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Kodak Easyshare LS753 Review

Review Date: Aug 11, 2004

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Kodak EasyShare LS743 Zoom on Camera Dock 6000


Grazing: 1/350 sec., F3.6 and ISO 80
54mm, Auto, Pattern, 1/350 sec., F3.6 and ISO 80, Cropped

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 well.

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 17mm.

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.

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