Summary: Overall, I found the M381's image quality to be pretty good. When using the flash, image quality remains pretty good, and the photos are properly exposed most of the time. I like the fact that the photographer can control the flash settings with one button on the top of the camera -- a very handy...
Pros: Camera is extremely easy to use, menu structure is simple and efficient, Close-up focus is very good for shooting text
Cons: Shutter lag is poor with flash and in low light, Shot to shot delays are below average, LCD can be a little tough to see in sunlight, No separate charger included; must charge the battery inside the camera
Excerpt: Kodak's 12Mp EasyShare M381 is an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera for anyone who doesn't want to fuss with a lot of controls - as long as you're also willing to deal with a few of the camera's quirks.
Conclusion: With competent auto correct technology and instant post-production techniques that make up for any technical shortcomings the user may have, the M381 is the ideal compact companion for novices or occasional snappers.