I bought the EZ200 in Sept 2000 when it was just released. It was an impulse buy as I was off to the US the next week and I wanted to send email postcards back to the UK. I won't cover all the features here as the many earlier review have already done so. What prompts me to right this review is my ~18 months experience of the camera. Was it a good buy? Overall yes, but not for the reason I originally bought it. Then, I was ignorant of things such as resolution, memory capacity (ok, most things photographic actually) etc. I was attracted to its' size (it fits into a small bag or pocket easily) and the fact that it had USB, which was only then becoming the norm for digital cameras. Experience has taught me that its' resolution (640x480) is just adequate for computer/email display but totally naff if you want to print out. My main use of it now is as something I can keep in the car or as a webcam, for which it is very adequate. It does 'everything it says on the tin' and is VERY simple to use, although let down a bit by the bundled software. In the time I've had it I've only used two sets of AA batteries and most of the time it lives of the USB supply when being a webcam. Would I buy/recommend one now? No, unless you want a (by todays' standards) poor compromise. As a digital camera it lacks resolution, flash, memory and too many other features that are now commonplace. As a webcam it is too expensive compared to the competition. It was good in its time (2000) but should now be put out to pasture. PS. Checking the Kodak website it appears that the EZ200 has in fact moved on to a better place. It appears to have been replaced with the KODAK mc3, which is the camera plus MP3 functions at ~£130
I was given this camera as a gift for chirstmas. It was well recieved even though I had never thought about buying a digital camera for myself. The packaging was appealing and to the point. It gave the relevant information on the camera without overloading you with the hype that is just plain annoying. There are several modes of operation a brief description of each is given below: Standard picture: This is the default mode for the camera. Using this setting the camera can capture and store 128 pictures the manual says are "web quality". This is the type of photo that is taken most often by me as the size of the file when transfered to the computer is good without any noticeable decrease in image quality High quality picture: The camera stores 64 pictures of this quality which is more than enough for what I have ever needed. The pictures when transferred to a pc are of standard photo size ( like when you develop traditional camera film ). Timed high quality: This is exactly what it says, a timed high quality picture. You set up your picture and press the shutter button. The camera waits 10 seconds and then takes a picture. Although I haven't used this method it is well set up for it. The camera emits a noise that can easily be heard from a distance that gets progressivly faster as the timer counts down. Action shots: In this mode the camera will take 5 pictures almost instaneously which the manual claims is great for action shots. When I've used this I've thought the pictures were taken too close together resulting in 5 almost identical pictures. Movie: This is were the camera comes into its own. The camera can capture live video at a 30 frames per second rate. This is a very usefull feature that can capture 6, 10 second long clips of video. The file size of these videos is reasonable and the quality, although not that of specialist video cameras, is much more than
expected. Each of these modes is accesed from a simple mode button on top of the camera that skips through each with ease. Displaying the current mode and number of picture taken on the built in LCD screen on top. I could go into the details of the hardware in the camera such as the type of CCD (charge couple device) inside but thats not neccesary. The camera connects to a standard pc using a using connecter with a free cable easily long enough. Installation is easy with autorunning software thats basically sets itself up. The only part of this camera that isn't up to par is the design. The camera is small which is usefull but it is a boring standard black design which just looks ugly. Overall a very good quality camera for a price tag of under £100 Definatly worth the money if you want a cheap feature filled camera
This is a great little camera for taking fun snapshots. When you get the right lighting conditions it takes nice crisp, clear shots which look best when re-sampled by 50% down to 320 x 240 pixels. It has 4MB internal memory which can hold either: - 128 High Quality Photos (640 x 480 pixels) - 199 Web Quality Photos (320 x 240 pixels) - 126 Burst Captures @ 5 FPS (that's 630 images!) - About 20 Video Clips (ten seconds long .avi format) or a mixture of all of the above The camera is so simple to use - just turn it on and start shooting! Pressing mode scrolls through the 5 different modes: High Quality > Web Quality > High Quality Self Timer > Burst Capture (take 5 shots in 1 second) > Video Capture When connected to a PC you can download all your images and videos, use it as a WebCam or capture live images previewed on screen. The focus ring can be adjusted in order to focus on close ups. The focus ring must be reset to infinity when detached from the PC otherwise it won't take any photos - you just get an error beep. This is a failsafe way to prevent you from unwittingly taking all of your photos completely out of focus because there is no preview facility on this camera.
