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Kodak EasyShare C340
Kodak EasyShare C340

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Kodak EasyShare C340

Editor's Review

Simplicity meets functionality in the Kodak EasyShare C340, a compact, 5-megapixel camera that's "easy enough for anyone to use." With 14 preset scene modes (including beach, snow, party, and children) the Kodak C340 can instantly be configured to adapt to almost any situation. Three different color settings let you add special effects, while the C340's movie mode let's you record up to 80 minutes of video with sound.

Specifications

  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/5x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 80-400
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: C340
  • UPC: 000000000000
  • Release Date: May 18, 2005

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Kodak EasyShare C340 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare C340 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
I will never get another Kodak (willowe — 08/13/2009)

Ihave owned kodak cameras since the first digital cme out. I just bought this one an it sucks. The software is designed for kids...and freezes up my computer. The camera needs batteries after about 10 pics are taken and it "courrupts" every 10th pic or so. It sucks. I am a professional appraiser, and I need and use cameras, but I am online right now looking for a camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good Camera (todd — 02/04/2009)

It does everything I need it to do. It doesn't do everything I would dream it to do, like a $1000 camera would. But for the money paid I think it is fine. Good camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
never buying kodak again... (sheilena — 01/25/2009)

Cheap camera for vacation pictures, new years, your kids first tooth etc. But horrible, horrible battery life. A 4 hour charge lasts me for about 50 pictures.(for about an hour of using) 1 1/2 second delay with click-to-capture. So definatly not for moving scenes. By the time it takes the picture, the kids have landed in the pool , or blueangels have already flown by. Horrible zoom. Not worth the price bought for.

  • 1.0 out of 5
C340 (W.Shann — 01/09/2009)

After the C340's totally unacceptable performance in virtually every area, I have to say I'll never buy another Kodak product.

  • 1.0 out of 5
More Battery Problems (Logjam — 01/01/2009)

Kodak tells you not to use Ni-cad batteries, but it doesn't matter what kind of batteries you use, they still run down in no time flat. (No pun intended) Furthermore the rotary switch is too easy to accidentally move fron "off". The store I bought it from claims that this is the cause of the battery problems. I think not!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery problems! (Pam — 12/21/2008)

Ever since I bought this camera, there have been issues with the battery. Not only have I spent a small fortune on batteries and chargers, but my sanity is also being tested!
I brought the camera to a shop, and the owner gave me the Energizer Ultimate Lithium battery. He said they were an excellent product. Guess what? I put them in the camera, and the camera still won't turn on!!
I thought I was getting a deal with this camera, turns out, I threw away $200.00!
The camera sucks! Don't buy it!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Ugh (Kelsey — 12/11/2008)

This camera was good right when i bought it, but now the battery life is terrible. I put brand new batteries in it and it won't even turn on. I've tried many different battery brands and nothing works.

This camera sucks and is a waste of your money.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't buy this (Natalie — 11/25/2008)

Wow..what a piece of junk. I can take 15 pictures at the most and I get the red light that the battery is dead. I've tried every type of battery. This is crap.

  • 3.0 out of 5
not what i was exspecting for my first camara (Heather — 09/25/2008)

my boyfriend got me this camara as a present b/c i was always getting disposeable camara i have always been a shutter bug.. lol. Don't get me wrong this camara does take really good photos and video's but it is not worth the headache u will get from this camara.he thought that it would save us some money. Well it really hasn't at all. I am ready to get rid of this camara and get a new one. After charging my batteries and i put them in my camara, my camara is telling me that the battery juice is almost dead and the light flasheses red and the camara turn's off.
When i go to look at the pictures only the camara turn's itself on like i am going to take a picture then when i go to the menu to look at the pictures the light flashed red at me again and then the camara turn's off and i have to put in new batteries in order for the camara to turn back on.

  • 1.0 out of 5
C340 (Joe Perez — 08/31/2008)

I can take one picture and the camera dies. I am very upset with Kodak for putting a pile of crap on the market. What makes things even worse, my daughter threw away the reciept. I trid to take it back anyway and they refused. i guess they too heard that they are crap!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
2 years the limit (Sharon Tackett — 07/23/2008)

This was a great camera. Now it won't flash, won't won't stay off closeup and never turns off. 2 years of joy is all I got.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery issue, Printer (Rene — 06/19/2008)

This camera worked fine for about a year before the issues started. The battery life is AWFUL. I have tried all types and I only get a few shots and it shuts off. I bought this with a printer combo. The printer was TOTAL crap. I am glad it was a sale item and I did not pay full price. Avoid it all.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broken literally out of box. (John — 06/02/2008)

Avoid this camera. Don't waste your money.

I got this camera 2 years ago as a gift. Within a day, the battery problem started. Upon starting the camera, the led light would flash green twice, then red (signaling bootup failure). I found out after some online research that the c340 has a serious issue with the battery compartment, mostly due to crappy design.

Some people were able to get the camera to work with specific battery types. I got lucky, and found a set of rechargeable Energizers that worked with the camera, however, due to the battery compartment cover being so flimsy and loose, the batteries would always drain too quickly, usually dying after 20 minutes (only moderate picture taking w/ flash). But it was atleast functional, and it was indeed easy to use, with decent quality pictures (for 2 years ago anyway)...

Until now. Now not even the rechargeables work with the camera, and I have yet to find any other batteries that will. It's only function for me is as a paperweight, and even then, it's bad because of it's light weight and flimsy design.

  • 1.0 out of 5
I hate this camera! (Laura — 03/15/2008)

My camera battery life was awful. I tried all kinds of batteries. Now the camera won't work at all with any kind of battery (rechargeable, brand new lithium, nothing works!) Save yourself a headache, do not buy this camera!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good Pictures, Horrible Battery Life (Remona — 02/19/2008)

This camera takes great, clear pictures. However, with the battery life on it you'll only get to take about 4 of them. Unless you want to spend a fortune on batteries, don't buy this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
i love it (Amanda — 01/14/2008)

I have had this camera for over a year and i just love it. My husband even cracked the screen recently but still works good. The only flaw it has now is that sometimes it doesn't want to power on even w/fresh batteries.

  • 1.0 out of 5
What has Kodak done about it? (LaVon — 12/29/2007)

I purchased this camera for my mother last year for Christmas after reading numerous reviews on how wonderful it was. My mother had to return it immediately for the same reasons mentioned.....dies instantly. She exchanged it for the same camera thinking her camera was a lemon. As it turns out...........it's NOT! I've owned numerous Kodak products and have never been disappointed until now. So with the number of bad reviews listed..........has Kodak done anything about it?

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst Camera Ever (Pat Botkin — 12/29/2007)

I received this camera as a gift Christmas 2005. After about 1 month of use and many batteries dying I returned it to the store where it was purchased and echanged if for another of the same kind. Big mistake. This camera has been the worst camera I have ever owned. It eats batteries faster than I can buy them and I have used everykind I can find. I will never own another Kodak of any kind. I am very disappointed in Kodak. I think they should recall every C340 and offer a full refund so they can be replaced with something decent and dependable.

  • 1.0 out of 5
what a disappointment (Deb — 12/12/2007)

I received this camera as a gift and it worked fine for about 6 months. Now wont even power on. I have used rechargeable batteries, disposable batteries and can't get it to work. Kodak customer service is no help. I will never buy another Kodak camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT Camera!! (Jessica — 10/05/2007)

I've had my Kodak c340 for 2 years now, and I LOVE it!! It has been the best camera. It takes great pictures, and is highly durable (The kids have dropped it several times, and it STILL works like new!!). I would recommend this camera to anyone.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Kodak EasyShare C340 (Ryan — 09/10/2007)

The camera takes decent pictures but uses batteries way too fast. I use rechargeable camera batteries and still find myself changing them out after just a few pictures (15-20). I hate continually changing the batteries. With quality like that, you end up missing the good photo opportunities.

  • 1.0 out of 5
This camera is ruining my marriage (Jerome — 08/17/2007)

I bought the C340 for my wife a couple of years ago. She had so desperately wanted a better camera than the 2mp that she had before. At first, I was the hero. A few months later, the battery problem that everyone else is talking about happened to us. Vacations were ruined. Birthdays in shambles. Every major holiday getting a little kodak camera thrown at my head with the words "You suck!!" echoing in my skull made me realize that perhaps I made a mistake in purchasing this camera. Do yourself and your marriage a favor, avoid this product.

