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Kodak - EasyShare 12.0MP Digital Camera - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 69 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for beginners

    Posted
    shanzy294

    Over all, I'd have to say that this is a fantastic camera. With 12mp, HD, and tons of settings, it has kept me rather busy since I received it as a gift two months ago. When I first started "Playing" with the camera, I was a little disappointed as I didn't understand what most of the settings/features meant. But I was more frustrated with the fact that there wasn't a manual worth mentioning. So, I did what most people would do... I put it down and walked away. After a few weeks of walking by the camera (which started to collect dust on my desk) I picked it up and decided that I was going to find out just what this thing was made of! A few months later... and I'm glad I took the time to learn what I could about the camera and it's capabilities. I am still in the process of learning different techniques, but I'm fairly swift with the camera's settings/features now. A recent photograph taken from this camera was choosen to appear in a news article. The photograph that I am including wasn't used with a tripod to prevent shake... just a steady hand. Although the shake is sensitive, I believe it makes you take better photographs in the long run, but it can be annoying to see the yellow and red hand over and over. These flowers are smaller than the size of a small clover. If you look, you can even see the pollen on the petals, as well as the transparency of the petals on the far left. I think the more one uses and learns about this camera the better they will get, as will their photographs The adaptor wasn't included, but on the features list it says it is. I'm not sure what that is all about, but I don't think it's very business savvy to leave it out of the package. I am only a beginner, but because of this camera, I plan on purchasing a DSLR within a few months.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Stay Away

    Posted
    AKipfer

    I had owned Kodak digital camera's in the past and was very happy with the results, but this one only lasted 2 weeks in my pocket - 2 weeks too long! After selling my bulky Canon, I was in the market for a small, lightweight camera that I could slip into my pocket, but not sacrificing any detail. I also take quite a bit of video as well as photos, so I wanted great video features as well. The first thing that interested me about this camera was the HD video quality. I could care less about the 12 MP - as I don't typically blow my photos up to poster size. For regular 4x6 prints, a 3 MP camera can do the job! I digress. Unfortunately, the thing that interested me the most, turned out to be one of the biggest disappointments. Don't get me wrong, it took great video at 720p, but the second you transfer the video to your computer, the video and audio quality doesn't match up (this even on a brand new Apple computer). Now, to be fair, some have said that they were able to convert it to a different format (wmv, mpg, etc) and fix the problem, but why would I want to go through all that trouble for something that should be working out of the box! The worst feature of this camera, however, is the picture quality - especially indoors. After taking it on vacation and learning everything there was to know about it - which coincidentally I had to do online because the 10-page manual it comes with is useless - I was greatly displeased with the quality of the photos. MUCH worse than my 2 year old 7.1MP Canon! Pictures were very grainy or blurry indoors - even with flash and on different settings. Although some turned out great, the vast majority did not. Seems to be hit or miss-by-a-mile with this camera. Overall, I REALLY wanted to like this camera, but in the end, I took it back and got the Canon SD870IS. Cost me $50 more, but well worth it. I only wish it could do HD video - ah well, I'm sure it will be standard in a year or two. I'll just stick with what I know is the best from now on. Sorry, Kodak.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    NICE camera - feature rich

    Posted
    Gregbert

    This camera is simply outstanding, from a beginner's standpoint. The pictures are crystal clear and the high quality of the video it takes is definitely an unexpected bonus. It does earn two very minor demerits, however. First, it does not come standard with an AC adapter - you have to buy that separately (they are quite reasonably priced on Kodak's website, though). I found that to be a bit weird, but whatever. It does come with the USB charger/PC interface which does the same thing. Make sure your camera is charged before leaving home unless you bring your laptop everywhere you go. So far the battery life has impressed me - even when taking video, so that kind of makes up for not having the adapter. The second thing that off-put me a bit was the absolutely horrendous user manual it came with. To learn how to use anything but the most basic features (i.e. power on/off, charge, take or transfer a picture/video) you have to go online and read about it at their website. I expected to have a nice, thick and professional user's manual to scratch my head over for a few hours, but all that it comes with it is a flimsy black and white booklet the size of a CD insert, and less than ten pages long (with really big font and too many illustrations). This camera is extremely feature-rich, but to look at the manual you would think it's a one-time disposable. This great camera deserves a nice, thick glossy manual. I am certain that experienced photography buffs could find fault with this camera somewhere, but if you are a beginner or non-professional user (i.e. private home use), absolutely do consider this camera. It does not disappoint! Excellent value for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Wonderful Camera

