Straight out of the box, the Kodak C875 appears to be the typical consumer digital camera. However, after a bit a use, it is obvious that the camera has both positive and negative aspects that make it stand out from the pack.
- “Favorites” feature is useful for tagging pictures that you will want to show others on your camera either before or after you upload them
- The deletion of pictures is made a little bit more interactive – meaning that you have to click the ‘delete’ button and move up the menu that pops up to delete the picture and then select – SO, you would have a much harder time accidentally deleting your pictures
- The vast and diverse number of shooting modes make it much easier for people who aren’t familiar with camera settings – the camera basically does it for you
- There is a manual mode which many consumer cameras don’t include – so for it can work as a basic, compact camera for beginners (who will likely avoid this feature at first but perhaps discover it later) and more advanced photographers who want more control of their shots (outside of the modes already installed in the camera for various conditions).
- A few of the very useful modes that are included in the camera:
--Manner/Museum – automatically turns off flash and sound for those occasions and venues where your camera should remain as inconspicuous as possible
--Self-Portrait – for those self-taken pictures. Photographers who are using the camera to make their profile image for social networking sites will enjoy the feature the most.
--Panorama – This camera will automatically “stitch” up to three pictures into a panoramic scene.
-A few important notes on this feature:
1. In order to get those “picture perfect” results, you’re probably best off using a tripod as many done with camera in hand can end up less than stellar.
2.Also – individuals pictures in the image are not saved, just the final product – SO don’t use this mode if you plan on later stitching together the images yourself if you don’t love the results or if you simply want all three for other use.
- The “joystick” that is used to move through the menus and shooting modes is difficult to control – you have to be careful not to accidentally push down too much on it otherwise you will select something that you don’t want.
- There isn’t an explicit “cancel” or “exit” button which makes it difficult at first to figure out how to get out of a menu without scrolling to the top again and exiting there.
- One small negative on the panoramic mode – After taking your first picture, the camera will present you with an “overlay” which is a portion you should include in your next image. This works great when your scenery is distinct but if you’re shooting a landscape for example, it’s hard to determine which section of the beach, forest etc. the camera is referring to. If you guess wrong, it can stitch your image incorrectly.
- The camera is a bit bulky especially for a camera that would mostly be considered a pretty basic consumer camera (though it has a few extras). This is probably because of the batter compartment for the 2 AA batteries as opposed to a slimmer version.
- I also had some problems with the camera (which could have been my own user error but I couldn’t find anything in the troubleshooting similar to my problem) where it would turn off immediately after I took an image even with new batteries. I checked to make sure it wasn’t some sort of energy saver mode and even turned those features off and still had this issue. I couldn’t even take a panoramic shot to upload as an example of that feature because it would turn off in the middle of me taking the three shots necessary to compile on.
In the end, the problem I had with this camera shutting off while I was trying to use it was the most annoying and standout part of this camera despite many great features. In any case, the inability to capture an image at the necessary moment would prove to be a “deal breaker” for any camera. Since you can never be sure if you just got a bad camera, I feel it is fair to say that this Kodak camera did demonstrate many promising and professional features that would interest many consumers. The picture quality was great and the large screen on the camera itself were by far the strongest positives for this camera and would definitely recommend it for anyone looking to stretch a bit past a standard point-and-shoot camera.
Review by Molly .