  • 4.0 out of 5
USE RECHARGABLE BATTERIES! &GET A CARD READER! (Rizwan — 08/11/2007)

A wonderful camera, just buy cheap rechargable batteries from eBay with this and you shall be fine. ALL DIGITAL CAMERAS USE ALOT OF BATTERY POWER.C340 is EASY to use, simple and anyone can use this, men, women, kids, even your granny!

Only down side is that the loading of pics takes ages, Get a seperate card reader, I got my 8 in 1 card reader, which reads 8 different types of memory cards for £10.Even cheaper on eBay!

Kodak has excellent customer service if anything goes wrong, they have a repair base in Germany, and use the courier service UPS. My Zoom function was repaired in 1 week.All this was FREE!

I got my Kodak C340+Memory Card+ Zip Case+Batteries for £120
in 2006. Still a good price considering the Memory card costs around £50 seperate.c340''s are cost effictive and get the job done.

Great for indoors and outdoors, Partys, funtions, weddings, Zoom is good.Good at night.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Never worked from day one (Koe Dacksuchs — 08/03/2007)

Kodak should be the recipient of a class action lawsuit for selling this trash to its customers. The thing constantly shuts down even when the battery is fully charged. The macro feature is terrible, as is everything else about this lemon. My next digital camera will not be a Kodak—that's for sure.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Unreliable Camera!! (Amy — 07/30/2007)

I received this camera as a gift in X-mas of 2005. This camera worked ok for the first 1 1/2 after that it has been one problem after another. My main complaint is that I keep buying battery after battery and the camera still won't turn on. The batteries are brand new and the camera still won't work. A few months ago the camera would still turn on but would die after just a few pictures. It takes horrible pictures and the flash is a joke. The printer dock was also a complete waste. It does absolutely nothing when it comes to recharging the camera. I was only able to print out a few pictures before the printer ran out of ink. I would not wish this camera on anyone!! Don't waste your money!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
C340 pathetic elrctrical switches (Roger Baggenstoss — 07/25/2007)

Subject camera worked fine for approx. 1&1/2 years at which point I could no longer review pictures since this action would lock up all controls, leave the camera "on" and the only way to shut down was to remove the camera batteries(lens was left extended), wait for 5-10 minutes, replace batteries, turn camera back on, turn camera off and see lens assy. finally retract. After several emails and trouble shooting per their ineffectual internet trouble shooting guide, Kodak tried to convince me to get it repaired for the princely sum of $89.00 plus insurance and postage. This is more than the new price of a C340 model as available on the internet. Needless to say I politely turned down Kodak's kind repair offer and bought a Canon A630. Subject Kodak camera was never dropped or abused to explain the above described problems. Needlessly I won't be buying a Kodak in my future.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst camera EVER!! (Jessica Colon — 07/19/2007)

You can take about 5 pictures and it dies! I bought a photo dock to charge it better and that did NOTHING!! Complete waste of money. Fought with Kodak for over a year to have it replaced, FINALLY after 18 months they agree with me!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst camera ever!!!!!!!!! (Taso — 07/07/2007)

I had another Kodak camera that went out on me while on vacation and figured this was an upgrade. What a mistake!!!!!! Batteries go out after about 25 pictures and takes terrible photos when there is little light. I guess you do get what you pay for. Will never buy Kodak again!!!!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Battery Problem (Cheryl Everett — 07/06/2007)

The mystery has been solved (for now.) The camera worked fine for over a year and then started to not work with the rechargeable Energizer batteries we had in it for all that time. We bought new rechargeables, still the same problem. It worked with one regular and one rechargeable, but like everyone on this forum says - it didn't take long to suck the life out of the battery. We sent it in and they "recalibrated" it - so we'll see if that did any good ($60 we hope the extended warranty through Visa will pay.) If problems persist, Kodak will get a letter from us and we'll be buying another camera and it WON'T BE KODAK!! No sense throwing money at it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Awful (Jessica Erickson — 06/25/2007)

This is the worst camera ever. Picture quality is terrible. Battery life last a day maybe and doesn't take most batteries. It work once in a blue moon.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera... Battery life is not an issue when you read the manual!! (Davide — 06/10/2007)

Just got this camera and have used it all week using 1 Duracell Ultra battery and have taken about 125 photos so far and several videos and battery is still going strong.. Also have purchased Energizer rechargeable batteries to test when they are fully charged.. I noticed that not many people read the manual otherwise they would have noticed the pointers on how to keep battery life to a maximum...ie: turning off the live mode /viewfinder... anyone who has used a digital camera knows that that screen takes up a crapload of juice... all the extra functions do as well..

This camera takes the best pictures and video of any camera I have used or seen used in the past especially for this price bracket.. I got mine from ebay for 62 dollars shipping included.. I will post another review when I have tested the energizer rechargeable batteries...

  • 1.0 out of 5
The worst ever (Jinny — 06/09/2007)

This is the worse camera ever. I really hate dealing with the battery issue all the time. It worked great at the start then I would have to change batteries ever time I would turn it on. I have tried every battery out there. DO BUY THIS CAMERA!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Dissapointing (Chef Money — 05/17/2007)

With all the Kodak hype you would expect Kodak to produce the best products...i had this camera for a week..it killed the battery in about 6 pictures and when i changed the battery it wouldnt even power on...potential to produce great pics if it actually worked

  • 2.0 out of 5
Buy cheaply, pay dearly. (Alex — 04/07/2007)

With the variety of cameras available today this one definitely should NOT be your choice if you are looking for a good quality camera.

The biggest disappointment is the battery life. The camera kills new Duracell batteries in the matter of minutes (no exaggeration).

The Quality of pictures leaves hoping for something better as well. It is decent when shot in a well-lighted place, however, completely useless if it's dark (the flash is too strong up close and too weak on a distance).

Strong advice: don't buy this camera.
Overall experience: bad.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't buy the C340 (billy bob — 04/05/2007)

Problems with powering on after about 2 months. First required a "jiggle" then quit powering on altogether. Took camera to Europe and middle east and ended up using a friends camera instead because I couldn't get the darn thing to turn on. Even with new batteries. Sent it back for service and when I got it back it still didn;t work...uhhhhgggghhh. Spend your money on a different camera and spare yourself the missed moments and aggravation.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Battery use pretty crazy. But there is a fix. (Kevin — 03/13/2007)

I got this camera on closeout for a hundred bucks.
My first digital camera, so I didn't want to drop a massive amount of money and blah blah blah. I have to say the battery life is disapointing. I only get around 10-15 pictures at 5.0 mp before the batteries are drained. And I can't get the camera to work with 1.2 volt rechargable batteries. It won't even turn on with 1.2v. I can only get it to work using generic brand 2100mah 1.5v AA's at 4 dollars for a 4 pack. So it still costs me around 12 bucks to take it on a trip for two days.
Then I figured out that the LIVE VIEW feature that lets the LCD screen on the back be used as the view finder can be turned OFF. When you do that the battery life is significantly improved and the regular viewfinder still works great.
Since I have used regular cameras for so long I don't really need the digital helper boxes that live view offers so I really like this little camera now that I have gotten past the battery issue. At this point though I'd say shop around some more and make sure you find out about battery life FIRST before anything else.
I will probably replace this camera in the next year just because of the battery life issues.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Batteries and power-on problems a-plenty (TN — 02/17/2007)

Regular batteries seem to work better than rechargeable. The lower power batteries seems to work better than high power rechargeable...very weird. But it's still very unreliable, even w/ the regular batteries. Was out at a job site and a bunch of pictures were mess up. Personally, i used Canon and Nikon and never had any battery problems... don't know what's the deal w/ Kodak, but don't buy this camera - it's a lemon design.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Simple, elegant and superb quality (Sukhbir — 01/06/2007)

I am using this camera for past 1 month, and just 2nd AA battery set I am using, with over 400 photos in my camera(2nd battery pack will still take around 25-30 pictures i believe). Though the photos do not come good in low light with flash on, taking pictures in landscape mode works. Also with the easyshare software cd that i got with it works wonder. You can also use enhance facility in the easyshare s/w that works wonder with images in dim light. It's a good deal, go for it :).