I bought an EZ200 in January 2001 to get a feel for whether I could justify buying a more expensive digital camera. It is obviously cheap and a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none, but what can you expect for £75. At that time this was the only cheap camera I found that could work as a video webcam when attached to the PC as well as a still camera for taking out and about. It can also do short 10 second video bursts when disconnected from the PC, but I think that's more of a gimmick than a useful feature. The good points: It is cheap. It does a bit of everything, including taking several shots in a burst, delay timer just like a film camera, two different resolutions for still shots and quite sensibly doesn't use battery power when the USB is plugged in. As is usual, the accompanying CD has the essential drivers, plus some basic but easy to use programs to get you started - in this case ArcSoft PhotoImpression and ArcSoft VideoImpression for still and video editing respectively. Not quite so good: It doesn't have a flash, the memory can't be removed or expanded and there's no fancy viewfinder, just a simple lens that lets you see approximately what you are photographing (like a £20 film camera) and no zoom. However, you didn't really think you were going to get those things at this price did you? And plain gimmicky: It makes fake shutter and film winding noises. You can turn them off if you don't like them, but they do convey information and I think they are probably less annoying and less intrusive than the digital beeps that they might have used. Overall I think this is an OK product as long as you take it for what it is. It will not take great still pictures that you can print up on photo quality paper and put in a frame. It will take reasonable still pictures indoors and outdoors that you can easily get onto your PC, do some simple cropping or editing and put on y
our web site or email to Auntie Mary in Australia. It will not take great video. A few 10 second bursts of outdoor video in 160x120 resolution is not particularly useful. Anyone who has used a camcorder knows that you need to take many minutes video to get a few seconds of useful or interestimg material. It will let you record a much longer piece of video within USB range of your PC, to stick on a CD and send to Auntie Mary (in Australia, remember). And it's much easier than video tape if you want to make a second copy to send to Granny as well. The quality is not spectacular and deteriorates if the lighting is not very good, but it's OK, and I was quite impressed at how well it adjusts for fairly low light. I've found the overall package to be not 100% reliable. Setup was quick initially, but I did have problems getting both my scanner and the EZ200 working at once. The scanner has a parallel connection, so it's nothing to do with USB, probably a TWAIN driver problem. A bit of uninstalling/reinstalling in a different sequence (which I can't remember now) sorted that out. I tried out a few stills at different resolutions and it all worked fine. I tried recording some video with it connected to the PC and it all worked fine. So I took the camera out when we went on a day trip. Back home with a camera full of pictures in various resolutions, and a couple of video bursts I connected up to see what I had got. What I got was the Kodak software crashing consistently when downloading image 18. I tried reinstalling the software with no effect. I tried looking for a newer version of the software on Kodak's web site. I tried contacting Kodak's support people through their web site. Nothing worked, and I never heard back from Kodak. You can only download all or nothing to the PC, and you cannot selectively delete pictures from the camera; you have to clear it completely, so that's what I ended up doing. I'
;ve no idea what format picture 18 was. Perhaps there's some feature or combination of features that you just need to avoid using, but I can't say exactly what. In view of this, if you are using the camera away from your PC I would recommend downloading pictures and clearing the camera as soon as you can after each use. Alternatively, if you are taking even still pictures within range of the PC, connect it up. The capture software lets you view the scene in video mode, then press a button on the screen to take the picture and download it without saving it in the camera's memory. That way you can adjust the framing and lighting whilst looking at the image on screen. So, I think this is a reasonable place to start if you want to try out digital photography or webcam applications, or for occasional use. If you find you don't use it very much you won't have wasted hundreds of pounds. If you find you do use it, you can move upmarket to a more specialist product and you'll have a better feel for whether you want a camera that's primarily still, or primarily video; connected to your PC or remote from it; feature rich or simple. I think in the last few months more multi-function cameras like this have come onto the market in about this price range, so if I were starting again I would certainly investigate the others before buying.
The Kodak EZ200 is a low priced camera from a company whose name means quality and trust in the photography business. I got the camera because it was in my price range, had as many or more options as others in the same range, and was made by a company I trusted. The camera is brilliant. It stores 64 quality shots or 128 'web quality' shots. I have to admit I don't use the web quality option...and the regular shots come out great on the net! In addition, you can take 6 burst shots which are actually close enough together to give good results. There is also a video option of up to 10 seconds of silent video, which is great when watching sports or children. Finally, the camera is small and lightweight. It is easily concealed on your person, so if you take it on vacation no one needs to see it when you are not using it. I don't like the tourist stigma of carrying an obvious camera, and I don't need pickpockets following me around either.
