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Kodak EasyShare M530 Review


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Kodak EasyShare M530 12 Megapixel Compact Camera - Carbon

Editor's Review
 by Andrew Hall  10/09/2010
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Kodak EasyShare M530

OVERVIEW:

The Kodak EasyShare M530 is a consumer-level point and shoot digicam that, like most point and shoot digicams, offers a standard featureset and a very low price point, making it ideal for entry-level photographers looking for an easy way to share photographs of events with minimal interest in photo quality.

Editor's Pros & Cons

PROS:

The camera measures 3.7" by 2.2" and .9" and weighs 4.6 ounces without its battery or memory card, making it lightweight and small enough to be transported in a coat pocket or in a case with minimal inconvenience.

The M530 captures images using a 1 / 2.3" CCD with a total pixel size of 12.5 megapixels and an effective range of 12.2 megapixels. It has a 3x optical and a 5x continuous digital zoom and a lens range equivalent to a 35 mm camera with a range between 36 and 108 mm. Its shutter speed is between 1/1400 and 1/8 of a second. The camera has a 2.7" LCD offering 230000 dots of coverage, no viewfinder, and 32MB of internal memory as well as support for SD and SDHC cards to store images and videos.
 
The camera's auto focus can be set to TTL autofocus or to selectable settings. Its range varies based on whether or not the focus is set to wide, telephoto, normal, macro, or landscape; the camera has a range in normal between 1.6' and infinity in wide and 3.3' and infinity in telephoto. In macro, the camera's range is between 2" and 32" in wide and 1.6' and 3.3' in telephoto, and between 32.8' and infinity in landscape. The camera has continuous and single autofocus focus control, autofocus zones which can be set to face priority, multizone, and center zone, and no assist lights.
 
The camera's exposure control can be set automatically to smart capture based on surroundings between ISO 80 and ISO 400, but also manually to ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1000. It offers exposure compensation between -2 and +2 EVs which can be set in 1/3 EV steps, and white balance settings of auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, and open shade. 
 
The camera's flash can be set between a range of .3 and 4m at wide and ISO 400 and between .5 and 2m at telephoto at ISO 400. It also includes automatic, fill, red-eye reduction, and flash off modes. 
 
The camera has a 2-second and a 10-second self-timer, as well as 2-shot and 3-shot burst modes, face recognition, face detection, and Smart Capture, Program, scene, and video shooting modes. Scene modes vary greatly; the camera can be set to portrait, landscape, close-up, night portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text, fireworks, flower, museum/ manner, self-portrait, high-ISO, children, backlight, panning shots, candlelight, sunset, sport, blur reduction and panorama.
 
The camera saves still images as JPEG files using EXIF 2.21 compression and can capture images at varying sizes based on resolution. At 4:3, the camera captures images between 1280 by 960 and 4000 by 3000 in size, but it can also capture images between 1920 by 1088 and 4000 by 2248 in 16:9 and 4000 by 2664 in 3:2. Its color can be set to high, natural, low, sepia, and black and white, and its sharpness can be set to sharp, normal, or soft. Long exposure can be set to between .5 and 8 seconds. 
 
The camera captures video using the Quicktime Mov.m/JPEG-A with audio codec at 640 by 480 and at 30 frames per second. It offers a single autofocus when shooting and digital zoom.
 
The camera includes limited on-camera editing and a share menu designed to format and upload images to YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, e-mail, or Kodak Gallery.
 
The camera has an A/V out and a USB 2.0 port compatible with computers and PictBridge-compatible printers. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery charged in-camera via either USB or AC, and supports 1/4" standard tripod mounts.



CONS:

Unlike some other point and shoot digicams, the M530 cannot capture video in HD and only offers an analog video out solution.


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Accessories/Supplies

Accessories for the camera include additional batteries and chargers, USB cables, a variety of cases based on size and cosmetic needs, solar charging options, and a number of tripods available in handheld, standard size, and rubberized configurations.


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