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Kodak Easyshare LS753 Review
Date: Aug 11, 2004
HANDLING & FEEL
54mm, Auto, Pattern, 1/350 sec., F3.6 and ISO
The Kodak EasyShare LS753 Zoom is a compact
digital camera with dimensions of 108W x 49H x
30D mm (4.3W x 1.9H x 1.2D in.) and weighing 165g
(5.8 oz). It has a very nice four-tone (could
be more) metallic body, and its compact size means
that it is easily carried in your jeans pocket.
The Kodak LS753 is comfortable to hold despite
its small size, though you do have to be careful
your fingers do not obstruct any part of the lens,
flash or Light Sensor. There is also not much
to use as hand grip, and being a metallic camera,
it is kind of slippery and may easily fall out
of your hands. Since digital cameras are very
sensitive to bumps and falls, buying an optional
soft case and using the supplied wrist strap is
highly recommended. As is becoming more and more
common these days, my review model says "Made
in China, Designed in Japan" -- and the construction
and fit are both superb.
Kodak has opted for tiny control buttons on
the back of the LS753 requiring fingertip activation.
Even though the 4-Way Controller (and central
OK button) is small, it is surprisingly precise
and I find it easy to manipulate. I find I have
to get used to the thumb activated Zoom lever
around the 4-Way Controller, which is an unorthodox
placement for a zoom lever, but it works quite
The LS753 is a user-friendly camera, having dedicated
buttons for the most common functions. There is
a jog dial on top, just in front of the shutter
release button. The jog dial allows you to select
a shooting mode: Auto; Portrait; Close Up; Scene
Modes (13 options through the Menu and using the
4-Way Controller); Movie; Favorites -- with a
red light going down the right side of the LCD
monitor to indicate the shooting mode selected.
Rotate the jog dial to select a shooting mode,
click the jog dial to engage your selection. Each
shooting mode displays a short friendly description
of what it is to be used for on the LCD monitor.
When you turn on and off the camera, the red
light cycles through the shooting modes. It's
quite a pretty light show. The Power button also
lights up blue when the camera is on.
On the other side of the LCD monitor is a column
of buttons for Delete, Menu, Review, and Share.
The Delete button allows deletion of one or all
pictures. The Menu button brings up a straightforward
and easy-to-navigate menu system, but you won't
have to go there for the most common functions.
The Review button enters Playback mode and the
camera immediately returns to Shooting mode with
a touch on the shutter release button. The Share
button allows you to tag pictures for later printing
and to save in the camera as favorites (thus allowing
you to use the LS753 as a digital picture wallet).
If you plan to carry the LS753 in your pants
pocket or shirt pocket, you'll be glad to know
that the Power button is well recessed on the
top of the camera so that you won't accidentally
turn it on. When off, the lens is flushed against
the body; turned on, the lens protrudes about
The viewfinder is optical, quite small but clear;
the 1.8 in. LCD monitor is high resolution and
easy to view indoors and outdoors (except in extremely
dark or bright situations). A flash button on
top of the camera allows you to easily toggle
between the different flash options without having
to go into the menu to do so.
Though the LS753 is billed as a point-and-shoot
digital camera, it allows you to dial in an exposure
compensation to affect exposure. Here is another
user-friendly and good design from Kodak: exposure
compensation is selected by pressing the Down
Arrow to toggle it on and off. When exposure compensation
is toggled on (right and left arrow keys display
on screen), you use the Right and Left Arrows
to dial in an exposure compensation from -2EV
to +2EV in 0.5EV increments.
On the right side of the LS753 (viewing from
the back), there is a small hard plastic door
that hides the rechargeable Li-Ion battery and
memory card. On the left side there is a soft
rubber cover that swings out completely to give
unimpeded access to the USB, A/V and DC connectors.
Both are good design on Kodak's part.