Kodak M380 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Kodak EasyShare M380
Resolution: 10.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3"
Lens: 5.00x zoom
(38-190mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
ISO: 80-1600
Shutter: 4-1/1448
Max Aperture: 3.1
Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.8 in.
(100 x 60 x 20 mm)
Weight: 4.4 oz (125 g)
MSRP: $180
Availability: 07/2009
Manufacturer: Kodak
10.20
Megapixels
5.00x zoom
1/2.3"
size sensor
image of Kodak EasyShare M380
Front side of Kodak EasyShare M380 digital camera        

The Kodak EasyShare M380 combines a ten megapixel 1/2.3" CCD imager and a Kodak-branded 5x optical zoom lens with a 38 - 190mm equivalent focal range, a tight wide angle to a useful telephoto. There's no true mechanical image stabilization to help fight camera shake at the longer focal lengths, with Kodak instead opting only for software-based blur reduction. For framing images, there's a 3.0-inch LCD display of unspecified resolution, but no optical viewfinder. They're an increasingly rare option these days, but one that adds a good degree of versatility, letting you get the shot when you can't make out the LCD in bright sunlight, or save battery life by disabling the LCD when accurate framing isn't vital. Images are stored on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCards including SDHC types, or in 32MB of internal memory.

The Kodak M380 offers a generous 16 scene modes to help beginners achieve the results they're looking for without the need to understand subtleties like shutter speeds, apertures and the like. The M380 includes Kodak's face detection technology, which locates your subjects' faces and automatically adjusts the exposure variables. The M380 determines exposures with a multi-pattern, center-weighted, or center spot TTL metering system, and offers 2.0EV of exposure compensation in 1/3EV increments. Five white balance settings are available including an auto mode, and ISO sensitivity is controlled automatically or manually from 80 to 1600. The EasyShare M380 also offers a movie mode, capturing VGA (640x480) or QVGA (320x240) clips at 30 frames-per-second, in QuickTime MotionJPEG format.

The M380 offers standard-definition NTSC / PAL video output. Images and movies captured on the Kodak M380 are transferred to your computer over a USB 2.0 High Speed connection. Power comes from a proprietary KLIC-7003 lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack, and an AC adapter for in-camera charging is included in the bundle.

Pricing for the Kodak EasyShare M380 is approximately US$180, and the camera is available in body colors including black, purple, red, and teal.

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