    Posted
    wmjzyrk

    I Got this Camera on the Dec 23, 2007 and also the High Definition Dock for Viewing on My 50 inch Panasonic Plasma, I was not disapointed at all. This Camera dowes it all, Having a degree in Graphic arts and Being an Avid Photographer I was amazed at the shots taken with the camera. I tend to Shoot on the fly to get candid photos and also do alot of scenery and of course family and event photos. this camera has not produced ond out of focus shot in the 250 I have taken. i also have taken 19 videos., When played back on the Panasonic Plasma the Pictures are breathtaking and the High Def Video WOW beats My sony DVD camcorder Everyone whio sees the Photos Whether it be on the TV or Computer are amazed . Trasnsfre to the computer is a snap the Conmputer recognized the Camera when i plugged it in to the USB Port and the Transfer Wizard Does the rest Just select the folder you want to save them to, no need for the Kodak Software here. all in all this Camera has it all . Just take the time to learn the Camera. Go through all the Settings and learn them You will not be Disappointed

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Picture Quality

    Posted
    techfreek

    Let me start by saying I was really excited about this camera mainly because it was HD, 12 MP, and a very nice 3.1 Widescreen display. But looks aside, the camera is designed to take good quality pictures like one would expect from 12 mp. I have had digital cameras for over 8 years and this ranks as one of the worst ever. As recommended the first thing I did was the firm ware upgrade to fix the lag time. I’m not sure how much it fixed it because I never tried the camera with out doing the upgrade. I took my camera on my 2 week vacation over Christmas and New Years and found it very difficult taking good, clean, sharp pictures and a lot of the shots I used a tripod!! The camera would not focus probably most of the time. More the half my pictures were blurry. The camera has an indicator to let you know if the picture is blurry and even with the tripod it would still say its partly blurry (yellow hand). The scenes are nice to have but that did not help in taking quality pictures. Even on full auto mode pictures came out horrible. The only time I noticed that it took OK pictures was outside when it’s sunny. Any other occasion you can forget about getting a sharp picture. The movies did look pretty good but forget about using the zoom. You can hear the motor in your movies every time you zoom in and out. It gets very annoying fast. I have since returned this camera and have purchased the Canon SD750 instead. Pictures look way better and its only a 7mp camera. I definitely DO NOT recommend camera to anyone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Superb camera

    Posted
    Slip

    I was amazed by the photos this camera takes. I have had Sony cameras in the past, so I was a little hesitent to buy a Kodak. Once you get used to the touch screen menus and such, it is pretty easy to navigate around. The camera has an Auto like mode, but even better. It intelligently selects the best sceen for you. It usally is right a good percentage of time. The HD video it captures is marvelous. The reason I gave it four stars, is because of the display being virtually unreadable in direct sunlight. But the great features and super images outweigh this. I have a couple of pet peaves. One, during playback of images, the lens does not retract after a certain amount of time, but this can be addressed with a firmware update. Also, the camera comes up in auto mode and it would be nice if it came up in the last mode used. I like using the P mode as the auto mode applies the picture perfect touch automatically and it takes a little longer to process. All in all a good camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Camera takes HD Video and great pictures

    Posted
    dstrong

    The main selling point, for me, on this camera was the HD video capability. At the time I purchased this camera I was actually looking for an HD Camcorder, but found them to be big and bulky. I was looking for one device that I could take on vacations that took both good still pictures and videos. I also found that the majority of the camcorders did not take high resolution still pictures. This camera was a great alternative to an expensive and bulky camcorder. It is great to have a small device that you can carry around, which takes both great videos and great still pictures. I have love the HD quality movies and have found no problems with them. I do not spend a lot of time watching them on my computer, but use another program, (that was not included), to burn them to DVDs and watch them on the TV. The videos do take up a lot of space, about 1 Gig for a 10 minute video. The pictures are good to and I like the hand indicater on the LCD that tells you if the picture will turn out. It is hard to tell sometimes if a picture is blury on the camera, but the hand indicator has been pretty accurate in telling you if it will be or not when you get it on the computer. I think this is a great camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great all around camera

    Posted
    amateur2

    Bought this camera for all the features it provides and to replace a dated 4 mp camera. It is very easy to use and takes photos without any shutter lag. The touch screen is pretty easy to use, although it takes a while to learn all the functions. I was surprised an disappointed to find the only power cord provided in the box is a usb cable with a bunch of cheap plastic pieces that you have to snap together. The pieces are tough to snap together and dont feel like they are built to last. I actually couldnt get my to charge correctly, fortunately I was able to use the power cord from my old camera to charge it. I would recommed purchasing a seperate power cord or the hd dock which comes with a power cord. Also, the cover for the battery/memory card feels very flimsy, im afraid that it will break off too easily. Also, the camera is missing a seperate usb port to connect to a computer, something my old camera had. Instead, you must use connect a flimsy piece to attach the usb cord. This part is definately not well thought out. Overall I love the new camera, but only after purchasing the hd dock to simplify operation, so figure on adding $100 to your purchase to optimize the use of this camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Camera Ever

