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Kodak EasyShare V1253
Kodak EasyShare V1253

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Kodak EasyShare V1253

Editor's Review

The Kodak EasyShare V1253 is an "HD" digital camera, meaning that in addition to being able to take highly-detailed, large 12-megapixel still images, you can capture video at the 720p high-definition specification. That's a nice perk. The camera also allows you to shoot still images in the widescreen aspect ratio, so you can view your photos on your HDTV as well. The V1253 lacks optical image stabilization, which is an unfortunate omission, and to be honest, Kodak's V-series has been quite lackluster (the V803 and V1003 in particular). If you're really intrigued by the HD capabilities, keep a close eye on the owner review feedback, and compare it to the Panasonic LX9 or the Canon TX1, both of which also offer HD video recording.


  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 5x digital zoom
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 64-3200
  • Face-detection autofocus
  • Movie-mode with sound
  • 3.1-inch LCD display
  • Secure digital memory storage (32MB internal memory)
  • Release Date: Aug 31, 2007

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Kodak EasyShare V1253 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare V1253 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Damn good cheap camera (Zimmer1049 — 10/13/2009)

Never had such a good cheap camera. Took all our grand childeren's pictures in hi-resolution HD still and video. Wow, the pictures filled the screen of our 52" DLP TV. So beautiful! Stereo mics picked up quality sound from all directions. We loved the capability to take landscape pictures and stitch them together for a great panoramic view.

Hope we can find a replacement camera with as good performance!


The bad is we fell holding the camera in Cancun and it got soaked.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best (Lily — 08/16/2009)

The V1253 has to be the best camera I have ever owned. Mine recently got stepped on and I love it so much that I'm going to buy a duplacate. It takes the best pictures, and the videos are so sharp and crisp it truley is HD, I mean yu feel like you're reliving the moment. I suggest this camera to anyone!

  • 2.0 out of 5
so disappointed (Kian — 06/12/2009)

I really loved the big clear display screen and how bright it was even in day light. However, I did have minor issues with it locking up or cutting off. I would have to remove the battery and replace it to get it back to normal. Now it is all dead! I got a high temp message even when it had not been exposed to heat and was not in use. It will not turn on crazy! I am so disappointed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera!! (Nancy Stewart — 05/27/2009)

I bought this camera to take pictures of all the retired horses where I work...and to put the pictures on our website. This camera blows away the HP and Canon cameras my friends have. The pictures are so clear and sharp and color is true. I have gotten some really awesome shots...and even won a couple of photo contests with pictures taken with the V1253. I also own a Canon 40D with 5 different lenses. While I love that camera and all the things I can do with just can't lug it around on horseback very well....and when driving from pasture to pasture in the Gator, the Canon takes up so much room. The V1253 is my camera of choice for taking pictures of friends at shows, clinics and lessons. I bought one for my husband and am getting one for a friend. It's easy to use, you can still stretch yourself somewhat...and it is so handy. I totally recommend this camera!

  • 3.0 out of 5
my kodak v1253 (linda nash — 05/19/2009)

had my kodak v1253 for just over a year started having problems with it at xmas in thailand it was just going off with zoom left out scn button blue on and wouldnt shut down, took it to pc world were i bought it and they said it was the heat now its doing it again had it just over a year so cant take it back

  • 1.0 out of 5
Garbage!!!!!!!!! (Kerrida — 04/23/2009)

I am not usually one to write reviews but it now seems like my only way to vent about this piece of lame excuse for a camera.I got The Kodak V1253 for Christmas a year ago and was super excited.It did not take long for it to start malfunctioning.I have had to replace like six brand new memory cards because the camera wont read them.It freezes very often,goes blank for no reason or just shuts off completetly.Now for the final straw.when i take picures they are extemely dark(you cant see a thing),or extemely light.I reaaly dont understand why this is happening.I have done nothing but cherish this piece of crap.I have never dropped it or damaged it in anyway.I just decided to send it in for repair and was told that my 1 year warranty is up.I will stay away from Kodak for as long as i live and tell anybody who will listen about my horror story.If you want durable and reliable camera do yourself a favor and STAY FAR FROM THIS ONE!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broken after two months (Sarah — 04/03/2009)

This may be a little repetitive, but what a piece of crap. I've never been able to afford a digital camera, so I saved up and bought this one—what a waste! I used it for two months before it started powering off automatically.