  • 1.0 out of 5
Kodak and the C340 (Ernest Hardy — 01/04/2007)

Kadak has manufactured a subpar product,ie, the C340 digital camera. I purchased my camera seven months ago, and got one month of good service from it. The problem seems to be with the powering on system, not batteries. I have purchased several sets of Kodak rechargeable batteries for mine, and all of the batteries are still good, but the camera does not come on while using any of them.
I purchased this camera based on my use of Kodak products in the past and I find it very disappointing that Kodak seems unwilling to address the fact that they sold a subpar product.
I will not buy Kodak again at any price.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great for the money (Chris — 12/31/2006)

I bought this camera for my girlfriend for a birthday present and we've been using it for about two months. It takes great pictures and I'm impressed with it for the price I paid. It was well worth the money.
I've owned three Kodak Easyshare cameras and they've all been worth the money.

  • 2.0 out of 5
FORCED ADVERTISEMENT (James Smalley — 12/29/2006)

I previously owned a Fuji Camera and loved it. I expected the same with my Kodak but I was wrong. My biggest complaint, however, has to do with the method required to e-mail photos. Instead of simple attachments to your message, one is "forced" to send all photos as an attachment to a Kodak advertisement.

  • 1.0 out of 5
This is not the only Kodak with problems (Damon — 12/28/2006)

It hasn't turned on in 2 months even with rechargeable batteries. My daughter was given a Z700 last Christmas and it lasted a month before it was in for repairs and hasn't worked right in a couple of months. Last week she got a C330 as a replacement(lets see how long it lasts). My wife picked up 2 C433's, 1 for my other daughter as an Xmas gift. It didn't last a week! It will not stay on. And I've put re-chargables in. The other for a replacement for the C340 that is still in the box and will never come out! That's 3 cameras that don't work in the past year. My Fugi lasted over 4 years.

  • 1.0 out of 5
A horrible camera, the worst ever! (Melissa — 12/16/2006)

Fof the past few months I have thought that it was just me who was having the "battery" problems. I received the camera as a present last year at Christmas. After a month of constantly changing batteries it no longer worked and my dad took it back in exchange for a new one. The new one turned on for about 3-4 minutes. I called Kodak and they said to send in the camera with the receipt for repairs. Well, my dad doesn't know where the reciept is and the camera just sits in the box having never been used. Talk about a waste of money! Kodak should recall the C340 model and give everyone an upgraded model receipt or not! Needless to say I am pissed!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Rechargables saved the day, but not convenient... (Gina — 12/04/2006)

Thanks to those people who recommended rechargable batteries. My camera has always had battery life trouble, and today it would not turn on no matter what... My hubby and I were going on a hike today and we wanted to take photos!

I found this forum, read about using rechargables, tried it and now it's working! Don't know how long this will last, but hopefully, at least for today.

Got this camera as a gift, and can't see myself buying another one if the battery problem seems to be this widespread. I do a lot of traveling, and it isn't always possible to recharge batteries when you need them.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good (Aime — 11/28/2006)

It's a great little camera it takes beautful pictures and its so datailed it shows every little hair you have...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Use Lithium batteries! (Brittney — 11/27/2006)

At first when I receieved this camera I hated it becasue it would not stay on. I then started using lithium batteries and my camera has worked great ever since! I havent had any more problems with it shutting off and I'v taken probely a 100 or so pictures with the same batteries!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Mechanical Problems!! (KT — 11/26/2006)

Ive had this camera for 11 months. Unlike most reviews Ive never had battery problems. It takes/took very good pics(Ive had several 5x7s printed). This has been very well taken care of... but suddenly the telescopic lens seems..loose when extended. But worse... is the lens doors!!! ONE STAYS OPEN THE OTHER WILL NOT CLOSE!! GRRRR!
Spend a little more and get a camera with a better track record.

  • 3.0 out of 5
low light not good (Pam — 11/23/2006)

This camera is just OK. I just use this for everyday basic pictures and it seems to take good pics. My only complaint is in low light. Like at concerts etc. Forget about it. I don't even bother taking pictures at concerts unless I am on the first row (which is never). You can't even see the image. It actually does a bit better if you have the flash off! Imagine that! But I bought the energizer rechargeable batteries and they work great! Not a problem at all! The sport mode actually takes great pictures that are in motion. I took pictures while I was moving in the car, and they turned out great! If someone can suggest how to get better pics in low light, I would appreciate it!

  • 1.0 out of 5
wow not alone at all (lisa — 11/23/2006)

Ive had the camera 6 months and having problems keeping it running on batteries. Ive tried all of them. It still wont stay running. Buyers beware. I cant believe how they would sell this camera. Its great for short time but not long term. I didn't buy a disposable camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
you get what you pay for (Tess — 11/23/2006)

I bought this camera on the recommendation of my boyfriend who's an amateur photographer and he's impressed! I have been given compliments on the quality of the photos I take and the clarity of the pictures in general. If you get even just the 512gb card and eliminate the on camera photobook, you can hold a good 380 pics at 5.0meg pix. I am super happy, who knew that baby drool could be that cute with that sharp of an image!

  • 2.0 out of 5
I agree, do not buy this camera (Michael Schall — 11/21/2006)

I bought 6 of these cameras for my company's sales reps about a half year ago. They break easily, and 2 of the 6 cameras drained batteries in about a half hour. Kodak has discontinued making this model. I personally prefer the Canon A500's series now. I've bought several of them and none of them have had any problems. They are more durable and fairly inexpensive.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy this camera try Panosonic or Nikon not Kodak (Maria — 11/12/2006)

After a horrible experience and 9 months of calling and sending the camera back, I still have a camera that does not work and has not since I purchased it. I am having the same problem as others with this not powering up even with a fully charged kodak reccommended battery . Each time the camera has been returned and they do not seem to be able to "duplicate" the problem but from reading the reviews here it is more than been duplicated and sounds like a lemon and manufacturing issue. I have yet another call into Kodak and I am filing a formal complaint with the Better Business Bureau. I really liked Kodak and use the online photo store for all of my pictures and now think I may be moving my business to a more reputable company that stands by it's product. I can not say enough how horrilbe this camera is and that the customer service center ( which is located in another country) was of no help either just the run around, sorry for the trouble, but they are not sorry for taking my moneY!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do NOT PURCHASE THIS CAMERA (Maria — 11/11/2006)

I have had it 9 months and it has been sent back 3 times never worked properly and Kodak will not stand by their product in anyway. I missed a once in a lifetime photo opportunity and I purchased this camera for a trip to Hawaii. They claim it was the charger ( that I purchased from them) and replaced it, it still does not always power up even with fully charged batteries. I have purchased so many batteries and the camera works for 10 mins then it acts up again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Dont buy this one. (RVN — 11/06/2006)

I bought this and started having problem from the first month. I thought its the problem with my battery. I tried putting all kinds of battery and the camera sometime will not even switch on. DONT buy this..

  • 5.0 out of 5
Simple to use, great pics...and no you can't use regular batteries (nebur29 — 11/06/2006)

I still have my first digital cam - Kodak 2 megapixel. I've upgraded since then...Fuji, Olympus and Nikon. The Kodak is the simplest to use and has some of the best colors I've ever seen. When it came time to buy my mother a digital camera, so she could take pics of her grandchild, getting the C340 was an easy choice.

Pics were as good as expected. And learning how to use it, even for my "techno-phobic" mom, was a snap.

The one problem was the battery. No matter how new the batteries were - how many shots she would get was anybody's guess. I returned the first one thinking it must be faulty. Bought a second one from a different store. Same problem.

I'll admit I never bothered to read the manual (I hate reading), but I quickly google'd 'C340 battery problem' and there was the answer. The C340 does NOT support alkaline batteries. I tried using Energizer rechargables (which you can buy almost anywhere) and presto - problem solved. Mom loves the camera and I love the pics she's taken of my baby girl.

  • 1.0 out of 5
poor quality (Elizabeth — 11/03/2006)

I would not recommend this camera to anyone. It's a decent point and shoot, with decent pictues for the (almost) year I've had it. However, the flap/door which holds the batteries in recently broke without cause. I never dropped it, never even opened the door since I put the batteries in. I can no longer charge it on the dock, so the camera is useless.

Kodak says this is normal wear and tear and not covered by warranty. They could fix it for $90 plus shipping, but since I could buy the same camera new for $115, this seems a bit of a rip off.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Decent, machine, battery life brings it down. (Sam — 10/23/2006)

I recieved this camera as a gift, for simple recreational pic taking, parks, sports events, vacations, etc. It has a bunch of great features(close up, far away, movemment, even video) but the batteries have to be replaced after about every 50 pictures. I don't keep it on for extended periods of time. I almost never review pictures on the integrated screen. It simply dies out about 400 pictures before the manual says it would.