    Posted
    Venice

    This camera is the best so far I ever owned. It can record video, take pics, record sounds, it is crystal clear. I am a huge fan of reading what others have to say first before buying a product and this camera did in fact had great ratings compare to the rest. I did read that if you drop it, it is due for repair, so I have been holding my camera tightly, however my son came out of no where and push me causing the camera to fall on the floor and now the lens wont retract. I contacted Kodak and they charge 110.00 since it isn't covered under their warranty because it was dropped. My suggestion, when holding the camera, wrap the string on your wrist, so if anything happens, the camera doesn't fall on the ground, but hangs on air. Goodluck and again, I do recommend it 100%.... The pic was taken in Peru at normal mode first then zoomed in...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Comes up short in every way

    Posted
    cripsta

    I too had a 5 mp Kodak that needed replacement (the stellar dual-lens V570) and checked out the v1253 as an "upgrade". The v1253 smoked the v570 on paper, and the whiz-bang 720p video sounded like a cool way to show off clips on the tv. So imagine my disappointment when shots were typically worse than the v570 and much blurrier. Most importantly the camera is SLOOOOOOOW. Terribly, mind-numbingly slow. Even with a blazing fast SD card you'll get sick of seeing the words "processing" plenty of times. Along with the ridiculous amount of pictures that were missed due to the speed (or lack thereof) I had an issue with my particular camera not writing pictures to my SD card (a SanDisk Ultra), which worked just fine in the V570. Reformatting would work for a bit, then it was back to "no pictures" prompt when you hit the review button. That would happen right after I took the most precious video of my one year old. ARrgh. It was on this basis I returned the camera to Best Buy with the intent of getting another v570. That didn't happen, but I did get rid of the worst camera I've ever owned. Avoid.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Inexcusably poor picture quality

    Posted
    Ethansmama

    I received this camera as a Christmas gift to replace my older Kodak digital from 3 years ago. This camera takes inexcusably poor pictures for the price. The problems with this camera are: 1. It is unable to take any close up shot clearly, even on macro mode and flash off as per Kodaks recommendations. 2. If there is ANY motion in your shot the picture is blurry, making it unrealistic for shooting pictures of anything living, especially kids. 3.THERE IS NO VIEWFINDER!! You have only your screen on the back of the camera to view and take your pictures. This is a HUGE problem since the screen blanks out once you press the button to take your picture. The shutterlag is 1-2 seconds meaning when your picture is actually being taken you cant see whether or not your still holding the camera in the correct place for your shot. Unless you have a hand as steady as a surgeon chances are you will move slightly and alter your shot. This camera is being returned promplty. Instead I will be getting the Cannon sd750 elph which is cheaper and picture quality especially at close up is far superior.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera

    Posted
    67Cuda

    I've always been happy with the Kodak cameras I've owned, so after looking at several cameras I settled on the V1253. With reading many of the reviews here and at other sites, the V1253 had very positive reviews for the most part, and I agree with many of them. There were some concerns with people who did have issues, such as slow reading to the memory card and poor indoor picture quality. After purchasing the camera, I bought a San Disk Extreme 3 memory card. That appears to have not brought on the issue of having a gray processing screen before the picture appeared. Also, the indoor pictures were poor if I used one of the pre-set options. I instead, I used the custom option and adjusted the exposure compensation into the plus direction to about +1. This can be adjusted depending on how dark of an area you’re in so that the picture is not too bright. Unfortunately this adjustment will not stay if the camera is powered off, so when turning it back on you will need to readjust the exposure setting. A great camera to take pictures with, especially if you like taking panoramic views.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High quality in a small package

    Posted
    TimT

    This is a great camera for advanced and beginning users; The presets that are available when you press the camera button allow you to take even better pictures if you match what scene you are trying to take a picture of. I would recommend a tripod if you plan on taking pictures at night. The only problem I do have with this camera is that when I try to review pictures immediatly after I take one before it has finished writing to the card, it will corrupt that last image. Its understandable, just have patience and wait for the SD Card image to stop flashing before you go back to review. Btw: Kodak software is not required to view images from the camera, nor would i recommend it... And the camera takes great closeup pictures! Included is a landscape picture from my camera of the lake.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing!!!

    Posted
    taylormom

    I have been using only Kodak cameras for over 10 years because I have always been extremely happy with the quality of the camera and photos and also the customer service. (They replaced one of my cameras free of charge once when it wasn't even under warranty). I bought this camera to upgrade from my 3 year old 5 MP camera that I loved but wanted more MP. When I got this camera home, I was very disappointed. When taking shots indoors without very bright lighting, it was difficult to get one that wasn't incredibly blurry. There was only one setting that worked, but when you took the photos, the background had very bad horizontal stripe-like color variations, making the pictures look horrible. I played with it for several days trying to get it to work better, but to no avail. In it's defense, the outdoor shots were beautiful and crisp. But, for the price, you should be able to expect to take decent shots in lower lighting conditions. I took it back and got a cheaper one (different brand) that works better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Beware!