The EZ200 from Kodak is one of the many low-budget digital cameras which are appearing on the market at the moment. Weighing in at a delightful £90(approximately) there really is little to argue about pricewise but what exactly is it that you get for your money?... Well, the EZ200 allows you to take still photographs, record movies and has the ability to behave just like a webcam. Sounds good? Well movies are a maximum of 10 seconds long, which is not exactly brilliant but we are talking of a very cheap camera here. Picture quality is not exactly impressive either with a complete lack of a built in flash meaning that pictures can only be taken in well lit areas and then the results are not perfect. Furthermore, if you are thinking of taking a picture of a moving object then forget it - this little critter only lets you take still photos with any real quality. The top picture resolution here is a measly 640x480 which illustrates my point and with a memory capacity of only 4Mb(which can not be upgraded) there is a limited maximum of 120 photos which can be stored at the lowest reolution of 320x240. The actual downloading of the pictures from the camera to the PC is fast, as the pictures themselves are very small, but there is a further problem in that you can not download single pictures but the whole lot at once has to be downloaded(or at least my understanding of the software means I have to do this...lol). This is an annoying software feature but as it is so fast is forgiveable. In reality, this camera is more like a portable webcam, which has some additional digital camera/movie camera features. Combining all three and at such a low price obviously means skimping on the quality of all three so perhaps unless you are on a really low budget and need something like this, opt for specialised products in the areas instead. Overall, this is not a bad piece of equipment. It does all the things it is meant to do and is very easy to
use. However, the quality of the results is not brilliant and therefore this is really for people on a very low budget who need a webcam, digital camera and the ability to record short movies. Otherwise opt for something else.
I bought my Kodak EZ200 about two weeks ago, and it has been nothing but a blessing. I have auctions on yahoo, and have up to now had to try and get things to squeeze under my scanner. I can now just point and click, and it is on my computer in seconds! I also hate having to buy film, and having to go and have it developed, so this camera is great, as I dont have to do any of those mundane things. I have wanted a digital camera for months, but they were always too pricey for me, but I went to toys r us and found this one for under £100. I was a little apprehensive, after all you usually get what you pay for, but I thought I would give it a whirl. The quality of picture is very good (see below for actual spec) and it is so easy to use. It also doesnt eat your batteries in seconds, as it is the LCD monitor on the more expensive cameras that use all your battery life. It only uses the battery when it is in remote mode, or used as a normal camera, when it is wired up to the computer, to use as a web cam ( yes that too!) it uses the computer as its energy source. The software couldnt have been easier to install, and includes a great programme for making videos, which my son loves. The camera to look at is very compact, and fits into the pocket comfortably, although it would have been nice if they had included a wallet of some sort to keep it out of the dust. The spec is as follows: 640 x 480 pixels/colour CCD sensor Resolution/frame rate: still mode - 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 video clip mode - 160 x120 burst mode - 5 fps video streaming mode - up to 30 fps (fps = frames per second) lens focal length 4.6mm focusing range: still mode - .75mm (2.46ft) to infinity pc camera mode - .16ft to infinity captures standard image files jpeg and avi file transfer is USB point & shoot design self timer of
10 seconds 4mb of internal memory batterys 4 x AAA alkaline system requirements: windows 98 & 2000 pentium 266 or higher available USB port 32mb RAM 100 mb available memory cd rom drive. Sorry about all the spec, but it is worth noting, as people may think it isnt good spec if it is cheap, but if you are looking for a simple camera to take pictures to put on the web, then this is fantastic value. The main points to remember is that it only works through a USB port, and that it doesnt support Macintosh.
OK, so the pictures are not the best, but it is quite a cheap camera at around £120, it is very versatile and is extremely easy to use. A great point about this camera is that it comes with a 9 foot USB cable which means you can practically walk aroud the house with it! If you prefer 4AAA bateries will enable portable use. As a still camera, the EZ200 has 4MB of internal memory which has no upgrades or removable memory media, it sissufficient for up to take up to 64 VGA-resolution color pictures (640 by 480 pixels). You can also choose Quarter-VGA mode (320 by 240) and get up to 128 pictures. The camera can then be hooked back up to your computer for live video, which is handy to be used as a webcam. This camera comes complete with Arcsoft's PhotoImpression 2000, which provides a wide range of edit functions. In addition to the simple crop-and-rotate features, it has sophisticated editing features such as clone, pattern fill, and gradient fill. You can even add text; however, the program's user interface isn't always intuitive. This is used for still pictures and Arcsofts version for the motion camera is available in the package as well. A great stylish camera at an affordable price. Why not treat yourself!