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Kodak EasyShare M853
Kodak EasyShare M853

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Kodak EasyShare M853

Editor's Review

The Kodak EasyShare M853 is part of the new 'M' series of advanced point-and-shoot cameras that Kodak hopes will help save them from the disaster of their 2006 'C' series offerings; guess what: these cameras are bad too. On the face of things, the M853 looks like a decent camera, with a solid 8 MP sensor and fairly average specs. There's nothing here too exciting, however, and as far as reliability goes, Kodak hasn't scored very high in that regard recently.


  • 8.1 megapixels
  • ISO 80-1200
  • 3x optical zoom / 5x digital zoom
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Secure Digital memory storage (16MB internal)
  • JPEG file format
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: Sep 01, 2007

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Kodak EasyShare M853 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare M853 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Liked the camera, but broke! (Janell — 09/09/2009)

I got this camera as a Christmas gift in '07. I used it a lot and loved the video option. No problems with the camera, blurriness, etc. Then all of sudden (just over one year of use) it stopped saving the pictures correctly—there is just a digital blur. Since I liked the camera, I picked up a used one on Ebay—I had it about 3 months and this one also broke. The camera still takes pictures, but the screen is out, so I can't see what's being taken, nor review the pictures. I was very careful with both cameras—kept them in the case, dry, safe, etc. so it is obvious that there is some design flaw. I am looking for a similar camera by another manufacturer.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Disgusting (lauren — 04/02/2009)

This camera takes terrible pictures where the color is just so washed out and terrible. i feel bad because it was a present. but now i am stuck with this terrible camera and i absolutely hate it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Please Don't Buy this Camera (R Gann — 03/25/2009)

This camera work Ok at first for it price..then just quit tried to charge batteries bought new batteries..nothing at all..Called Kodak for help..No help...Give me 15% off another Kodak product .. Will not be buying another Kodak product

  • 1.0 out of 5
just aweful (claudi — 03/10/2009)

to bad i have to give it one star... i wanna give it no star at all. don't buy it! waste of money! owned it for 2 month and didn't take ONE sharp pictire with it

  • 2.0 out of 5
white screen and now no picture taking (michelle — 03/07/2009)

I am so mad! This camera just quit, no screen picture anymore, (new battery made no difference). i am sure the warranty is no good, but i absolutely think a camera should last for years and years!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Kodak M853 Waste Of Money (V Sullivan — 03/02/2009)

I cannot get this camera to charge! I called customer svc, they sent me a wall charger. I had already done some research, trying to troubleshoot the problem and discovered this is a very common problem with this camera. I will never buy a Kodak again! My sons had told me this brand was junk (they are very into digital photography) but this was on sale. I would advise anyone not to go w/any Kodak product.

  • 2.0 out of 5
It costs as much to repair as it does just to get a new one (Amy McMillan — 02/17/2009)

This camera was really good for about 12 months, then all the sudden when my warranty was up the camera decided to distort all pictures taken, as it saved the picture to the camera or sd card it blurred, color changed and ran vertical lines over the pictures. Kodak technical support was no help and it costs more to fix the problem then it does for me to just buy a new one. I will never buy kodak again, they don't back their product-which as bad as it turned out to be, I wouldn't either I guess.

  • 2.0 out of 5
1st and Last Kodak (Andrea — 02/15/2009)

I first saw the camera and it looked pretty decent. It was
cheap so i bought it w/o a warranty(horrible mistake.)
It takes forever to actually take a picture so if your
taking a moving picture even in sport mode you will
miss the shot and it comes out blurry(most pics do)
red eye is very common and the color is off most of the time.
Rarely do you get a very good picture.
Bad investment you should definitely spend an extra
100 than put up with this.

  • 1.0 out of 5
A MISTAKE... A piece of JUNK! (Chuck — 02/08/2009)

I trusted the Kodak name, expected quality, I will never purchase another Kodak item. This item is JUNK, customer service doesn't exist! Stop taking a charge, changed battery etc etc etc.... a pile of junk!!!!!! And even when it was working, the photos were not all that great.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor Picture Quality (Kimberly Barber — 02/06/2009)

Blurry 90% of the time. This camera has ruined Christmas, vacation and birthday party pictures. Besides the quality of the pictures, 70% of the time the pictures have a round ball in it, like dust particles.

  • 2.0 out of 5
bad. (Me — 01/03/2009)

And by bad I don't mean the 80's word meaning good!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Awful camera (ken — 01/01/2009)

Pictures are blurred MOST of the time.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Flash Broken (Bill — 12/30/2008)

Camera a few weeks out of warranty and Kodak refuses to fix. Christmas gift last year and it failed on Christmas Eve this year. How nice was that. Searching online I see that flash problems are common to Kodak M series cameras. I was happy otherwise, but now it's junk. Try a different brand. I'm going back to my 5 year old Sony.

  • 1.0 out of 5
awful (Emily — 12/23/2008)

This camera had problems from the begining but finally died after 4 months. This is a horrible camera if you want one that's long lasting and not that expensive.
I advise you to never buy this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
breaks down 3 times in one year (gail garrity — 12/18/2008)

nice camera easy to use but had to mail back to United Camera two times the first one lense stuck would not retract or open...two weeks without camera. Next the lcd screen broke and the the lens (never dropped or mistreated) that was out for a week or so during special occasions with the family. Now just got back and lens problem. DO NOT buy or GIVE this camera as a gift

  • 1.0 out of 5
A Very Bad Decision To Buy!!! (Jonathan — 12/06/2008)

I had my camera for only like two months and used it about a dozen times and one day the battery died and when i went to charge it absolutely nothing happened. Later I found out that this is a common problem with the camera where one day the camera just dies and there is nothing you can do about except buy a new camera. It is a horrible camera and only buy it if you want to be another one within a couple of months.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Ups and Downs (Janessa — 10/10/2008)

This camera was good. It took very good pictures, very clear. It was fast too. It had settings that I wanted. The videos were good too, except I never got them to upload. Then it messed up just out of nowhere. Thats why it sucked. I was taking nice care of it and everything. And no warrantee. :( DON'T BUY IT! Unless its for a young one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible! (Mel — 09/29/2008)

Don't buy this camera! I always get an error after I take my pictures - unrecognizable file format. Being sent back to be refurbished. Going to get another camera very soon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
worst camera ever (Kelsey — 09/28/2008)

Don't ever buy this camera or any camera from kodak. it died and its not even a year old. i never did anything to it, and out of the blue it stops working giving me some lens error. Its just a waste of money

  • 3.0 out of 5
burnt screen (santos — 09/10/2008)

my sister-n-law bought my daughter, my niece and herself a kodak md853 for christmas of 07. my niece's display screen burnt out in july and my daughter's last week. i'm sure my sister-n-law's will too. has anyone else had this problem? i haven't tried to contact kodak, but after reading all the complaints i probably won't get anything resolved from kodak. that's why i buy sony products.

  • 1.0 out of 5
HORRIBLE. (Rachel — 09/08/2008)

Don't buy this ever. I had the camera in my purse and hadn't done a damn thing to it and when I took it out to take a picture, the screen was broken. It's horrible.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good and bad (Stephanie — 07/21/2008)

Got this camera for Christmas last year. It worked fairly decent, until the battery ran out.
As someone else mentioned, the battery will not charge via the computer USB cable (it only worked for the first charge, before the camera is ever booted up)
I contacted Kodak about this, who informed me that I had to buy a charger. Went to my nearest Radioshack, and they told me there is no charger, but they can sell me a clearance charger, which plugs into a power outlet, and you plug your USB cord into adapter, which lets you change anything with a USB port. (Heavenly)

It worked great. The camera wasn't perfect, but for the causal camera user, it worked fine. It never left my room, always in a case when not being used, awesome handling, everything.

About 2 weeks ago, I had the camera on, using it, and turned it off. The lens did not retract. I figured it was just a glitch, so I turned the camera back on. The screen showed a "Lens Error 122,1,0,0". Then it turned off. Weird, but okay. it's under warranty.

After many e-mails, phone calls, and visits to Radioshack where it was bought, I was finally told that it will not be covered under warranty because Kodak's warranty excludes foreign debris getting into the lens motor, and any drops or falls the camera may incur. I told the service rep. that none of this happened, to which he replied that it does not matter. Kodak will claim it to be misuse, and you must pay the repair fees.
How much could it possibly cost to repair a camera motor? I didn't think it would be horrible, maybe $30 or $'s understandable. I receive a message from Kodak stating the fees will come to $212, including shipping from my home to the store, then to the warehouse, and back.

Absolutely not. The camera was definitely not that much to begin with. I have researched this lens motor issue and found that it is very common with this model, no amount of care could make the motor stay functioning.

Upon speaking to a Ritz Camera/Photo saleperson, they informed me that they will not carry Kodak camera anymore, because of the multitude of LCD issues and repairs.

So there you have it, I will never buy another Kodak until things get significantly better with this company as a whole.

Thank you.

  • 3.0 out of 5
my lovely expirence (abby — 05/24/2008)

I got mine for christmas this year and I have loved it, my favorite camera by far.
This morning before school it was on my dresser. I was the last to leave and first home. I turned it on and it is a white screan with a black splatter on it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Piece of Junk (BB — 05/16/2008)

I like the camera but it breaks way too easy. This is third failure of Kodak easy share cameras I have owned and each time the warranty does not cover. They want $95 to fix a three month old camera that cost $120 new. I purchased an extended warranty from Sears and they will not cover it either since Kodak won't. Don't buy this unless you are a very careful person. This is a very fragile piece of equipment and when it breaks you will have to buy a new one (warranty, what warranty).

  • 3.0 out of 5
As bad as cameras made 5 years ago. (Anonymous — 05/08/2008)

Indoor quality under artificial light is unusable.

Outdoor under low light is terrible.

Lag is long.

My 4 year old Olympus works MUCH better then this.

Think of this item as the Dell of digital cameras. Cheap, readily available but crappy.

  • 3.0 out of 5
eh (Bridget — 04/23/2008)

this camera isnt terrible, but it certainly isnt great. I bought it when it was almost 200 dollars and i was very disappointed. most pics are good, but the zoom and anything in low light is terrible. the pictures blur very easily. I took it to a concert and i can barely see my pictures they are so terrible. However, anything else is fine

  • 1.0 out of 5
Was relieved it was faulty so I could take it back! (Em — 04/22/2008)

Terrible camera!

Thought I'd have a change and try this Kodak EasyShare having previously owned two Fujifilms on the trot. Looked lovely, lightweight and sleek so took a chance.

Initially it wouldn't read the memory card so had to go back to the shop to get that replaced!

Finally tried out the camera and discovered it's a total pain to use, wouldn't focus without pressing the button a million times, huge lag time between shots and the pictures it did take were awful! Colourless, out of focus (in spite of the 'in focus' noise) and grainy.

Fortunately for me, the memory card error appeared again, and it truned out the camera was faulty...woohoo! Took it back and bought a Fujifilm F47!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't buy (Kris Larsh — 04/04/2008)

We bought this camera for 150.00 outdoors it takes pretty good Pics but indoor its horible pics are blurred half of the time it will not even focus in low light. I will be getting anouther camera ASAP!!! This camera will ruin your day at the Muesum. I owned a Olympus and Do believe me I will be purchasing a New Olympus

  • 1.0 out of 5
Kodak Service is Enept to deal with USB Battery Charging Failure (T-Bone — 02/27/2008)

Camera battery won't take charge via USB cable to computer port. Purchased new battery thinking defective battery. Still won't work. Contacted Kodak. Several emails later Kodak doesn't admit defect but tells us they will send power adaptor as goodwill jesture but in light of the fact they are selling the adaptors thru their online store they claim their 'goodwill' adaptors are on backorder. What a dinosaur company! I won't be buying Kodak anymore.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy (Nancy — 12/08/2007)

I got this for my parents. Prior to giving it to them I went in and set it all up. It is super user friendly and I've had several cameras. It even tells you what effect the change you are about to make is going to have.

  • 4.0 out of 5
WELL WORTH THE PRICE (Todd — 12/02/2007)

i am a pro photographer in Colorado, i use a large Canon 40 Dfro my job , however i picked this little guy up and I have been very pleased with the IMAGE QUALITY. i put a 2 gig SD card in it and I have over 1200 imags to shoot. The camera is well made and has a good feel while in my hands. The only issue I have that someothers may have is that the power button is really SMALL , also when shooting in very low light , YES the picture quality is a little weak. I DO love the fact i can charge it thru my PC and i am not bothered by using those ENVIRONMENTLY BAD AAA batteries like most digi cams use.... if your looking for a good camera with pretty high MEGA PIXELS , great battery life and a great price GET THIS LITTLE GUY... Fits great in a jacket pocklet and or a purse....

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good camera for the price (Adi — 11/29/2007)

I have a different opinion about this camera. This camera has slick and small. Can easily slide into pocket. Features that I liked about this camera
USB charging
Good battery life
Zoom while video capture
about 17 scene modes again with COLOR options
Video playback with Audio
Easy to understand and use
Good picture quality in bright light
Good video quality
Flash options -auto, On, On with Red Eye correction, off

Whats bad about this camera
not so good picture quality in low light
darker area of the picture shows different colors coming together to form the basic color (Noise)
High ISO feature is unusable as it becomes noisy after ISO 200/400.

Part of the problem in performance in low light comes from the size of the camera. The other part as other users have noticed is from high compression that has been used in this camera.
With setting up the COLOR to High Color, the picture is slightly better. Set the ISO tp 200/400 instaed of going with AUTO ISO. This has given a better picture quality.
For th users of SLR and some high end camera, the picture quality might be unacceptable. But as far as normal use is considered, this camera is good for price $89.00.
If you are ready to pay more then there are good option in market.
There is no 3 and half rating here or otherwise I would give this camera 3 and half rating.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad product + Low price = no bargain (Tim — 11/27/2007)

The MD853 apparently uses very high compression, resulting in small file sizes but very grainy pictures. You will not be happy with the results. Check out the responses to questions about this camera to see how unpopular a choice it is.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great Price. Great Features. Horrible Pictures (mark — 11/25/2007)

Like most people looking for deals on Black Friday I jumped at the chance to get a new camera.

Having owned a Fuji A210 for 3 years (or more) I was eager to get into a new camera a low price. I found the Kodak MD853.

One of the biggest draws, for me, was that the battery could be charged like a cellphone, which was very attractive since shelling out hundreds of dollars per year on AA batteries wasn't something I wanted to continue.

The good about it is that it's small, lightweight, -- but doesn't feel cheap—a nice large screen on the back, easy to scroll through menu features, a pop-up grid to center items in the shot (even has a 3x3 grid for pro photographers that want to retain the Rule of 3rds in their shots).

But when you post the pictures your computer you'll find that the shots have a lot of "artifact processing" or "noise". To be brief you'll notice colors coming together to define certain parts of the picture. You'll notice these color separations more in dark areas and shadows where the black isn't black but instead a bunch of red, green, and blue spots.

When setting the ISO, ah, setting down to 80 pictures do come out a bit more clean but then they're also blurry. Not overtly blurry but not crisp either.

The shots this camera takes is more similar to something you'd see from a Fisher Price "My First Camera" toy rather than a professional camera.

For the price (if you can still find it for $89 bucks) its' a great camera. But at the normal price ($149) it's a rip-off.

It's a shame that a camera from Kodak would be so feature rich doing almost everything else better than it's true intention: to take great pictures. I would expect something like this from a technology company obsessed with making a technological beast only to forget about the quality of the pictures but not from a Kodak. A name synonymous with pictures.

Bottomline, if you're still buying disposable cameras than this is a great alternative (but again, only at $89; paying more is just a crime). For everyone else, look elsewhere unless you're just not concerned in getting high quality pictures.