It makes me sick to think about how much I spent on this camera and how I refused the warranty.

  • 1.0 out of 5
V1253 No Boot no Shoot (George — 03/28/2009)

Bought this camera for our daughter to replace her aging JVC. Approximately 6 months later the camera developed this issue of no boot and autoshut down. What happens is: 1. press the "on/off" button, 2. lights light, and the lens cycles out, then back in and then the camera shuts down. The camera never suffered from inappropriate use. A friend of ours bought the same camera and about 6-7 months later it also developed the exact same failure.

Talked to Kodak and they primairly told me "Too bad" it was not their problem. But they did tell me I could send it back for a charge and they would troubleshoot it and charge me for the repiars.

Bottomline....NO MORE KODAK PRODUCTS, especially since they seem to support the policy of "Let the buyer beware"

I wouldn't recommend any Kodak products to any one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible (Wendy MacDonald — 02/26/2009)

Bought camera off QVC and was excited with it's possibilities. I have had nothing but problems with this camera. Quality of pictures is poor compared to the HP I had previously. Camera is now broke and the lens won't retract. I will NEVER buy a Kodak camera again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
OK camera (Steven Myers — 02/05/2009)

OK camera, prefer it for the video capability. I can record events where I do not want a full size video camera. Camera recently broke, lens not operational, device powers on/off as a result. $100 + shipping and tax to fix. Will give it a try. One annoyance - I was told the technical support group (probably a contracted company) does not have access to registration records. What is the point of registering the camera then?

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great When It Works (Darin — 01/19/2009)

Worked great for a day taking 720p video and stills. Then it started to power on and off. The pictures got blurry and the 720 video got choppy. Would have been extremely happy if would have worked the day I got it. Emailed Kodak I will have to see what they say.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible (Eric — 01/17/2009)

I work at a jewelry store and take photos of the various products for our site, and i usually use a Nikon coolpix s51. It's not the best for macro stuff, but it gets the job done, the pictures are clear and crisp. When it ran out of batteries, i decided to use the store's Kodak v1253, and 150 pictures later, all of them were so bad that I could not use a single one. They look respectable on the screen when you view them, but get them on anything with a decent resolution and they turn into total crap. The colors are washed out, and the photos are grainy and lack detail. To make matters worse, Kodak Easyshare software is probably the worst non malware program i have had the displeasure of using. The camera becomes non functional when plugged into a usb port...what a great feature.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Camera looks great but... (Ben — 12/31/2008)

It sucks. The first one died on me after taking photographs for 2 months. In the middle of the shot... it would just shut down. Luckily I got it at costco, but stupid me I got the same one again thinking Kodak couldn't be that bad... here's the news, IT's A FAULTY CAMERA!!! This one just didn't do anything weird until 5 months and then here I am at it's 9th month and it now doesn't even want to turn on. Go buy something else. This camera sucks really bad.

  • 1.0 out of 5
good looking but bad image quality (CT Truong — 12/23/2008)

I bought the camera because it looks very nice. Now I realized that it was a big mistake. The camera looks good but everytime you take the picture, it is not stabitalized: 80% of all images if look closely are very blurred. No matter what I do, still couldn't control or change the setting.

I highly NOT recomment this camera

  • 2.0 out of 5
is there a recall on this camera (Pat Crawford — 11/14/2008)

I have used this camera for several months and have experienced a problem with the camera. I will be taking pictures then it just stops taking pictures. I've tried turning it off and back on and most of the time it will begin taking pictures again. If I want to take a lot of picture I experience this several times during the picture taking. I have losts shots of really important things because of the locking up of the camera. Has anyone else had this problem?

