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Kodak EasyShare C643
Kodak EasyShare C643

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Kodak EasyShare C643

Editor's Review

The Kodak EasyShare C643 is for people who want a camera that actually looks somewhat like a traditional camera If you're befuddled and bewildered by the increasingly miniscule designs for digital cameras, the C643 will give you something that, while still compact, feels substantial in your hands. The 6.1 megapixel camera is a perfect point-and-shoot for casual and novice users, and while it may not win you any style points, the C643 won't make it difficult to capture those crucial moments when you need it.

Specifications

  • 6.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 5x digital zoom
  • auto focus and exposure
  • ISO 80-400
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode w/sound
  • 1-NiMH or 2 AA batteries
  • 2.4 inch LCD
  • SD/MMC card storage (32MB internal)
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Kodak EasyShare C643 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare C643 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great little camera (cybergrammy — 01/01/2010)

This simple, reasonably small camera has been sufficient for all our needs and is really easy to operate - not a complicated relearning process if you don't use it often. It's been pretty sturdy, too. It gets to go with us through the Panama Canal next week, and it's going to ride a zip line with me in Guatemala - zoom, zoom, zoom!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor quality (Jenson Li — 09/22/2009)

I purchased 2 camera, both has same problem: it works for about 20 pictures, then it show error "111,000" and turn off.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't waste your money (Mounia — 07/07/2009)

I have not had as many problems with this camera as some other people. It has lasted me a while, about 3 years I think. But really what's the point when 75% of my pictures SUCK! It takes good pictures when your outside (not great, but good) Indoors it's all crap. Don't waste your money!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Kodak C643 (Wanda Henson — 05/11/2009)

This camera would be near perfect except for the lens problem. It doesn't open except manually, which I am sure, cannot be good for the lens. Tapping on the mouse pad is useless. Love the simplicity of operation and am well pleased with the quality of the pictures. Would love to know how to fix the lens cover.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Average Digital Camera (Mr. C — 01/09/2009)

We purchased the Kodak C643 digital camera in early 2006 at a Office Depot. We purchased a 512MB SD card and NIMH rechargeable batteries with it. Photo quality is only "okay." Being an inexpensive camera, Kodak didn't put a high quality lens in this camera. It's certainly better than a "no-name" or chinese knockoff camera but, it's nothing like you'd see on a Nikon, Sony, Canon, etc. Indoor pictures can get very grainy if you don't use the flash in low light or are out of the flash range. When that happens, they are unacceptable, even for a 4x6 print. The camera is made entirely out of lightweight plastic, so build quality is not great. This camera died in mid-2008 because the shutter button broke (small peg inside broke off). We purchased a Nikon S550 to replace it and it's a far better camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Please don't buy this camera. (Kariann — 10/15/2008)

So many people have complained about the Kodak EasyShare cameras. The most common problem is the lens won't open; lens won't close; and error messages appear. After the warrity expires, repair of this camera costs more than purchasing a new one!

Do try to bang the end of the camera on your mouse pad. For some, the lens problem will be corrected.

The Kodak Easy Share photo album is good and easy to operate. However, the camera itself is not good.

  • 3.0 out of 5
It was good until now. (Kariann — 06/11/2008)

The camera takes excellent photos outside. There is a problem taking photos in an arena, church, school gym, etc. It is easy to use. Now my lens won't open and I will not spend $90 to repair it. I am discouraged as we have a new baby in the family.

  • 3.0 out of 5
does the job (vince Harrod — 09/18/2007)

I bought this camera for it's compactness to take with me on bike rallies. It does the job very nicely and the print quality is ok for a cheaper model camera. I wanted a camera that I wasn't too worried about. it has held up very nicely and does receive quite a bit of abuse. I have recently got a few lens errors, probably due to dirt in the lens so I would recommend getting a carry case for it to protect it a bit ( I just use my pocket).
I'm looking at getting a dslr for more professional photos, but this will be my rally camera till it dies. My verdict is Cheap and cheerful

  • 3.0 out of 5
Okay, but not great. (Threnners — 09/10/2007)

Within 6 months I had to return the camera to Kodak because the battery door cracked and fell apart (unit was not dropped, either) and every picture it took was blurry. They replaced the door and recalibrated the lens and since then I haven't had any problems with it, other than it not wanting to recognize a new CRV3 battery until I pushed it in all the way and made contact (but I think this was a problem with the battery itself.) It's been way more hassle than it's been worth.

