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Kodak Easyshare V1253 12 MP Digital Camera with 3 xOptical Zoom (White) by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Kodak Easyshare V1253 12 MP Digital Camera with 3 xOptical Zoom (White)
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 104 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.5
Returned or considering to return: 8.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Photo4.5   above average
Price4.5   average
Size4.4   average
Video4.3   average
Quality4.2   average
Screen3.9   above average
Image3.8   below average
Charging1.7   mediocre


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Charging

Charging:
"I did some research online and found message boards of numerous other people having this exact same problem, but they want to charge us to fix it?"
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"I would have given it 5 stars except that the software appears to crash my computer (VISTA ;-( that I hate) another review said you have to charge it on the computer, you don't there is a seperate charging plug, and you can also keep an extra battery charged up to replace as needed."
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"Some have complained about the need to charge the camera from the computer, and I agree."
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"A couple of the complaints I've seen about the battery charge not lasting very long and the usb charger are not really issues."
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"The weaknesses of this camera are:noticeable drop in clarity in low light situationsonly 3x optical zoomYou have to buy the HD base to see on your HDTVYou have to buy the Wall Charger (comes with only computer charger)Comes with Weird proprietary usb solution that breaks easily."
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"Minor complaints usb charging, but you can pick up the AC adaptor for 10$."
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"Kodak makes one - you can buy in Best Buy for $10 (what I did just in case) and use it to charge any USB based device."
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"A bit clumsy to connect for charging downloading, but still a great camera."
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"Kodak Easyshare V1253 12MP Digital Camera with 3 x Optical ZoomI purchased this Kodak Easyshare V1253 in October, when my old trusty Kodak Easyshare (much older version but very reliable) camera had its battery charger die on me."
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"We've had ours over 6 months and besides HATING having to connect it to the computer to charge, we liked the video and photos because it was bought for our younger daughter and everything was great for her first digital."
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Color

Color:
"They come out crisp, clear, and the colors just pop!"
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"It means excellent color rendition - after all Kodak sets standard in this area."
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"The HD looks nice on a 16X9 TV, the pictures are ALWAYS high res, and colors are usually pretty well balanced."
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"the colors are stunningly accurate and very minimal fringing for the size of the lens."
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"The screen is wonderful, the colors jump and even in the sun it works well, just watch out for the glossy, you have to angle it right."
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Image

Image:
"The image sensor failed after less than a year."
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"Then later it developed a problem with lines through the photo, which I could usually fix by rebooting the camera several times."
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"It does not take a very clear photo."
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"As far as focusing and sharpness is concerned, people have complained about blurry images."
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"Can't complain about the photo and video quality, but the camera should have lasted much longer, and without the annoying bugs."
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"I fell in love with quality of the images and crisp HD video."
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"Panasonic makes good camcorders but I am not so sure about still images."
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"Beautiful HD images, the best video camera I've ever owned, massive and clear display."
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"we bought this as a gift for our son and daughter inlaw they are having thier first child they love it my wife feel inlove with it going to buy another one soon simple to use and photo are great."
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Photo

Photo:
"Downloading of photos is extremely slow.3."
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"Sony photos have quality not as good but similar to Kodak."
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"I just can't get any good photos indoors."
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"Very small and compact and takes very good photos in different lighting."
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"it takes GREAT photos."
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"I purchased this camera several years ago and have never been disappointed with it or the photos it takes."
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"This is the MOST basic thing to expect from a camera - decent photos."
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"I wanted compact camera that makes decent photos and HD video using H.264 codec."
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Price

