Kodak EasyShare M1033

A budget 10-megapixel compact camera with high-definition movie mode, the Kodak EasyShare M1033 is a good choice for anyone who doesn't want to break the bank. It looks great, with a matte finish and large screen and produces bright colours. Face detection is another added bonus.


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When even entry-level point-and-shoot cameras are starting to embrace high definition, you know the technology has reached the mainstream. This budget Kodak can shoot 10-megapixel stills or 720p video through its modest 3x lens.

Design
Budget cameras never used to look like this. Kodak has ushered out light plastic bodies and postage stamp-sized displays, and welcomed in a classy all-metal housing and an impressive 3-inch LCD screen. Build-quality feels rock-solid throughout, from the low profile buttons to the clever combined power/data USB cable (although sorry, convergence fans, it uses Kodak's custom dock connector).

Features
The M1033 defaults to fully automatic Smart Capture, which analyses the scene and selects from macro (close-up), landscape, and face-detection focus modes. This works pretty well, although face detection sometimes activates in error when it sees a clock. It also takes the camera about a second to recognise when the scene has changed, so go easy on the shutter in hectic environments.

The buttons have had their fiddliness turned up to 11: the four-way controller is all over the place and the menus — limited as they are — split up functions fairly randomly.

Changing basic settings, such as white balance and sensitivity, takes two menus and a number of button presses to achieve, although at least the decent built-in flash has its own button.

Performance
While the screen is enormous, and looks great in strong indoor light, it's not so hot in genuine sunlight or deep shade. Tilt the screen more than a few degrees and it fades even more, making for some frustrating framing.

Shutter delay is about average and the burst mode is also disappointing, freezing after shooting just three frames in two seconds.

Moreover, the whole hi-def experience is rather over-sold. While the clips themselves don't look too bad, sound isn't great and you only get a standard AV cable supplied. To watch clips in real HD, you'll need to invest in Kodak EasyShare's HDTV Dock, which itself only has 720p component video out, rather than a HDMI connection.

Image quality
The Kodak's 10-megapixel pictures look pretty good: bursting with colour, healthy (if slightly ruddy) skin tones and balanced exposure. Movies are similarly lively, giving smooth, bright playback.

Both stills and video smear detail into an admittedly pleasing smoothness, which also helps to restrain digital noise at higher sensitivities. But venture above ISO 800, where blotchiness begins to dominate, at your peril.

Perhaps because of the large screen and Smart Capture continuous scene analysis, battery life is below average, at just 220 shots between charges.

Full marks to Kodak for trying to bring a touch of class to the world of budget cameras with the EasyShare M1033. The metal case and large screen are pleasant surprises, while the irritating hand-holding photo modes and expensive HD dock are less so. Overall, a fine everyday camera for novices, but anyone with an itchy trigger-finger should look for a more advanced camera.

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Sonny posted a comment   

The Good:user friendly, great photos,small size, camera dock very useful

The Bad:no view finder, photo lag as all other digital cameras

I bought a Kodak camera because I have another and therefore had a docking station. I'm pleased with both my cameras. I don't know why camera stores usually don't carry Kodak cameras. After a day out taking photos all I do is download my photos into my Easyshare album and place my camera on the docking station to recharge the battery. I always carry a spare battery but have never required it. 10/10

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Kelsci posted a review   

Interesting comment about quicktime and windows for the video. I have had problems with quicktime on my computer from my zd710. Same with my Panasonic dmc-ls80. It was necessary to buy a converter program that worked properly; some of these "free" programs did not function properly.

jhwblender
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jhwblender posted a review   

The Good:it's small, great video's, takes good high quality pictures for a great price

The Bad:the video format is in quicktime (bad for windows users)

This is a great camera

jmmohair
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jmmohair posted a review   

The Good:size /good display/ good prints/ just what i compose.

The Bad:doesent say how much i can take on my sd

have a m1033 enjoy takeing canded photos with it.like its small size and the large display is fine for these old eyes

khalid
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khalid posted a review   

i have real all informations about Kodak m1033, but still i don't know ow to display battery on the lcd. Can i get any help so that i can be able to display it?

 

FERGIE posted a reply   

SAME AS KHALID CANT GET ICON FOR BATTERY ON LCD




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User Reviews / Comments  Kodak EasyShare M1033

  • Sonny

    Sonny

    "I bought a Kodak camera because I have another and therefore had a docking station. I'm pleased with both my cameras. I don't know why camera stores usually don't carry Kodak cameras. After a day o..."

  • Kelsci

    Kelsci

    Rating8

    "Interesting comment about quicktime and windows for the video. I have had problems with quicktime on my computer from my zd710. Same with my Panasonic dmc-ls80. It was necessary to buy a converter ..."

  • jhwblender

    jhwblender

    Rating9

    "This is a great camera"

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