  • 1.0 out of 5
owner (Erin Murphy — 07/17/2007)

Almost exactly a year after i recieved this camera, the screen broke for no apparent reason! It was even in a hard case! Kodak is so not worth the cheaper price!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Small Digital Camera (Glenda C Davis — 07/16/2007)

I love my Kodak Model c643. It is small, takes wonderful pictures, and is user friendly even without the manual. Recommend using rechargable batteries, it does eat up regular batteries quickly due to seeing your photo images before taking your pic. Would purchase another one if needed a camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
one shame (Arianna — 07/01/2007)

Kodak c643, LCD is broken and it has not endured no blow, the vendor has said to me that he could not pass in various guarantee but they are informed to me and this is not true and after to have print forum from this situated one I have had the test that is a machine defect and is passatoin guarantee.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Nick — 06/16/2007)

I really like it. It takes good photos and Ive never had a problem with it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
luv it (Diana Cippiciani — 06/14/2007)

i loved it no problems at all very user friendly

  • 3.0 out of 5
Kodak Easyshare c643 (steve — 06/09/2007)

The only problem I have is the lens not working properly and it will give you a lens error, I just tap on the bottom and cut it on an off over and over till it starts working. Other than that it takes great pictures.

  • 1.0 out of 5
I give up (AMT — 05/09/2007)

FOCUS. If this camera focused it would be perfect. I find I have to delete over 75% of the pictures I take and I really don't have time for it. I got it to replace my lost Kodak DX4530, which I loved.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I LOVE THIS CAMERA (Tamra Bickerstaff — 05/02/2007)

I Take digital photos for pleasure and have had several people when I get my pictures developed ask me what type of camera I have.
I take lots of floral arrangement pictures and I love this thing.
It helps if you read the manual for your camera. There is a lot of tings I learned just by reading the manual. For the money this was the best camera I could get. It is so good that I am wantinf to get one with more mega pixels so that I can get more detail. We get what we pay for. This is a great start. And I want to go into more of a professional photography.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible Is An Understatement!! (Kimala — 05/01/2007)

Screen crack just by pushing the (OK) button, costest just as much to buy a new one as to replace this one that I ONLY had 1 MONTH!!!

I will NOT but Kodak again, Sony might cost alittle more but well WORTH it!

Should their by a RECALL on these cameras????
Sounds like a scam going on here........

Signed, Very Issed!

  • 2.0 out of 5
still doesent work (sjeikit — 04/10/2007)

Mine has lens error 12 and 22.. its just turns on and off, and does not take pictures or nothing.. I tried banging in my palm an everything:s still doesent seem to work

  • 5.0 out of 5
great and greatest (xerOx kuizOn — 03/03/2007)

the kodak C643 i got works great. i had it from my birthday last yr. all settings are simple and easy to use. some here in this review criticize this cam badly where in fact it's their own damages. having an lcd crack should be a matter of customer induced damaged. if not maybe you'd placed your cam unto a place hotter than sahara or colder than alaska. place it in a cool dry place as the manual dictated. you all say you had just placed it in your bag or pocket. a pocket or a purse is not a good place for a digital camera.

THINK! ALL YOU FOOLS.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Kodak easyshare Z730 (Juliet Farmer — 02/13/2007)

This camera is the worst digital camera I have ever owned. It is chunky, the software has ruined my computer and is pretty useless and far too complicated to use for thie basic things it does, it also malfunctions as a camera, I don't recommend buying it

  • 1.0 out of 5
INTERMITENT OPERATION-CRACKED LCD SCREEN- PILE OF *@%$ (Joe — 02/11/2007)

Bought this for gf for xmas. Have had problems with not turning on from day 2, just today, took out of inner coat pocket to use, pressed on left scan arrow, screen cracks, taking back to Best Buy to return, dont want another one! Will update on BB's intentions. I have ready many articles about broken LCD's Pile of @$%^

  • 5.0 out of 5
Kodak EasyShare C643 Camera (DK Faulkner — 02/07/2007)

Purchased for my father to use (along with the G600 photo printer—which is a horrible product). The camera is very easy to use. Pics are great. Clear. Would suggest this camera for anyone who is hesitant about high-tech cameras. Very good intro to technology.

  • 1.0 out of 5
3 LCD screens later.... (Brian — 01/25/2007)

I originally had the camera about a week before the screen turned out to be broken. Returned the camera to place of purchase for a new one with little hassle. I felt it was possible that I had broken this, so I bought a super-extra protective case, and even added more foam protection.
No luck. The LCD screen broke again. I sent it in to be repaired under warranty. No biggee.. costs $10 to ship, and I received a basicallly new camera. 2 months later the LCD is broken again. Broken while in its comfy little shell. If you push too hard on the left arrow button, or the ok button, you can actually break the screen.

