The camera was so horrible, that after 2 months (1 month of which was a vacation) we returned it. Rather than go into any lengthy detail I’ll just state my complaints in bullet-list form. We all like bullet lists right?
- Crazy noisy zoom. Very audible during video.
- Horrendous low light quality.
- Completely inaccurate (although pretty) color representation. There was noticeable color processing once the picture was taken. It almost seemed like HDR photography. I could find no way to turn this off.
- Battery life, at best 200 shots.
- To ‘view’ photos the camera must first be turned on.
- Incredibly slow. Noticeable camera shutter lag and scrolling through photos.
- Won’t stand up to even moderate use.
- Incredibly poor HD quality videos except in the absolute best of light conditions. Not any worse than expected on such a small sensor ‘HD’ video camera, but still it doesn’t do the camera any favors.
- The battery had to remain in the camera to be charged, using a proprietary plug (not mini-USB).
- The Camera tagged the photos as coming from the “eastman kodak company kodak easyshare m1033 digital camera” which is an insanely long name. Most cameras are similar to ‘Canon 40D’ or ‘Sony Cybershot H5’ at the most. While this seems like a small deal, to a power user like myself it’s actually quite frustrating.
We didn’t go out looking for an insanely superior camera to match up to my DSLR. Our intention was to get a mediocre camera that would be good enough for moments when I didn’t want to carry the DSLR or moments where I wasn’t with Rachel and she wanted to take a decent picture. The features of the Kodak M1033 seemed to be a step in the right direction from the Kodak cameras I’d seen in the past, and I wanted to give them a shot, being that they’re a local company and all. After all, $145 for a compact 10mp camera with a 3″ LCD and 720p HD video wasn’t half bad right? It wouldn’t have been, except that the Kodak M1033 couldn’t deliver.
It’s just a downright crappy camera, and I hate to say it but I won’t be buying Kodak ever again, at least not until I hear glowing reviews.