Kodak EasyShare M1063 review:

Kodak EasyShare M1063

Typical Price: £89.00
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2.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Big screen; price.

The Bad Lack of manual control; lack of features; anonymous styling.

The Bottom Line Aside from the large screen, it's not sexy, stylish or particularly fun, but the Kodak Easyshare M1063's price tag is at least realistic for such a plain camera. It fits in your pocket and takes pictures, and if that's all you're after then the price is right

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5.5 Overall

The Kodak EasyShare M1063 is a 10.3-megapixel point-and-shoot camera. It's extremely similar to the M1073, so we took it for a spin to see what distinguished the M1063 from its siblings, and other budget snappers. It's pretty easy on the wallet, available for around £89.

The M1063 is a fairly plain, boxy camera, with the only styling cues being a contoured silver bar on the front, and some cutaways in the silver lens ring. The milled edges of the small raised mode wheel give it a retro feel. It's very slim, with no protruding bits to snag on a pocket.

The only standout design element on the camera itself is the large 69mm (2.7-inch) LCD screen. This supports an onscreen keyboard for tagging your photos, allowing you to search for a keyword, or sort your pictures by those tags.

A clever touch is that the battery is charged via USB. This means you only need one lead to charge the camera and transfer images. This cuts down on the number of cables required, and makes it possible to charge the camera by either plugging it into your computer or the mains, with this clever two-part plug.

Kodak's trademark red share button allows you to mark photos for printing or emailing. It's a source of some annoyance though that Kodak cameras don't tend to be recognised by computers: when you plug the camera in, you're forced to use the EasyShare software. There's nothing wrong with Kodak's software, but if you prefer Picasa, iPhoto or other programs you have to go the roundabout route of removing the memory card and using a card reader to transfer images.

The M1063 keeps things simple on the features front, with just the basics built-in. There's no image stabilisation, for a start. The 3x optical zoom lens has a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 32–96mm, which is slightly above average at the wide end. It packs a 1/2.33-inch CCD sensor and an orientation sensor, that automatically flips pictures taken with the camera held sideways.

Face-detection technology joins perfect touch technology, which is designed to capture greater detail in shadows and highlights, without losing clarity elsewhere. Scene modes include the usual suspects, such as portrait, sports and landscape, as well as settings for backlit subjects and candlelit scenes.

Video is recorded at VGA 640x480-pixel resolution at 15 frames per second, which is fine for YouTube and other online sharing sites. Sound is monaural, and some on-camera editing options are available. We've said this before, but we don't know why manufacturers bother with internal memory so paltry: the M1063 will save 16 seconds of video -- or a whopping four pictures.

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