Some people have reported that the flash on the Kodak DX7440 is extremely weak, and that sometimes pictures are just complete darkness. But, outdoors without a flash it should perform well. The Kodak also includes a mediocre, barely usable movie mode optimal for sharing or e-mailing.
The Canon is pretty reputable, though it is a bit harder to use and probably larger than the Kodak. I haven't heard too many negative comments about this model.
If this is your first digital camera, I'd recommend the Kodak Easyshare CX line; otherwise, the Canon you suggested should be just fine.
Does anyone have experience with the Kodak EasyShare DX7440? I am purchasing my first digital camera and am interested in the Kodak, but the Cannon seems to be much more popular. I will use the camera most for family events (birthdays, vacations, etc.) Any comments/suggestions would be helpful.