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  • I bought a 2 gb Ridata Supreme Series SDHC card for it and it works great
  • If you're more concerned about still photos, then you may want to avoid this camera

    • by Lanyon

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      You get what you pay for with the Kodak V1253. It costs anywhere in the low 200’s, which is not cheap necessarily for a compact camera, but then again, it is nicer than many low-end compacts. One very positive capability of the camera and its main selling point is its ability to capture HD video (720P) at 30 Frames Per Second. At this quality, the video is large and as smooth as can be. However, if you plan on using your HDTV to playback video in HD quality directly from the camera, then you have to buy Kodak’s special HD docking system which costs around 100 dollars.

      Unlike many cameras, this Kodak allows you to zoom while taking video. However, the motor that zooms the lens in and out makes noise that is easily picked up by the mics on the camera, which can

      be a nuisance. When I say mics, I mean mics for this camera does capture stereo sound. Although, you’ll probably notice little to no difference in sound quality than can be produced by a camera that only captures mono sound because the 2 mics are only about 4 inches apart.

      This camera has more going for it than just the video though. The controls are very easy to use. In fact, even my technologically illiterate parents have little trouble using it for capturing videos and pics. On top of the camera there are six buttons, one of which is a dedicated button that when pressed automatically enters your Favorites.

      Another of the buttons takes you directly into video mode, and yet another one brings you directly into still pictures mode. Next to that is the power button, which turns on and off the camera.

      • The fifth button is used to cycle through the flash modes. And finally, there is the shutter button, which has the zoom wheel around it.

        This is nice because your index finger can easily control the zoom then press the shutter without moving much. On the camera body, there are dedicated delete, menu, review, and share buttons. The share feature I find really cool. It allows you to tag photos for print, email, or to send to favorites.

        Now for the quality of the pics. I find the level of zoom, which is 3x optical and 4x digital, to be adequate for casual photography situations. The camera takes up to 12 mp photos, which I find nice because I can crop and modify the pictures while maintaining good resolution. The screen is 3 inches wide, which not only serves as an exceptional view finder,

        but also is great for on-camera playback.

        On the other hand, it does such quite a bit of battery power. If you are looking for a camera with superb battery life, then this is not the one for you. Also, the camera is kind of heavy for its size, which I find can be a little annoying. If you do plan to buy this camera, make sure you also buy a memory card too, for the 32 mb of internal memory doesn’t do the job.

        I bought a 2 gb Ridata “Supreme Series” SDHC card for it and it works great. Finally, it is almost impossible to get a clear shot with this camera unless you’re using a tripod. So, if you need a camera for video capabilities then get it. If you’re more concerned about still photos, then you may want to avoid this camera.

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