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Kodak Easyshare C653
Kodak Easyshare C653

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Kodak Easyshare C653

We've given the C653 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The C653 has since been replaced, we recommend looking at the newer Kodak C190.  Here's what we had to say about the C653 when it was released in January 2007:

The Kodak EasyShare C653 is another simple point-and-shoot that looks to help out the everyday user, but with the dodgy performance of similar models like the C743 and C875, we're not certain that this is the best choice. This 6 megapixel camera is very inexpensive and fully automatic, taking all the confusion out of camera settings and adjustments, but such simplicity can sometimes result in unexpected or undesirable effects. Take a look at what users are saying about the C743 and C875 to get an idea of what using the C653 might be like.


  • 6.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Auto focus and exposure
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Movie mode with sound (VGA)
  • Secure Digital memory
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Part Number: 8957011
  • UPC: 041778912058
  • Release Date: Jan 07, 2007

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Kodak Easyshare C653 Reviews

Kodak Easyshare C653 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
This has been an EXCELLENT camera! (Jim — 11/25/2008)

I've had 35 mm film cameras for about 37 years. Got the Kodak C653 for Christmas last year. My wife could not have bought me a better present!

I droped it at McDonald's one day from a height of about 4 feet. I was worried about it, but there was no harm done.

I take about 1,000 photos/year (4 grandchildren!). I love this camera. The videos have been great, along with the anti-blur and closeup features.

I've read a lot of bad reviews about this camera, but I have to say in all honesty: I have been VERY happy with this!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Ok, but I find myself upset a lot (Sam — 06/23/2008)

This is the first camera I ever got, and I have to say that it was only OK. After a couple of months, it started to freeze a lot, which made it hard for me to capture special moments. And those freezes would last a long time too, possibly as long as half an hour. It is also unresponsive sometimes. The flash goes off when I have specifiacally turned it off, and there is a large delay when waiting to take another picture. I find people annoyed with me about how long it takes to take another picture. It is also big and bulky and heavy. On the plus side, it has a large screen and was not hugely expensive.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy Kodak products !! (Sandy — 02/25/2008)

This is my first Digicam. Camera gives bad pics in lowlight or indoors, extremely grainy. Have to constantly delete bad pictures. No replacement with Kodak service centre for the broken LCD from Nov '07 to date (fell two feet onto tiled flooring).

Video shooting is extremely jerky (Is it really 20 fps as they claim ? ).

Next time I'll go for a Canon or Nikon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Kodak? Don't count on it for special moments! (Carolyn Hylton — 02/05/2008)

This is the second Kodak I have owned and both were pathetic! Why buy the second one? I also bought the printer dock and new all-in-one printer so I wanted desparately to keep compatibility. The first camera lasted one year. Stupid me, I thought the name of Kodak was dependable but this camera has spent more time in repairs than taking pictures of memorable events such as the birth of a new grandbaby, birthdays, Christmas, etc.! I will never own another Kodak product nor would I ever recommend it to anyone! I will chalk up the loss and learn from the experience! I will buy a dependable digital that will work when I have another "Kodak" moment but it won't be recorded with a KODAK camera!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Better then BEGINNERS CANONS AND NIKONS (Abhishek — 01/20/2008)

I have experiences biggener cameras from CANONs . I found kodak's beginner cameras far better then them. Canon camera produces the ultra small dotted pictures, if looked closely. Kodak pics are smooth. Instrument is very easy to opearate and fits family snaps requirements perfectly. pics are sharp once you get used to handling of the camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
camera just quit (Traci Kveragas — 11/24/2007)

I have the older version of this camera and I had it for just over 1yr and then it died just stopped working. I called the company and they only GTD for one year isn't that convient. Doesn't sound like the newer model is any better.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy (Cindy — 09/19/2007)

This is an inexpensive, easy to operate and overall nice camera. I am satisified with the performance of the camera and like the Kodak software that comes with it. This is my first digital camera and I would recommend it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lasted only Six Months (Tom Frey — 08/31/2007)

Never dropped never exposed to water. Took it on vacation, it just didn't turn on all the way. What good is a camera if it is out for repair.

  • 1.0 out of 5
pass on easyshare cameras (casey — 08/01/2007)

really junk drop it once and that's it wont work the same.

fell off a chair about 2 feet onto carpet and the screen went blank the zoom did nt work the shutter was only opening half way. Really something that costs that much should have better construction value. easy share is easy junk

  • 5.0 out of 5
Big bang for the buck!!!! (Tom Ceglarsky — 06/26/2007)

This is my 2nd digital camera. My 1st one was a 3MP. Upgraded to this Kodak c653 , it being a 6MP. I use it in the picture function & also movie function. Makes great pictures & movies! Get the Kodak a/v cable!! It gives you more versatility. Download camera to DVD/VCR or directly to TV. I use it with a Kodak 1GB SD card which was included with my purchase. Buy the Kodak C653, the Kodak a/v cable & a 1 or 2 GB SD card. You will be extremely pleased with your purchase!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Mediocre (Cholage — 06/13/2007)

This camera takes okay pictures. A lot of them come out blurry, and the flash is way too bright. I've tried just about every setting, but nothing produces a good picture, and it's really not worth the effort.

