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Kodak Easyshare LS753 Review

Review Date: Aug 11, 2004

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Kodak EasyShare LS753 Zoom

 

IMAGE QUALITY

The Kodak EasyShare LS753 Zoom is a digital camera targeted strictly to point-and-shoot photographers who prefer to take most of their shots in Auto mode. It has 5-megapixel resolution on a 1/2.5 in. CCD image sensor.

Though the CCD image sensor has 5MP, the image taken at highest image quality of BEST *** at 2560x1920 (5M) pixels is heavily compressed to less than 2MB, sometimes even less than 1MB, when saved to memory card.

2.8x Optical Zoom
Wide-angle 6mm Telephoto 63mm
Wide-angle 6mm
(36mm, 35mm equivalent)
Telephoto 16.6mm
(100mm, 35mm equivalent)

In the above pictures, we show the coverage for 6mm (36mm), and then delienate the area covered by 16.6mm (100mm). At only 2.8x optical zoom it's not much, but just right for portrait headshots. There is digital zoom but the image resolution decreases to 1024x768 pixels.

Macro
Macro
36mm, Auto, Pattern, 1/180 sec., F3.0, ISO 80
Macro, Tripod Used, 100% Crop

In Macro mode, you can get as close as 5 cm (2 in.) to your subject (measured from the front of the extended lens).

The above shot is a 100% crop of the original image taken in Auto mode. The camera automatically chooses ISO 80 (as it does for most of the outdoors shots where there is adequate light). The AF locks easily making it a snap to obtain nice macro shots.

With macros, don't expect to be able to handhold the shot: using a tripod is mandatory. Also ensure the subject is not moving at all (e.g. in the breeze); though a fast shutter speed can freeze the movement, the subject may have slightly moved into an out-of-focus zone. Out-of-focus macro shots are usually caused by trying to handhold the shot of a moving subject.

Auto White Balance Indoors
AWB WB = Fluorescent
AWB WB = Fluorescent

As the above two pictures show, the auto white balance works quite well under fluorescent light -- even better than setting WB=Fluorescent. AWB works very well in natural light.

ISO Comparisons
ISO 80
ISO 80
ISO 100 ISO 200 ISO 400ISO 800
ISO 100 ISO 200 ISO 400 & 800

The LS753 has 5 ISO settings going from ISO 80 to ISO 800. The 100% crops above (area delimited by the white square) demonstrate the noise at the available ISO Speeds of 80, 100, 200, and 400. At ISO 80, noise is under control. At ISO 100 and upward, noise becomes increasingly visible. Note that at ISO 800, the image is only saved at about 1MP resolution.

Chromatic Aberrations

The image quality of the Kodak LS753 Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens is very good (though the highlights tend to be slightly blown). CA is under control and barely noticeable in everyday shots, so we are very pleased with the performance of the lens. The corner delimited by the red square at top right is reproduced at 100% crop at top left.

The pictures in the Kodak EasyShare LS753 Zoom Photo Gallery page provide a good sample of what the camera is capable of. I have provided samples at 800x600 pixels (compressed to Quality 60/100 in Photoshop Elements).

You can safely assume that most macro shots and slow shutter speed shots required the use of a tripod. Any image that is adjusted for levels in Photoshop has "_adjusted" appended to the file name. Other suffixes are self-explanatory. Images used as navigation background may have been adjusted and the orientation flipped horizontally.

All pictures are taken at Auto mode (since users of this camera will most probably use it on this mode most of the time). Image resolution is 5MP, though the Kodak firmware compresss each 5MP image down to less than 2MB, which is quite severe compression.

I have defaulted the image size to 800x600 pixels. For those who have their monitor resolution set to 1024x728 pixels, everything should snugly fit and you should not have to scroll to see the whole image. If your monitor is set to 800x600 pixels resolution, start the slide show and then scroll to the right to position the image within your screen width. Then, press F11 (if you are using Internet Explorer) to switch to full screen mode, and the image should fill your screen nicely. Press F11 again at any time to switch your monitor display back to normal mode.

To return to this page from the Photo Gallery, click on the animated graphics of the camera.

Please open and download the original size version only if you need to and only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!

 

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