A digital camera that's less than $100, like the Kodak EasyShare C180, tends to garner few professional reviews and, in this case, few complaints from users. As one reviewer says, the EasyShare C180 is better than the "rubbish" you'd get if you spent even less. The EasyShare C180 is easy to use, most owner reviews say, and with a 3x lens and image stabilization, it's a decent value for a novice. Drawbacks include sluggishness -- 4.5 seconds just to power up -- a low-resolution 2.4-inch LCD screen, no dedicated viewfinder, few manual controls and mono sound on video. Don't get too gaga over the 10.2-megapixel resolution either; reviews say image quality isn't especially good and is poor in low light. Some owners also trash the EasyShare C180's battery life (it runs on two AAs).
Top professional review sources rarely cover low-end products. We found the best coverage at the U.K.'s TrustedReviews.com. We also found a good number of owner reviews at Amazon.com and Walmart.com.
Reviewer Cliff Smith gives the Kodak EasyShare C180 a rating of 7 out of 10 overall, saying it's better than the "rubbish" you get by spending less. However, he does note that low-light performance is "poor," the 2.4-inch LCD is very low-res and the plastic body is "plump."
Review: Kodak EasyShare C180 Review, Cliff Smith, July 20, 2009
Over 90 owner reviews combine to give the Kodak EasyShare C180 a decent overall score, with about one-third rating it lower than 4 out of 5 stars. Most users say it's a good value for the price and easy to use.
Review: Kodak EasyShare C180 Digital Camera (Teal), Contributors to Amazon.com
Many of the more than 100 owner reviews here say the Kodak EasyShare C180 is a good value for the money, but there are some complaints about poor battery life. One review mentions the batteries are "not the cheap kind."
Review: Kodak EasyShare C180 Red 10.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom, Blur Reduction, Contributors to Walmart.com