Reviewers agree that the inexpensive Kodak EasyShare M530 may be short on features, but it shines with simple operation and good photos. The slim, 4.6-ounce M530 has a 12-megapixel sensor, modest 3x zoom lens and bright 2.7-inch LCD. It also comes in four colors (blue, green, orange and red). Experts and users says the big buttons and simple menus are great for quick changes to settings, while the EasyShare feature lets you make one-touch uploads to Facebook, Flickr, the Kodak Gallery, YouTube and email. Shooting options are strictly point and shoot: auto, program and 20 scene modes, but experts praise the accurate face detection.
Like most cheap cameras, the M530 has its drawbacks. The autofocus plods along, there's no optical viewfinder, and the short lens range (36mm to 108mm) limits close-up and landscape photo opportunities. However, reviewers say image quality is good with plenty of detail, though some users at Amazon.com complain about blurred shots, and Cliff Smith at TrustedReviews.com says the VGA video is "rather primitive." For a few bucks more, the Canon PowerShot A1200 (*Est. $90) wields a 14-megapixel sensor, rare optical viewfinder, 4x zoom, 32 scene modes, HD video and consistent image quality.
ConsumerReports.org rates the Kodak EasyShare M530 based on rigorous lab tests and provides a few-sentence summary, while the standalone reviews at TrustedReviews.com and Steves-Digicams.com offer lengthy evaluations based on hands-on testing. Users at Amazon.com share their stories about how the M530 holds up with day-to-day use.
Cliff Smith says the reasonably stylish Kodak EasyShare M530 delivers decent image quality with excellent detail. However, this budget model offers only the "most basic controls" and hits a few speed bumps with its "slow and clunky" autofocus and flush control buttons.
Review: Kodak EasyShare M530 Review, Cliff Smith, Sept. 9, 2010
Given its budget status, the Kodak EasyShare M530 offers "only a few useful, easy-to-use options," say editors at Steves-Digicams.com. Assets include the simple menus, one-touch EasyShare feature, LCD that's easy to see in all conditions, accurate autofocus and good photos. However, the M530 lacks the HD video and optical image stabilization found on other cheap cameras.
Review: Kodak EasyShare M530 Review, Editors at Steves-Digicams.com, Sept. 20, 2010
The Kodak EasyShare M530 is one of many point-and-shoot cameras tested and rated for ease of use, image quality and versatility, to name a few. A ratings chart shows how the M530's overall score fares next to rival cameras, but editors do not provide lengthy evaluations like those found at tech- and photo-enthusiast sites.
Review: Kodak EasyShare M530, Editors at ConsumerReports.org, As of Oct. 2011
Most owners of the Kodak EasyShare M530 consider it a good value for the money. The camera combines simple operation with good image quality, which makes it a good choice for kids or anyone on the go. However, other owners found image quality to be poor and are disappointed by the cheap construction.
Review: Kodak EasyShare M530, Users at Amazon.com