Kodak EasyShare M550 Review

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Review posted 9/12/2010

Quick Take
Pros

  • Captures great photos for a camera at this price
  • Excellent shooting performance
  • Smart Capture makes it super easy to use
  • One-Button makes sharing photos and videos a snap
  • Fast and accurate Face Detection system
  • Available in four colors (Dark Grey, Blue, Purple, Tan)
  • Super affordable
Cons
  • No external battery charger
  • Excessive image processing causes some unrealistic fine details at times
  • Average amounts of edge softness present in many photos
  • No HD video option
Bottom Line
Kodak has done well with the M550, which actually performs better than the more expensive M575. This unit offers great performance and great image quality for a camera that costs only $150 US or less. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
kodak_M550_470.jpgFor those who want a simple to use digital camera, Kodak has developed the EasyShare M550. A simplified version of the M575, the M550 boasts some useful features that will help you capture pleasing snapshots. These include 12-megapixels of resolution, a wide 5x optical zoom lens, Blur Reduction technology, a 2.7-inch LCD, Face Detection and Face Recognition technologies, and their Smart Capture exposure mode.

Kodak EasyShare M550 Features:
  • 12-Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD imaging sensor
  • 5x Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon optical zoom lens
  • 35mm equivalent zoom range of 28-140mm
  • 2.7-inch, 230,000 dot LCD
  • TTL autofocus
  • ISO: Auto (64 - 640) , 64, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000
  • Face Detection
  • Face Recognition
  • Smart Capture
  • Kodak Perfect Touch Technology
  • VGA (640x480) movie capture with audio
  • Kodak EasyShare software
  • Share Menu: Facebook, YouTube, FLICKR, Kodak Galleries, email
  • SD/SDHC compatible
  • 32MB internal memory
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery

The Kodak EasyShare M550 is available now with a MSRP of US $149.95 US.

In the Box:
  • KODAK EASYSHARE M550 Digital Camera
  • KODAK Rechargeable Li-ion Battery KLIC-7006
  • KODAK USB AC adapter for in-camera charging
  • Wrist Strap
  • USB cable
  • User Guide

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