With the exception of the LCD being a major problem, the video IS dark, like some of the other posts suggest.

I haven't had any other problems, and I got everything I paid for, considering this is a rather low-end digital camera.

I would suggest buying a different camera. It is not worth the potential risks.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broken LCD? (Delta Zero — 01/15/2007)

Like many others on the internet, I, too, suffered from an unexplained broken LCD screen. I only had the camera for no more than 3 months. I went to a museum one day to take pictures, and the camera was safely around me at all times - never dropped it, never bumped it into anything. I came home and turned it on to look at pictures only to find a white screen with a black 'swoosh' near the right hand corner. My other camera, the first one I ever had (Canon from 2002), lasted fine and still works today just as well as it did 5 years ago.

I thought that maybe mine was just a rare defective one. Nope. My friend got the same camera for her birthday in December, and hers just broke the other day. It barely lasted a month - same exact symptoms I faced.

I find it far too coincidental that the only two people that I know who have the camera went through the same exact problem. Kodak blames it on the consumer instead of their own shoddy product. Therefore, I will tell everyone I know to avoid this particular camera and Kodak all together. The Easyshare software made it so you can't even load an SD card through the explorer, just to put the icing on the cake. The software when used often freezes! I'm sorry for being so negative, but I simply can't find one thing I like about this camera. Even the video capture is below average, making everything extremely dark and hard to see.

Just avoid this camera at all costs.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera for the price (Violet — 01/01/2007)

I got the C643 w/docking station for Christmas. The batteries that came with it only lasted 1 day. I bought a rechargable battery & I can charge it on the docking station. The photos turned out really good, ones I printed are just as good as the store. I took a photo of us w/our tree, you can see all the colors in the living room and all the bulbs on the tree. The blur warning lets you know if your photo will be good for printing. I have nothing bad to say about the camera, I feel it was worth the price & I can stick it in my purse !!

  • 3.0 out of 5
So so (ESTEBAN RIEZNIK — 12/19/2006)

Pros: easy of use, good preset modes (indoor, close ups, and stuff...) nice image mgmnt. software, common 3A batteries.

Cons: Video sucks, its blurry and poor definition. Automatic mode SUCKS so much. Blurry nasty poor images. What pisses me off is the power control, is terribly uncomfortable and I am affraid it could get broken soon. Battery guzzler.

  • 2.0 out of 5
blurry pictures (Stephanie — 12/04/2006)

This camera takes horrible pictures. We tried many different lighting situations to take a picture for our family Christmas card and almost every picture the image quality was very poor. I'm returning this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
my mom is thrilled (Rob Katz — 11/29/2006)

i bought the kodak c643 for my mom who was taking a summer trip. this was her 1st digital camera. the c643 has a simple menu which has allowed her to take some great vacation pix. i have used the c643 at family events and the indoor party pix have been colorful and in focus. i liked this camera so much, i recommended it to my mother-in-law so now the 2 moms talk about their pix!

  • 1.0 out of 5
First camera and not impressed (Ryanw — 11/27/2006)

This is my first real digital camera, before I had a cheap 640x480 digi cam I bought online. After taking quite a few pictures with this, I have noticed very quickly that the quality on this camera is very very poor in low light. The quality on my old bargin camera looks better in some situations. I'm very disapointed with this and i'm going to be bringing this back for a different brand. Probably canon or something. My advice is purchase this camera only if you like poor qualify photos.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (S. J. Smith — 11/07/2006)

My children bought this for me for a birthday gift and at 70 I never had operated a digital camera before. I have had excellent results with this camera, find it easy to use and the pictures come out great. Easy to operate, easy to understand. Very happy.

  • 1.0 out of 5
refuses to turn on after about 30 shots (Jep — 10/30/2006)

Not only does camer not turn on, but when I bought camera, I bought battery charger and a rechargable pack. The battery did not go with the battery charger because Kodak changed battery but used same part number.. so battery charger was advertised as working with the battery... but Kodak screwed customers.. and gave me trouble when I wanted to return the battery.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Extremely poor low light picture quality (Manfred — 10/26/2006)

The camera takes VERY poor pictures in low light. Everything in the manual was tried. Pictures are all red blurry no matter what is tried. Only in very bright sunny light will it take decent quality pictures. In low light my old Kodak 2 MP camera takes better pictures hands down. Features are excellent but real world performance is SHOCKING. Hopefully, I can take it back to Dick Smith today. It took me too long to figure out that this camera is a dud. I was stupid not to read these articles before buying. DOes anyone know if the C743 has these same problems? Don't really want to upgrade to the C875.

