Kodak EasyShare M873
- Slim design, long exposure mode
- Chromatic aberration issues, noise is a little higher than usual, sluggish burst mode and interface
Kodak's M873 is a decent but not outstanding compact camera. The long exposure feature is nice and it is both slim and sturdy, but the pictures are marred by prominent haloing and a slightly grainy look.
Price$ 349.00 (AUD)
Spoiled for choice is the phrase we'd use to describe anyone looking to acquire a compact digital camera these days. The competition is hot and companies are adjusting, releasing units stuffed with higher resolution sensors and more features. Kodak's EasyShare M873 is a decent example of this, packing together an 8-megapixel sensor with a 3x optical zoom and a few nifty functions such as long exposure mode and digital image stabilisation. However, there are some image quality and general operation issues that make this purchase less attractive than it should be.
We ran our standard combination of tests, including our software Imatest, and the M873 achieved mixed results. Its pictures were sharp at times, with a score of 1658 in this area. However, we noticed some fringing in our test shots and at times clarity was a little lacking. There was also some over sharpening evident in high detail areas, which were also picked up by Imatest. This has the effect of making shots look a little cell shaded.
This can largely be attributed to the extremely high levels of chromatic aberration, for which Imatest awarded a score of 0.241 per cent. This is a massive result, far worse than we've seen from most cameras recently and has a strong impact on the pictures, which results in blurring and haloing in most areas of high contrast.
Similarly, image noise was also higher than normal, leading to a loss of clarity. While it wasn't terrible, Imatest's score of 0.96 per cent is higher than normal and our pictures were grainier than we've come to expect. Colour representation was decent, with the M873 scoring 10.9 in Imatest's colour check. All the primary colours exhibited some minor error, but it wasn't too worrying and most users will be satisfied with this camera's colour performance.
We also ran the usual speed tests, and the M873 performed quite well. While its 0.09-second shutter lag is a tad on the sluggish side, it only took 1.8 seconds between shots. Start up time resulted in a decent 2.8 seconds. However, the burst mode disappointed quite a bit, capturing a mere one frame per second.
Another speed issue we encountered was with the interface. There is only a single menu; unlike many other manufacturers, Kodak hasn't followed the trend of having a separate display specifically for imaging functions. Nevertheless, the single menu can be very sluggish to respond, at times taking half a second or more to open and close. This makes basic navigation and changing settings a pain.
The feature set is fairly standard, with a variety of metering and focus modes as well as white balance presets (but no custom option). ISO sensitivities scale from 100 through to 1600 and this allows for digital image stabilisation (increasing the sensitivity to reduce blurring); however, we wouldn't recommend using it often as shots are too noisy at anything above ISO 400. One other notable feature is the long exposure mode, which gives users slightly more flexibility, allowing for those funky blurry shots of a moving subject with the background still in focus.
Aesthetically, the M873 is fairly smooth and sports a slim design that will appeal to people after something more inconspicuous. It is constructed of silver metal and feels extremely sturdy.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Review: TCL C1 series 4K TV
- 2 Mazda MX-5 (2016) review: Absolute driving purity
- 3 Sony 75-inch UHD TV (X9400C) review: Sony and Android are a winning duo
- 4 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera UHD TV review: good hardware, fragmented software
Best Deals on Good Gear Guide
Latest News Articles
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
- Canon goes big on resolution with 250-megapixel sensor
- Hey, Saturn, take a selfie! World's biggest digital camera will photograph the universe
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCProject ManagerVIC
- CCAEM/CQ5 DeveloperNSW
- FTSystem testersACT
- FTSenior Developer - .Net, MVC, C#NSW
- CCMarketing Communications Specialist - Global IT CompanyNSW
- FTSharePoint DeveloperSA
- FTData AnalystNSW
- CCSenior Test Analyst (Manual)NSW
- FTDigital Sales Manager - Online MediaNSW
- CCInformation ArchitectACT
- CCAnalyst Programmer (JAVA/Windows Programming) 160428/AP/143Asia
- CCSolution ArchitectVIC
- CCICT Transformation Project Manager- University, Education bckgNSW
- FTGeneral Manager: Applications DevelopmentVIC
- CCContract Programmer (Crystal Report/HTML/SQL) 160428/P/244Asia
- CCRelease Management LeadNSW
- CCSolution ArchitectQLD
- CCSenior Frontend DeveloperNSW
- FTWeb DeveloperSA
- CCBusiness Analyst - Digital/Financial ServicesNSW
- CCSenior Project Manager - HealthcareVIC
- FTNetwork ConsultantNSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- CCUser Experience ExpertVIC
- CCSolution Architect (security domain)VIC