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  • 3.0 out of 5
First time digital user ..bought if for my son's b'day party. (Prashant — 09/28/2006)

Nice to own a digital camera .. or so I thought. Took 25 photos and the batteries went phut. They did not tell me in the manual or at the store that the batteries wont work long. And I kept on clicking all the fun until it was time to cut the cake. The camera just conked out. I did'nt care what the problem was having missed out on the main part of the event. Then I read up the websites and now I know about NiMh batteries and the rest. Learning how to recharge and stuff.. battery durations and other battery terms. But my old trusted kodak point and shoot worked real well. SO what if you have to wait for prints to see how they turned out. At least it works and does not need constant recharging. All you got to do is throw the two AAs and throw in new ones and you are set for a roll of film. Digital Shigital .. who cares.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Its a great buy for a great camera (Amy — 09/22/2006)

Its easy to use and has gr8 features

  • 1.0 out of 5
KODAK C340 is a waste of money (Ranee Mauer — 09/20/2006)

Bought the camera the first of April for my daughters prom. Worked great for the first 2 months and then the problems started. Cam wouldn't turn on half the time. The low battery light started flashing so went out and bought a new kodak battery..still didn't work right...spoke to their techs on the phone multiple times and finally they told me to send it in. It was delivered to them 2 1/2 weeks ago and all I get outta the tech that answers the phone is " it's still not in the system, they're very backed up with these C340's" so take a hint and don't waste your money on this one!!!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
DO NOT USE AA BATTERIES (jason wheeler — 09/20/2006)

I have never had a problem with this camera we bought it back in March and have used it several times, but you have to buy at least a lithium battery if not a re chargable battery for it. The MANUAL says if you USE regular batteries that the camera will shut OFF. I recommend buying the dock that goes with the camera that way you can print your own photos, and just recharge the camera on the dock when you are done. I have taken almost 100 pictures in one setting and never have had a battery problem. Definitely worth the price and is perfect for someone who does not know anything about using a digital camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible quality. Does not work. Kodak has terrible customer service with product. (Pete — 09/14/2006)

I purchased the Kodak C340 digital camera in March of 2006. A couple of months later I used the camera for the first time. After taking about 8-9 pictures the camera shut off as if the batteries were dead. These were the batteries supplied with the camera so it was not unexpected that they would have a short life. I put in some fully charged rechargeable batteries and the camera still would not function. Thinking the rechargeable batteries were dead I purchased brand new alkaline batteries to use. The camera still would not function. I tried using the batteries in other devices and they operated properly (in fact the batteries that came with the camera are still powering my TV remote six months later!) The camera was returned for repair under warranty. It was sent back to me a few days later untouched stating that they had cleaned the camera and they recommended using Kodak brand batteries. Furious, I called customer support and they instructed me to send the camera in for repairs a second time; which I did. It has now been about a month and the camera has still not been returned to me. Supposedly it was mailed to me a week ago but it has not arrived and Kodak cannot/will not provide me with any type of tracking number. I now have to file a claim against Kodak to either get my camera back or receive a refund. Do not buy this product. It is poorly manufactured and Kodak is incapable or unwilling to repair the defect. After some research I have found out that this is a common problem with this product and Kodak is doing nothing about it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Glad I'm not the only one (Machelle — 09/10/2006)

We bought this camera for Christmas pictures. I have hardly been able to take any pictures with it since we bought it. Ours won't turn on either, except on rare occasions. I've tried fresh batteries, different battery brands, nothing helps. I am finally giving up on it and buying a different brand.

  • 2.0 out of 5
sorry to hear of same problem, but glad it's not just me! (Catherine Weldon — 09/03/2006)

I found that when I *really* wanted to take a picture, the camera wouldn't work. I'd take out the battery, rub it on my shirt and if lucky, the camera would work. Buy electronics at Costco! I saved the box and all contents, so I'm taking it back for a new camera... better and cheaper! I didn't even have the receipt. Since I purchased with my Costco card, the purchase info is on the card and we're set!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor Mfg. Quality control (Don — 09/02/2006)

The camera was bought for my wife for simplicity because she is a point and shoot person. This camera, i noticed, does have a battery problem. Even when sitting on the print docking station it wouldn't turn on. It seemed that removing the battery (hard boot) reset the system. I do believe software is part of the problem. After awhile the video screen also no longer works. It lights up with a blank screen. Another design defect is the power switch being integrated with the function switch will turn the camera on if you put it in your pocket by rubbing against the cloth. The switch would rotate to the on position causing the lens to extend while in your pocket. Canon has a separate power switch.

Kodak's goal is to produce the cameras as cheap as possible thus many are shipped with flaws. Their QC is non-existant. One point to keep in mind (which i didn't pass on to my son who actually bought the camera) is that KODAK is not in the business of selling cameras. They sell film! I should have informed my son to purchase cameras from a camera manufacturer such as Canon. They make an excellent product plus their lenses are of a much higher quality.

I would send the camera back to Kodak for repairs but what I've seen they do not back their products plus the repair costs far exceed the costs of a new Canon. This is par for the course for US Mfgs. Service is the last thing they want to deal with.

I have chalked this up as a loss and will include this as such on my income tax.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible Camera (reka12 — 08/31/2006)

Power issues as well. Had the camera for four months. One day it would not turn on. Sent it in for repair and told it had corrosion and could not repair. This camera has never been wet and it is funny that it worked in the morning but not in the afternoon and was never taken outside that day. Is there a recall?

  • 5.0 out of 5
c340 joy! (robert head — 08/30/2006)

bleedin excellent, fast and functional and like everyone else says so simple to use, the macro (close up) mode is good also when you select lower then 5 million pixels per picture they come out great, i have not tried 2 or 1 million yet as this would be pointless as i upgraded from a very old cam

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not a reliable camera (Kemper Moody — 08/29/2006)

I bought my original camera and it was great. After 9 months, it stopped turning on and it didn't matter what batteries I used. It was under warranty and Kodak couldn't fix it, so they sent me a brand new camera. I had to pay for the shipping costs. I have had the new camera for about 9 months and the same thing is happening. The bad this is that the new camera doesn't have a different warranty. They use the original one year warranty. I will have to pay out-of-pocket to have it repaired, plus shipping! I'm definitely switching from Kodak to something else. This has been a huge disappointment. The company won't verify that this model has problems, but 2 cameras in less than 2 years, there is definitely a problem.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Simple, easy and perfect (Laura — 08/18/2006)

We purchased the camera during our honeymoon and it turned out to be exactly what we expected: easy to use.
We went to several places, safari included, and the photographs were great.
You can't complain about the batteries because you know you have to get the right ones and always have spare batteries already charged: you never know how many photographs you'll take.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Just bought this little unit (Andy — 08/13/2006)

G'day , name is Andy from Perth western australia . I noticed the camera advertised in the junk mail selling for $219 au came complete with a charging and pic/vid dock . I had a read at all the above reviews and thought I'll give it ago and if it didn't play the game I would take it back and get my $$$ refunded . My previous camera was another cheepy = Kodak CX7300 which is a good camera but the vid had no sound , Being a Kodak all the other accessories like the printing dock etc fit the C340 . I've had a chance to play around with pic's and vids and have yet to find any faults with the unit so to date I'm pretty happy with it , Once I explore the features a little more I'll post another review

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor battery life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It seems I have to change the batteries everytime I use it. Otherwise it would be a nice camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Both the supplied Battery and Tech Support are weak (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Beware! The KODAK CR-V3 battery that comes with the camera will only take just a few pictures, then the camera will die and won't turn on anymore. Tech Support had me send in the camera for repair, then after 2 weeks sent it back with 'nothing found!' Support further promised to send a *real* battery, not the pitiful one they send with the camera, but after 4 follow-up calls and 6 weeks, the battery still hasn't arrived (obviously, they just *said* they were sending a battery, they didn't mean it).

The software is difficult to work with, too.

If you buy the camera, beware that the KODAK battery that comes with it is junk.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Screen in reverse (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Brought Duracell batteries but found out that they didn't last long, only took about 5 pictures. The problem i'm having now is, although i've gotten the right batteries, my screen is reversed? Have any clues as to what's wrong?

