Reviews and Problems with Kodak EASYSHARE V803 Zoom
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Kodak EasyShare V803 Digital Camera Review
10 January 2008
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.
Conclusion: In its attempt to produce an impressive 8MP compact, Kodak has done the right thing by choosing a larger CCD sensor. However, the only aspect of the camera that's worthy of praise is the colour reproduction.
Summary: 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.
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.
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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.
Summary: Kodak was on the verge of producing a budget compact that had all the ingredients to e a winner. A soft lens and aggressive compression mean that the goal was missed by a mile. A greatshame and wasted opportunity for a company that's made some great cameras lately.