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I've had this camera for a fair few years now and it's still taking great pictures! Five megapixels seems quite low now but the picture quality is as good as other cameras with higher numbers of pixels - or at least the difference is not noticeable!
The 10x optical zoom comes in very handy and of course produces much better pictures than would have been produced with digital zoom. It does make the camera a little bigger than a camera with less optical zoom, however, which is something to take into account if you don't like to carry too much around with you or want to keep weight to a minimum. The size has stopped me taking it out on certain occasions (for example, on a night out). The camera is easy to hold.
Is has auto settings that are useful for when you just want to point and shoot, but if you're feeling adventurous it can also be used semi manually allowing you to try out a range of different shutter speeds and other settings.
I have had this camera now for around 5 or so years, I got it as a birthday present, and it still works very well! Its good to find a camera that lasts without breaking or needing any repairs.
It is a good all round camera I think, and I mostly use it for family and holiday photos and getting some snaps of the family pets. I'm not a photographer in any way, but it suits me for what I need - a digital camera that will last and take good quality photos of family moments.
The batteries last a good while and I have recargable ones to use with it.
There is a macro function on this camera for close-ups and also a landscape setting, these are the two I use most often. It also has the ability to record, although I find it is not very good quality and the zoom doesn't work when in record mode. However I do not need to use the record function really, so that isn't a problem for me, but might be for some.
The only other down-side to this camera is the size, it is not pocket sized like many cameras are now and it can be a bit bulky to carry around.
The other reviews have summed up most that is good about this camera. This camera is simple and easy to use, although I have to say that I am always learning with it - so it never gets boring...whether I am using it for concert pix or nature or family - or just simply messing around when the kitten is playing the camera and picture quality never let me down. The ease of changing from colour to Black and white to Sepia is a simple scroll through the settings button, giving added dimensions and individualtiy to each and every picture. The 10X optical zoom makes concert pix superb. The camera is great for beginners with little photo-taking experience (simple click and shoot) and the added features are excellent as you become more experienced.
The video quality is excellent on this camera than it was on my old tape videa recorder - just remember to use a large memory card in it.
Photos and videos are quickly downloaded onto the pc. I bought a rechargeable battery for my camera as I use it such a lot it was starting to cost quite a bit for new batteries.
There is not much more I can add to the review the others have already made except that this camera still serves me well after two years of use. I did not intend to buy this camera but one specific feature popped out at me. It was the optical zoom which is 10x, not a lot of cameras have that these days.
A lot of people are pixel focused instead of the other features. You only really need about 5MP to get a decent size and a good quality photo to print out and to photoshop with.
This camera looks bulky but it fits nicely into my coat pocket for when strolling around town. Wish I could always carry this camera around as it takes amazing photos two years down the line. I've always wanted a proper Canon digital camera but Kodak won me over here with this camera. This camera would have been perfect if it had manual shutter speed settings but who knows, maybe their next range will have that. Until then, I could not ask for anything better....
I received this camera for Christmas in 2005, and it's been great. Not only is it easy to use, but it's full of nice features as well. My favourite thing has to be the 10x optical zoom, which means that you can take great shots even from REALLY far away! The camera comes with a number of built in settings, such as 'sports', 'night' & 'portrait', and also a 'scene' setting which has a lot of additional settings. There's also a manual option if you're feeling more confident, and a video recorder. The sound quality of the video recordings is amazing, even in really loud situations such as at concerts, and the videos themselves are great even in low light. The camera might seem a little bulky considering most digital point and shoot cameras that are available at the minute, but it's well worth it for all the features that are packed in!
It's a great camera, produces great pictures - people continually comment on how good my pictures look , and ask what camera i use, however to get the best out of this camera you do need to understand the basics of photography or else you might be lost adrift in its settings.
I would also recommend that you buy a new lens, as it could do with a polarising/UV filter, however if you do this you need a new lens cap.
The flash is also in an awkward position, and when using the lens tunnel the flash often cannot penetrate to the bottom of the image leaving a "dark arc" at the bottom of the image.
Overall i love it, but i just wish little niggles were sorted, and that the batteries lasted longer.
To see the sort of pictures it takes, look at Jakg.com
I like this camera. It was my first prosumer camera. I like the 10x optical zoom which offers very little hassle.
Of course without the image stabilisation and noise reduction functions, it is still difficult to catch tiny objects. I have used this camera to catch pictures of butterflies. It didn't disappoint me. For the last 7 months, I enjoyed this camera and the crisp and vibrant colours that came with it.
Of course, pictures taken at night is a problem, even at a high ISO800 (the highest) for Manual program at 1.8Mp. The objects are blurred and not clear. So, I was happy to take pictures during day time.
I also like the Shutter Program ... especially the slow shutter for me to capture water dropping on a surface. Very sharp and the outcome is not distorted, somewhat near a DSLR quality.
The buttons are easy to manage. One doesn't have to access the menu often to do the settings. Basically, it is still a point and shoot camera, with lots of extras.
Despite many unhappy users' complaints, I still think this is one good, inexpensive camera.
You need only two batteries (NiMh). That means about 200 shots, but depends on the settings of the camera. You can choose the megapixels of your pictures. I prefer the 1.8 and 3.2 Mps. These are enough to provide detailed images.
Of course, shutter lag is another problem. However, you can minimise that. Use the drive function, where you can take a few sequential pictures (3 here) at a press of the button.
All in all, try it, if you are a serious photographer but don't have too much money for a DSLR.
Great camera for all round photography quality is superb and very reliable looks very attractive and classy but is a little too big if you want a pocket camera unless you have large pockets.Batteries last well and you would never need to carry more than 2 spare or need any more than the 10X optical plus the 5X digital zoom.Great for hol snapshots and also that detailed unusual insect,flower,animal that you can't wait to show your family and friends.
I bought this as a replacement for a troublesome Jenoptik. Wow! What a camera! In my opinion, for the money, the best you can get. It works almost like a standard SLR, is lightweight, small and compact, but has all the features you could possibly want. It's so simple to use; even a small child could cope with this, and the picture quality is superb. It has restored my faith in digital cameras. Batteries seem to last forever and the flash is very effective.
Downside? When I got my camera, I just opened the box and started shooting. I met a friend who also had one, and noticed he had a lens cap. I checked my box - no lens cap - so contacted Kodak.
Kodak REFUSED to send me the missing item as it had been over a month since I bought the camera - disgusting after-sales. Back to Comet where I bought the camera back in June and I've been waiting ever since for them to send me the lens cap (promise after promise). Tonight I was advised to take the camera in for refund and immediately purchase another identical - this would be the quickest way to get a lens cap.
Apart from aftersales, then, to sum up - Brilliant camera, brilliant pictures - superb!