Kodak M380 Review
By Mike Flacy
Features & Controls
The Easyshare M380 is equipped with a Kodak AF all-glass lens with a 38-190 mm (35 mm equiv.) f/3.1-f/5.6, focal length coverage. The lens retracts into the camera when powered down and is protected by a built in lens protector.
Auto focus is handled by a 5-zone contrast detect TTL system with multi-zone and center zone options and single AF or continuous AF modes.
The focus range is:
The built-in speedlight has mode for Auto, Fill, Red eye pre-flash, Red eye and off. The maximum range is approx. 2.0-13.1 ft (0.6-4.0 m) at wide or 2.0-8.2 ft (0.6-2.5 m) at tele, using ISO 400.
On the top you'll find the On/Off button, the shutter release and the Mode Dial. The Mode Dial has settings for Smart Capture, Program, Scene, Video, Sport, Blur Reduction and Panorama modes.
The indoor/outdoor 3.0-inch wide view color LCD has 230,000 pixels of resolution. It is used as the live viewfinder, for viewing stored images/movies, and accessing the menu screens.
On the back is the Zoom lens controls, in playback they function as the magnify and index controls for inspecting stored images. Next you can see the Delete button for playback mode. The Menu button is for calling up and dismissing the onscreen menu system. Information about the camera settings can be viewed by pressing the Info button. The 4-way controller button is for navigating menus and selecting pictures. Inside you will find the OK button for changing the information on the LCD screen and accepting options in the menus. At the bottom are the Play and Kodak's famous Share buttons. The Share button allows for image transfer with just the push of a button.
The DIGITAL port connects USB 2.0 (high-speed) to the computer for download.
The M380 has ~32MB of internal memory and a memory card slot capable of using SD/SDHC memory cards. Images, movies and sound recordings can be copied from internal memory to SD card or vice-versa. Shown here is an OCZ, 4GB class 6 SDHC card.
The M380 is powered by a 3.7v 1050mAh Kodak Li-Ion rechargeable digital camera battery (KLIC-7003), that is charged in-camera when using the USB cable. You can use the included AC adapter or simply plug the camera into a USB port on your PC; charging using a PC's USB port will take much longer than using the included AC adapter. Kodak claims you can capture 310 pictures per charge, using CIPA Standard testing methods.
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