Kodak EasyShare V803

Last update: Review by WashingtonPost (02 October’07)

The Kodak V803 is a stylish point-and-shoot digital camera with 8.0 mllion effective pixel sensor for prints up to 30 × 40 in. (76 × 102 cm), 3X optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 36-108mm) with digital image stabilization, and a 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera is measuring in at 103 x 55 x 25 mm (4.1 x 2.2 x 1 in), weighing 185 g (6.5 oz) and available in 8 fresh colors.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Kodak EasyShare V803 Reviews

WashingtonPost reviews the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“The Kodak EasyShare V803 has one of the slowest startup times ever recorded. Once the power button is pushed, it takes the camera a whopping 6.8 seconds to capture a photo. Therefore, users should have this camera fired up long before any action takes place. The autofocus system crawls, too; it can take up to 2 seconds to focus before taking the picture.”
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ImagingResource reviews the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“As much as I liked the design and feel of the V803, I was disappointed in its real-world performance. Much of that can be explained away by the $200 price tag, but it was so hard to read the LCD and “catch the moment” with this camera that I quickly put it aside. Focus was very slow and shutter lag consequently horrible. And when I did look over the images, they were far too saturated with too much contrast in sunlight. ”
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TechTree reviews the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“The quality of the pictures from the V803 was above average with decent results in most lighting conditions, indoors or outdoors. The 2.5-inch LCD is pretty clear but could have used little more pixels. Also, under outdoor sunlit environs, the LCD performs miserably. But that’s the case with most camera LCDs. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“The headline feature of the camera is a whopping 8Mp resolution in a compact body at a very affordable price. With such a low price other features have to be sacrificed, so it’s just a paltry 3x optical zoom and this is pretty poor, lacking any kind of smoothness when zooming in. What’s perhaps less palatable is that the zone metering system isn’t very good, losing highlights on shots where it blatantly should pick up the bright areas right in the middle. Also, the focussing is somewhat hit and miss and gives up very easily. Throw in noisy images and only the fact that it’s a cheap 8Mp camera and that the colour rendition is pretty good saves this from a good hiding. Even so, the performance is lacking in almost every department, and so it can only be recommended if you really need a big resolution at a very low price.”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

Cameras.UK reviews the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“One test I was very impressed with is the macro shot. My test photo is again brighter than I am used to seeing. Whilst this type of camera is not recommended for people who wish to specialise in macro photography my test suggests this camera will not let you down in this area… Available in ten different colours the Kodak Easyshare V803 is aimed at the style conscious. My tests were something of a mixed bag with the camera working well indoors, but struggling in other areas.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“Outdoor images from the camera looked very good, but quality deteriorated as the light grew dim. Outside, colors had a nice pop, and seemed accurate. Though the slow auto focus kept us from capturing some interesting moments as they happened, with a steady hand, we were generally happy with our test shots. The flash was too weak to use as a fill, and pictures taken in shadows or under cloud cover were obviously less saturated, but we didn’t detect much noise or color aberration in our shots. Indoors, as we moved above 200 ISO, images suffered greatly. ”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

ComputerActive reviews the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“Good points: Eight-megapixel resolution. Minimal controls and clear menus, Great colour reproduction. Bad points: Sluggish operational speed, Basic features, No memory card supplied. Overall The V803’s features are nothing special and it’s slow. But it is cheap and it does deliver impressively vivid images when plenty of light’s available.”
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DCRP reviews the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“Photo quality was a mixed bag. The EasyShare V803 produced photos with good exposures and plenty of saturation (too much in my opinion), pleasing sharpness, and minimal purple fringing. While there isn’t much noise at lower ISO settings, there are some noise reduction artifacts to be found, most notably in the sky. At higher ISOs (400 and above) the image quality drops rapidly, with ISO 800 and 1600 worth avoiding. Redeye was also a problem, and the camera’s dual redeye removal system didn’t seem to help….As you may have gathered by reading this conclusion, I’m not terribly “big” on the EasyShare V803. Would I recommend it? Hesitantly. While it’s a good value and quite stylish, there are better cameras out there, and I’ve listed some of them below.”
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DigitalCameraReview has a preview of the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“The V803 is menu driven – dedicated controls are un-intuitively placed across the top of the camera and along the left side of the camera’s rear deck. The V803’s auto focus isn’t always accurate – it sometimes fails to lock on the subject, plus this camera is noticeably slower than average, across the board. Images (when they’re in focus) are bright and sharp with bold and noticeably over saturated colors.”
Rating: N/A

CNET has reviewed the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“Noise and artifacts plagued the V803’s images, softening and obscuring fine details. Photos shot at settings as low as ISO 400 displayed notable amounts of grain, which only grew worse at higher ISO settings. At ISO 1600, static-like speckles completely covered the image, softening all but the largest and most prominent details and rendering it almost completely unusable…The bottom line: Unless you absolutely need a camera in your favorite color, give this one a pass.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

ThinkCamera has reviewed the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“So is the Kodak V803 any good? It’s a pleasure to use, has scene modes for everything and has looks to be proud of. Picture quality is good enough if you think flash not ISO when it gets dark.
But I’m not totally won over. There are rough edges, small buttons and the camera doesn’t excel at anything. It’s not truly terrible (ISO 1600 aside), but there are compacts that do everything better than the V803. I wish the Perfect Touch technology was faster to give the V803 an edge, but it’s too slow to use often. In fairness to Kodak and the V803 though, I’m not the target market. It is simple to use and I’m sure my mum would love using it. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog has reviewed the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“The Kodak Easyshare V803 produced images of average quality during the review period. The Kodak Easyshare V803 produces noise-free images at ISO 80 and 100, but ISO 200 shows some loss of detail…Overall, despite only average image quality and some elements of slow operation, the Kodak Easyshare V803 is a fun to use point and shoot digital camera that is well worth considering, especially considering that bargain price of £149 / $199 ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews has reviewed the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“The Kodak Retinar lens performs brilliantly, providing perfect corner-to-corner sharpness with no trace of chromatic aberration. There is some barrel distortion at wide angle, but no more than most zoom compacts, and anyway it vanishes completely with just a touch of zoom….If you can forgive its sluggish start-up time and underpowered flash, the Kodak Easyshare V803 is a well made and stylish camera with a good range of user options, long battery life and easy handling, and which can provide excellent picture quality at a very reasonable price.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint has reviewed the Kodak EasyShare V803 and writes;
“At those lower ISO settings the picture quality is surprisingly good, I was pleasantly surprised by the metering performance (it works well on almost all subjects), the lens packs in that detail too, that thankfully is not smoothed away by image processing, at least until you get to ISO 400, so all is not lost….The V803 bucks a trend in terms of the level of detail captured for high-resolution compact digital cameras (that – normally – over processes noise and detail) its pictures look great. It is also inexpensive at a penny under £150, but while it looks nice, is well made, has some nice features, and is simple to operate, its problems with all those frustrating delays means, in the end, I cannot recommend this camera. ”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

Kodak EasyShare V803 Samples

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Kodak EasyShare V803 User Manuals (PDF)

Kodak V803 User Manual (English)

Kodak EasyShare V803 Press Release

LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan 7 At the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Kodak introduced a new addition to its award-winning line of KODAK EASYSHARE Consumer Digital Cameras. The KODAK EASYSHARE V803 Zoom Digital Camera.

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