Sep 28, 2005

Kodak EasyShare C360 Digital Camera -The Imaging Resource Quick Review

The Kodak EasyShare C360 comes with a 3x optical zoom lens and a 1/2.5-inch 5 MP CCD. The camera has a well-sized 2.0-inch LCD screen with 110,000 pixels and a real image optical zoom finder with zoom recognition. The C360 is capable of recording video at a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 with a frame rate of 24 frames per second, which is a bit under the preferred 30 fps needed for smooth video capture.

Simple external controls and an intuitive menu setup designed for easy navigation means the novice digital camera user should find the C360 a reliable source of digital photography solutions.

The Imaging Resource have written a Kodak EasyShare C360 Digital Camera Quick Review and have this to say about it-
"Kodak's EasyShare digital cameras have consistently proved to be among the easiest to use of any I've tested, and the C360 is no exception. Its fully automatic exposure control handles a wide variety of conditions, and the range of preset exposure controls extend the camera's capabilities nicely for more difficult situations. The 5.0-megapixel CCD captures high resolution images, with plenty of detail to make good-looking 8x10 inch prints, and the 3x optical zoom provides some flexibility for portraits and close-up shots. I felt that the Kodak C360's lens placed it at a bit of a disadvantage relative to some of its competitors though, as it tended to produce rather soft corners in its images, with a fair amount of chromatic aberration at wide angle as well. Its anti-noise processing also tended to lose some subject detail in areas of subtle contrast. How you feel about this will depend on how large you commonly print your photos though: The "flattening" of subject detail was visible in 8x10 prints, but pretty much a non-issue at sizes of 5x7 and below. The EasyShare C360's optical and image-processing shortcomings do need to be balanced against its low cost, surprisingly rich feature set, excellent color, attractive styling, and great ease of use though. If you plan to print a lot of your photos at 8x10 inches or larger, you may want to consider a camera like the Kodak EasyShare V550, which has a noticeably higher-quality lens. For casual snapshot use though, the Kodak C360 is an inexpensive digital camera with very appealing color at great ease of use."

Easyshare C360 Features:
* 5.0 megapixel (effective) CCD for prints up to 13 x 19 inches
* 3x Kodak Retinar optical zoom with 34-102mm coverage (35mm equivalent)
* Kodak Color Science technology for proper exposure, white balance and color saturation
* 2.0-inch indoor/outdoor color LCD display
* 2.4 frames/sec Burst mode up to 5 images in any quality
* 640x480 MPEG-4 movie mode, 24fps with audio, up to 80 minutes
* Auto, Movie and 16 Scene exposure modes
* TTL AF with Multi-zone and Center Zone options
* TTL Metering: Multi-pattern, Center-weighted or Center Spot
* Selectable ISO speeds: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 (1.8MP only)
* Long time exposure shutter speeds from 0.5 to 8 seconds
* Built-in flash with digitally enhanced red-eye reduction mode
* 32MB internal memory + SD/MMC card storage
* Powered by 2 AA batteries or CR-V3 battery
* Auto-Connect USB for hassle-free downloads
* Imagelink and PictBridge enabled for direct printing
* Optional Easyshare Camera Dock and Printer Dock Series 3