Low price earns the Kodak EasyShare M580 a spot on a few experts' recommended lists, but even those reviewers warn of some drawbacks. On the plus side, the EasyShare M580 offers an 8x optical zoom lens, the ability to shoot 720p HD video (although you can't use the optical zoom while doing so), an HDMI port so you can easily hook up the camera to an HDTV for viewing (HDMI cable not included) and a big 3-inch LCD screen (no optical viewfinder). Critics say the slim, angular design looks great, but it gets mixed reviews for ease of use: Gavin Stoker at PhotographyBlog.com finds the stylized buttons hard to press, and Kyle Schurman at About.com says learning the EasyShare M580's menu structure "will take some practice." Several professional testers and owner reviews also complain that the camera's shutter speed and shot-to-shot times are frustratingly slow.
As for image quality, reviews are equally mixed. The Kodak EasyShare M580 packs 14 megapixels onto a 1/2.3-inch sensor. About.com says its photos look good "in all types of lighting conditions," and PCMag.com's testers find that photos look fine as long as there's good light or they use a flash. Without the flash, PCMag.com says low-light photos are so noisy as to be unusable. PC World testers say images shot on a tripod look fine, but handheld shots look blurry -- they suspect the EasyShare M580's image stabilizer is to blame. PhotographyBlog.com reports "burned-out highlights" even under ideal lighting conditions, and unnatural colors in others. In short, the consensus is that the Kodak EasyShare M580 can't quite compete with its rivals from Panasonic, Sony and Canon, such as the top-rated Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS (Discontinued).
PhotographyBlog.com publishes a very thorough, expert review of the Kodak EasyShare M580. Tester Gavin Stoker bases his opinions on data and points out better-performing cameras. Tests at PC World, About.com and PCMag.com aren't as detailed, but they still give valuable alternative opinions about the EasyShare M580. Amazon.com posts both positive and negative reviews.
The Kodak EasyShare M580 can't quite compete with similar models from Panasonic, Canon and Sony, Gavin Stoker concludes after a full test. "Fiddly" controls and slow performance are "quickly grating."
Review: Kodak EasyShare M580 Review, Gavin Stoker, Aug. 16, 2010
2. PC World
The Kodak EasyShare M580 earns a 2.5-star rating (out of 5) in this test. It proves easy to use, with great photo quality for its class, but it offers few manual controls or extra features.
Review: Kodak EasyShare M580, Philip Ritti, Sept. 22, 2010
Photo quality is great, but the Kodak EasyShare M580 works slowly in Kyle Schurman's test. Sluggish shutter and shot-to-shot times "may cause some problems with shooting fast-moving subjects." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Kodak EasyShare M580 Review, Kyle Schurman
Unlike other testers, P.J. Jacobowitz finds the Kodak EasyShare M580 works speedily. He says it also produces excellent images (as long as there's good light or you use the flash) and he likes its 8x zoom lens, big 3-inch LCD and ability to shoot HD video. It wins an Editors' Choice award.
Review: Kodak EasyShare M580, P.J. Jacobowitz, Sept. 9, 2010
Owner reviews for the Kodak EasyShare M580 are completely polarized: almost half give it a perfect 5 stars, but nearly the same number give it a dismal 1- or 2-star rating. Several complain that the camera froze up or was dead out of the box.
Review: Kodak EasyShare M580 14MP Digital Camera with 8x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and 3.0 Inch LCD (Blue), Contributors to Amazon.com