  • 3.0 out of 5
started good (Robert Cawley — 11/11/2008)

did all the lookin on internet sites for a new camera and thought this was the 1. started out brilliant thought it was fantastic,then tried doin video with it and can't get it workin right , its jumpy when put on compter.then started lookin closely at the pictures and saw that they were a bit grainy compared t other pictures taken at the same events with other peoples cameras and realised it wasn't all that good but i keep usein it tryin to improve the qulity of pictures thinkin its me not usein it right but no matter what i do its the might save up to get a differant one cos im slowely fallin out with it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice (Ellis Dzandu — 11/08/2008)

Wonderful camera by all standards are crystal clear.
the only problem i have is that when u are recordin a video sometime the camera freezes up when u try to stop recording

  • 5.0 out of 5
The only camera I always carry (Bill — 10/10/2008)

This is a great little camera. Easily fits in my pocket and takes great photos and video. 3x optical zoom and 16-9 format available. Great battery life, easily takes 200 photos or 40 minutes of video on 1 charge. Large 3" screen.
This is the only camera that I always carry.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Awful! (Wanda, Richmond, VA — 09/24/2008)

I bought this camera about 10 months ago. It did a bit grainy.....but when I needed it the Dominican Republic this August, it would not work. Can you believe that.....picture taking time and it would not work. Sent it back to Kodak b/c it is still in the warranty period and Kodak fixed, but I don't trust it now. Will buy a Canon!

  • 1.0 out of 5
take to court (kevin McDowell — 08/15/2008)

my wife had purchased this camera about two months ago, at first everything seem fine. Pictures came out clear and crisp, the HD videos seemed ok also,until about a month into use. there were error messages and it asked to formatt the memory card. After several failed attempts we had sent it to the company for repairs..... a few weeks later we recieved the camera with an invoice stated the issues and what services were rendered.... we sent it back a second time because after the so called repairs it acted up again. It could not read the memory cards, even after buying new ones of the brand type recommended for use with this product.. Not only is this a terrible camera but Kodak does not honor its' own warranty, the catch is that they offer you a "refurbished- used camera for the new one you buy that doesn't work......... I propose that we as the buying public contact the media like 20/20 to do an investigative report on big businesses that scam the public with fake warrenties and shabby products. if there are those whom are willing to take our cases to court and file a class action let us unit organize and do so....... please correspone by email to see what we can do

  • 1.0 out of 5
3 repairs (Jennifer — 08/02/2008)

I love Kodak cameras...or used to. This camera has caused me more grief. I will never buy another kodak again. I have sent it in too many times for replacement and repair...and am currently waiting for my new one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do NOT Buy this camera (Jessica — 06/24/2008)

I bought this camera thinking it was a trusted brand.
I am sending this camera in for the THIRD time for repair.
VERY DISAPPOINTED I paid $280 I except to receive something that will work....

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it (Lynne Humphrey — 06/20/2008)

I LOVE this's small enough to carry in my purse and takes beautiful pictures, although I am still finding new features to use. The battery life is GREAT compared to my big Kodak which eats batteries like candy!!! BUY IT....You'll love it!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
TERRIBLE! ONLY BUY A-RATED CAMERAS!!!!! (Matt — 06/17/2008)

This camera has horrible grain no matter where you are! I was trying to take a picture of my friends in front of a sunset and even with the flash onit made the sky look all weird and you could barely even see my friends in it, do not buy anything from Kodak I recommend getting the Panasonic TZ5 or Canon since they're now the leader in digital camera technology.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not a good camera (Terri — 05/17/2008)

I bought this camera in March 2008. It didn't take good pictures from the start. They are all blurry even with the image stabilizer and with me standing still. I tried to get help with the camera but was told that it was my fault for using "too high of a G mermory card." It was a Kodak 2G memory card which was recommended for the camera. I had no luck trying to return or trade the camera. It is currently in the box in my closet. Nice waste of more than $200. I got a $99 Olympus that takes pictures that are 300 times better.

  • 2.0 out of 5
over rated (Vinnie Walsh — 05/16/2008)

So I bought the Kodak v1253 with great expectations of high quality photos
It was a Kodak which i knew as a fairly decent company, so i expected a well made camera.
sadly this isn't the case, although I have only owned it for a day, taking pictures has became more of a struggle and has lost it's enjoyment.
I've tried every setting and my images constantly come out blurry! however, with it's image stabilizer and sport mode, my images weren't blurry, instead they suffered from what i can only describe as "chicken pocks" the images came out patchy and at low quality. Although you will be drawn to the blue backlit button that says "HD" I advise you think twice.

