The Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 is not really expected to amaze performance-wise. It is a low budget, a rough-and-falls point and shoot, with underwater capabilities as its main feature and selling point. This piece of camera is designed to take a walk by the river and I like it.
Kodak perfectly describes the role that the C123 is destined to play ads on the product page of the camera: A mud splattered EasyShare Sport is immersed in water, with “Waterproof 3.0 meters” emblazoned about its purpose clearly shining through the grime.
The sport has physical strength but little finesse, and not much to handle when you look beyond your capabilities underwater. Kodak has integrated its “Share” button on the device, a patented feature making its way to many of the lowest consumer camera company level. Out of resistance, the underwater performance and share this button, the C123 has little to offer. Are these features enough to make the camera a good choice for anyone? Read on as EasyShare Sport C123 drive to its limits.
Construction and design
The C123 is a brick. At least that’s how I felt after many years without having to carry a camera that works with AA batteries. At 6.2 ounces, the C123 is an acceptable weight for a camera in its class, but still felt like I weighed when I was in the open air.
The right side is about twice as large as the left to accommodate the batteries. There is a smooth contour and slim the camera on the left, including waterproof lens, flash, sensor, and microphone. The bump on the right side contains a small strip of rubber to help users grip the C123.
The body of the C123 is made, for the most part outside gray and black plastic. The entire front of the camera is gray, while the back has the black panel. In between the two sides is a red rubber seal that runs along a little more than three quarters of the camera, and probably contributes to the resistance of the water C123. Besides the option of gray (listed in our review unit), the C123 is also available in the most colorful blue or red tones, however, the rear panel is black on all models.
Ergonomics and Controls
C123 The power button is a bit too far left for my taste, so it is difficult to turn on the camera with one hand. The trigger is well positioned, however, and once the C123 is that it is very easy to use in one hand. The top of the C123 features, plus the power buttons and shot a button to adjust the flash, and the other for changing the shooting mode (more on this in the section of the menus and modes).
The rest of the buttons do not appear in the top of the C123 can be found on the right side of the back of the device, next to the LCD screen. Since the C123 does not have a touch screen, all the necessary function keys can be found here. From top to bottom, the C123 has a zoom button, a menu button (next to which is the delete button image), a set of arrow keys for navigation, playback button (next to which is a button that toggles the information and when off in the review mode, and can be used to set the self-timer and exposure shooting mode) and in the bottom, the Share button Kodak.
All buttons on the C123 are made of rubber, with the exception of the shutter button and the action button, both of which are plastic. These two plastic buttons are by far the easiest to press, which is obviously a great help to the shutter button often used. The rubber buttons require a bit of pressure, but in no way are enormously difficult.
Menus and Modes
C123 menus are fairly simple, but that does not necessarily mean they are intuitive. Instead of having a full main menu, Kodak has spread on camera settings, and many actions and modes take several clicks to start.
At the top of the camera next to the on / off button is the shooting mode, which allows a user to switch between different camera. It is the second most extensive menu of the camera, and it will most likely be the most used. When you first open the Shooting Mode menu and is as minimalist as a functional menu could be. Pressing the button a list with four icons on the left side of the screen is displayed. These represent C123 shooting modes:
- Auto: This mode provides the basic configuration of the media, and is the go to normal mode scenarios. In automatic mode, users can adjust the running configuration to flash, and white balance, but basically all settings set to medium term.
- H2O: This mode opens both photo and video modes that exploit the possibilities of underwater C123. Flash and image fidelity can still change, but other settings such as white balance and ISO speed are locked in this mode.
- Video: This is the mode of the C123 normal video. No different adjustable items of the possibility of using a timer. The C123 records 640×480 video at 30 fps.
- Scene: This mode offers several options for recording under specific circumstances, with presets for portrait, sport, sunset, backlight, children, bright light, fireworks and night portrait settings.
Navigation between these values and make other adjustments to things like ISO settings and flash are generally slow, partly due to the interface poor user, and partly because the C123 has plenty of time “processing” before changing modes.
Display / Viewfinder
The screen on the C123 is one of its weakest points. The LCD screen is not only attractive, the colors are flat, sometimes freezes while the scene is rendered in front of it (not terribly difficult to use, but remarkably enough to register as against), and sit tight in most cases. Screen EasyShare Sport posted a relatively low maximum brightness 293 nit in our test lab and overall contrast ratio of 488:1. The back of the C123 has a lot of unused space, and it would have been much appreciated if we had used to expand the 2.4 inch LCD screen.
Overall performance of the Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 incredibly ranged from average to poor, with the photo quality you’d expect from a $ 80 camera conscious. Images were never particularly vibrant and spectacular, and I realized I had difficulty capturing sharply focused with point and shoot pictures. Furthermore, the duration of the exceptionally poor device battery means that when I went hiking, I do not find myself shooting for long.
The capacity of the underwater camera, so I could prove it was new, but limited.
The C123 has done a poor job overall, capturing sharply focused images. ‘m An impatient photographer (I use the term loosely), and taking into account that the C123 is meant to be a tough to fly, which seemed to have no ability to get out of a pocket and quickly hits a shot camera.