    Posted
    NCTB

    Beware of this camera and Kodak. I bought this camera 2 months ago. It started acting up the 2nd day I had it. It corrupted and ruined the memory card I put in it from my previous camera. All the pictures on the card were lost. It also kept shutting on and off by itself. I live an hour and a half from Best Buy where I bought it, so I'd just keep it and hoped it would be fine after I put a new memory card in, which it was. But after only having it 2 months it started acting crazy again. First of all my pictures started being really blurry, then the camera wouldn't shut off, then it started making a weird clicking sound. I sent it in to Kodak to have it fixed since it was still so new. They said it was "customer damage" which is impossibe and that I was pretty much out of luck. They could fix it for me for $100 but still couldn't garantee it. I am very unhappy with the camera and the company!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Camera

    Posted
    Munkyd

    honestly, the .mov videos cant seem to play smoothly on even the fastest computers. i converted them into wmv hd and the problem was solved. they look great the video quality is amazing for a digital camera. 720p HQ setting seems to get about 15-20fps rather than 30fps when used and the quality is slightly less than what you would get from a hi def camcorder, but it is still amazing video quality. however, there is some static when you record video indoors or in low light. the picture quality is quite good. doesn't do too well in low light conditions, but the flash takes care of that pretty well. the 16:9 aspect setting at 9 megapixels is very much appreciated too the camera is a little sluggish at capturing photos from the point that you press the button, but it hasn't affected me any. overall an outstanding camera. a little on the high end of prices, but well worth it depending on what you need it for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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    Posted
    1reviewer

    i bought this camera March 1,2008 and i did not buy it from here because at a diffrent store it was 60 dollars cheaper so i thought go a head and get it because it was a good buy and i was looking for a better camer that could take fast pictures . there is a lot of thins you can do with the camera i dont know all of the features becase i have had it for only one day. u can choose the amount of mp up to 12 for instance 6,9,10 are the other options but i pefere 12 it is alot better . the contrrols are easy not a thousand buttons like some other high tec cameras but you will need to play with it so that you will benifit from all the features this camera is great for HD it takes pictures with or without the flash but flash makes it look better to me the shaking can get anoying because it doesnt lok as good . 4 the most part a very good camera

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Be mindful of SD HC compatibility

    Posted
    Mikefromnc

    Great camera, but keep in mind for you lay people out there that you just can't go out and buy a 4 gig SD card, which others have suggested. They don't exist. You have to buy a 4 gig SD HC card, and there's a big difference so be warned. Chances are a 4 gig SD HC card will be incompatible with your reader, so you'll have to buy another reader. It's HC because the regular SD cards have a maximum 2 GB capacity. I'm betting some of the newer computers will be SD HC compatible, but check with your retailer. Overall I'm happy with my purchase so far, although I just got it. Very compact. Fits in the palm of the your hand. Great quality pictures and video. Finally, we're seeing cameras that serve dual roles well: still and video. Been a long time coming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I knew it was too good to be true

    Posted
    hazey

    I was honestly excited to get this camera. With all that it seemed to offer, and for the good price, I had a feeling it was too good to be true. First off it's real hard to quickly switch settings. and it's constantly adjusting itself, and if you take a picture while it's adjusting, it'll come out bad, so you sit there and wait for it. bad. the touch screen, which is thought to be a plus, truly isn't. the pictures fly around and you have to pound the screen to select anything. But really all of this was minor, I assumed I'd get used to it, then after a week of having it the zoom broke. I could zoom in, but not back out. I'd have to turn the camera off, then back on, to get it to zoom back out. Let's just say I'm glad I found all this out before the 30 day satisfaction guarantee was up, I'm taking it back tomorrow.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Most intelligent camera out there

    Posted
    Tekie

    For people looking for the best point and shoot - this is it. Usually with thin point and shoot cameras you sacrifice picture quality. Kodak has solved the " I want thin, but best picture quality" with it's introduction of what the guy at the store told me about smart capture technology. This camera will actually recognize the type of picture I am taking! It adjusts all the settings and includes Kodak perfect touch automatically. This camera is not about the touch screen, it's about the smart capture technology, the schneider lens, I almost found it impossible to take a bad picture with this camera. Also has High definition video! All in all the best point and shoot camera out there. Small, compact and Fantastic pictures!- and check out the sound tags you can add to your pictures

    I would recommend this to a friend