  • 1.0 out of 5
disappointed (Max Regor — 10/20/2006)

I own a Kodak ls 743 camera which I like very much. I wanted to upgrade from a 4 megapixel camera to a 6.1 and the C643 seemed to be an inexpensive choice. After I bought the camera I noticed something rather strange. The picture capacity for a 2 GB memory card was about 1800. This was much too large. I took comparison shots with the LS 743 and the C643. To my eye the resolution at best was the same, if not slightly better with the 4 megapixel camera. I went to the Kodak site and looked at the picture storage capacity for several other cameras. For the C643 the storage capacity of a 1 GB card is 896 pictures. For the C533 a 5 megapixel camera the capacity is 755. For the LS 743 the implied capacity is 786. Finally, for the C663, another 6.1 megapixel camera the storage capacity implied for a 1 GB card is 532. While file size is not an infallible guide to picture quality it does appear that there is something amiss about the C643 camera. I have contacted Kodak about the situation but to this point I have not gotten a satisfactory answer. I most likely will return the camera to the vendor.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad luck with Kodak (Lauren — 10/10/2006)

I have had a string of horrible luck with Kodak cameras.

1st camera (Easy Share One)- Christmas present. Works just fine until I take it on the plane, and then it won't turn on when I get home. Time had: 2 weeks

2nd camera (C643)- Graduation present to make up for 1st camera. I lent it to a friend, and when she gave it back to return it to me, we turned it on and the LCD screen was broken - almost like a crack on the inside of the screen, but not a physical crack. Get it in just in time for the warranty, and exchange it. Time had: 30 days

3rd camera - exact same model as camera two (exchange). I get it out of the plastic, it works fine. I took my batteries out to charge. As I went to put them back in I had to set the time. All of a sudden the color screen inverses (as in the colors do). It occasionally switched the colors back to regular, but there were tons of horizontal white lines, making the picture unclear. I've now had it about 4 1/2 months and the LCD screen has finally "cracked" like the first model did - when I turn it on all I see is a white screen with what looks like a black Nike swish that has some colored pixels and lines throughout it. It is really difficult to do anything on this camera - set the time, delete pictures, change settings, etc - without being able to see the LCD screen. I have also experienced the rubbing off of the logos that someone else had mentioned.

Overall, I am becoming quite frustrated with Kodak.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Doubting Kodak (Jessica — 10/03/2006)

I'm beginning to wonder how good Kodak's digital products are anymore. Let's see first i bought the C643 bundle, that has the camera and the printer. The printer did not work at all. I thought maybe it was just me not knowing how to use it. So i called their technician and I was told to just bring it back because it was clearly broke. I thought ok maybe i just got some broken equipment. They no longer had a bundle in the store in which i purchased it from so I decided i did not need the whole kit n caboodle and went with just the camera. Dont know what I was thinking. 21 days, to be exact, after getting this camera it quit working on me! It would not power on, even after trying several things. There are several previous reviews on here that makes me think maybe Kodak just sucks when it comes to making digital cameras and accessories, maybe they should have just stuck with making the stinkin paper!?

  • 5.0 out of 5
i love it! (Shelbz — 09/28/2006)

i think that this camera is awesome and everyone should have one!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Picture Quality (sanjeev kumar — 09/19/2006)

I bought this camera just a week before my wedding, to capture once in a lifetime snaps. I would say that i was lucky to get a camera like C643. All the pics taken with this digital camera is perfect. No Red/Yellow blur warning in any snaps. It is an easy to use camera if people really know how to use a digicam. I would say that people who are criticising this camera are either new learners or doesn't know to handle a digital camera. Really one of the best camera at this price.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad choice (marco — 09/16/2006)

I bought the camera on a saturday afternoon for a party on saturday night. I tested the camera for the rest of the day and it looked to work fine. At the party (at night) I was able to take about 10 pictures and then the camera would freeze, after taking the batteries out and put them back the camera would work, I had to do this everytime i wanted to take a picture. After several picture the camera would not turn on any more. I replace the old batteries with new batteries that did not work. I took the camera back to Walmart. The sales person try to blame me saying that I had used the wrong batteries. First digital camera i buy. It will be the last Kodak that I buy!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not Good (R. Barbera — 09/12/2006)

