Pros Cheap price for audio/video recording cap; not a ton of things to learn to use
Cons Video playback on the computer was horrid, Kodak customer service is in name only
Summary I tried 2 seperate cameras of this model and had the same problem with both: the lighting reqs for doing vids is alot. If I didn't have huge amounts of lighting in the room the video playback on the comp using the supplied software was abysmally dark and nothing could be seen. Kodak's customer service is laughable if it wasn't for the fact I paid over $100 for this camera. The still pics it takes are good though. Also the supplied manual and the online manual (basically it's the same as the one from the box) are terribly insufficient. There's buttons on the camera they don't tell you how to really use at all. The supplied software suffered simialr deficiencies.
Pros even has an anti-shake feature, many scenes, high ISO, zooms in video mode
Cons flash is not strong enough
Summary For the cheapest budget camera I've found (around $100)in the market today, this one tops the rest of its class... clear crisp pictures in all sorts of light (even backlight), even an anti-shake feature present usually in expensive cameras, and the zoom works even when you are in video mode. So far I am enjoying the experience.
Pros Easy to use and carry; great beginner camera
Cons Shutter speed could be a little faster.
Summary I have owned a couple bulkier cameras with more features that this one, but I am very please with this camera. The picture quality is excellent and with a 1GB SD card I never have to worry about running out of disk space. My wife complained about too many features with our other cameras but she loves this one.
Pros It takes vry nice shots and is very easy to learn to use. There are alot of different scene modes that can be used to increase the quality of your shots. It is extremely durable and I am very impressed with this camera.
Cons You can not zoom while recording you must do that prior to pressing the button. It does not have a rechargable battery it uses AA batteries so I suggest using some good quality rechargable AAs. It doesnt take pictures very quickly eiither.
Summary Overall I think that this camera is amazing. I have dropped it hundreds of times from up to 5 1/2 feet up and no damage (besides a few scratches) has ever occured. I have dropped it in the snow while skiing, gotten water on it while boating, exposed it to very cold and hot temperatures and taken over 6000 pictures on it. To me it seems indestructable. I used to have a cannon and it fell of my purse to the ground a total distance of about 6 inches and it broke. So i was very very impressed with this cameras durability. I have taken this camera skiing with me in my hand. I recorded videos of me si\kiing and it has gotten covered in snow which melted to water and i have seen no damage done.
HOwever, it does have its cons too. i was not very impressed with the video because you can not zoom in once you have started recording. Also it runs off of AA batteries and unless you buy a good quality rechargable AA batteries it can be quite spendy. It also only has 6.2 megapixel and 3 X zoom.
I am looking for a new camera because this one does not meet the standards that i want since i am getting much more serious about photography. But i am giving it to my younger sister. I would recommend this camera for someone who is just starting out, is a child, or just wants a good quality camera for a cheap price.
Since I got this camera my whole family hsas swithed to kodak because of its durablitiy and reliability. I am looking for a new kodak and I hope that you will enjoy this camera as much as i did
Pros Setting for moving objects, different types of lighting,
x3 zoom, can crop and double pictures, easy to use, you can undelete pictures.
Cons Horrible battery life.
Dark video recording & uploads the videos in huge files (QuickTime)
Inaudible video recording until uploaded.
Some pictures turn out "grainy" if it's moderately dark inside/outside DESPITE the flash option.
Summary 299.95 is a TOTAL rip off for this camera! I bought it last year for my birthday, and since then, I've taken hundreds of pictures and a few videos here and there, but they hardly bring a smile to my face. This camera has not made me a happy camper.Please note, the price dramatically dropped from when it was first shown. (299.95 when I seen It)
The battery life is absolutely horrible. I've bought tons of quality batteries only for them to go to waste, as well as the rechargeable ones so this camera can act the way it should. An eight pack of quality (and commercial) batteries will last you a week, a week and a half tops.
The picture quality itself is simply okay, there is only one feature that I feel saved this camera was it's ability to take pictures in what seemed to be high definition IF (and only if) you hold the shutter release long enough in a well lit area, on top of staying still to avoid blurring (If you're not using the anti blur setting).
The downside of it is that it does NOT do well with semi dark and dark places. If you're going to take pictures in your home, or outside it when it's getting late the pictures will have the tendency to come out grainy and old looking. What's sad is that if you have a lamp on in the background, to simply help the camera, the grain is slightly more visible. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't look like static on a television, it simply looks like the picture was not developed well enough.
What really made me angry with its camera is how poorly the video recording was! There are TWO major flaws with it and need serious revamping. One; You can't even hear the audio UNTIL you upload it to your computer. And two; it uploads incredibly huge files and requires you to download a very old device that uploads videos for you VS other cameras that upload the videos in small files using the multimedia tools that are already installed on your computer. 4 minutes of video can take almost half an hour to file share or upload to a popular website--and this is coming from someone who has a high speed internet connection and an average amount of memory/RAM.
Not to mention, the video recordings are incredibly dark, even in natural light. There is also a lack of editing you can do to your video, you can't even create it in black and white; not to my knowledge anyway.
I am very aware that this camera isn't built to make movies, short or long, it simply wasn't made for that, but I am very, VERY, disappointed with how mediocre it is, and the fact that you'd have to reupload an entire video because you aren't able to see how it sounds before you upload.
I seriously feel like Kodak didn't care how the video portion turned out, because the picture quality is okay and just slapped an extra 199.95 onto the price because it can record, not because it can record well.
Updated on Nov 30, 2009