Pros Battery usage & quality pictures
Cons Write to card time & lack of manual control
Summary I wanted to update the older 2 megapixel (MP) point-and-shoot (P&S) camera I’ve been using for some time. I wanted a quality, easy to use camera. I originally purchased a Nikon Coolpix 4600 camera (4 MP). While it took great pictures and was easy to use, I could not live with the 10+ second cycle time between flash pictures. After some research, I decided on the Kodak C360, despite the lack of reviews out there. I did not get it at the best price ($279), but it was available at our local Ritz camera store.
The C360 is a very impressive P&S camera. It is very easy to use for the novice and has many scene-assist modes, all accessible though a very easy to use menu system. The C360 is a 5 MP camera and takes absolutely beautiful pictures under most conditions. It is pretty quick in taking shots, and regarding the objection to the Coolpix 4600, goes about 2 seconds between flash shots. The camera is easily manipulated with one hand (and I’ve got a large one) and is small enough to pop in a shirt pocket. It starts up quickly and I love the 2” LCD viewfinder.
Upside. This camera is absolutely the best I’ve ever seen on battery usage. I played with it for several hours getting acquainted with the features, I have taken 350+ pictures (most with flash & LCD on), and downloaded to the computer several times--all on the provided CRV3 lithium battery with no signs of battery fatigue after nearly two weeks. I love the large 2” LCD. Two particular features I like are the internal red-eye compensation and the in-camera crop capability. The red-eye feature works whether you select red-eye flash mode or not--with the red-eye flash turned on you see very little red-eye in the picture. It also does a good job of red-eye removal without the red-eye flash turned on, depending on the circumstances. The in-camera crop is cool, allowing you to crop/zoom. I’ve done this 2-3 times on some full 5 MP shots without any discernable decrease in quality.
Downside. Obviously there needs to be some of this. There is not a lot of manual intervention available, other than white balance, ISO, exposure compensation, and long tern exposure settings. Recall, we wanted a P&S, so this camera actually has more manual adjustments than we will probably ever use. So, for the “serious/creative” photographer, it does not offer enough control. The only other thing I’ve noticed is that it takes time to write pictures to the memory card. Now this may be my lack of experience with a higher MP camera, but it does seem to take some time. That being said, it has not impacted my ability to take candid pictures. The flash coverage is somewhat limited, but will suffice for wider angle internal shots. While 3X optical zoom is fairly standard, I wish it had more, like the 4X optical zoom on other Kodak models.
Overall. I am extremely pleased with the C360. Use battery power is a pet peeve of mine & this puppy makes gas (so to speak). It has many features that make this a great, easy to use P&S camera.
Pros No noticeable shutter lag, small, quality build, large bright crisp LCD, 32 mb built in
Cons Not much: view finder does not match with lcd 100%, does not include rechargeable batteries
Summary The KODAK c360 is a very affordable and high quality digital camera. Of course, being a KODAK, it is also very easy to use, especially for beginners. The pictures are very crisp and clear. There is no shutter lag which is very useful for taking action shots. There are 16 different preset configurations that will guarantee a clean shot. Sharing pictures is also easy with the large lcd and on board printing and tagging options. The KODAK c360 is an easy to use affordable camera. You will not regret buying it.
Pros Fast recycling - 4 picture burst mode - low light pics wonderful
Cons AV-8 cable proprietary and extras are $14 + only from Kodak
Summary The U.S. is back! I was saving for a Canon Digital Elf at around $499.00 but decided to buy a "cheepie" stop-gap- digital camera for Christmas.
I found the Kodak C360 with docking station, 3 cables, Lithium battery and Lithium rechageable battery with charger built into the docking station for $199.00 at Costco a warehouse discount store chain.
I am blown away. It's quality is every bit as good as the more expensive Canon, and at 5 megapixels is all I need for stills. The bonus vido that will go as long as you want with good built in microphone, limited only by size of your memory.
I also bought a 1 GB Ultra II Secure Digital memory chip at Costco for about $80.00 abd it's rated at 10 MBS about equivalent to a high speed 90x.
This will record about 30 minutes of video. However we shoot short scenes for editing together.
This Camera may replace your camcorder and your stll camera.
Th Kodak C360 is a great camera. Buy it bundled with the docking station to get the extra rechargeable battery or buy the docking station separate it's a wonderful attachment that also recharges the camera while it's docked.
BTW/ Don't feel bad Canon camera folk, I still plan on buying the $3,000.00 plus EOS D5 with 40 frame burst mode and low light ISO so you can freeze a ballet dancer in ambient light.
I'm amazed that an American company like Kodak is finally blowing away the competition in the point and shoot camera category.
We had bought some low megapixel Canon cameras for the grandkids, but while they had video, the videos did not have sound. The kids were disappointed, so we took them back and got the kids these Kodak C360's and they love them. The cameras are rugged, pocket sized with a large LCD and the battery lasts forever.The kids are now producing small video movies with the cameras.
Well I'm ranting. I'm just very happy with this camera.
Pros Pictures are clean and sharp. Not in the "prosumer" camera class. But for family and vacation photos, it does a great job, and it's reliable.
Cons Almost every other type of battery does poorly. Super-expensive "camera "AAs do okay. Rechargeable NiMH won't even turn the thing on! Tried multiple sets that work in other cameras, but when put into this one, it starts up and then shuts down.
Summary I would look around for another camera in this day and age. Most current models far outperform this one, and some can plug in and recharge (or at the very least, they work fine on standard rechargeable AA's).
"Great Camera"on by R2Venom
Pros Simple, Easy to use.
Cons No Rechargeable batteries
Summary I have had this camera now for over a year, and I love it. At 5 Megapixels, it takes beautiful photos. LCD Screen is very clear, and bright (even in sunlight). Video mode is amazing, as it will record as long as you want(or what your SD card will hold).
I have been using only 2 types of batteries with my cameras. Duracell CRV3 or Duracell PowerPix AA batteries, and they last.
I had to give an 8 because of no Rechargeable batteries. Aside from that, this is a Great camera.