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Never Buy A Kodak EasyShare C613 Digital Camera

Chris Campbell

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Have you ever bought something even though the little voice in the back of your head was saying “Don't do it. "? If so, then there is a good chance someone convinced you to buy a Kodak EasyShare C613 Digital Camera. The price may be tempting, but you really need to take a good look at what your getting. Or in the case of the EasyShare C613, what your NOT getting.

Hopefully, your not looking for great image quality with a digital camera in the sub $100 price range. The C613 tends to take dark and grainy pictures when using the flash. Your likely to find a gray tinge to most of your flash photos as well. Part of the reason for this, is a much too low powered flash. Outdoor pictures in perfect sunlight should turn out much better. However, I could say the same thing for a $10 disposable camera I bought from the corner convenience store.

The EasyShare C613 advertises a image stabilization feature, but I'm not too sure why. Shaking hands will be the least of your problem with this camera, and in practice the image stabilizer seems to make images worse, especially in low light conditions.

For such a small camera with a low power flash, one would think that battery consumption wouldn't be a big deal. Not the case here. Double AA alkaline batteries simply aren't good enough. You'll need lithiums or rechargeable NI-MH. Hopefully, you already have a recharger, or you'll practically double the price of the camera.

Well, that's enough to scare me away from the C613, but if your really a big Kodak fan, and need a little more convincing, here you go:

- no speaker for sound when reviewing movies

- zoom ratio doesn't change constantly

- lefties will find button placement awkward

- movie audio and video are often unsynchronized

- poorly written camera manual

- no optical viewfinder

- must use Kodak software for picture transfer

- too many defective cameras out of the box

If your looking for a really simple camera that absolutely anyone can use , your in luck. I'm not (my dog already has a camera). Personally, I'd spend a few more bucks, and get a camera you know will work , and has a few more usability features


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