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Kodak Easyshare C875 Review

February 2007 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production Kodak C875

Announced in August 2006 the C875 is the new flagship model in the entry-level Kodak EasyShare 'C' range, and the most interesting yet. Where most previous C series cameras have offered basic, beginnner-friendly 'point and shoot' operation at very low prices, the C875 transplants the functionality of Kodak's higher-end Z and P series cameras into an inexpensive, compact body. This - plus the 5x optical zoom and 8MP resolution - puts the C875 in direct competition with Canon's A series and some of the higher-end models in the Olympus FE range, yet the price (well under $200 if you shop around) is incredibly low for the features and specification on offer. So we decided to find out if this budget-priced Kodak really is punching above its weight or if it's a lightweight through and through. Let's start with the headline features:

  • 8.3 million pixel 1/1.8" CCD sensor
  • 5x (37-185mm equiv.) Scheider-KREUZNACH Variogon lens
  • 2.5-inch wide viewing angle LCD screen
  • P/A/S/M modes
  • 22 scene modes
  • ISO 64-800
  • Smart scene feature
  • KODAK PERFECT TOUCH technology for better, brighter pictures
  • MPEG-4 VGA movie mode

Kodak C875 Key specifications

Street price • US: $xx
• UK: £xxx
Body Material Metal & plastic
Sensor(s)

• 1/1.8 in CCD
• 8.3 million pixels total
• 8.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 3264 x 2448
• 2560 x 1920
• 2048 x 1536
• 1200 x 900

Movie clips • MPEG-4 (Quicktime)
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
Lens

• 5X optical zoom, aspheric all-glass Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens
• f/2.8-4.4
• 35 mm equivalent: 37–185 mm

Digital Zoom Up to 5x
Focus • TTL-AF; multi-zone, center-zone
• Range: 2 ft (60 cm)–infinity (Wide); 3.3 ft (100 cm)–infinity (Tele)
• Macro: 4 in. (10 cm) Wide; 2.3 ft (70 cm) Telephoto
Shooting mode

• Smart Scene (auto)
• Program
• Aperture Priority Auto
• Shutter Priority Auto
• Manual
• Portrait
• Panorama left-right
• Panorama right-left
• Sport
• Landscape
• Close up
• NIght Portrait
• Night Landscape
• Snow
• Beach
• Text
• Fireworks
• Flower
• Manner/ Museum
• Self- Portrait
• Party
• Children
• Backlight
• Panning Shot
• Candle Light
• Sunset
• Custom
• AE compensation +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps

Shutter Speeds • Auto: 1/60–1/1400 sec.
• Shutter Priority: 8–1/1600 sec. in 1/3-stop increments
Apertures • f/2.8–7.1 wide
• f/4.4–f/8.0 tele
Metering • TTL-AE
• Multi-pattern
• Center weighted
• Center spot
Exposure compensation +/-2.0 EV with 1/3 EV step
Sensitivity • Auto (ISO 64-200)
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
White Balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Open shade
Image parameters

High Color, Natural Color, Low Color, Sepia, B&W
Sharpness (3 levels)

Continuous Maximum 5 pictures at First Burst and 4 pictures at Last Burst
Flash • Built-in
• Auto, Fill, Red Eye, Off
• GuideNo: 8.3 @ ISO 100
• Range: Wide :2–13.5 ft (0.6–4.1 m) @ ISO 200
• Range: Tele :2–8.5 ft (0.6–2.6 m) @ ISO 200
Storage • SD/MMC card compatible
• 32MB internal memory (28MB available for storage)
Viewfinder None
LCD monitor • 2.5 in. (6.35 cm) color hybrid LCD
• 115,000 pixels
Connectivity • High-speed: USB 2.0 via cable (U-8), for camera to PC connection
• Full-speed: USB 2.0 via EasyShare camera dock or printer dock connection (optional)
• AV out
Power • CRV3
• 2-AA lithium (supplied)
• 2-AA Ni-MH
• Kodak Ni-MH rechargeable digital camera battery (KAA2HR)
• 3V AC adapter
In the box*

• C875 camera
• 2x AA batteries
A/V and USB Cables
• Carry Strap
Getting started kit with software CD-ROM
Insert for optional Easyshare docks

Other features

• PictBridge
• 2-second, 10-second, or 2-shot self timer
• PERFECT TOUCH technology

Weight (no batt) 177g (6.2 oz)
Dimensions 1.4 in. (36.6 mm) x 2.5 in. (63 mm) x 3.6 in. (90.5 mm)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area


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