  • 3.0 out of 5
High hopes, but disappointed (Bob — 06/12/2007)

I bought this camera for my teen-age daughter.

+Ease of use - Menus are fairly straightforward
+Easy Share Software - Very well integrated. Allows a lot of in-camera configuration as well as post-shooting image processing.
+Optical Viewfinder - Works great in bright light when most LCDS are unusable.
+Low Cost - We paid about $120 straight from Kodak.
+Panorama in camera without using PC software.
+ Pretty good video recording specs for a digicam.

-Very disappointing picture quality in indoor or low-light conditions. The pictures were blurred, grainy, or dark (and often all three). The "blur reduction" mode increased the grain but did very little to reduce blur. Flash photos tended to have blasted highlights.

Last week LCD display cracked (our fault). Kodak wants $70 + S&H both ways to repair it. Rather than spend that money on a camera that takes mediocre pictures, we spent $99 on a Nikon L10.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nice camera for an amateur. (Rachel Hornung — 06/10/2007)

I won this camera at a trade expo in March. It has been very good for me as I have wanted a digital camera for years. After about 2 months I broke my LCD screen and am now in the process of looking for a new c653. My mom has a different digital camera, I'm not sure of the model and says she likes mine better. My one complaint with it was that the camera seems to freeze up for a few seconds after taking a picture, so if you want to catch something 5 seconds after your shot, you can't. I took it to a wedding a week after I got it and was able to take two videos plus a full memory card of pictures. I recommend rechargeable batteries because I was using just regular at first, which got to be expensive. Good luck!

  • 1.0 out of 5
don't do it if you like good pictures (emi — 06/08/2007)

I got better pictures with my old Canon 2mp Powershot. This camera did not do the job AT ALL. Yes, it's cheap. That's the reason I bought it, my other camera broke and we needed a quick replacement before going on vacation.

Pros: small, lightweight, easy to pac, quick shutter response

Cons: terrible indoor pictures- no light whatsoever, the flash does not work well at all, no image stabilization (every zoomed picture is terribly blurry) and very little control / features

If you are looking for a basic point and shoot, look harder. The cheapest, oldest canon model outdoes this camera SO easilly. I'm planning on giving it to my 3 year old daughter who loves taking pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very good value (TJ — 05/16/2007)

This camera was bought in a rush before a holiday and I wasn't sure what to expect. It was very inexpensive, so I thought it wouldn't be a high risk purchase. It has turned out to be a good camera, though it's 640X480 video is a little choppy at only 10fps. Pictures aren't very crisp, but pictures up to ISO 400 show little noise, and ISO 800 is even fine with the right adjustments. The interface is very user-friendly. A good first camera to play with.

  • 5.0 out of 5
happy with it & its worth buying (nitin — 04/05/2007)

its excellent with future and price

  • 1.0 out of 5
Kodak C653 not reliable (James Hall — 04/05/2007)

The first C653 I purchased quit being able to see the SD memory so I took it back to the store and got another C653. After 45 days it quit working too. I sent it to Kodak service and they don't have the parts to fix it, and want $35 to send the broken camera back to me. They say if I call them they can offer me a replacement at a discounted rate. What makes them think I would ever get another Kodak camera!

  • 4.0 out of 5
not as good as i thought (Nunya — 03/10/2007)

i also have had an older kodak 4 megapixel which is much more faster than this & shots are actually a bit better looking on the 4 megapixel :/
but this camera is pretty good still for the price.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent for the Price (Dan — 03/01/2007)

I purchased this camera a week ago and have since taken pictures indoors, outdoors, and in all types of light. Works like a charm! My only complaint is it sort of feels chinsey and light, but Kodak packed a ton of features into it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Fast start! (William NG — 02/22/2007)

Though it's been only a day since I bought the C653, I am very impressed with the "Fast Start-Up" speed after each shot taken. I used to have endless gripes with the Nikon Coolpix and Canon Power ShotA430. Especially when you need quick follow-up shots at prize presentations and other fun party shots where the treasured moment changes within seconds. The Triple Frame shot feature for a camera of this price range is fantastic. The dealer made me a great offer too by throwing in a mini-tripod, 2G card and a nice lather pouch camera case. I will report after some shots and share the results of the print quality soon. The large 2.5 in. LCD screen is great for a 47 year old's less than perfect eyesight. God bless!

  • 4.0 out of 5
The C653 is a great, sturdy camera (Lisa Ogilby — 01/27/2007)

I have owned a Kodak digital camera now for a couple of years. They are very user friendly and take excellent pictures that are clear and bright.