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150 of 170 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2011
I wanted a cheap, working, point and shoot camera with better quality than my old cell phone, and it works for that. Aside from adjusting the exposure you may be frustrated with some of the seemingly technical options; white balance only has presets, and if you don't want auto focus your only alternatives are macro and infinity - no manual! There is a simple mode and a "program" mode with more options, but the camera always defaults to the simple mode when you turn it on.
Focus has been the most frustrating thing for me, because with night shots or close-ups, the combination of auto-focus with the motion of my hand pressing the button makes everything blurry every time. I've gotten around this by using the 2-second timer and holding the camera still after I press the button. If that sounds terrible, avoid this camera.
Picture quality is decent. It's not the 90s anymore and you could probably say that about any similar consumer grade camera. 14 megapixels seems like a lot less when you zoom all the way in, but close-ups turn out well (when you get them in focus). Video is 640x480 and again, this isn't amazing, but I'd pick this over any old video camera simply because it doesn't record the sound of a videotape motor (plus digitizing tapes is boring and expensive).
Does not come with a memory card, has a tiny amount of internal memory. You can spend anything from $10-$100 depending on how much you want. I got 4 GB for $10.
The Kodak software - which is not included, you have to download it - is pointless. The camera doesn't show up as a usb volume on Mac, but it works fine with ImageCapture, so you can install nothing, get the photos, and get on with your life.