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Kodak EasyShare C743 7Mp compact camera

£99 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Kodak

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The basic, low-cost Kodak EasyShare C743 offers high image quality, but lacks manual controls and advanced features.

The basic, low-cost Kodak EasyShare C743 offers high image quality, but lacks manual controls and advanced features.

The low-cost Kodak EasyShare C743 strikes a good balance between affordability and performance, delivering high image quality and ease of use.

At this low price, though, you have to accept a few imperfections. The Kodak EasyShare C743's body feels chintzy, the printed user manual is basic and lacks a table of contents and an index, and the EasyShare C743's features are minimal. You won't find things that are available on some pricier point-and-shoot cameras, such as image stabilisation, manual controls, and a panorama mode.

The Kodak EasyShare C743 also lacks both aperture- and shutter-priority modes.

If you're okay with these missing elements, you'll appreciate what the Kodak EasyShare C743 has to offer. It produces good-looking photos, and earned an overall image-quality rating of Very Good in our tests. The exposure and contrast of our still life shot and our mannequin shot looked nicely balanced. Colours were vibrant and our subjects' skin tones were fairly accurate. However, the Kodak EasyShare C743 fell short in our distortion and sharpness tests. Our test image appeared blurry and contained a lot of color artifacts.

In our battery test, the Kodak EasyShare C743 lasted for 284 shots, which is about average and not bad considering that the camera runs on two disposable lithium ion AA batteries. To conserve battery power, you can frame shots using the camera's optical viewfinder instead of the power-hungry LCD. Although many users rely heavily on the LCD these days, using the viewfinder can be a lifesaver when the camera is running low on juice and you have no extra batteries to swap in.

Like most Kodak point-and-shoots, the Kodak EasyShare C743 is very easy to use. The help menus and clearly labelled buttons make it easy for beginners to learn to use the camera. You get 13 scene modes (about average for this class of camera), including Children, Sport and Backlight. If you accidentally erase a photo while reviewing your album, you can undo the deletion--but only immediately after you've deleted the image. Once you exit the playback mode, you can't recover the picture.

Kodak EasyShare C743 Expert Verdict »

Kodak EasyShare C743 Scores 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 review
Pixels CCD 1/2.5in CCD sensor
7.4Mp: 3152x2342 resolution
optical viewfinder
macro wide angle: 13–70cm macro telephoto: 22-70cm
3x optical zoom
5x digital zoom
automatic, portrait, close-up, landscape ISO 80-160
sport ISO 80-200
night ISO 80
manual ISO 80, 100, 200, 400
f/2.7 ou f/4.8 (wide angle), f/4.9 ou f/8.5 (telephoto)
4-1/1 400 seconds
built-in flash
JPEG/EXIF v 2.2
SD & MMC card
32MB internal memory
Quicktime MOV (MPEG-4) video, VGA (640 × 480) at 30 ips, QVGA (320 × 240) at 30 ips
USB
2 AA lithium batteries
922×657×324mm
145g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The simple-to-use Kodak EasyShare C743 is a solid choice for hobbyist photographers on a tight budget.

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