The EasyShare Sport did not score well in our lab tests of time either. With its fixed focus lens, no way to focus with a half press of the shutter – it’s all or nothing. Therefore, we have no ratings for laboratory shutter lag. Several images from the shows went exceptionally blurred, including the two below.
AF Acquisition (press to capture, no pre-focus)
|Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS||0.21|
|Kodak EasyShare Sport||0.30|
|Canon PowerShot A3300 IS||0.39|
|Olympus Stylus Tough 3000||0.86|
|Kodak EasyShare Sport||3||1.8 fps|
|Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS||12||0.8 fps|
|Canon PowerShot A3300 IS||∞||0.7 fps|
|Olympus Stylus Tough 3000||∞||0.4 fps|
* Note: frame rate of CS are based on the fastest camera high resolution JPEG continuous shooting mode, using the best available media type (. 300x CF, SDHC, etc.) “Frames” notes number of recorded catches explosion before the camera stops / slows to clear the buffer.
After capturing an image of the EasyShare Sport takes more than five seconds before you are ready to take another picture. The EasyShare Sport came out on top of our group of the sample in terms of speed burst shooting, although it may be useful to note that records only three frames in continuous shooting mode. The images may be blurred unless you can keep the camera well in burst mode.
The batteries did not last two weeks I’ve had the camera, during which time I only had two large bouts of shooting. I am currently on my second set of AA, and C123 may be the device battery hungry most of any I have ever used. I made several videos using the C123, but all were relatively short, and do not detract from what the camera is still very poor battery performance. In addition, the LCD screen dims after a few seconds of being in an annoying feature shot considering the screen is difficult to see, to begin with, and somehow despite this feature of the life of the battery is still horrendous.
Full photographic experience with the sport is disappointing, to say the least.
The EasyShare Sport has a water resistant up to 3.0 meters with 5x digital zoom lens fixed focus Kodak. The digital zoom is functional, but nothing special. For most of the images and videos that had the objective immersed in a body of water, as it is really the only notable unique feature or can claim.
Using underwater sports led to conflicting results. On a bright, sunny day, the camera performs respectably. However, under less than ideal conditions, underwater shots became almost impossible. All shots, underwater or not, lacked low light conditions.
Any object too close to the lens of the C123 would be out of focus, lack C123 any macro function. My experience with the camera lens was not ultimately positive. For an inlet chamber, which really did not do much to help the injured budding photographer, and felt like one of the best parts of the camera.
The EasyShare Sport takes VGA video with a resolution of 640×480, and really does not offer much in the way of options or modes. The video can be taken in the normal mode or underwater, and both were acceptable. The experience of filming underwater and above and uneventful enough.
EasyShare Sport perform on the first sunny day we’ve had in Boston my review period. In low-light environments that had a little difficulty recognizing colors, and in some situations inside out grainy images. I hate to dwell on the subject, but the C123 away from comparatively long close focus is really a big drawback. Sport provides an acceptable flash, I had an automatic mode, always on, always off, and red-eye pre-flash mode.
The camera offers several different color modes, including full color, basic color, vivid color, black and white and sepia. The disappointing vitality of basic color settings can be viewed in sharp contrast to the vivid color adjustment, which was not at all surprising, but offers much richer images that boring default settings of the camera.
The Easy Sport features, plus automatic white balance, preset modes for open shade, fluorescent light, and tungsten. Fluorescent daylight and made subtle changes, while open shade and tungsten produced a markedly altered white balance. I used mainly sports car, and the results were generally consistent both indoors and outdoors.
Auto white balance, 5500K fluorescent light
Checking the noise levels in the study saw acceptable amounts of noise and artifacts at ISO 80 and 100 more progressive distortion to ISO 200. ISO 400 has a noticeable loss of fine detail, though small friendly web images are definitely usable.
ISO 80, 100% of the cultures
ISO 100, 100% of cultures
ISO 200, 100% of cultures
ISO 400, 100% of cultures
ISO 800, 100% of cultures
ISO 1250, 100% of cultures
ISO 800 and 1250 100% cropped images show very high levels of staining and artifacts. None of these values produce a good-looking picture even in small sizes, and ISO 1250 images are in the borderline unusable. For best results, be limited to ISO 400.
Additional sample images
Almost nothing EasyShare Sport C123 on the stands, and has a number of flaws and weak characteristics that make it difficult to recommend. The small screen, the voracious appetite of the batteries, the delay after capturing an image, slow processing times … and the list goes on.
The C123 still has a niche though, and could be a good camera for the right person in the right circumstances. It’s hard, and called it a little during the examination and immersed in a pile of bodies of water, and still photographs as well as ever. It is unfortunate that this is not saying much.
The EasyShare Sport has a very low ceiling. Still, as an investment of $ 80, which is not a bad choice for someone on a budget who are destroying themselves weak cameras. It has the basic functionality of point and shoot, and some worthy attributes, and trusted him (and all his faults) must survive to shock, dust and water immersion life sometimes unexpectedly (or as expected ) offers.