I had a Kodak LS 443 before buying this C643. The LS 443 needed little light to take pictures in low light conditions. The 443 had taken perfect close up shots at night under low light. The 643 just keeps blinking the yellow light and the pics are blurry when taking close ups in low light. It seems that I can only use this in daylight conditions. Will be returning it tomorrow.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Dishonest Company (david durkee — 09/09/2006)

Bought the camera in April 2006 for a planned trip to Disney in the summer. Used the camera a couple of times prior to our trip to get the hang of it but other than that, it sat in it's box. Went to turn the camera on July and noticed that it would not turn on. Replacing the batteries did not help so I sent the camera in to have it looked at under warrantee. After several weeks, the repair facilty stated that the camera had been damaged by liquid and that Kodak would not honor the warrantee and if I wanted my camera back I would have to pay them to retun it. However, they did state that they could give me discount on a new Kodak to replace it.

What a scam. The camera was never by any liquid. In reading posts around the web I have found out that this appears to be a common problem with this camera and yet Kodak wants to tell me that it was not their faulty quality that was the probelm, it was my fault the camera didn't work loner than 3 months.

I will never purchase another Kodak product again. Stay away from this product! Stay away from this sleezy company!

  • 4.0 out of 5
It works (Mark Dice — 09/03/2006)

Found a need for an extra camera to be used by adults with disabilities. Time didn't allow searching the web for reviews so I purchased based on size, ease of use, and experience with Kodak digitals.

In four days my classes shot over 400 pictures and a few minutes of movies with the C643. Many campers had difficulty holding steady yet very few pictures were blurred or out of focus. The larger viewing window was used exclusively to compose photos and check focus. In fact we didn't pay any attention to the focus light. The closeup/macro feature worked well too.

The camera was left on most of the time and only required a battery change once a day. The camera often over-exposed pictures but offers bracketing and exposure compensation.

The public has been "sold" on megapixel count and form. If you expect a $200 camera to compare with a Nikon D2H it won't. These cameras are good at what they do...point and shoot.

Before being too hard on Kodak make sure the batteries are inserted correctly, hold the camera steady, keep the light source behind you, and study the instruction manual.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Doesn't work (Gigi — 08/28/2006)

Mine does not even work!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Worst Kodak out of 7 owned (Walter Deans — 08/28/2006)

This is a poor quality picture taking camera. I have a 7640 which takes great pictures and color. The color on this unit is the worst I have seen out of the past 16 digital cameras I have owned. I will resell it cheap

  • 1.0 out of 5
Blurr - auto focus HA HA HA (Kim Heym — 08/19/2006)

Every picture I tried to take had a red blurr warning, couldn't ever get it to auto focus. Will be returning it TODAY.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible Customer Service (tom — 08/16/2006)

If you have a problem with the LCD forget about getiing it repaired. Kodak claims any LCD problems are customer abuse and refues to warranty. But they let you ship it in for warranty repair and charge over 50.00 to get camera returned if you don't pay out of warranty costs. This is a second rate company with unethical customer service. Will never purchase another Kodak product.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't waste your money! (Kristy — 08/15/2006)

My mom bought me this camera for my birthday. I was so excited to use it at a friend's wedding b/c it was a lot smaller and had more megapixels. The picture quality turned out horrible! The blurr warning came on for almost every shot and if you wanted to take a picture of a group, it had a hard time focusing. Almost all of my photos came out grainy. I am so upset. We returned it the next day.

  • 1.0 out of 5
what junk (lloyd j. — 08/10/2006)

blurry pictures, terrible flash,poorly made.
a waste of money.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Red Blur Warning!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I returned this after 1 day. After practicing with it over and over, I only got a couple of shots that didn't have the red blur warning. They had the yellow blur warning. When I emailed Kodak about it, they suggested I stand against a wall when I take a picture or set it on a table and use the self-timer.

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

your specification are incorrect...this camera does not have a 3 optical zoom and a 5 optical zoom, instead it has a 3 digital zoom and a 3 opt. zoom

  • 2.0 out of 5
No help on net for C643 registration or on KODAK site.. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It seems that Kodak has forgotten the list updation for registration of this camera C643, I purchased it from Shanghai & when it is not working due to the battery disposition, it got out of order & not working at all.
Be AWARE OF BATTERY changes as you have to alsways change for Movies, continuous picture...
I hope someone will update on this to Kodak & they will start of updating the site.
What to do such a lousy services on net.. & all the way to BOMBAY there is no services available in CHANGI airport also..

