05 Jul

Kodak EasyShare M580 Assess

The Kodak EasyShare M580 is best described as a very excellent compact camera with some quirks. Its highlight figure is its 28mm-corresponding wide-angle lens with an 8x zoom. That lens gives you more shooting flexibility than most basic digital cameras, but without the consequence and bulk of a compact megazoom. It also has a 3-inch LCD, which is large for its class, and if you like to share your photos with friends and family tree by e-mail or online, Kodak’s Share button and software make the administer austere.

Those who like to leave equipment in auto all the time will beyond doubt want to read on, M580even if. While Kodak’s SmartCapture auto mode produces very excellent photos, it’s not a key to all shooting situations. As for shooting performance, it has low close lag, but takes near 3 seconds to start up. There are also some other point and figure oddities that kept the M580 from rating higher. Still, these equipment might not be deal waves for everyone and the camera is otherwise a solid value.

If you can’t live with the M580′s few shortcomings, there are other options worth checking out with akin midrange zoom lenses and facial appearance.

Available in five sign, the M580′s angular point looks oddly dated for a 2010 model. Its metal casing does give it a better feel than its price would suggest, and with just a affront lip for the lens barrel the camera straightforwardly slips in and out of a sack. While most models in its class use 2.7-inch LCDs, Kodak used a 3-inch sight. It gets honestly sharp, but like very near all LCDs it can be trying to see your theme accurately in supervise over sunlight.

On top are buttons for power, flash settings, shooting modes, and the closerelief. All of them are edge to edge, similarly shaped, and flush with the body, which can make pressing the button you want a modest trying, primarily if you’re not looking. This can doubtless be overcome in time with use, but it’s not an ideal button layout for anyone who often changes flash settings or shooting modes.

Down the right side of the LCD are Rub out, Menu, Info/help, and Playback buttons. Vaguely to the right of those is a directional pad for navigating menus and browsing photos and movies as well as Kodak’s Share button. Disparate the ones on top, these buttons are well spaced and simple to press. Kodak prolonged the usefulness of its Share button in 2010, allowing you to quickly tag photos and movies for posting to Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube in addendum to frankly carriage them to e-mail addresses or well-matched Kodak digital photo frames that you’ve stored in the M580. Once you download and bed in the Share Button attention, you can tag photos or videos in camera and then join the camera by USB to a pad, and the software handles the rest.

The menu logic is austere to steer, as there are only two tabs: one for shooting options, a additional for camera setup. There are a few settings absent that might bug the makings users, even if. There is no way to shut off the image stabilization, for model. Most likely it shuts off when the camera is on a tripod, but maybe not. There’s also no way to turn on a date stamp or turn off quickview, the following playback of shots after they’ve been taken. (Date stamps can be added one at a time in playback and quickview can be quickly canceled with a half press of the close relief, even if.)


On the underside is a sliding door covering the array and memory card compartment. It doesn’t lock, but it does securely close to help preclude it from accidentally appearance open. The array is exciting in camera with an included USB cable. You can any charge by pad or with an included wall adapter. On the right side is a flip-open cover protecting Micro-USB and Mini-HDMI ports, the latter a rarity oncameras at this price. There’s also an IR receiver built in for an discretionary diffident control to run the camera’s playback when connected to an open-air sight or HDTV.

The M580′s shooting options are pure point-and-shoot. Kodak’s Smart Capture auto mode integrates scene and face detection, optimized auto ISO (see the next paragraph for fine points), and a broader dynamic range among other equipment, so as M580long as you have excellent lighting you don’t have to worry about changing a setting to take a decent depiction. This mode also applies Kodak’s Exact Touch equipment to help improve detail and draw a distinction. There’s aCurriculum mode if you want to take control over ISO, focus, light metering, and sharpness, or use the color equipment. It also has a Long Time Exposure setting for maintenance the close open 0.5, 1, 2, 4, or 8 seconds. There are 20 scene modes to pick from, counting Snow, Beach, Text, Fireworks, and Backlight, but nothing too unusual. The Mode dial also has spots for Sport and Blur Reduction modes that boost ISO and close speed, as well as Panorama (shoot two or three photos and the camera will darn them collectively) and a 720p HD Movie choice. Worth noting is that no matter what mode you’re in when you shut off the camera, when you turn it on it will permanently be in Smart Capture mode. It would be nice if there were a menu choice to override this, but there isn’t.

