Kodak EasyShare M5350 review

Photo of Kodak EasyShare M5350
£89.99

The clue, of course, is all in the name. Kodak’s EasyShare range is specifically designed for happy snappers who don’t want to spend hours in micro-management before they take their photo and who are also impatient to share with the world (or at least with their friends) their most recent events on film.

One look at the Kodak EasyShare M5350 and you know it’s going to have a good fanbase. It looks very chic in either all black or half maroon, half black with shiny sleek metallic curves. It has the expected thin cigarette packet dimensions (93.4 × 55.4 × 18.8 mm) and it’s so feathery light (120g) that you can slip it comfortably into a shirt pocket and barely know it’s there.

5x optical zoom

It comes with a 28-140 mm wide-angle lens and a 1 / 2.3-type CCD sensor using up to 16 megapixels and the built-in auto lens cover ensures everything stays flat until you’re ready to shoot. The 5x optical zoom operates smoothly via the rocker arm on the back of the camera and an additional 5x digital zoom is also available if needed.

The controls are neat, well laid out and easy to operate. Along the top lie the power button, shutter and video record and to the right of the 230K-dot 2.7″ colour LCD on the back are neat silver buttons for display, flash, trash and mode plus a separate D-pad for menu navigation as well as review and a strikingly red share button. Storage is via SD card in the base and the tripod adaptor is unfortunately positioned at the opposite end rather than more helpfully in the middle.

Smart Capture

Clearly the main intention was for the EasyShare M5350 to be a ‘party’ camera where you could take some instant snaps either via the Smart Capture setting (which analyzes the conditions and adjusts exposure, focus and ISO to suit) or using the 20 customised scene modes and then upload the results to multiple social networks once you use the supplied USB link to your PC. This might explain why only 720p HD movies are available, thus reducing the size of the upload files.

However, there is room for extra creativity with classic Kodak film filters and some extra colour tints, so it’s a shame there’s no HDMI out port – maybe we could have that and Full HD next time please? Start-up time is very quick, though, picture quality is very good in daylight conditions (and still impressive in low light) and the comparatively low price should prove attractive.

Company: Kodak

Website: http://www.kodak.com/

Contact: 01442 261122

Positives
  • The Share function
Negative
  • Only 720p video

Verdict

The Kodak EasyShare M5350 is a smart, stylish and lightweight party camera that allows you to have fun with a few creative settings before uploading swiftly to arrange of social network sites.