  • 1.0 out of 5
I hate this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is the very 1st digital camera I have ever purchased...and I wish I would have coughed up the extra money to buy a good one. I have had to send it off 2x to the munufacturer for mechanical breakdown. They won't replace it until it has been sent off 4x. It takes forever to turn on, takes fuzzy, elongated pics and the lighting is very unreliable. Some pics turn out dark, some too bright with no rhyme or reason to it. I of course have had the battery trouble and the freezing up trouble. I just wish I could get a store credit from Best Buy and purchase a Canon. I haven't even had this thing for a year yet. I am so disappointed to have wasted my money on this camera and I just wish Best Buy would work with me. This performs like a very cheap camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
This camera is horrible, if only I could do it over again (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this camera the day after Thanksgiving. I had problems from the beginning so I exchanged it for a new one. The problems only continued. The battery lasts anywhere from zero pictures to 10 pictures. You never know. The light just blinks red and the camera shuts down. Only, once the batteries are replaced, it still doesnt work. I contacted Kodak and they offered to fix my camera or look at my camera on my dine. No thanks, I will just get a new camera (NOT KODAK) and chalk this up to a loss.

  • 2.0 out of 5
image brightness always seems to be very low (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When I transfer the image from camara to my PC ,the brightness is always very low.
This happens only to those pictures which are taken indoor.Even when picture is taken indoor in daytime then also the image is not bright.But the image preview on the camara shows enough brightened image.

What may be the problem?
Can any one tell me, is there any setting to be done ? etc:-

  • 5.0 out of 5
Listen up on batteries -- it's easy, but you have to use your head (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had a three-year old earlier version, w/3.2 MP, wanted a newer one, in order to pass the old one to my kids.

The old one ran fine for 40-60 pix on alkaline AAs. The new one ran erratically on AAs; sometimes 25 pix, sometimes 4-5. In all circumstances it seemed to 'sag' on the download to the computer (Mac w/Kodak easyshare [better for videos] and I-Photo from ILife 6 [better for anything and everything else]).

So, I'm on vacation, cred on the line, and it keeps puking out on AAs, though I've got a 24-pack of fresh, brand name bullets (Duracells).

I break down, and read the manual. Admit it: the camera is so easy to use that you've never read the manual, right? Well, there it is: "we don't support the use of alkaline batteries."

I was pissed, thinking "what, this is a computer operating system I'm hooking into rather than a point and shoot camera?" Then I read the Mah requirements, etc., etc., etc., did a little net research on battery drain — like 15 minutes of research at 9:30 PM, go to green batteries.com — and then got in the car to catch a Walgreen's open until 10. Bought an Energizer 15 minute charger rig for $30, which came with 4 2400 Mah NiMh batteries. Plugged it in, waited 20 minutes, pulled the batteries out, got 200 pix on the first set of batteries. The SKU # on the Energizer charger is CH15MNCP4. It is available at Walgreen's, CVS, Walmart, Sam's Club, etc.

Just for the sake of "beat a point to death", I bought some Kodak-branded 2500 Mah NiMh batteries, and tested them, same (great) result within the limit of my test conditions. Here were my test conditions: shooting over 120 pictures in the beach condo at midnight, picture after picture, different mode, pushing the button as quickly as possible (the camera doesn't have burst mode, but you can shoot every second or two).

You put the right batteries in this and the camera is stellar.

In fairness to Kodak, if you buy the recommended camera/dock package you get a battery that recharges in the dock in a manner that will let you use the camera as often as you're likely to use it w/no battery problems. But I'd rather go the "slightly smarter and much cheaper" route of charging 2500 Mah NiMh in a quick charger with smart charging circuitry. These NiMh batteries are good for 800-1500 cycles, and you're not going to get more than 300 cycles on a set before you sell/lose/drop your current camera.

So why don't the AAs work so good in this camera? Contrary to the churlish postings on this site, it's not a "design" problem. This camera is doing so many things that drain power that unless you completely disable its normal functions it cannot possibly survive for more than 4-25 cycles on standard alkaline. But why would you buy a Mercedes, a Lexus, or even a Toyota and then not use all the features because it required more fuel or battery? You can get 50-75 pix on alky AAs if you don't use the monitor, and just keep it on "auto", and never use the review or play function. If that's what you want, buy a film-based disposable and use one-hour processing.

You want more, you need more juice. Get a 15 minute charger and enjoy the pix.

The image quality on the Kodak is first rate for the price and megapixel rating (I'll skip how I know this to be true, you should simply assume that I know what I'm talking about when I speak of this; if anyone on this thread has done astrophotog in the early 90's and know about binning and other CCD phenomena and disagree with me on this, send me a post, and I'll tell you/show you why you're wrong). The Kodak image quality is limited only by the lens, not the CCD parameters, and the software that comes in the box is 95% of what you'd get with Photoshop, etc.

It's a great camera. Buy it. Then drive to a drug store, spend 30 bucks, and give it the right batteries. Nuff said. Photo freaks and electronic geeks that disagree, stand up and make your arguments, 'cause you're dead wrong!

  • 1.0 out of 5
I thought it was the battery too, but it must be a design problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

when the problem showed up a month ago, I thought it was the battery too. but after changing several fresh sets of battery, and it would only turn on with a flashing red light and turn itself off. I took the batteries out and left it out for overnight, put the original batteries back and it seemed normal. but that trick only worked for a few days and the problem started all over again, getting worse over time. now I consider myself lucky if it would turn on once in 20 attempts. less than 5% success rate is definitely not worth it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Pictures Great but batt life short (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Took on vacation took 2 pictures it shut down
with the lens still out.
Tried new batteries & it will not start up!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Batteries last heaps (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera a month ago and already had the energiser 2500 AA batteries.

I have not changed or recharged the batteries in this time. The quality of the pictures is great. Does not take very long to turn on and shoot with a 250mb SSD card. And its cheap!

  • 5.0 out of 5
What battery problems? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had just ordered my camera from Dell and hadn't received it yet when I thought I would look up some reviews for it. I came across the reviews on this page and from what I was reading about the battery problems I thought I had made a big mistake. When it arrived I immediately read the battery information and it was clearly stated that the batteries that came with the camera were just starter batteries. They provided a chart showing the different batteries you could use and how long they would last with ni-mh re-chargable being the best. I purchased 4 batteries with a charger and can get a lot of pictures with one charge(over 120 so far and still going strong). I guess some people aren't into reading. Excellent camera!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Battery problems maybe solved with firmware update (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I did encounter the same battery issues as described by others (just a few pictures with fully charged 2500 mA rechargeables). I now updated the firmware to version 1.02 (http://www.kodak.com/go/c340downloads) and I have the impression that the "battery low" sign comes as early as before, but that I can go on taking pictures for a much longer time (more than 50 pictures at battery low state). If that impression lasts, I'd be a very happy owner of this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great everything (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

great pictures, zoom, and video! Ofcourse, I havent learned how to turn up the sound on the video, but its great

  • 4.0 out of 5
KODAK C340 GREAT CAMERA! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Not only is KODAK a name you can trust but the quality is exceptional for the price! The camera takes crisp and colorful pictures. The issue with people giving bad reviews due to poor battery life is so implistic. 'Poor battery life' is standard with ANY digital camera you buy that comes with batteries, period. Simple and easy to just remember to ALWAYS purchase re-chargeable batteries with a quick charger at time of camera purchase. This is true nomatter what brand of camera you are going to buy. Problem solved! Great camera for a decent price. I'm having fun with it! :-)

  • 1.0 out of 5
Awful Camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is the second Easy share camera in a year. The first one just quit working and the optical zoom just stayed in the "out" position. I sent it to kodak for warranty repair and they said that it had a slight scratch on it therefore they had to assume it had dropped and wouldn't warranty it. They would charge me $185.00 to repair it. $85.00 to return it, so I told them to just keep it! Stupid me bought this C340 next and after three months the same exact thing has happened to it. The zoom is stuck out and the camera will come on for about 2 seconds then the red light comes on and it shuts down. Please DON'T PURCHASE ANY EASY SHARE CAMERAS THEY ARE RIP OFFS AND THE WARRANTY IS UN-USABLE.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Kodak C340 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A followup to my battery woes!! After using the Energizer 15-minute rapid charger with my Energizer 2500mAH rechargeables, the camera took over a hundred pictures over a few days, movies, everything! I am very pleased now!! I will be returning the 15hr timed-charger to them in Walkerton for inspection, along with a letter.

They sent me 3x $4.00 coupons and an RMA code for the old charger.

Overall very happy now with C340.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery problems alone are enough to make me puke!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As a new parent as of last year, we all know how many moments must be captured faster and more reliably than ever.