Commonly, I don’t bother mission out the range of a camera’s Auto ISO setting since for better or worse it is typically the exact range the camera offers at full pledge. That’s not the case with the M580, which only uses ISO 80-400 for its Auto setting. By doing this Kodak keeps noise lower, and there’s less detail loss from noise reduction so photos turn out their best, but only if there’s excellent lighting. The higher ISO settings are looked-for to keep close speeds quick when shooting indoors or using the zoom lens since its widest gap is f5.7 when fully total. That means there’s a excellent opportunity you’ll end up with hazy descriptions in low lighting if you keep the ISO in Auto or only use Smart Capture mode. Basically, if you’re using any of those equipment and you notice your photos are hazy, you should thrash to an appropriate scene mode or curriculum and select a higher ISO.

There is one more bit of peculiarity worth mentioning. The M580 outputs its JPEGs at 480 pixels per inch, so its 14-megapixel descriptions are set to print at unequally 7×9 M580inches straight from the camera. Digital cameras commonly productivity photos at 72ppi. There’s nothing really incorrect with this higher density, and it would consequence in a excellent print, but it’s weird. Kodak didn’t have an pledge for me as to why it was doing this.

With the exception of its start-up time, the M580′s shooting performance is pretty excellent. From off tofirst shot takes 2.9 seconds. Even if, the wait between later shots is 2.2 seconds and goes up to only 2.4 seconds when using the flash. Close lag is low for its class at 0.4 in sharp lighting and in dim situation. And even if it’s top bolt from the blue to just three shots in a row, the camera’s burst mode can shoot at 1.1 frames per following.

While the M580 certainly has its quirks, the photo feature was in fact better than expected, putting it on par with other similarly featured models. Yes, photos still get noticeably softer, less detailed, and noisier at ISO 400, but that’s right of most compacts regardless of price. Its Smart Capture auto mode, as noted earlier, maxes out at ISO 400, so you will in fact get reliably nice consequences in that mode as long as you have excellent light. Should you need to use the two higher ISO settings, the consequences will beyond doubt not be as nice, with vaguely washed out or off sign and much softer fine points. The photos at ISO 800 and 1,600 are apposite for small prints or Web use at small sizes with modest or no cropping, but that’s about it.

Color performance is quite excellent–at least from ISO 80 to 400. Subjects look natural, sharp, and vivid and sign are practically right. If you want to punch them up a bit there’s a High Color setting as well as a Low Color setting should you want them a bit more faded looking. Exposure is very excellent, as is white weigh with the exception of the Tungsten setting, which is a modest green. The auto white weigh had the same consequences.

There is affront lop-sided barrel distortion when the lens is at its widest M580spot, as well as some pincushion distortion when the lens is fully total. The lens sharpness is excellent and consistent edge to edge in our lab tests. Even if, in regular use there is some augmented softness on the upper left side when the lens is at its widest spot. Kodak does an exceptional job of controlling fringing in high-draw a distinction areas, with modest to none noticeable.

Video feature is on par with a basic HD sack video camera; excellent enough for Web use and undiscriminating TV viewing. Panning the camera will start judder that’s typical of the video from most compact cameras. The zoom lens does not gathering while tape, but you do have a digital zoom; I suggest not using it as the consequences are not lovely.

The Kodak EasyShare M580 offers a excellent deal of camera for the money and gets more arresting at prices below its MSRP. Kodak made some odd choices with facial appearance, shooting settings, and point, even if that might be more serious for some users than others. For model, the lack of a date stamp for all photos wouldn’t keep me from export a camera, but the incapability to raise the most available ISO in Smart Capture mode might. If you can live with all the peculiarity, it’s the most consistently excellent camera in its class.

Kodak EasyShare M580 excellent:

Wide-angle lens with 8x zoom in a compact body; better than mean LCD; simple photo, video sharing frankly from the camera; Mini-HDMI productivity.

Kodak EasyShare M580 terrible:

Button point can make use tough; permanently starts in auto mode.

Kodak EasyShare M580 underside line:

The Kodak EasyShare M580 is a solid value for snapshooters in need of a versatile lens in a pocketable wrap.

Kodak EasyShare M580 Price: $169.95

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Posted by on July 5, 2011 in cameras


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