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Kodak EasyShare V530 review: Kodak Easyshare V530

The Good Compact and stylish. Large, clear display. Straightforward, simple controls. Built-in image stabilisation. Captures stills directly from video.

The Bad No included memory card. No carry case. Limiting battery life. Glossy surfaces easily fingerprinted.

The Bottom Line This sexy snapshot looks stunning, but struggles to stand out in the crowd.

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Kodak presents the EasyShare V530 as part of the stylish V-series, along with the EasyShare V550. Both models feature identical technical specifications -- the V530 is slightly smaller, with a 2-inch LCD compared to the V550's 2.5-inch display -- but the V530 is available in 4 fashionable colours.

Design
Our review unit was "Absolute Pink" and we excitedly anticipated a vibrant, vivacious shade of magenta. Upon arrival however, we were presented with a much softer, almost pastel metallic pink. So maybe the colour is more subdued than we expected, but it is still a very attractive camera, and a lot more eye-catching than the usual plain offerings. The V530 is also available in Red Shimmer, Midnight Black and Silver Essence.

Encased in brushed metal and accented with a shiny silver band around the body, this Kodak snapshot stands out as much for its looks as for its size. Measuring a tiny 92mm by 50mm by 22mm, the V530 isn't the slimmest compact on the market, but it is incredibly small and fits easily in the palm of your hand. Lightweight at 130 grams, it's easy to carry around on the go as you would your iPod or mobile phone.

Controls are well laid-out across the top and back of the V530. Along the top you'll find the power and flash buttons next to the shutter release, and buttons for movie and still modes to the left as well as one for instant access to your favourites. The favourites option is a feature of Kodak's EasyShare system, designed to make sorting those special shots from the more ordinary ones an easier task. On the back is the navigational pad and "menu" button to the left of the LCD as well as a dedicated "delete" button which we found very usefeul -- especially if you don't have a memory card -- because the 16MB internal memory fills up extremely fast! LED indicators for the favourites, still, and movie modes sit above the navigational pad. To the right are buttons to "review" and "share" pictures using the EasyShare system.

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