Nov. 30, 2009 -- Every year, digital cameras include more powerful features at a more affordable price, allowing amateur and professional photographers alike to produce high quality photos.
Kodak's newest version of the EasyShare digital camera enables any type of consumer to capture stunning photos with ease.
Among its most notable features, the Kodak EasyShare M381 Digital Camera, which retails for $179.99, has a 5X optical zoom lens, allowing you to get closer to your subjects without compromising the image quality.
Kodak's Smart Capture technology automatically analyzes the scene and adjusts the camera settings to create the best possible image. It searches for faces and adjusts lighting, color and focus automatically.
This feature, plus its 12-megapixel sensor, allows you to maintain a great picture quality, even on prints as large as 30 by 40 inches. If also captures HD photos.
The pocket-size camera can focus on up to five faces at once and reduces blur caused by moving objects or a sudden camera shake.
EasyShare Makes Colors More Vivid, Clears Up Dark Shadows
The EasyShare Camera provides various on-camera photo-enhancing features, such as color modes and cropping.
You can manually select the color modes and create your perfect shot by cropping photos.
The Kodak Perfect Touch technology makes colors more vivid and clears up dark shadows, leaving you with brighter photos.
After you're finished shooting, you can tag each photo on-camera, so that you can find them and organize them once you upload the photos to your computer.
Other on-camera features include a multimedia slideshow, which allows you to select photos, audio themes, creative transitions and a panorama stitch mode, which combines up to three shots in one large photo.
Aside from the multiple still photo settings, the camera has advanced video features that include audio capture, playback, on-camera editing and the ability to capture stills from video.
Kodak makes it easy for users to upload photos and video directly to YouTube or the Kodak Gallery through a red "Share" button on the back of the camera and Kodak's special sharing software.
Kodak Software Tries to Make Sharing Photos Easier
Pressing the "Share" button on the camera activates a menu that lets you tag pictures for e-mail, printing and organizing favorites. When you connect the camera to your computer, the photos will be appropriately sized and organized for distribution.
Overall, the camera makes it easy for an amateur photographer to capture, edit and upload high-quality photos.
The only drawback to the EasyShare M381 Digital Camera is that it's not as slim as other point-and-shoot cameras, such as the Sony Cyber-Shot. However, it makes up for its bulkiness with its light weight. The camera is available in black, light blue and dark red.