The Good The Kodak EasyShare c340 has excellent resolution for the price; capable of producing relatively high-quality photos; easy-to-navigate onscreen menus; integration with EasyShare software and accessories.
The Bad Small LCD screen; limited manual controls; out-of-alignment optical viewfinder; jerky video captures.
The Bottom Line The Kodak EasyShare C340 has the two top qualities needed for beginners: it's easy to use, and it can produce relatively high-quality photos.
Kodak EasyShare C340
One of the most competitive, take-no-prisoners areas in photography today is centered around the $200 price point for digital cameras. It's a sweet spot for cameras with stripped-down feature sets. This is Kodak's home turf--think of the Brownie camera circa 1900--so you would expect a better-than-average entry-level camera from this company. The Kodak EasyShare C340 is a solid contender but not a trailblazer. The 5-megapixel sensor and the 3X zoom are decent features for the price, and the mostly plastic body feels sturdy and durable. Its biggest assets are easy-to-navigate menus and relatively high-quality photos. The biggest drawback is its undersized, 1.6-inch LCD screen. That might have been acceptable two years ago, but not now, when 1.8-inch screens are common on less expensive cameras. The C340 also falls short on manual controls, though given Kodak's target audience for this model, that's to be expected. Mix it all together, and if you don't mind the small screen and have no aspirations beyond point-and-shoot photos, the Kodak EasyShare C340 could be a safe choice for a budding shutterbug or a confirmed technophobe. If you prefer your camera to be large enough to provide a solid grip, you'll likely be satisfied with the shape and bulk of the Kodak EasyShare C340. Boxlike, with a slight increase in thickness for better contact with your right hand, the silver-toned body allows several stylistic flourishes. A ribbed strip along the top aids traction with your left hand. All the buttons and controls are logically placed, including the display, menu, and delete buttons conveniently positioned beside the LCD screen.
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