"Not as good as many cell phone cameras"1.0 starson by MV
Pros: Good connectivity options.
Cons: Camera has no white balance control. Are you freaking kidding me?
Summary: I'm a professional cameraman and heard the CEO of Kodak speak about this camera line last spring. It's sounded like it could be fun to mess around with, and nice to have as something that could always be carried. But the controls aren't up to snuff with that you find on many Android phones nowadays. The fatal ending to whatever hope that I would ever give Kodak another shot? No white balance control. It's all automatic. That might not normally be so bad, because many cameras do a very fine job of handling color automatically, but not this camera. Color of scenes shot indoors were a mess. I honestly never expected it could be as bad as it is. It's going back.I started to feel that I had possibly not given this camera a fair shake, so I tested further. The camera comes with no SD card and the internal memory is enough to only shoot about 20 seconds. Kodak can't even throw a one gig SD card into the package? The quality seemed ok when viewed on the camera's small screen, so I hooked it up to my HDTV using the included HDMI cable. It worked and I could view the 20 second movie on my TV. The compression artifacts are so bad that at first I wondered if there was a malfunction or the connection was bad. Unfortunately that was not the case. The quality is simply horrible. It doesn't equal the quality of a low end standard definition consumer camcorder. People, measuring resolution is meaningless under such compression. When my wife saw it she looked at me like I am some kind of an idiot. I feel shame at myself, at my research skills, at the Kodak CEO, and at CNET for misleading me to believe that these cameras have any merit to them whatsoever.
Updated on Sep 30, 2010