in memory is poor so you will need a memory card (not included)
The kodak easy share software included, is easy to load and access, and allows you to store and edit your pictures on your pc or paptop.
Overall this is a well made, quality camera, and for around the £100 mark is an absolute bargain!