Reviews and Problems with Kodak EASYSHARE V803 Zoom
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Kodak EasyShare V803 Digital Camera Review
19 August 2007
Excerpt: This high resolution point-and-shot camera comes in 8 different colors of its fancy slim design, made of metal and plastic, with few buttons. No manual controls, no viewfinder: definitely a family camera. From all the scene modes, Iâ€™m glad it has a panorama assist, but then again: it wonâ€™t keep the original photos. Battery consumption is about the average (200 shots). Shutter lag is as slow as 3 sec, and in low light it hardly focuses right.
Excerpt: My biggest complaint with the Kodak V series digicams have mostly been design-related. The boxy-metallic build with tiny buttons are definitely not the way I like to use my cameras. Thankfully, at least one of those issues have been fixed in the new 8 megapixel model—the V803. Build & Features Gone is the boxy, sharp-edged design with slippery metallic finish! The V803 features a curvaceous build that would guarantee a second look from anyone who lays eyes on it.
Excerpt: The problem with many of today's compact digital cameras is the size of the sensor chips that are used in them. Most compacts use a minuscule 1/2.5-inch CCD that's so small even the best lenses struggle to record enough detail. The high level of noise produced by the smaller chips is also a major drawback.
Excerpt: For the past decade, compact digital cameras have consistently been among the most popular hi-tech products. Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Olympus, Kodak, Sony, Pentax, and Panasonic relentlessly field new models and the competition for consumer digicam dollars is ferocious. Today’s digicams have more features, higher resolution, and lower prices than earlier models – there’s never been a better time to buy a digital camera.
Excerpt: The EasyShare V803 ($199) is the latest model in Kodak's stylish
V-series of digital cameras. Most of the features are pretty pedestrian: an
8 Megapixel CCD, 3X optical zoom, 2.5" LCD, tons of point-and-shoot features,
and a VGA movie mode. What has garnered more attention (perhaps unfortunately)
is the fact that the V803 comes in NINE different colors. If you've been wanting
a purple camera... well, now's your chance.
Pros: Good photo quality in most situations, Considerably cheaper than the competition, Stylish, well built, comes in an unbelievable eight colors, Large 2.5" LCD display (but see issues below), Tons of scene modes, including in-camera panorama stitching; just be sure to avoid the two high ISO scenes, PerfectTouch feature improves photo quality at the push of a button, EasyShare system makes it easy to "tag" photos for e-mailing and printing, Zoom lens can be used while rec...
Cons: Sluggish performance, Unimpressive high ISO image quality; long exposures are noisier than they need be due to ISO setting locked on Auto, Redeye, despite dual reduction system, Flash is on the weak side, LCD washes out in bright light; not terribly sharp either; no optical viewfinder, No manual controls, Movie quality leaves much to be desired, Small zoom and four-way controllers; the latter is especially clumsy, No USB 2.0 High Speed support, Can't swap memory cards...
Summary: The Kodak EasyShare V803 is an easy-to-use
digital camera that produces good image quality
at a very affordable price. It is ultra compact
with a flush design and is available in no less
than 8 different colours. Optional accessories
further enable you to personalize the camera. Like the other model in the V Series, the Kodak
V803 retains the unique on-camera panorama stitching
that makes taking panorama shots easy and fun.
It's great for group shots and wide landscapes.
Conclusion: Often when reviewing digital cameras it is difficult to come up with compelling reasons why a digital camera should be bought or why it should be avoided. This is true of the Kodak Easyshare V803. It does some things very well, such as producing a bright indoor portrait and also a bright macro shot. There are though one or two significant areas where it didn't perform as I would have liked it to.
Pros: Lack of red eye, Bright macro shot
Cons: Soft focusing away from centre, Noise levels can be high, Shutter delay with flash