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very good quality and easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We had a Canon Powershot A70. It was bulky and heavy. The review switch broke (a common problem with many Canon models apparently) and we found ourselves looking for another camera. One requirement from my wife was that it had to be easier to use and be lighter than the a70. I brought home the Kodak c643 with the printer and could not be happier. The video is nice (even indoors despite all the moaning in other reviews). Navigation through the menu on the camera is simple, the screen is large (2.4") and the unit is very light. 6.1 megapixels in a point and shoot camera rocks!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The C643 Takes great pictures and it's so easy to use. Less than 5 minutes out of the box I was taking some beautiful pictures of birds around my birdfeeder... Wonderful size screen and I love that you can adjust the screens brightness, great option in very bright sunlight. Sure the professional want care for this compact camera, but the novice will love how easy it is to use... I only wish they would sell the camera w/ a case, because the shutter window on the Len's, like in any camera, is delicate and w/a case your camera would be protected the second it's out of the box. Little word of warning - don't stick camera in pocket w/out a case, I did have a problem w/the little shutter window not opening properly after doing just that. I love this camera....

  • 2.0 out of 5
Quality doesn't match the price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I previously owned a CX7430 which I bought 2 years ago (oops, and lost in Vegas) - that was a great camera! I had hoped that this one would be even better b/c of the 6.1 mp. and the extra features. Ehh.. not so. I felt like every picture I took was blurry and dark. It does have a cool feature that shows a blurry warning symbol when you take a picture - it's green if it's clear, red if it's blurry - but EVERY picture I took had a red blurry warning! Weird part was that the only picture that I took that looked clear on the screen of the camera and finally had a "green" blurry symbol - was one of the blurriest (is that a word?) pictures when I transferred it to my computer!! I'm right now waiting for Best Buy to open so I can return it today.

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

My wife and I just returned the Kodak c643 to Best Buy after having it for only 1 1/2 weeks, and we were lucky to get all of our money back because of their return policies.

I just wanted to make everyone aware that this camera produces very poor video quality when using it indoors under regular lighting. It's definately a design flaw in my opinion because when you're looking at the camera's LCD and switch from a photo mode to the video mode, it goes dark right before your eyes. Terrible. If you buy this camera and expect to take video indoors you will be disappointed. Thank you.

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

This 643 is the perfect camera for carry and it takes some of the most beautiful intense shots i have seen in awhile. I was looking at the cyber 200 that a friend of mine has but choose the easyshare over the cybershot. The pictures are just beautiful and the camera is very user friendly. I love the 2.4 screen and the un-delete button which comes in handy just in case of a mistake. What a camera and its basically killing most if not all that compares itself to the 643.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good Pictures -- Could have more video options... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Kodak EasyShare C643 is a good entry-level digital camera, ideal as a first digital camera as it operates much like an instamatic film camera. (Just press the snapshot button half-way to auto-focus; when it beeps click it the rest of the way)

I also strongly suggest that if you purchase this camera, you also purchase some expansion SD memory 512K is probably adequate, but I got a 1G (1 Gigabyte) SD card for mine.
With the 1G card, I can take 891 pictures at the full 6.1 Mega-pixel setting, 1,359 pictures at 4 Mega-pixels, 2,816 pictures at 1.9 Mega-pixels. That's plenty!

The camera will take just over 40 minutes of 640x480 quicktime (.MOV) video with the 1G card.
My only complaint about the video is that you need really good light to take video, you can almost forget taking video indoors unless you have a ton of artificial light. Sound is recorded with the video.

Otherwise, still picture quality is very good for what this camera costs. And, you can change ISO settings and exposure times if you wish. Setting a .5 second or .7 second exposure time will let you take great pictures indoors without any flash even at night with just regular room lighting — just don't shake the camera! (same with a film camera)

The menu structure is simple and easy to understand. In fact, you probably won't even need to read the instructions to pick up this camera and start using it right away.

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

this is the worse camera i have ever owned, i regret buying it! i am really disatisfied with its poor image quality and will not purchase another Kodak camera again. thankyou

  • 2.0 out of 5
Frustrating to use (cyndi chally — 03/11/2006)

Freezes after 1-3 pictures, even with new batteries. Knob on top does not lock, it rotates ON/OFF/options position too easily so not practical for travel or to take on activities, i.e. it turns itself ON by anything slightly rubbing across the top.

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