Kodak succeeds in this respect with the EasyShare C875, the high-end member of the EasyShare C series of snapshot cameras. This solid 8-megapixel point-and-shoot doesn't have any outrageous gimmicks, but it produces good pictures and offers plenty of advanced controls.
The C875 is a fairly chunky little camera, measuring 1.5 inches wide and weighing just over 6 ounces. It's really too big to fit in most pants pockets, but it makes a great jacket or purse camera. The right side of the camera sticks out a bit to hold two AA batteries and offer a nice grip.
The camera's controls are pretty standard: a mode dial on top, a joystick on the back, and various buttons for other functions. Unfortunately, the buttons feel awkward; they're too small and shallow to press comfortably. Also, large-thumbed users will find the tiny zoom rocker difficult to manipulate, and the joystick's occasional sticking and slipping may make you wish for a more conventional directional pad.
Beyond its 8-megapixel sensor and 37-to-180mm-equivalent 5X optical zoom lens, the C875 is a fairly nondescript camera. It sports a broad variety of shooting modes, including Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, and Manual modes for advanced users and a handful of scene presets for casual users. Though it lacks an image stabilization feature, the sensor can be cranked up to ISO 800 for low-light and zoom shots.