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Compared to... Canon PowerShot A630

Perhaps the nearest directly comparable competitor to the C875 is Canon's A630. It too offers a full range of manual controls in a competitively-priced, traditionally-styled body. Both cameras have 8MP 1/1.8" sensors offering up to ISO 800 and both have slightly larger than normal zoom ranges (although the A630 is only 4x where the C875 is 5x). Of course there are differences in spec (the Canon's tilt/swivel screen and add-on lens compatability for one thing), but there is also a fairly significant difference in price; the C875 is almost a third cheaper than the Canon. We have included studio comparisons at each camera's lowest ISO setting, ISO 400 and ISO 800.

Studio scene comparison (C875 @ ISO64, A630@ ISO 50)

  • Kodak EasyShare C875 : Aperture priority mode, ISO 64, Default Image Parameters,
    Auto white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Canon PowerShot A630: Aperture priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Kodak EasyShare C875
Canon PowerShot A630
ISO 64, 1/40 sec, F5.0
ISO 50, 1/50 sec, F5.0
1,333 KB JPEG
3,274 KB JPEG

Although the A630's result is a little more detailed and a little cleaner than the C875's, you're not going to see a difference in a print or on-screen unless you zoom in to a pixel level as here. The C875's output is a little soft (and there is a little too much software sharpening going on), but for a budget camera it's surprisingly good. You're also losing a little sharpness towards the edges and corners, and its obvious there's some pretty strong noise reduction going on even at base ISO, but overall there's little to complain about, detail-wise.

The color is typical Kodak (by the same token the A630 is typical Canon) - bright and saturated but fairly realistic. Note that the C875 doesn't have a custom white balance setting, so this is taken under artificial lighting with auto white balance (and it's not doing a bad job at all).

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