Kodak's EasyShare range consists of several models aimed at various market segments including the higher end pro-sumer, High Zoom, professional and basic P&S models at the entry level.
Introduced in 2001 the range has had some superb and trend-setting cameras. The M-series was introduced to combine the ease-of-use of the point-and-shoot C-series with the design elements from the thin and stylish cameras V-series.
The Easyshare M341 was launched in mid 2009 and is available in a range of stylish colors such as Silver-Grey, Classic Kodak Red, Satin Black and Deep Orchid. At the heart of the matter are a 12.2 mega pixel CCD and a 3X optical zoom lens (35 mm equivalent: 35–105 mm).
Before going into the other features, I'll first have to mention about Kodak's 'EasyShare' system that is aimed at making it easier for users to print, share or upload their images. 'Just press the button'- They say! With the Share button and Kodak EasyShare Software, you can upload and share your photos and videos to YouTube� or the Kodak online Gallery. The software also allows you to edit, organize and create personalized photo collages using the built in templates.
Coming back to the camera, most of the other features are as per industry standards, such as the Blur reduction system to deal with camera shake or subject movement - which is quite effective in normal usage. There is also a Panorama stitch mode, which uses up to three shots and combines them into one large picture. The large 2.7 inch TFT color LCD is quite bright and usable even in bright sunlight.
The Kodak's Smart Capture feature is their version of the 'Auto' mode, which helps the camera recognize the image scene and adjust the various settings for optimum performance. The camera uses a 3 step method - Intelligent scene detection to analyze the image area, intelligent capture control to tweak the various settings and intelligent image processing to process the captured image into a crisp photo with good contrast and color depth in most normal conditions.
You can also switch to the manual mode and play around with the various options. Kodak's menu has evolved over the years and is arguably one of the easiest to use in the market today.
Coming to the movie mode, the M341 can record video in the 640p � 480p (VGA) mode or in the 320p � 240p (QVGA) modes at 30 frames per second.
The camera is powered by a Li-ion battery pack, which can be charged 'in-camera' using the AC adapter. Kodak also sells a range of accessories to compliment this camera, including pouches, tripods, printers etc. If you are contemplating on buying a small but effective and stylish P&S camera, the M341 should be on your check out list.
Tue, 25 Aug 2009 04:46:34 +0000
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