Had a day to play with a Kodak M583 camera, described in the previous post. A quick summary:
- Image quality: pretty good, edge-to-edge. Nice handling of low-light/twilight images at 28mm wide-angle. At 224mm full zoom, however, subjects looked softer. OK for general snapshots and travel images in bright daylight.
- In very low light, the camera could not lock focus on a table candle.
- Image stabilization (optical) worked well. Camera selected a moderately low ISO 125 for a portrait shot in twilight, and didn't fire its flash, making for nice skin tones and no blowouts.
- Menus are now so heavily layered that you're really forced to choose your settings in advance, because there's no quick-set beyond the basic "Smart Capture" function.
- Camera uses a micro SD card, which big-fingered hands will find hard to load and unload.
In contrast, consider the button layout on this Canon 790is:
The buttons are actually flush "tabs" above and below the four-way selector. Even a big-fisted football player can easily depress these buttons without bumping up against another function.
Camera designers, take note: the Kodak M583 and its GE clone would give a far more satisfying user experience if the buttons didn't require a jeweler's screwdriver to press.