Jul 17

REVIEW The Kodak C195 Easyshare Digital Camera

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Louis Daguerre would be simply astonished at photographic technology today.   I was raised using 35mm SLR cameras.  Today, they are a rarity.   The Kodak C195 Easyshare digital camera offers excellent features and value for your money. It would be a solid purchase for any frugal living household.

I bought mine for $70.00 a couple of months ago.  I believe the Kodak C195 is now a discontinued model, but you can still find a few available if you look around (I have provided a link to Amazon below – they still have a few left).  Discontinued models can often be bought for discounted prices and should be considered by frugal shoppers when they become available.  No you will not have the newest model of whatever it is you are buying, but you will have an excellent model of whatever it is you are buying while enjoying substantial savings at the same time. I bought the Kodak C195 to replace an HP Photosmart R817.  The main reason was to get more megapixels so that I could print bigger enlargements.  The HP R817 is an excellent camera with lots of built in editing and other features; its drawback is its 5.1 megapixels.   Clear 8 x 10 enlargements were simply out of the question with the HP.

The Kodak C195 has 14 megapixels and clear, detailed 8 x 10 enlargements are possible.  I wanted to have this flexibility. I was not disappointed with my purchase. There are a lot a really good things about the Kodak C195:

Easy to Use – Yes, this camera is really simple to use.  It will focus for you and activate its built-in flash if it needs to.  All you need to do is point and click.  The Easyshare software is a cinch to install and a breeze to use.  A built-in share button allows you so share your photos on email, facebook, YouTube, flickr, and the Kodak Gallery very easily.

It Takes Terrific Pictures – The detail in the pictures is excellent and it makes crystal clear 5 x 7 enlargements.  I have not yet tried an 8 x10.  I am very please with the picture quality.

Large LCD display – It includes a 3″ screen that is clear and bright (although it is sometimes difficult to see it when it is really bright out or if there is glare).  Unfortunately, most cameras just don’t seem to come with viewfinders anymore.

Zoom – It has a 5x optical zoom lens that really does a terrific job of getting up close.  Zoomed pictures are also excellent quality.

Feel and Look – The C195 feels secure in your hands and it looks terrific (look for yourself below).

Value – A camera with these features at this price represents excellent value in my view.  Many comparable cameras seem to be in about the $100 – $130 range. There is one thing, however, that I do not like about this camera;  the on/off button is not only tiny but also recessed.  It is actually quite difficult to turn the camera on and off.  Didn’t the Kodak engineers try turning it on and off?  Considering how much I like the camera otherwise, I am willing to forgive this minor irritation.

Overall, the Kodak C195 Easyshare digital camera represents excellent value for the everyday photographer.   Please feel free to leave your own comments by clicking the “Click Here to MAKE A COMMENT’ link below. Thank you for visiting.  Another frugal living idea for saving money and getting more with less brought to you by froogalism.com Please check back soon.

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