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Really like this camera.... but a few things disappointed.
on September 24, 2010
I have mixed feelings about this camera. If not for the "issues" I'll address here, I'd give the camera a "4" or "5". I'm experienced in photography, have my own photo gallery website on SmugMug, and shot VHS video years ago when my kids were growing up. I plan to keep this camera for the uses I myself have these days. It shoots good video, maybe just not terrific. But then after all, it's an inexpensive "entry level" camera.
I had none of the problems some other reviewers had, maybe because my camera arrived with the latest 1.06 firmware. Directions for the camera are VERY limited. The included booklet, the Kodak on-line help, and above all, the ArcSoftware. Even going on-line to any of them gives sadly little help & direction for the new user. I clicked on help with ArcSoft and a GERMAN page came up, with no obvious way to get it into English. Is that stupid or what?! No corrections have been made by Arc days later, either.
While I didn't expect video quality quite like the much more expensive camcorders offer, it was below what they seem to boast of and offer as examples. This camera really requires using "Class 6" SD memory cards. If not used the info from the camera shoots out faster than weaker memory cards can keep up with. That's when the camera shuts down or an error shows up. The camera's built-in mike records in "mono". For stereo you will need to purchase a stereo mike and plug it into the jack. Editing your video clips, it appears, will require purchasing additional software. At least my experience with ArcSoftware hasn't helped me there.
Another issue I have is with its "face detection". This is a "fixed-focus" camera, the only choices being distance or close-up (5"-12") controlled by a switch on its top. How then can "face detection" even be possble? How can the lens find & focus in on faces, with a fixed-focus camera? It cannot and does not. A wasted "feature" it seems used in advertising. If I'm wrong, someone explain why.
The reviews have been pretty good about this camera, in particular the one from cne*t. This may at this time be the best of its kind. I like how it feels and works, just think a huge company like Kodak could have addressed these issues much earlier.
This camera is greatly discounted, check around. And Amazon had the best price, shipped from Beach Camera, a reliable place.
UPDATE 09/25/2010: After initial frustration I found a YouTube video which really helped me understand the program that came with the camera. I found it by doing a Google search: