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Kodak EasyShare C743

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Kodak EasyShare C743

Editor's Review

The Kodak EasyShare C743 is all about simplicity. From its relatively uncluttered, silver design to its intuitive and straightforward controls, the C743 is tailor made for users who don't want to fuss with finicky settings and confusing interfaces. The C743 also features in-camera touch-ups like red-eye reduction, shot cropping, an 'alert' that warns of blurry photos, and the option to undelete photos you've accidentally wiped from the memory. The large 7.1 megapixel sensor will capture extremely fine detail in your shots, and also produce high-quality photo prints up to 15x20-inches.


  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-800
  • 2.4-inch LCD
  • 2 AA Batteries
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Secure Digital storage (32MB internal memory)
  • Part Number: CNETKODAKC743
  • UPC: 0041778752326
  • Release Date: Aug 08, 2006

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Kodak EasyShare C743 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare C743 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
draining battery (brian — 01/09/2010)

i live in rochester ny where the kodak headquarters is located. most of my neighbors either work at kodak or are retired from there(including my father).its a shame for me to tell how bad this camera is. it worked good for 2 years. after that it started to drain the batteries even when it was turned off.i bought a set of the most expensive batteries and charger.but drained them too in like a couple hours.i found out how bad the quality of kodak cameras are. im trying to stick with american brands but this was my last kodak camera.even if i would get a free one i would scrap more kodak products in my house.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I got mine @ a pawn shop & have no problems w/it @ all!! (stephanie — 11/20/2009)

I got this camera from a pawn shop so I paid less than 1/2 the price. I have had it 3 days & have taken multiple pics & I'm still using the same rechargables that were in the camera when I bought it off their shelf. It didn't come w/a card or software cd, just a usb cord. I went to the kodak site & downloaded the software. I had no problems installing the software, but I did custom install cause the photoshop program that comes w/the software was interfering w/my other photo program so 1st time I got an error code. I have uploaded pics & done diffrent projects w/the software & have found this easy to use & mostly hassle free, as I rarely read manuals & didn't for this. Also when I hooked the camera to my laptop I had no problems installing the driver for it & it read the camera instantly. I am extremely pleased.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery problems (Norma Worth — 11/06/2009)

I received my camera as a gift in July 07 and it worked great for the first few months. I had the rechargeable battery pack. But it started to let me down by Christmas - just wouldn't 'come on' when I'd try to use it. I'd change the batteries and it would work again for awhile.
It wouldn't work at my grand-daughter's graduation, my brother's wedding. Tried new batteries - tried leaving the batteries out until ready to use it (someone's suggestion). Very disappointed and no recourse I guess

  • 3.0 out of 5
battery life w/camera off (riich — 10/20/2009)

What a scam, I constantly have to replace the batteries.
I have an electric razor that has two of the same batteries that last for 100 shaves....dah

  • 1.0 out of 5
Same Problem - Wont Turn On (UnhappyCustomer — 10/18/2009)

My Mum has this camera and has the same problem as everyone else - it wont turn on at all now. Just out of warranty. I will never buy a kodak camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
batteries (John Thomson — 10/10/2009)

batteries die very quickly

  • 1.0 out of 5
Batteries (Robert — 08/17/2009)

I didn't use this camera for a while but when I did get it out batteries new or old don't work. I tried new one's and then charged up and tried them with no success. It's out of warranty so they want $80 to fix it or $48 just to look at it. Plus postage. You can get a new camera for cheaper than that. The plus side to this camera is that it makes a fine paper weight.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery problems (Barry R. — 08/16/2009)

Eats batteries and if batteries are left in camera they are unuseable the next time it is turned on. I have had kodak products before (digital camera) and was happy with them. Will probably buy a different brand next time! Not a happy camper with them!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery issues (Lana — 08/09/2009)

Horrible piece of cr**p. Ever since puchased batteries died within minutes of inserting, or else won't turn on at all. Pic quality sucks. software is idiotic. Do not recommend to anyone.
Kodak is a dissapointment

  • 3.0 out of 5
dead batteries (Buk — 04/30/2009)

I bought this camera for my wife 2 christmas's ago and it worked great until about 3 months ago. I did not have any issues with it except the battery door would sometime not make contact. If you tried to turn the camera on and it would not I just opend & closed the battery cover. Now it like other people have complained the batteries are allways dead. I don't know how long it take but it seems every time I want to take a picture I have to put fresh batteries in and set the date & time. good thing I have rechargables. I definately would not buy a kodak product again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
2 c743 and BOTH broke!!! (Jolyn — 05/30/2008)

When I first bought this camera I actually liked it, so much so that I bought my parents the same one for Christmas. After owning the camera for 9 months my LCD screen cracked. I was very disappointed. My disappointment turned to extreme frustration when my parents LCD screen cracked also only 1 week after mine and only 4 months of them owning it. I feel horrible that I gifted them such a piece of crap. BUYERS BEWARE!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good, but battery issues (Deshane — 05/13/2008)

Like most people who have purchased this camera, I too have had battery issues. What I found to be the problem was the the door that held the batteries in the camera, was loose. It was when the "door" was shut tight that the camera would work great and there wouldn't be any battery issues. Unfortunatly, the battery door broke. Now I am looking into either buying a new camera with no issues or trying to get it fixed for now.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera (Mark — 04/21/2008)

I've had this camera for about a year, and yes, I too did have battery issues. Then I bought an energizer battery charger pack. It's cheaper than the stupid dock Kodak wants you to buy, and the batteries seem to last about 8 times as long as the Kodak batteries do. In fact, I have a 2gb card in my camera and have no problem filling the card before the batteries ever go dead.

The pictures are pretty good too. I guess if I had a complaint it would be that Kodak wants you to buy more stuff, so of course what came with the camera isn't going to be all that great. Windows XP and Vista will reconize the camera without installing the crap software.

So my advise is, buy the camera and an energizer charger kit. Throw everything but the camera away thats in the box, you don't need it. It's all crap but the camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery drain issues (daMon — 03/23/2008)

Like others I have also fallen prey to this piece of crap. Thankfully I have a steady supply of high mA rechargeable batteries to fight this junk.
But jokes apart, I thought that at the price I got, it must be a steal. And Oh Boy, I was wrong !!
The pictures are only good with perfect lighting and focal distance. You change one parameter and the camera looses it.
I have learnt my lesson and will not buy Kodak again. I will pay more for a better camera which is most definitely going to cost me much less in the longer run. Casio Exilim or Canon or even a high priced Sony but not this again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
HORRID INVESTMENT (Ant B — 03/07/2008)

I bought this because I assumed a Kodak product even at the low cost would be a great investment. I was so wrong! Like almost everyone else on here I had the same battery troubles. They will drain with brand new AA Duracells after using it a birthday party for a few hours. I also had a problem with the turn-style knob on top the camera in which the knob stopped grabbing like it should and thus the knob had to be toggled ever so slightly into it's on position or else it would blink red and shut off again. All and all this product was crap and next time I will purchase a Cannon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worthless junk (bodders — 02/25/2008)

I bought this camera as a present for my wife. Initially it worked fine, but recently has started eating batteries. A new set of batteries are drained flat in about 4 hours WITH THE CAMERA TURNED OFF.

Since it is now out of warranty I have no right of redress from Kodak, so I've put it down to experience and bought a Panasonic to replace it. I am unlikely to buy any Kodak product again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very Dissatisfied (michael — 02/21/2008)

We have never abused, frozen, dropped or damaged this camera in any way. Yet, the LCD display has faded, operation is erratic, and the camera saps batteries even when it is off. I will never buy a kodak product again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD Screen (Alvin Howell — 02/09/2008)

The indoor/outdoor viewable lcd screen obviously provides no protection for the screen at all. We used this camera for less than three weeks and did nothing abusive in any way with it and the screen cracked. Repeated requests to repair under warranty were denied and further recourse is not possible. I have another Kodak digital camera (DX3500)that is six years old and gets very heavy use without a LCD problem. This camera was chosed as a replacement. My parting word to the Kodak representative was not to send this camera back to me, but to smash it and dispose of it so that I will not see a camera that I just purchased and cannot use. My other Kodak camera will be my reminder to never knowingly purchase another Kodak product. Jonathan Baysore(4/28/07) posted a review of the same product and had the exact same treatment as we experienced, and to quote him, "they don't seem to care about their customers at all."

  • 2.0 out of 5
batteries (Zan — 01/19/2008)

I too, have had nothing but trouble with this camera. I bought the camera and dock set. The camera has constantly had battery issues even using the lithium rechargables. Turning it on the red light on the back blinks and that is it 9 times out of 10. If the lens does happen to extend you better take a picture quickly because that is all I usually get; it immediately becomes dysfunctional again. I have also had problems with the printer dock. Either it will not use all the film and ink installed or the film jams in the chamber. I would not reccommend these products to anyone.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Here is what causes the battery problems. (lithia smith — 01/19/2008)

I put mine in a plastic bag from a newspaper to keep it dry while I was bicycling. When I pulled it out of the bag there was a static discharge strong enough to light up all the LED's. The static charge killed the capacitor that keeps the memory while you change batteries. This was my fault nevertheless the design can be improved by placing a diode across the capacitor.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Kodak C743 Battery Life (Pat — 12/20/2007)

I purchased my C743 in February of 2007. It being my first digital camera, I have been convinced that I was doing something wrong regarding the very short battery life of this camera. After reading several of these reviews, I finally feel vindicated! Kodak was of no help, telling me to precondition the rechargeable batteries without telling me what they meant by that. My understanding is that batteries should be fully discharged before they are recharged, which is what the memory free battery chargers do. This camera will draw the charge down just sitting on the shelf, as many others have stated. It is also tempermental when it comes to turning on and off. The shutter spead is not great either - missed pictures.

In summary, if you feel like a gambler you might try buying one of these cameras. It sounds like there may be a few good ones out there, but your chances of getting one are slim to none. I surely wouldn't buy another one, let alone a Kodak product. They were of no help to me whatsoever. There should be a product recall on this camera. What fun is it taking pictures when the camera "dies" at the drop of a hat?

  • 3.0 out of 5
Saps batteries quickly (Cailin — 12/13/2007)

Got the C743 for Christmas last year and right off the bat had issues with the battery life. I then tried some energizer lithiums and the first ones worked wonderfully for 3-4 months (I don't use the thing that frequently). After they died I bought some more and ever since every time I put new batteries in they're dead within a day or so, without much use and with the camera switched off. Kodak trouble shooting offers no explination so I googled the camera model and found many other complaints about the same problem. Too bad this research wasn't done before the gift giving.

  • 1.0 out of 5
A horrible investment (Matt — 12/05/2007)

This camera drains the batteries in 3 days 6 hours with routine use (avg 20 pix per day at intervals of 3-4 pix every 6 hours, highest resolution, LCD screen in use at all times, with flash, turning off between uses), which is totally unacceptable. This camera drains the batteries in 4 days 0 hours with no use whatsoever (turning on only once every 6 hours to check battery level, no pix), which is ludicrous. I did these tests with new alkaline batteries, because it was intended to be a gift for someone I know does not use rechargeables. Current testing with rechargeables doesn't seem to show any appreciable difference.

I got this camera presuming the age of digital photography had finally made it to the point of putting reliable equipment in the hands of the average user. It has, but certainly not from Kodak.

I never had any such problems with my Canon cameras (EOS 20D, Elan). In hindsight, I'm not sure exactly why I bothered with a Kodak and didn't just buy another Canon.

  • 3.0 out of 5
More on batteries going flat... (Jez — 12/05/2007)

I sent my C743 for warranty repair. It was returned by Kodak marked as having "passed functional test" - presumably switching-off so it isolates the batteries isn't a necessary "function"!!
I shall pursue them further....

  • 3.0 out of 5
Battery drain when off (Jez — 10/30/2007)

This camera drains the batteries when switched-off. It makes no difference which type of battery is used. The draw on the batteries when on is not a problem. I take the batteries out between uses and carry extras.
I realise I need to harangue Kodak for a warranty replacement - don't take any sh1t from them!

  • 2.0 out of 5
camera drains batteries when the power is turned off (Bruce — 09/04/2007)

Kodak apparently has a manufacturing issue with this camera. After having 3 sets of batteries drain dead with the power turned off I decided to measure the current drain. I opened the battery door and probed across the two batteries completing the circuit which is usually done by the metal plate inside the battery door. Alkaline batteries were being drained of 79ma and NiMH batteries were draining 100ma. In other words the batteries were dumping about as much power as they are capable of providing even when the camera was turned off. If this happened to your camera too it may be a good idea to remove the batteries for safety reasons. A shorted battery can get very hot and maybe even explode. Another sad part of this story is that Kodak technical support is clueless. They try to blame the customer for using the "wrong" batteries when the camera is obviously defective. When are companies going to wake up and stop using Chinese manufacturing?

  • 1.0 out of 5
2 in a row no good (john — 08/16/2007)

Had one for 2 weeks and the lence cover would get stuck
open or closed

Second one lasted one day and LCD stopped working

  • 4.0 out of 5
I like it - I have two. (martan — 08/11/2007)

I have had no problems with it. I use rechargeables in it (who would use dry cells in a digital cam?) but the battery life seems quite good regardless. I also only use the highest quality setting and have a 1gig mem card in it. Sometimes, depending on lighting, I get some blue or purple tints on things, but for the most part the pictures are crisp and quite good. I take alot of pics from my airplane and its nice to just set it to scenic and shoot away. With over 700 pics on a gig card you can just shoot a couple hundred and weed out the bad ones later. Yes, the s/w is a bit clunky, but I only use it to unload the cam so I cant comment on any of its features. It deposits the pics in date order in separate folders which is all I need. Once you find where it puts them its easy to use another program to edit or mess with them (I have paint shop pro) I got mine for less than $150, for that price I think its quite good.
I accidentally killed mine by plugging in a bad power supply, so that was a pain, but the place I bought it from took it back no questions asked and gave me a new one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
idiotic Kodak software; mediocre camera-do not buy it! (alec — 07/09/2007)

Absolutely idiotic software (probably designed for extreme computer handicaps). Unmanageable thorough file Explorer; takes three/four extra steps to download pictures to my folders and manage space on memory card. I do not want to deal with Kodak EasyShare stupidest and inflexible interface. But Kodak tells: either Kodak way or highway. Can not even delete or manage space on my memory card except of stupid and time-consuming “sharing” process.

Hardware is mediocre, sometimes unreliable. I was trying to return the camera to BestBuy, but they had a two week return policy and I missed the deadline. So, I am stuck with it. But if you are not there, do not buy it! Because of Kodak software which I assume is standard for all their products, I will avoid Kodak cameras at all.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Hunk-o-junk (Dianne — 06/30/2007)

I purchased a C743 this morning, notice the same battery and shutting-off issues mentioned by others, and intensely dislike the Kodak software. The software is NOT intuitive.
The camera is going back to the store in the morning and I'm going to get the Sony Cybershot or an Olympus. I am very disappointed in Kodak for the poor quality of this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
don't buy (Erika — 06/10/2007)

this camera drains your batteries like crazy. i put the camera in my bag then took it out and the lens was broken. what now? its too expensive to fix. i recomend saving your money and buying something better

  • 3.0 out of 5
battery probs (Dave — 05/08/2007)

WE also have fresh batteries go bad when camera sit for a day or so, NOT ON!
NO more Kodak, spend extra money next time.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD went out (Jonathan Baysore — 04/29/2007)

My LCD went out after 2 months, sent in for repair and was told by repair center that it would be $90 to fix because it had been dropped and voided the warranty. I emaild Kodak explaing that the camera had not been dropped. They replied that they trust their repair center and that was it. I sent ANOTHER email to Kodak and got THE EXACT SAME REPLY - word for word - from another tech. Seems like they have automated responses to questions and don't really seem to care about their customers at all.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Power Issue (Pete — 04/05/2007)

Had the C743 as a gift for christmas, takes great pictures and very easy to use. However, the battery usage on this thing is so annoying its untrue. ive lost count of the amount of times ive put fresh batteries in to get even a minimal period of use out of it,and to have the damn thing shut off just when i see something of interst to take a photo of is so infuriating. The only people not to be complaining must be the local battery store owners, who, thanks to me and other C743 users are probably enjoying the extra sales boost from this serial battery eater!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Spend the money and get something decent (Tammy — 04/03/2007)

I was a bit disappointed when I saw this camera at first because it feels very cheap. Plastic, light and overall cheap looking.
I was impressed with the easy buttons and how to work the camera however having said that I didn't actually get to use the camera. The batteries that came with it lasted a mere 2 hours and I have since tried all sorts of batteries to get this camera working. I have just purchased an expensive re-chargable alkaline battery charger kit and it still doesn't work. My son suggested a cheap dollar store battery, it did turn the camera on but not for long.
I am not impressed with this camera and will be finding the receipt to take it back to the store. I will pick something that is not kodak for my next camera purchase.
This was a big disappointment for me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
WOW (Andi — 04/01/2007)

I constantly take pictures, whether it be with my camera or with other peoples cameras. 2 of my friends have this camera and it works wonderful for them, so I went out and bought it, and I have NO complaints what-so-ever. I do not trust any other camera brand, and would recommend this camera to anyone!

  • 1.0 out of 5
won't turn on (carl — 03/31/2007)

I first purchased a c643 and i had the power issue, it worked awesome except every now and then it wouldn't turn on, let it sit for a bit and play with and and suddenly it would come on and work perfectly. Well, this is no good since you can't just wait around to take a picture. I returned it and bought the c743 and it does the same exact thing! i am going to return it tomorrow. Never buying an easyshare again. What is the problem with these things? I tried everything, i bought a new NiMh battery setup with charger, and those batteries didn't help either. Piece of crap if you ask me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
No problems (craze — 03/20/2007)

Ever since i had this camera it hasn't given me any problems. The only thing i can think of is that the problems of it not powering on are dead battery issues. This thing doesn't give you a warning when the batteries are dying. Also, the batteries that came with it are alkaline. NEVER use alkaline in any high drain device.

  • 1.0 out of 5
get a different camera (rebecca — 03/11/2007)

I bought this camera got home took it out of the box put the batteries in and it will NOT power on!! never even been used!!! do not waist your money!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Strange Acting C743 (ann — 03/11/2007)

Got this camera to take on a trip to Hawaii. It is like what others said-turns off and won't come back on for a bit. It does take beautiful photos, but the great shot that blurred was a huge whale that came up almost 100% out of the water-chance of lifetime missed. Don't know whose fault it was, the camera or me. In short, the photo blurred and I could not see the sports mode in bright sunlight. I have an older Fuji FinePix and it works perfect. I guess I should have been holding it up and ready for the next whale jump! I am currently looking for a better camera, for the battery door, I don't think will last long, the camera eats battery life, and the shutter isn't fast enough-that is the C743. I did get some beautiful photos, but the camera dosen't work very well with my standard poodle. The color isn't right indoors and it is too slow to take fast shots, so the dog has eyes shut. I have only had this C743 less than two weeks and have discovered that it is just a camera and nothing more-nothing that jumps out that says, "Keep me",except the photos are nice when it works.I am looking for another camera and hope that the "super store"-you know which one will take it back. The camera does not have a motion stabilizer which would be a nice automatic feature (the salesperson said it did, if it does I can't find it and the manual isn't much help, but if a person can see the setting in bright sunlight, there is a setting that will stop motion and shaky hands, but who can see it in bright light? If you call Kodak, you will get a person in a the Phillipines or India and they can tell you only what they have been given to read. They were useless when I called them. Don't waste your time calling. One thing to remember, the color of the photos are really good, but I had most copied in Kauai,Hawaii and they had a new machine and the clerk was MOST helpful.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic Camera! (Tiffany — 03/06/2007)

I love the small and simple features of this camera. I think that I made a great investment and will use the camera for a long time to come.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't buy this camera (JMY — 02/28/2007)

I have used this camera very little (less than 40 pictures) and handle it with extreme care and it quit working. After talking to Kodak support people it was determind that a serious problem has occurred and they want over $125 and shipping to repair camera. I now can purchase this camera at that cost and I now question the quality of Kodak products. This camera has never been dropped, or got wet or mistreated in any way.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Kodak's C743 is a good little camera for the price! (John Hanks — 02/24/2007)

I've had a chance to use this camera for auction items, and a trip to Canada. In both instances,
this camera surprised me how crisp and vivid the pictures came out. The colors seem to jump out at you.It's very simple to operate too. While this may not please a pro, it is perfect for those of us who just need a good camera at a reasonable price! Also, the software that comes with it makes
it a breeze to make changes or projects out of your shots.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Get some common sense! (Photographers — 02/22/2007)

If you use alkialine batries in a digital camera the average is only 4 to 5 pictures. I don't care for lith ethier. Get the NM-HD bateries and recharge them i can get around 100 pictures in one set. I get got pictures because I READ THE MANual to know how to take indoor pictures, and low lighted photos that what the different scenes in the scene mode is for. Before you all start gripping read the manual and learn to use your camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
buy a camera that actually turns on (Monica — 02/18/2007)

I am so glad I found this website! It makes me feel less frustrated to know the whole line of cameras are defected and it's not just my bad luck. Don't they test these cameras? Apparently not because I can't imagine them putting this camera out for sale. Who wants a camera that only turns on half the time? It's ridiculous and highly frustrating. If you're looking to buy a camera skip this one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor Quality Pics (Mark — 02/17/2007)

Wish i'd never upgraded, this camera only takes 1 in 10 pics in focus. Bought it as a quality point and shoot for the kids for school projects. Back with kodak for checks - don't like my chances from what the retailer said.......

  • 2.0 out of 5
batteries? what batteries? (Ron — 02/08/2007)

I get about 5 to 8 pictures from one set of quality Alkaline batteries. I get about 20 pictures from a set of Lithium batteries. What a Power Hog this little tyke is! I'm going to try to take it baaaaccckkk. Tomorrow.

  • 3.0 out of 5
good camara, with the exception of battery and a software issue (Dave — 01/17/2007)

I got the camara, and it was very easy to use, and takes nice pictures.

Unfortunately the biggest concern I've seen has to do with the batteries. I am not sure, but I think it requires close to "full-strength" batteries in order to turn on. The supposedly new batteries that came with the camara lasted about 2 hours. At that point, I just saw a light flash, and it wouldn't turn on. I eventually figured I would replace the batteries just in case the ones supplied were not fresh. The camara worked again, and made it through the rest of the night. I think it drains the batteries even when the camara is turned off since I have to replace the batteries everyday I use the camara. I may experiment with the rechargable lithium batteries they recommend. If using alkaline batteries, I recommend having a handful of new batteries, since it will drain that type of batteries like there is no tomorrow.

The one other issue I had was with the Kodak EasyShare picture EasyUpload. Every time I tried uploading my pictures to Kodak, the process would fail and then give me a "useless" error message saying "There was an error uploading pictures to Kodak EasyShare Gallery." I've searched everywhere for some documentation on this error, but I couldn't find anything on the Kodak site that helped me. I eventually had an idea that it had to do with the picture file size. The camara takes pictures in 7.1 mp, and therefore takes up more space than most camaras (4 or 5mp). I looked throughout all Kodak's documentation, and there was nothing stating requirements for file sizes. I eventually went ahead and resized my pictures (which was a hassle), then everything worked fine.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Kodak C743 (LS — 01/17/2007)

I have had the C743 for about two weeks and I can echo the reviews that have mentioned problems getting the camera to turn back on. It didn't happen the first couple of times I used it; however, now I cannot get it to turn on and, unfortunately, will be returning the camera this week. Aside from this major defect, it's a very easy to use camera and it takes a great picture. Kodak really needs to address this problem if they haven't already, it's disappointing and very inconvenient to a lot of Kodak customers.

  • 5.0 out of 5
battery drainage solution (lvd — 01/17/2007)

I have had this camera since December and have not yet had a problem with it. I noticed that in the manual it says if the battery won't power up the camera, you can connect it to the dock and discharge the battery. It can take a long time (8 hours, I think) but it'd be worth trying. Hope it helps. I've had no problems, and I love my new camera!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Battery Issues (Devin — 01/17/2007)

I noticed many people complaining about a power issue with this camera. I've experienced a similar problem. Sometimes I can't get the camera to turn on. The light next to the viewfinder turns green and then blinks red when this happens. For me this problem seems to become increase the older the batteries are. Sometime turning it on and off multiple times eventually let's the camera turn on. It seems like replacing the batteries with fresh ones solves the problem for a while. It doesn't seem to take long after installing fresh batteries for this problem to begin again. I may get a set of rechargeable batteries to use in this camera and see if it helps the problem.

Other than that it's a great camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not so good after all (Petra — 01/16/2007)

I had bought this camera about 2 weeks before Christmas to take on our trip to Hawaii. A few years ago I bought the C300. It was my first digital camera and I really liked how user friendly it was. I never had any problems with it. At first I was really impressed with the C743 it took great outdoor pics. But after a short time it started giving me problems. It started shutting off and then I had a hard time getting it to turn back on. Also some indoor pictures came out very blurry. I tried different settings but I still wasn't very happy with the outcome. Then the review bottom stopped working, that's when I decided to return this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
I hate this camera and it frustrates me!! (Kathleen — 01/13/2007)

My sister and I both got kodak c743 cameras for Chirstmas and mine worked the day I got it and then the next day it wouldn't turn on. We took one back and got another new one and it stopped working the same day I got it. And then we come to find that my sister's stopped working also. We have been through THREE of these cameras so far and all have had the same problem. Coincidence...I think not! There is a definite defect in these cameras and they suck!! DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!!!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Suckage (Lynn — 01/09/2007)

I got the 6.1 pixs for Christmas and it didn't work the next day. Took it back got the upgrade to c743 did same thing second day I had it. I use to like Kodak now I think they suck. If they know there is a problem with there cameras recall them.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Kodak C743 (Rick — 01/07/2007)

As we decided to buy our first Digital Camera, we wanted to be sure we got one that was easy to use [even for the grandkids], and we were not disappointed, with the purchase of the C743. We especially like the size of the viewing screen, what, with both of our eyesights not getting better as we get older, so we needed to see what we were taking photos of. So if anyone needs a good camera, pick this one to start off with.
Being in Australia, the camera was slightly more dearer, [nearly double the cost], than your price.

  • 4.0 out of 5
very happy (S. J. B. — 01/05/2007)

This is my 2nd digital camera and I really like this camera. Its super easy to use and takes great pictures.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Hmm .. I was gonna buy this camera & Software problem fix ? (Matthew — 01/05/2007)

Hi folks, well after reading your reviews plus the wierd issue where the camera does not turn on - I thought I'd call Kodak UK product support (0870-2430270) to see if its a known issue.

Well, i'm still "in a queue" after 30 minutes ! Ah, I've given up on them! Mind you, it's odd how this camera is still on sale - even though it has this issue.

My current (though knackered camera) is a funky (3 yrs) CX6230 and only went wierd last month. So, just goes to show that not all kodaks are buggy.

Oh yes, for Susan - I have some info for you. Must be very annoying to find your home PC doing blue screens and not allowing you to uninstall the software - my sympathies to you!

In terms of this blue screen fault - and the uninstaller not working, well, hate to be frank - but the fault is not the software from kodak. It's unfortunately your computer.

Ok, i'm sorry that was'nt helpful - but it's true. Best thing to do is to get XP updated with all the latest patches and stuff (

Then look at what software you can un-install. If you do un-install some software - pls ensure that if asked to delete a file - always press NO!

This will make your computer behave more reliably. Mind you, you don't even need to use the kodak software! just plug you camera into the pc via the usb cable - and it will appear as a drive, maybe E:, F:, etc.

Click on that drive and within a folder or two - you will see your pics !!!



  • 2.0 out of 5
Red Eye (Todd Silfies — 01/04/2007)

I had the c703, (same thing). I was impressed with ease of set up. Pictures were not good. Most had red eye, even though it claims to eliminate or reduce it. Pictures were not very clear. Took it back after a week.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice camera except... (kyle — 01/01/2007)

This camera is awesome overall. The pics are nice and clear and the only thing wrong/disappointed is the manual. Half the stuff in the camera isn't in the manual and there is no way of knowing stuff. But nice camera overall.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Stopped turning on after 2 days!! (Alex — 12/30/2006)

I got this camera for Christmas and i thought it was great, 7 mega pixels, video, very easy to use, ect. It was working great that day and the next day until it suddenly turned off while taking a picture and would not turn back on. I tried new batteries and everything, then went online to find some reviews and found this site, so apparently it is a defect in the camera. I returned it the next day and got a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W50, and it is great!! So all in all, DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Software problem (Susan — 12/29/2006)

Let me start by saying this is not the first EasyShare camera I have purchased and that I've been happy with the others. However, the software that comes with this camera is a mess and the tech support person we spoke with was no help. When installing the software, we had to change the font size on the desktop, first. Then, we received a blue screen that, even in Safemode would not allow us to remove the EasyShare software from the computer. Kodak's tech support person tried to tell us that the software was not compatible with Windows XP (seriously?). Then, he suggested that we re-install the XP system and download the EasyShare software from their website, saying some of the CDs shipped had problems. I'm not convinced I have gotten the real story yet! I have taken it to a computer repair service and they have successfully removed the program but now I'm worried about attempting to install the software. My daughter has wonderful pictures on her camera she can't download. I'm not happy with this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
disappointed (deb — 12/28/2006)

Would like to say I like the camera but have trouble with the batteries therefore have hardly used it. They seem to drain right away whether using the camera or not. This is what I thought anyway but now I see that there is still juice in them but my camera just shuts off. I think I'll take it back as I don't want to spend money on any other batteries that may or may not work.

  • 5.0 out of 5
FIX FOR POWER ISSUE (BarNone49 — 12/28/2006)

If you are having a power up problem, try taking out the SD card with the camera off, then power it on.

  • 2.0 out of 5
it quit (william lindberg — 12/27/2006)

I got the camera on christmas and immediately I liked it. It had nice features and was easy to use. Later that day I took a picture and turned it off. Later I went to turn it on but it wouldn't come on. I tried new batteries even though those were new.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera Great Price (Chaemus — 12/27/2006)

I am currently travelling in the US and my Mum/Mom and my brothers girlfriend both had cameras and i didnt. We were in Big K-mart looking around and they were buying a camera for my brother for Christmas. I also was intrerested in getting a camera and I was initially considering the Sony Cyber-shot S500 i it was for around $119.00. It seemd good except the menus etc. didnt seem very user friendly and it had no digital zoom after the initial Optical zoom. There were a few other things i didnt like about it either. I then came across the Kodak C743, I think there were only a few left and they were selling them for $129.99(plus tax as usual) that seemed very cheap for a 7.1mp camera with movie mode and all that. It has very user friendly menus and lots of modes depending on lighting conditions and distance etc. My favourate has been sports mode for taking action shots while were driving long trips. Anyway I have been using the camera very frequently and taken many diverse ranges of photos from distant mountains to close-ups of plants, Waterfall and rivers, Indoors-outdoors, Flash and no-flash etc. Im no professional but i do know a good photo from a bad one because I am very experienced with computer art and web design etc. So far as long as I take the time to get the shot steady and focussed instead of just pointing and shooting randomly, the shots have come out very well.

Considering the price and the targeted market for this camera aswell as the experience ive had with it, I rate it Exellent(5/5)

Oh yeah i also used it to film some skateboarding and that turned out well also. You can see the videos on my username is cmac53. Obviously they have been reduced in quality to allow fasting dowloading so it prob wont help much.

Thank You Hope this helps


  • 1.0 out of 5
Will Not Turn On (William Midcap — 12/26/2006)

My wife and I bought this camera about a month ago. Just as others have reported, it decided to not turn on; new batteries made no difference. We returned it for a new one... only to have it do the same. Avoid this camera until this issue is resolved.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Camera will not turn on! (Nicole — 12/26/2006)

Got my camera today as a surprise Christmas present and I was over the moon...until I took one photo and then the whole thing packed in. Now it won't turn on at all. I've tried different batteries, connecting it to the PC, connecting it to the dock I have and it is totally non responsive. It's such a shame because it's a really nice little camera and takes pretty good pictures (well, the one that I managed to take was pretty good!) Hope when I get it took back tomorrow I get a non-faulty one in return.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Same as other people! (Melissa Rosenberger — 12/26/2006)

I am having the same problem as other people, the camera won't turn on! This is the second one I've owned in 1 month, had to return the first one because it wouldn't turn on. The current one worked fine until last night. I left my parents to go home and print pictures and the camera wouldn't turn on. The green light flashes once, then turns to red and turns off. The sad thing is my mom received a Kodak C533 for Christmas and it's doing the same thing. I'm returning mine and going with another brand!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Factory defect (yeto mendi — 12/24/2006)

Today at one store in Calgary, AB I was trying this C743 demo and the camera did not turn on, the store clerk got installed twice fresh batteries until it worked, I though it was a battery problem. Then I bought it, but the camera still in its box unopened, now that I have read these reviews it tells me that I was wrong but I am on time to bring it back to the store.

  • 3.0 out of 5
I'm having EXACTLY the same problem as other reviewers above-- (Karen Munns--UK — 12/19/2006)

Insofar that the camera has stopped turning on!!
I've tried using it for only the third time in around of one month ownership to try to capture my sleeping pup—however,no go—this happened two days ago and I simply thought it was the batteries depleted so I replaced with the right ones as stated in the manual—thought I'd cracked it as the camera turned on this evening only for it to promptly cut off again—without any success on trying with both brand-new batteries and re-charged ones which I've done this evening solely for the purpose.
It was this problem that had me searching for any similar problems on the 'net reviews—and lo and behold—here you are—I'm not alone!!
I wonder if Kodak are aware of this problem at all????
I might phone them tomorrow or even send an e-mail to them this evening—I think there has to be a defect with the camera?
Be very interesting to see if any more find us here and complain of the same thing!!
K. Munns—-Dec.18th-2006

  • 3.0 out of 5
does not turn on at times (roger b — 12/16/2006)

the camara takes great pictures and the printer we bought with the camara prints nice pictures. However the camara at times will not turn on. we changed the batteries.nothing happen. it seems this is common with this camara. will bring it back and try it again. if it continues i will get a nother brand

  • 3.0 out of 5
Best for the price (Greg — 12/08/2006)

I upgraded my old Olympus D-390 2 MP camera with this bad boy. Man am i happy, the picture quality is stunning. The video quality is very good too (especialyl considering it is a photo camera and not a camcorder) Very simple to use, when switchign modes everything is instant. With my Olympus i would ahve to wait abotu 10 seconds for the camera to turn on, and wait abotu 5 seconds when viewing pictures on LCD for them to come into focus, With this camera, everyhting is instant. I highly recommend thsi camera to anyone

  • 3.0 out of 5
disappointed in the user guide (terry — 12/08/2006)

This is my first purchse of a digital camera. Nowhere in the instruction manual does it tell that you have to charge up the camera for a specified amount of time. I feel that the instructions are very poor.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't be Fooled by the price (Keenan — 12/08/2006)

I've owned 3 of these cameras in a span of 3 weeks. Each in turn, after about 3 times of use, have decided to stop working. Now the cameras won't even turn on. I checked the batteries and have the same problem, so its a defect in the camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
First Digital Camera (Rodrigo — 12/03/2006)

This is my first digital camera and I think it is great. The first time I used this camera I realised that it was made for beginners. The controls are simple and intuitive. Everything is at hand. To take a bad picture is impossible. I recommend it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
i problem (guy — 11/30/2006)

bought this camera to upgrade from my dx4330 kodak.
everything is good apart from the green/red focus light,when takeing shots in the dark these lights blind you!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Mine also stopped turning on.. (mamntmie — 11/27/2006)

I bought this camera and was immediately impressed and felt that it would be the only camera i ever really needed. On Thanksgiving day, i was taking a picture and it shut off. I tried a multitude of different batteries and even bought the DC adapter. The most it will do is turn on for less than 2 seconds and turn right back off. I find myself with a useless camera, and a missing receipt. My advice would be to either not buy this camera at all or make sure you save your receipt.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pattys camara cutting off (Mike — 11/23/2006)

I think Patty's cutting off because the batteries are going dead and then after they set a while they build up enough current to restart. I haven't had this happen with this camera but I have two other's that will do the same thing if you let the batteries's go down. I think this is a great camera if you don't want a lot of bells and whistle's and Bestbuy has it on sale for $129.00 for seven hour's on black friday

  • 5.0 out of 5
electrician (john frettio — 11/11/2006)

the camera is simple,simple,simple and easy,easy,easy to use from day 1. it is veryb user friendly for a novice like me.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Camera stops turning on.... (Patti — 11/08/2006)

I loved this camera the minute I got it. But after about 5 days of working the camera shut off while taking video and would not turn back on. It would not turn on until about two days later. I returned the camera for the same model thinking the problem was isolated. Now the second camera has done the exact same thing. I am very disappointed as it was very easy to use and everything I wanted in a digital camera. After reading reviews on this site, I see that this was also a problem with the C643 as well. I wanted to like it but unfortunately I will be taking it back and I will be buying another brand.

  • 4.0 out of 5
1 Problem but I don't think its the cameras fault (Paul Guzman — 10/25/2006)

Takes great pictures with lots of detail and very easy to use. The only problem I've had is sometimes it doesn't save the picture after I take it but I think its just the SD card I'm using. I just tried switching the card with a different brand that I had and now its been working fine. But great camera overall.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great so far (peter hill — 10/15/2006)

Well, I am coming from a cannon that is a few years old, but so far the c743 is a great camera.
It takes great pictures, and it is simple, (which is most important to me)
There is not too many buttons, and is quite easy to use. Also, a MAJOR plus...when you push the button to take a picture, it does it almost immediately.