Kodak Easy Share C340  

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Kodak have produced two cameras that have very similar specifications, originally I planned to review them both together but decided against that as there are more differences than may at first appear.

So here I will concentrate on the slightly larger C340 unit. It is 9x6.5x4cm and weights around 200 grams with the two AA batteries inserted. There is 16MB of internal memory.


There are five image modes 5, 4.4, 3.1, 2.1 and 1.1mega pixel. Taking images at 5mega pixels would mean only seven images could be taken. The unit does also accept SD cards and with these being so cheap now I would certainly advise spending a few pounds and increasing your image numbers radically.


There is a 3x2.5cm TFT display that is clear in all but bright sunlight. The number of images available is shown in red in the top right of the display and I found this was not always easy to read as it melded into the image. Various other information is shown on the TFT but in white and is easier to read.


The top of the unit has a ten position wheel with the shutter release in the centre. Two small buttons are to the left of this for flash (default is on) and self timer. All the other controls are on the back of the unit.


You can frame images either in the viewfinder or the TFT display. There is a 3x optical zoom and the 'wide' 'tele' buttons are located top right of the back conveniently near the shutter release. A five position wheel controls actions in 

the menus, this and three other buttons are on the right side of the TFT.


If you use an SD card you can easily transfer images by a card reader. Should you use the supplied internal memory the provided mini USB lead that fits into the right side of the camera beside the SD card port behind a solid door.


Kodak were the first to include camera docks and while this is very simple way to transfer images to a PC they long ago stopped providing them as standard so all you get in the box is the shield to make a dock fit the C340.


I was pleased with the images that the unit took and to be honest I could not easily tell which camera took which image as the C360 was reviewed at the same time. You may think that reviewing them separately may have been better but as the differences relate to the appearance and design and not the mechanism the images taken with identical lenses should be all but the same. The lens is a Kodak Retinar Aspheric All Glass Lens 34mm-102mm (35mm equivalent) with 3x optical zoom. The best time to check differences is when you have both available.


Using the unit is straightforward, there is a manual but unless you are a total novice it should only be, insert the batteries, move the wheel on the top to 'auto' frame the image and press the shutter. Searching the WWW I found this at a very acceptable £124.80 from Look out for the review of the C360 very soon.

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