Price:
"I found it kind of cheap feeling and it does not look pretty either."
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"I am not biased to any camera and Sony is very good too, but it lacks features and price is just a downright drawback when Kodak can do with the same great quality or better."
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"I thought this was a really good deal for the money, but it has been a headache.."
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"This camera's price and features make it a good competitor to some other brands."
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"My conclusion is that for the money the pictures are fantastic and the video is great!"
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"(which is the case with most digital cameras) For the price it is really good."
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"great little camera for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"This didn't work as good as I thought it would and video quality was not as good as it should be."
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"My problem with Panasonic was that sound quality was tinny (bad) compared with higher quality on Kodak."
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"Sony photos have quality not as good but similar to Kodak."
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"I am not biased to any camera and Sony is very good too, but it lacks features and price is just a downright drawback when Kodak can do with the same great quality or better."
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"It has just enought features for it not to be complicated and has clear and crisp picture quality."
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"As a result, incorporating video with typical video editing software will require a conversion that can cause the quality to degrade."
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"Can't complain about the photo and video quality, but the camera should have lasted much longer, and without the annoying bugs."
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"I fell in love with quality of the images and crisp HD video."
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"The video quality is amazing as well I have gotten lots of compliments on the videos but this camera was such a disappointment."
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"They make good quality pictures (for compact of course), have good lenses, optical IS, good and conveniently placed viewfinder, convenient and extensive controls."
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"Video quality is pretty good."
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Screen

Screen:
"It has cool modern design, touch screen (which is not so good) but sound is mono."
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"The problem is in their display screen."
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"I had the second one for only 12 days and it and it had a similar problem, the screen wouldn't come on and the lens tried to pop out and got stuck."
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"I must admit that I was skeptical since every video I had ever seen captured on a digital camera was horribly inadequate for viewing on a television screen."
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"Nice screen."
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"It will look good on HDTV or computer screen and on printed form, but if you zoom in you will see all kind of noise and artifacts."
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"Pros:Easy to use-software simple to navigatePlenty of adjustable camera settings for various situationsCamera quickly powers onMicrophone works well with video modeSteady pictures come out very clear crisp3 screen makes it easy to take some quality picturesCons:Poor quality low light pics (even with flash on)Does not always sync correctly with Kodak easyshare softwareSometimes will not turn on properly-immediately powers down after pressing the on buttonCertain camera settings produce unclear pics if you don't have the steadiest of hands (or it's windy)Needs to come with an A C chargerOverall, not a bad purchase."
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"Battery life is pretty good for that big screen"
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"It is easy to use and has a pretty large screen."
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Setting

Setting:
"(auto focusing works great, even in low light)-Good pictures in low light (indoors, without flash)-Fantastic movies (excellent resolution and frame-rate in HD setting)-Low cost given the HD movie capability and performance."
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"I have tried every setting and I don't know what I am doing wrong looking at the other reviews I must be doing something wrong because other people don't seem to have have the blurry picture problem."
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"However, those times when I want to get a close-up of a beautiful flower or adorable ladybug, I quickly change the setting for that and Bam!"
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"The timer works great, as well as some of the special settings, like shooting in low-light (candlelight), sunset, or even short videos."
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"The camera takes great pictures and has excellent ISO settings."
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"It is very user friendly for changing modes for various settings."
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"Living in FL, the sunsets are wonderful and so much color with the V1253.The Easy is the best part of setting up and shooting fanastic picture the first time."
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Size

Size:
"The buttons are so small that it's easy to hit the wrong ones which messes up everything."
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"I have a 2GB and 4GB card, and with each, it limits you to 16 minutes; must be a file size restriction or something...very annoying."
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"Very small and compact and takes very good photos in different lighting."
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"This is a great camera, small, compact, easy to use and takes great pictures."
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"The buttons are so small that it's easy to hit the wrong ones which messes up everything."
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"Small lenses have good quality (distortions are not noticeable) but add to more noise (even though sensor is not small)."
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"The adapter is small and can, no will get lost easily."
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Video

Video:
"This didn't work as good as I thought it would and video quality was not as good as it should be."
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"The video quality is amazing as well I have gotten lots of compliments on the videos but this camera was such a disappointment."
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"In video mode the camera does this weird zooming in and out."
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"But Sony cameras do not do HD video, and another weakness is overpriced memory stick."
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"But the main problem was that Panasonic encodes video using JPEG codec (requires less processing power than H.264) like on Mini DV camcorders."
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"Now the video is not quite as good as my Sanyo but it is very good and the pictures that the Kodak takes cannot be compared to."
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"Can't complain about the photo and video quality, but the camera should have lasted much longer, and without the annoying bugs."
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"I fell in love with quality of the images and crisp HD video."
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"We returned it and purchase the Panasonic with the 25mm wide lens and 720 HD video and are very happy with the Panasonic."
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"The video quality is amazing as well I have gotten lots of compliments on the videos but this camera was such a disappointment."
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