Before our daughters birth, we had a simple point-shoot Kodak CX6200. We started with Energizer 1700maH rechargeables and a 12-hr timed charger. We had no issues whatsoever with quality of photos and use of the CX6200.

We sold the CX6200 to a friend in order to purchase a new C340 Zoom Camera. This is where our problem began.

After noticing the batteries 1700maH batteries depleting quickly with the C340, I purchased two sets of Energizer 2500maH rechargeables. After charging them with the same 12-hr timed charger, they would not hold a charge even when the camera was off and not in use for 2 days.

I tested the batteries, they were still strong enough to power a small flashlight. I called Energizer to inquire re: 12-hr timed charger. They told me they would send coupons to replace the batteries and an RMA slip to return the charger to them for inspection. Neither have shown up yet. (its been over 2 weeks)

I charged the batteries again, this time leaving them on the shelf for the same amount of time (2 days)

Putting them in the camera, nothing but a flashing red light. I'm convinced the 2500maH are not getting enough of a charge from the 12-hr charger.

I'm going to try an Energizer 15-min charger and 30-min charger to see if they charge the batteries any better. I will post a followup.

Overall, I love the new camera, battery-issues aside.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Battery (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have bought this camera on Thanksgiving, waited in the line on Bestbuy to buy for cheaper... Well of course I got it for lot cheaper. The camera came with original batteries in it and it lasted for 3.5 months...I got Duracell and used it for only and only 5 pictures then I saw the RED light... Afterwarsds I bought another Duracell, thought something wrong with those batteries, but again same problem. It is so annoying! It is a nice camera but when it creates problems, I hate it! I just get mad that I waited in the line for this camera... I mean ofcourse there is a way like you guys mentioned, buying CVR3 battery, but it is really expensive... Oh well! I never advice Kodak to anyone...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Can't go wrong with the price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

What's with all the bad reviews about this? People say other people give you good testimonials on what not to buy, but I must say you're all wrong!!! I bought 2700 mah batteries (rechargeable) with a charger off ebay for �12. How worth it is this. The camera is brilliant, takes awesome pictures and I purposely wanted the batteries to die. I turned it on and off at least 90 times because I heard that kills the battery, took 140 pictures with flash, still no signs of battery becoming dead. Buy 2700 MAH batteries, nothing less, 2700 is the highest for rechargeables. My first camera, LOVE IT!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
batteries (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Okay I had the same battery problems everyone else had, so I called Kodak and asked them which ones t buy. so I buy the Kodak Rechareable battery and it still doesn't work, It won't turn on. I am going to buy a new camera. One that doesn't have to have the strangest batteries.

  • 1.0 out of 5
very unhappy about this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got a C340(second Kodak camera in 3 years, first one was a CX4230, same low life on battery on that one as well) to my son for a b-day present 5 months ago and he's been able to take only a few pictures. Battery life is very short, we figured out if we keep replacing the batteries at the present rate, we can buy a much better camera in only one month. Which is EXACTLY what I'm planning to do, no more Kodak for this family! Highly unsatifsied, too bad I didn't read all these reviews before, hopefully the Kodak people will read here and make a few changes.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good pictures but make sure you have lots of spare charged batteries (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My son bought me a Kodak C340 camera for Christmas. I only took 5 pictures and a few seconds of video then it stopped working, just on the day when you want to use it the most. I thought it was the internal memory so I bought a memory card and took the camera to my niece's Christening. The camera would not work at all, I switched it on and just got a red light, the lens did not come out. Got no pictures of my niece being Christened. Then we had a family birthday coming up so I took the camera to the Kodak shop and said that it was not working properly. I did not have a receipt so they said it would cost around �90 to repair. The assistant tried various batteries that he had in his drawer but none of them worked even though he tried them in the battery tester and they all showed a good charge. I bought myself a battery charger and fully charged some batteries, it was hit and miss which batteries worked but managed to find some that worked. You have to be prepared to remove the batteries after use and put fresh ones in especially if you've used the video or done a lot of reviewing. (Glad I didn't pay the �90 repair cost). I got my family pictures at last and they were good quality but I am very disappointed that you need to try lots of different batteries until you find the ones that will work the thing. The best thing to do if you are out and about with your camera is to take plenty of fully charged batteries (ones that you have actually tried in the camera first because fully charged does not mean they will work in this camera! even if they are the same make and all came in the same pack). Good camera, easy to use, shame about the battery life. You would think that Kodak would have tested these things first! Or even provide free batteries for dissatisfied customers.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Unusable software (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Two days in and I cannot comment on picture quality as I haven't managed to get the software to work yet. It was installed to the letter of the manual and refuses to load pictures from the camera to my computer. It does however managed to crash or freeze it every time I try to use it. Even loading the latest software from Kodak's site didn't coax it into doing anything.
And now my batteries are flat. I give up. Only ray of hope was XP recognized the camera without the software just before the batteries died. I will give it one more try with XP and not Kodak software when I find some recommended batteries.
Otherwise this is going to be a very expensive bin filler.

  • 3.0 out of 5
batteries problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i am in big problem because every time i change the batteries and get new one which is very expensive and wasting of time.because the betteries goes down. is there any solution.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Battery issue solved! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great little camera, but this camera kills batteries like nothing else. I had 1800 mAh Ni-mh AA batteries from my Olympus, put them in the C-340 and got anywhere from 0-7 pictures before the camera died. Any rechargables just won't work. My old batteries were the 1850 mAh and I read a review that you need 2500 mAh batteries for the camera to work. Not much difference between 1850 mAh and 2500 mAh I thought, so I was very skeptical. I hated the camera so much at this point, I figured the 2500 mAh batteries were worth the try before I launched this thing into a wall. I found 4 Kodak brand (nice touch) Ni-mh AA batteries at Wal-mart for only $7.44 in the camera section. I charged them over night and put them in service. WOW! What a difference! 232 pictures on one charge and still not dead! Don't waste your time with sub-rated batteries....get the 2500 mAh's and you too will be happy! ....JohnnyT

  • 1.0 out of 5
poor batteries for CD33 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recieved the Kodak CD33 as a 2005 christmas gift and the batteries only lasted for 9 pictures. I put brand new AA bateries and those only lasted for 4 photos. I am very unhappy with this camera and it's too late to take it back to walmart, as walmart's policy will only refund up to 30 days. Now I out $140.00.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Second one in 1 wk (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought a C340 less than a week ago. The first one broke down after 3 days, and as everyone mentioned the battery is a big issue. The first one just froze and failed to retract optical zoom. Thereafter it just would turn on for a few seconds and then shut down. Replacing with fresh lithium ion batteries and re - chargeable NiMh still to no avail. Had the first one replaced, and have rechargable battery packs provided by Kodak. The battery still runs out very prematurely, and this one makes funny noises when the optical zoom is moving. Sounds like there is something rattling inside as well. The first one was brand new from the box. The second was a display model in which they gave me a 3 yr warranty on. This is the only reason I got this camera after the initial one broke.

My advice, spend a little more money for a Japanese camera. You will end up replacing this one with a better camera anyway, you might as well save yourself the aggrivation.

  • 5.0 out of 5
But it is all right (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought my camara (C340)only one week ago and was shocked at the rate the battery's flattend down. Also i read all of these reviews here and was ready to return my camara to the dealer.
However I decided to try the battery's recommended by the manufacturer.
Unfortunately i was not able to buy them here in the small town where I live. No Kodaks battery nowhere!!
But then one of the shopkeepers offered me a deal.
He said that the brand did not really matter,but the size of the battery does.
He recommended me the Energizer 2500 and if that did not work to bring them back and he would return my money.
Now i took about 160 pictures with it and I am quite satisfied.

  • 1.0 out of 5
turns on when it's in the mood (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Got the camera for Christmas '05 and it worked fine for 1 month. I figured it was just in need of fresh batteries. Bought the suggested Kodak Ni-MH Rapid Battery Charger and the camera only turns on intermittently. I tried the original batteries and the same thing happened. It turns on when it feels like it. Called Kodak and they keep asking me if I dropped it. They make it very difficult to return for repair - you even have to pay $35.00 to get it returned to you if they say it isn't a manufacturer defect and they need to charge you for the fix.

