This Kodak EasyShare C663 is inexpensive and makes taking photos simple, but it doesn't come with many advanced features.

Kodak's 6.1Mp EasyShare C663 is the first camera to include a digital version of the company's Perfect Touch technology, the same process used in Kodak film minilabs to correct the exposure of photos. It does a pretty effective job. Like Nikon's D-lighting technology, Perfect Touch effectively brings out shadow detail in images, generally improving the appearance of photos taken in high-contrast lighting situations such as indoors with flash.

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In our tests, the quality of the Kodak EasyShare C663's images was good but not exceptional. Overall, its scores for image quality were roughly average. Colours tended to look realistic (if a little dark), and exposure was typically accurate, but our indoor still-life shot exhibited a green cast. Photos looked reasonably sharp, although judges noticed fuzziness in some edges and fine details. The camera's maximum ISO setting is 800, but only at a very low resolution; ISO 400 is the maximum for 6.1Mp-size photos. Even so, we saw noise in images shot at only ISO 200.

Design-wise, the Kodak EasyShare C663 is a bit of a mixed bag. Its plastic case feels flimsy, and it has a curiously retro boxy look. The Kodak EasyShare C663's LCD screen is a good size and a reasonable resolution (2.5in and 115,000 pixels), and it dominates the back panel, leaving only a relatively small amount of space for the buttons. The display looks good in most lighting situations, and is viewable in all but direct sunlight.

Most of the controls are accessible through the onscreen menu, which includes both icons and text labels for easy navigation. A joystick helps you navigate, but it's a little small and too easy to push the wrong way by accident. The Kodak EasyShare C663's other buttons are also rather small; if you aren't looking closely, you could press the menu button instead of the review button fairly easily.


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