Comfortable, sturdy camera: LS633

A good camera should feel com­fortable and sturdy, and Kodak’s latest offering is both. It is solidly built with an impressive range of features, but it is a little heavy (210g). This may be due to the main feature Kodak is pushing in this release — a 2.2in screen that is viewable from a variety of angles.

It works exceptionally well at night, but outside in daylight the screen is completely washed out and the extra-large unprotected area aggravates the problem. Many shots in daylight con­ditions involved guessing the location of the subject and hoping the image was correctly captured and framed (viewing the captured shot in daylight is equally difficult).

At the maximum setting of 3.1 megapixels, images are crisp and vibrant — sometimes stunning. However, the auto colour settings struggled in areas of high contrast or when light was lower, such as heavily overcast days. Occasionally, images were over-processed by the camera to create colours that look fake or artificially enhanced.

Gripes aside, the camera is simple to use and there is little need to consult the manual before shooting. Image transfer via USB worked without fuss in Windows XP, while 98 required only a quick installation of the supp­lied driver. The built-in 16MB memory can store around 18 images at the highest setting, and there’s extra space for a memory card. Finally, the lithium battery can take over 100 pictures between rapid recharges, and this number rose higher when flashing and zooming were reduced.

In brief: Kodak LS633
A solid camera let down by some practicality and colour issues. A little pricey.
Price: $799
Vendor: Kodak
Phone: 1800 147 701

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