  • 3.0 out of 5
this camera is okay (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

IT takes awesome pics and all, but i hate to say it but the battery life is poor i have had it for not even a full day and i have gone through 4 double AA batteries already.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Yes Sir, I LIKE it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just bought the camera a couple days ago, and so far I am pretty pleased. The enclosed el-cheapo batteries lasted an entire day of playing around with it and taking lots of pics and vids before dying. I put in Duracells that are now on their second day - WAY better than my old 250k digicam.
The only complaint I have is that the LCD screen doesn't offer enough contrast in the daylight.
Over all, pretty pleased.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Belongs in the landfill (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got this camera as a gift 5 months ago. About 5 weeks and 50 pictures later, the orientation sensor stopped working. I sent it to Kodak for warranty repairs, and I got it back after three weeks with a note from saying NOTHING WAS WRONG! Now about 5 months and 200 pictures later, it started freezing up. I followed their online instructions for fixing it, and it worked. Then a few days later it froze up permanently. The C340 is a rotten camera even for entry-level. Now I have to send it back again. To me, this shows how bad both Kodak quality and customer service have become.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not the photo quality I prefer. Uses up batteries fast!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The photo quality is not crisp - especially indoors. It has that "aura" around the photos that I see often in digital cameras, and dislike. The batteries went out in 17 photos! I am disappointed in it. The price has dropped tremendously since Thanksgiving. Sign of poor sales for a reason?

  • 1.0 out of 5
Power system (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was given the camera for Christmas. It worked fine until one week ago and everything went out.
Kodak suggests I have a professional look at it.

I am looking into buying another brand. My first camera was a Kodak. Too bad their company has gone down the tubes

  • 3.0 out of 5
just one problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

ok well i got this camera for Christmas and i was do excited to use it. The batteries were a problem at first cuz they only lasted for about 5 pictures and then were dead but regargable batteries are great, highly advised you buy them. The really bad thing though is that one day i went to turn my camera on for some really fun pictures of my basketball team but it woulnt come on!! what a bummer right.. well i tried changing the batteries and everything and it wouldnt work, after a few more tries it finally came on but then shut right back off and the lens was still out , it didnt retract or anything. by this point i was getting very aggitated.The other problem i had was that it kept saying that my SD card wouldnt work and i just opened 2 new ones and tried them so i dont know what is wrong with it, i am defidently calling Kodak about this one...

  • 1.0 out of 5
Power supply port and battery sucks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I guess i have to start reviewing purchases before i buy..i now know the battery dont last so i tried the power supply port that sucks to it doesnt even turn the camera on at the recommened 3volts im gonna return this junk and as for Kodak i hope your stocks keep falling for putting out this junk

  • 2.0 out of 5
Takes Good Pictures but big battery problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had a very big problem with the batteries. When I purchased the camera they suggested I purchase re chargable batteries. Which I did. But like others peoples complaints, a few pictures and camera would shut off or wouldn't work at all with all kind of bateries. I always carried fresh batties with me. After about 1 1\2 years of being very patient another problem started. I take a picture, everything works like it should but, no picture. That is how my camera works as of today. I am looking to purchase a new camera but so gun shy, just don't know what kind to buy.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't Buy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Don't waste your money on this camera. The battery life is awful. The camera will take about 5 pictures tops before the red light flashes and the camera turns off. I recieved the camera as a christmas gift to take on my honeymoon and it didn't last more then the first day of our trip. What a waste!

  • 4.0 out of 5
takes great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i love my camera but i do agree with someone else's comment about the batteries. they don't seem to last to long in the camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
USE CRV3 Batteries -- You will have no battery problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I came across these reviews of the Kodak C340 the very night I bought the camera. Based on these reviews, I almost returned my camera without even trying it. Then I read the camera documentation and realized that everybody here is using the wrong type of batteries. The documentation clearly states that the preferred battery type is a CRV3. I bought a rechargeable CRV3 battery and had no problems whatsoever with the battery or charging. The camera is very easy to use and takes quality pictures. Transferring pictures from the camera to your computer is a breeze. I did have two small problems with the camera. Problem #1: When I transferred photo files from the Kodak program to my website program, the photos lost definition. The Photos were crystal clear in the Kodak program, but deteriorated in quality when I transferred them to my website program. In all fairness, I am not sure if this was a problem with the Kodak software or simply a compatibility issue. Problem #2: About 10% of the photos were a bit dark. I therefore returned the camera and bought a more expensive Sony. I still have a few dark pictures with the Sony, but not as many and my photos don't lose definition when I transfer them to my website program. All in all I think that the Kodak C340 a good camera for general use. It is the perfect camera for beginners who simply wish to take and print pictures. The only real issue I had is that picture quality deteriorated after I transferred files from the Kodak program to my website program. Had I not experienced this narrow problem, I would have definitely kept the camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery problems not worth it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought 2 of these as gifts for my daughters who are 12 and 13. Worked fine and then started freezing up. Won't turn on or turns on but won't stay on as if needs batteries. I keep replacing the batteries with different recommended batteries but nothing works. I can send the cameras off to have them repaired. What a crappy gift. VERY disappointed

  • 1.0 out of 5
Please...Do not buy this camera. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the C340 from Circuit City last August (05). I guess the prime reason for the purchase was the price...and I must say also...I thought maybe a little bit of "America First" had something to do with my decision...knowing full well that the camera was made in China, designed in Japan, etc.... Anyway...buying the camera was a big mistake. I have the same problem that dozens of other people have with this camera...batteries. I have bought 8 different kinds/types of AA batteries for this camera. Some have lasted 5 pictures...some have lasted for 30-40 pictures. I've even started turning off the LCD and that didn't save batteries either. Poor design, poor battery life, poor camera. Don't throw money away on a Kodak. My daughters and their friends have Canons, Nikons, etc... they love their cameras and have no problems. I've had the C340 for 6 months and can't even take pictures with it. Another problem I've had with mine, not mentioned in other reviews, is the mode selector. It doesn't really "lock in" to a selected position like it should. It is very easily moved during use and/or taking it out of a case or pocket. Just another design flaw that is bothersome. What a dumb purchase. Ron Lehr

  • 3.0 out of 5
Turning off by itself (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera not too long ago. It takes quite good pictures, but recently I used the "record a video" feature and everytime I try to turn the camera on now the red light starts flashing and automatically turns off.
Does anyone know what causes this? Or how to get rid of it?
Overall, its not that bad.

  • 4.0 out of 5
2500 Ni-MH batteries seem to be the key (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got mine for Christmas and immediately noticed the issue with batteries as many other have. My husband went out the next day and bought 2 different types of re chargable batteries and within days neither set would hold up. Even with the camera turned off the whole time and not one picture taken. After reading some of the reviews and noticed in particular a review regarding the 2500 Ni-MH batteries. I went and bought Energizer 2500 Ni-MH re chargables and so far 4 days and many pictures and charge is still holding. At least for my camera the key seems to be the better batteries. Now I love the camera. Hope this helps someone else thinking about this one.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Pictures - Bad Movie Mode (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recently bought the C340 a week ago, and it seems to be working fine. At 5 megapixels, the pictures are amazing.

The only problem is the movie mode. The fact that the zoom in movie mode is not available is a big disappointment, although the quality and the sound is good.

However, the battery life is a question mark. A few years ago I bought the CX4200 (terrible camera) and it came with a 1600 MaH re chargable battery pack. When i tried it on my C340, it wouldn't even turn on, and I charged it the night before. But, the batteries that the C340 came with (oxy alkalines) work fine. Is this the camera's problem, or is it because my battery pack is too old?

Overall, the C340 is a great camera at an excellent price, and I will definitely reccommend it to my friends.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Takes great pictures but Software did not have the driver I needed to transfer pictures to my computer.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Poor Contrast/Brightness??? Anyone else? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recently bought the C340 camera and was expecting a bit more than what i got. Basically everything seems to be generally fine except for two things.

