"Nothing But A Gimmick"1.5 starson by mashada
Pros: Compact size, Wide Angle shots
Cons: Grainy LCD, Weak Flash, Hard to use zoom
Summary: The dual lens is nothing but a bait and switch. I was pretty excited about the camera at first, until I went home with one and took it through the paces.
First, here's what I liked:
- Close proximity wide angle shots (definite plus)
And here's what I didn't like:
- The LCD is grainy... something that seems to be quite common with Kodak cameras
- If you use the zoom while recording a movie, you'll be able to distinctly hear it, regardless of the noise in the movie.
- The skip from the wide angle lens to the regular one while zooming is strange - catches you off guard at first, but there's a setting for this
- The door that secures the SD Card is so flimsy, and I cannot for the life of me understand how that was left like that in the final design
- The flash is a little on the weak end
- The zoom button is soo hard to use, leading to my next point
- It is so easy to mistakenly put your finger in front of the lens while taking a photo
- The battery life is very questionable at this point and only further testing can yield different results
- The photos are not so great, especially with the 23mm where the distortion is a little more on the higher end, even if this is common with such small lenses.
I feel bad coming down so hard on this camera considering the new innovation, but it is what it is. I say wait for version 2 (if any) of this type of camera.