Short-form review posted for Kodak EasyShare LS443!|
(Monday, November 11, 2002 - 14:25 EST)
I've been a fan of Kodak's "EasyShare" line of cameras for some time now, as they're not only easy to use, but produce very appealing pictures.
Kodak's latest addition to the line is the higher-end EasyShare LS443, a four megapixel model with a 3x zoom lens and metal-clad body design. The 443 has all the features that make the rest of the EasyShare line so well-suited to novice users, but with the metal-body style of the LS series, and four megapixels of resolution.
In my testing, I found that the 443 really didn't produce the level of resolution I'd expect from a four megapixel design, but felt that the point was somewhat moot, at least for the users it's intended for. It's more than capable of producing sharp 8x10 prints, which is all that most consumers will need anyway. (Of course, the argument remains that many people will likely buy it over a less-expensive model simply because it says "four megapixels," regrettable in that they'll only be getting a level of resolution that could be found in a less expensive model.)
Its roughly three-megapixel resolution aside, the 443 takes great-looking photos, with the bright, saturated "Kodak color" that's proven so popular with consumers. While the 443 has the ease of use of the EasyShare line, it also has a range of more advanced features (such as long shutter times) that extend its capabilities and give users something to grow into.
All in all, this is a camera that I'd have no qualms about recommending to novice-level friends looking for a solid camera that doesn't take a degree in photography to use. Check it out!