1) As others have noted the camera is very picky about the batteries that you use. Funnily enough i bought a pack of four Kodak batteries which would not even turn the camera on!!! Putting them into a gameboy they work without any problems (perhaps even producing the brightest LED ever :o ).
2) The image brighness always seems to be very low, ie. producing dark pictures. This is even under normal in-door daytime household use. This is the second Kodak camera that i purchased that produces the same dark images. Is ANYONE else getting the same??? I'd like to know before my return period runs out.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Incredible Outdoor Pictures - Awful Battery Problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera to replace the older model that my niece broke - the last was a Kodak which worked great and I wanted to be able to use the same accessories (docking station, and software, etc.) so I purchased this one. We have tried several rechargable batteries and can't find any that work - the camera takes 6-7 pics at most before turning off. It's frustrating! But we get the most beautiful outdoor pictures from the camera so I want to hang onto it and it's easy to use. Hopefully we'll get this charging situation fixed so that we can keep it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Battery Problem and general usage (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Buyers have been complaining about battery problems. When I bought this camera, the shop owner explained to me that users were having problems with standard AA batteries moving within the camera and occasionally breaking electrical contact. This would result in the camera freezing etc. He advised me to use a lithium CR-V3 battery and this has been successful. The battery works very well. I am grateful to the shop owner for his honest advice. This is obviously a design fault with the camera as the battery compartment is slightly too large to hold the AA batteries securely. This problem does not happen with other cameras.

General usage is fine. Afterall, it is just a point & shoot camera (I bought this camera for my teenage daughter, whereas I use more sophisticated cameras) so users should lower their expectations compared to the best cameras - but the best cameras also cost a lot more. However, from my initial look at the camera, it provides good images and certainly sufficient for the intended user (until she gets more knowledgeable etc).

Movie mode is below par compared to some other cameras, but after all its main role is as a still camera.

I do have a complaint and it is a serious one. When first powering up the camera or when switching to review mode, the camera can take a long time to become ready. It seems the camera is reading the entire SD card each time before it becomes possible for the user to act. If I have no SD card in the camera at all, then the camera starts up quickly etc because it reading just 14MB or so of internal memory. I used a 1GB SD card and the delay is annoyingly very long. Which means the camera is definitely not point and shoot when first switching on the camera. Other digital cameras do not do this - it seems the software inside the Kodak is not intelligent and does not enable a means of knowing how much of a memory card has been used etc with fast indexing of data within the card. If anyone knows of a way around this long start up delay - please let us know.

If my understanding of the camera above is correct, then this long delay with larger memory cards makes the camera almost useless for the intended market of P&S users. Either use small memory cards (perhaps max 256MB) or do not buy the camera.

I have not used Kodak cameras before now. Previously Nikon, Canon and Konica Minolta which have all been excellent allowing for technical developments over the last few years which has been rapid. With a big name like Kodak and its long history in photography, I thought it would know how to design cameras well enough at least at the basic level. But the comments above show two design faults which are unacceptable given the number of competent camera manufactures out in the market place. A disappointment.

Overall review - hard to say?? Design flaws are bad. The rest of the camera is compact, easy to use and fine for the price point and intended user.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Takes pretty good pictures, small and compact (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Takes pretty good pictures, small and compact

  • 1.0 out of 5
This has been going on for years (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Wow - the EasyShare I bought 4 years ago did the same thing!

Looks like they haven't fixed the problem!

I spent days on the phone with Kodak's technical support people. They insisted that I was the only person who ever reported this problem, and it must be something that I was doing wrong.

With a brand new set of re chargable NiMh batteries, the red light comes on and blinks as if the camera is running on uncharged batteries.

I tried 5 different brands of re chargable batteries. To this day, I still have to carry about 5 sets of recharged batteries with me to find a pair that will work in the camera.

Then my Dad bought the same camera and he had the same problem, so I called Kodak's line again. I told them I had two cameras with exactly the same problem. I offered to send one of the cameras back to their Failure Analysis department so they could see for themselves.

The technical support person said they did not have a Failure Analysis department, and insisted that it was something I was doing.

If you already have purchased one of these cameras, I found that the following NiMh batteries work a little better: Kodak, Panasonic. Also, if you buy 10 batteries, you can usually find two that work better than others. I label these with tape and set them aside for use in the digital camera.

-Ken

  • 5.0 out of 5
DX7440- Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

easy to use, takes great pictures, we love this camera...have never had a battery problem...my wife took it to florida for a week and took hundreds of pictures and forgot the charger. i met up with her and her friends and had to bring the charger to see the pictures but it worked for her till the 7th day. i paid 299 back then and now i have seen it for 199 a few months back. this will be a present for my daughter this year if they are still around.it came with charger, and hook up to connect to tv which is GREAT to look at pictures. Love It!

  • 1.0 out of 5
General On & Off New batteries won't even work (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm lucky if I can take 2 pictures without the red light flashing and the camera just turning off by itself, and just now I zoomed in,the lens came out like it should, I took a picture and then the camera shut off by itself and now the zoom is still out and the camera will not come back on. Never buy a Kodak maybe just the Kodak Photo Paper!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Maybe NOT --- Poor Design - poor battery operation (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Would you please remove the review that I wrote last week that starts off: "Poor Design - poor battery operation" I still don't know why the two Kodak cameras that I have did not behave better on regular batteries, but I recently purchased a brand new Ni-MH battery charger, and new 2500 milliamphour Ni-MH batteries as one final test to see if the Kodak cameras I purchased would work for more than just a few pictures. With these brand new batteries (which show voltages no higher than my old ones), the cameras both have been working for days with no problem. I have taken hundreds of pictures, many with flash, as well as many minutes of movies, and the same batteries (on the same original charge) and the cameras have not given me one indicator of "low battery". I would like you to pull that earlier review or at least edit it, since I am finally very happy with both the C340, and the CD33.

  • 1.0 out of 5
It won't even turn on (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

What a waste of money. I bought a Kodak C340 for a trip to Italy. It worked sometimes and wouldn't turn on at others. Missed alot of great pictures as a result. I changed to batteries 3 times, that didn't work. I'm returning it as soon as I get back home and will never buy a Kodak camera again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor Design - poor battery operation (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Something is terribly wrong with the design/manufacture of this series of Kodak cameras. I recently purchase two Kodak digital cameras for my kids, a C340, and a CD33. They are almost identical (same form factor, size, features etc), except one is 5 megpixel, and the CD33 is only 3 megpixels.
Neither camera will turn on with fully charged NiMH batteries any longer. The first time, I got about 8 pictures from the CD33, and two pictures from the C330. Now, after recharging those batteries, neither camera will even turn on. The batteries show 1.36 volts with no load, and about 1.31 volts all day in a regular flashlight. The batteries that came with the camera lasted for about 80 pictures, and even though they still show 1.56 volts under no load, the camera will not turn on. (These batteries also still work great in a flashlight.... they are nowhere near dead.) I suspect that some voltage-checking electronics in the camera is not working correctly, and turning the camera off even though there is still plenty of energy left. This also happened to another digital Kodak camera I owned for about 4 years. It finally would not even turn on with a power supply feeding power to it.
Three cameras...three strikes. They're out. I'm going to try Canon next. The problem is, I really like the user interface, ease of use, and color rendition with the Kodak cameras. What a shame.

  • 2.0 out of 5
it would be nice if.... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It seems easy enough I bought it because I was told it was easy - it has been but most of the time it is unreliable. All of the sudden it stops working. New batteries, which have to be replaced often, seem to struggle getting it working. I am frustrated because it is one of those things I bought without asking my husbands opinion. Believe me I have gotten his opinion now.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Kodak quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I come from a long way back with an SLR, almost when they were invented. Today I own a Kodak 6490 and a 7950, both good instruments. I have just obtained an E340.

My dream has always been to become like Henri Cartier-Bresson, wandering through life with a camera in his pocket, and taking pictures that today, are part of sought after exhibitions. I will carry the E340 in my pocket. You can do that, it’s so small. As for what I can do with it; it is only dependent on my abilities. Henri Cartier-Bresson worked with a lot less; but he created a masterpiece. The E340 will help me create my own.

  • 3.0 out of 5
don't expect anything decent in movie mode (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

good digital camera for the price, definitely do not buy it at all for the movie feature. it claims to have sound recording capabilities,but all u get is muffled static at best and u also cannot zoom in or out in movie mode, which is a disappointment

  • 4.0 out of 5
Easy to Use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I haven't had the C340 very long, but have found it very easy to use and it takes great pictures. It does have minimal storage at 16mb. A secure data card is needed if you want to take more than 6 or 7 pictures. My question is do I have to use the Kodak SD card or will a 3rd party card also work as well. I can save $40 by buying the 1GB SanDisk over the Kodak card.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Replacement Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this camera from Currys, for £119.00.It replaces an CX7330 Kodak Camera. The picture quality is o.k. It is a typical Kodak. Easy to use you don't need a manual, although 2 are included a paper one & one on c.d rom.Ease of use & good picture quality. Its got to be a winner. Dont forget your rechargeable batteries

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