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Kodak EasyShare M530 Digital Camera - Carbon (12MP, 3x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • One-button upload to YouTube™, FACEBOOK, Flickr and KODAK Gallery sites, plus emails too
  • Better pictures automatically with Kodak Smart Capture technology
  • Find photos easily with face recognition technology
  • 3x Optical zoom with blur reduction and face detection
  • 12 Megapixels and 2.7 inch LCD


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  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 2.3 x 5.7 cm ; 132 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 8660169
  • ASIN: B003435014
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Jan 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,019 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Sep 2010
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The Kodak M530 performs well as a simple camera. Being quite slim and small, it sits in a jacket pocket nicely, and the buttons are not often set off by sitting on it. The pictures are reasonably well exposed, and usually noise free and in focus, without having to do more than point and click. If you want to be more adventurous, then the facilities are available.

Note that it does not come with an SD card and can only take a few pictures before the internal memory is full. We bought a couple of 16GB SDHC Cards for it. These are easily fast enough to store the lower definition movies taken by the camera.

To protect it better from inadvertent operation or scuffing I would recommend trying this Leather Camera Case, which fits it reasonably well but does bulk it up quite a lot.

Copying the pictures to a PC was simple, both W2K and XP had no trouble seeing it as another USB drive. Three of us have been trying it out for almost a month now, including an intensive burst of activity on a fortnight's holiday.

The 3.7V 700mAH KLIC-7006 battery is an NP-45 of standard size and shape, lasts well - hundreds of photos, and charges reasonably quickly - couple of hours. It can be charged via the supplied USB lead from a mains unit (included) or an active USB port.

I've not tried the whizzy 'EasyShare' function, as to my mind it us purely a marketing feature that will not be used by most of us.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. R. Good VINE VOICE on 26 Aug 2010
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The crowded Digital Camera market is constantly offering new quirks and 'useful applications', sometimes they fly, sometimes they are contrived but in general, you just want to take good photographs.
This camera offers both qualities. The Kodak M530, despite only having a 3x Optical zoom (the camcorder market with it's huge Optical range, would pity this) takes sharp and well composed photographs.
It is worth noting that the quick start guide is THE guide. It took several attempts at testing the video feature before I realized that the shutter button must be pressed deeply before it will start recording.

Kodak Smart Capture technology:

This is the description Kodak uses to describe the ability to 'take good pictures' without having to do too much.
There are further, similar descriptions:

"Intelligent scene detection-- detects and analyzes the type of scene; Intelligent capture control -- automatically sets camera settings including exposure, focus and ISO for clear, sharp pictures even in low light..."

Personally, I gloss over all that promotional hot air. After all, no camera manufacturer is going to offer the promise of 'unclear, blurry pictures'.

I took several photographs in my well lit kitchen with the automatic 'smart capture' on, and results were impressive. I could zoom in and read the small print on a cereal box, such is the quality of such High Res images.

The camcorder function was okay, but due to an influx of light from the kitchen window being behind me, I was a 'black cloud' and all efforts by the cam to self compose failed. Not a problem, in more appropriate settings the results were excellent. Almost as good as an actual camcorder.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Cory D. Wagner on 27 Feb 2011
Colour Name: Carbon
I really, really want to like this camera. Honest. But I'm finding it hard to do so.

I bought the Kodak EasyShare M530 for work travel and as a backup for our "good" camera, which we take on family trips. After all, you never know when you're going to drop a camera or run out of battery. The camera's maiden voyage was on a business trip I took recently to Qatar. I had a free day, so I got to play tourist and test the camera along the way. Bottom line: it really let me down.

PROS:

The size is very good. For my purposes, small was incredibly important. And this camera is so tiny you can pack it away in a jacket pocket and not even know it's there. Some people have complained that the buttons are too small. I can see how this could be a concern, but I have small hands.

The picture quality is good. The photos are crisp, and the colours are vibrant. This is the only thing that kept this camera from getting just one or two stars.

The scene mode is a nice feature. There are lots of options to choose from.

I was very excited about the panorama feature. You can take pictures of a wide scene with overlap, and the camera will stitch them together for you. Beware, though. You can have no more than four photos in the panorama. Plus, the individual photos aren't saved. So if there are errors in the panorama construction (as in my case), you've lost the originals and are left with just a Frankenstein panorama.

CONS:

The battery life was horrible. I did a full charge before the trip, but I got only 42 pictures out of the camera before the battery died. I then had to switch to my iPhone's camera. I'll have to see if a few charging and dissipation cycles make any difference.
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