Kodak EasyShare CX7530
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A million more pixels aren't the only improvements in the Kodak EasyShare CX7530, an upgrade from the the. You also get twice as much internal memory (32MB), a larger 1.8-inch LCD, improved performance, and the ability to select a noisy but useful ISO 800 sensitivity. Other enhancements to the CX7530 include more zoom-in power (8X) during picture review. You'll want to add rechargeable batteries and a memory card to your shopping list, but this fast-operating, simple-to-use 5-megapixel camera will please snapshooters who value quick response over manual controls.
At 4 by 2.6 by 1.5 inches and 8 ounces, this Kodak just slips under the wire of our definition of a compact camera. It fits your hand, and all the controls are right where they need to be, from the top-mounted shutter release and the back-panel zoom lever that fit your index finger and thumb comfortably to the knurled mode dial that switches the camera on and selects full automatic operation or one of five scene modes (Portrait, Sport, Night, Landscape, and Close-up), plus Movie mode and Favorites display. A four-way controller button navigates menus, and separate buttons let you review and delete pictures; activate the self-timer/burst mode; adjust your flash settings; and display the shooting and setup menus on the LCD for adjusting exposure, white balance, ISO setting, exposure mode, and photo quality. The bright red Share button lets you mark images for printing or e-mailing to addresses downloaded from your computer.