Oct 7, 2005

Kodak EASYSHARE C340 review

The Kodak EASYSHARE C340 digital camera would be a good choice for people looking for a compact, all-purpose digicam which delivers outstanding picture quality and Kodak's hallmark simplicity of operation.

The C340 features fully automatic point-and-shoot convenience -- including 16 scene and color modes -- plus 5-megapixel resolution, new on-camera cropping and KODAK Color Science resulting in vibrant prints up to 20 x 30 inches.

Taking advantage of the KODAK RETINAR aspheric, all-glass 3X optical zoom lens, plus selectable exposure metering, ISO equivalents, and focus zones, camera owners can capture breathtaking pictures under multiple lighting conditions. For capturing more than just still pictures, the C340 also features video (VGA) and audio capture and playback capability.

DigitalCameraInfo.com today posted their Kodak EasyShare C340 Digital Camera Review.
"The Kodak EasyShare C340 is a simple camera for people who don't want to bother with excessive manual controls and exposure adjustments. With a 1/2.5-inch 5 megapixel CCD and 3x zoom lens, the C340 is equipped to provide nice 5x7-inch prints with minimal effort required by the photographer. Unfortunately, the camera only contains a 1.6-inch 72k pixel LCD display. This screen is about as bad as it gets these days and to point-and-shooters, this will be a substantial sacrifice. Users will loose both compositional precision and sharing ability in the deficient screen.

While the lack of manual controls and video capability will not be missed by many potential consumers of the C340, those with some flexibility in their camera budget would be much better served if they spent $275 on a far more capable camera with a 2.0 or 2.5-inch LCD than a sub-$200 camera with entry-level components. The bargain available is for those looking to purchase the printer dock with the camera. In that package, consumers will get a capable entry-level recording and printing tandem with a simplified interface that will produce 5x7-inch prints in 90 seconds. However, as a camera alone, most consumers should look into other alternatives."

Compared to other pointnshoot digital cameras on the market, it is relatively inexpensive.