My old 7.1mp digital camera took crystal clear photos, and was half the price, I would try the camera your self in store before buying it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
HORRIBLE!!! DON'T BUY THIS CAMERA!!! NOT WORTH IT!!! (Hannah — 04/26/2008)

Ok, so I ordered this camera after seeing its debut on QVC. My mom ordered it for me for graduation. I was so excited that I couldn't wait for it to come in! I waited for two weeks. Once I got it, my Dad helped me unpack it and everything and read through how to put everything together. My Dad told me that it probably didn't come charged. But it did. The battery only last for like a couple of hours, so I decided to charge it. BIG MISTAKE! I plugged it into the wall, only wondering why there was an extra piece. I plugged it into the wall, and the next morning before school, decided to take it to school, ONLY TO FIND OUT IT DIDN'T CHARGE OVERTNIGHT!!! I was very upset and couldn't believe it. I looked in the book, only to find out that you can charge it by your computer as well. I decided to plug it into my computer and see if it would charge while I was at school all day. I came home from school after EIGHT HOURS AT SCHOOL and it DID NOT CHARGE WHATSOEVER!!! I was really upset even more after that. I told my Dad, and he told me that if I wanted to send it back I could. But not to wait too long because I only had 30 days. Well, I gave it one last chance, and it didn't work. I was so sad because I loved how great the quality of the pictures were, but very upset because the camera itself would not charge! I ended up having to send it back, but not just normally. I had to send it back with the zoom lens not shutting because it was a stupid camera. I will not be buying anything else from QVC because of this camera. I will be ordering another camera, perferrably a SONY or CASIO or CANON. I hope no one buys this camera again and has to deal with what I had to deal with.

  • 1.0 out of 5
worst camera ever broke from the start wont replace but will fix ha its new whats that mean been trying to get (HHOWARD — 04/11/2008)

I bought this camera in dec for xmas wouldnt perform from the start kodak kept making excuses til 3o days past now they will "fix" it if I pay to ship it back whats that about it was new and didnt work in the beginning they would say let us ship you a battery and see if... took over 2 weeks that didnt do it then a cable that took 2 weeks then sorry we can only fix it YOU BETTER STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY ENTIRELY THE LENS STUCK AND IM SURE IM NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH THIS ISSUE DO YOU? fuji had 1 I bought a couple yrs ago did the same thing they replaced with new 1 four times then took it off the market beware

  • 1.0 out of 5
terrible (Anastasiya P. — 03/26/2008)

A terrible camera, I had to charge batteries every 5 to 6 days(my old Sony only in 3-4 months) and very often it looses focus, you took one picture, previewed it and then it doesn't focus again, I had to turn it off and on to take anather picture.But quality is good, can't complain.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not Great, Not Terrible-You get what you pay for it. (Terragezer — 03/16/2008)

My wife and are avid backpackers. We picked up the camera for a Fall trip to hike in the Colorado Rockies and now after that trip - 39 miles on the trail - and several others to the Smokey Mtns and other locations here is what we have found out about the camera.
The first thing we discovered that we did not like about the camera is that in bright outdoor light you cannot see the display screen - so you have to guess at how you are framing the shot. No viewfinder on the camera is a definite detraction. On auto setting and several of the custom settings, you end up having to stop down the camera in brighter light opportunities or the photos will be badly washed out. Write speed to the card is slow at higher megapixel settings unless you have an ultra highspeed card. Finally the large number of buttons on the camera - and their placement - means less than nible fingers can change a setting, put it in a different than intended mode, or just keep you from making the shot you thought you were making. Not fun when you think you just captured that one lifetime shot - only to find you missed it entirely or you turned on the flash and washed it out.
On the positive side, camera seems to be of good construction, it is relatively light for what it does, the HD video mode is outstanding - worth the price just for this - in having a backpackable video camera. The 12 megapixel setting is great for photos to be enlarged for large format displays. Battery life is adequate - not great but adequate.
So, all in all, it is not a Great camera but neither is it a terrible camera - you get what you pay for it - and on a scale of finding a camera capable of 12 megapixels and outstanding HD video capability - I believe worth the price.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Not bad, not the best (chris — 03/08/2008)

I will agree that auto mode isn't the greatest. I set the flash from auto to always on and that helped out the pictures alot. The out door/natural light pictures where great!
The HD video is what really made me take notice of this camera.
Over all this isn't a bad camera if you want to use it for outdoor pictures with some indoor/lowlight. If you are looking for a camera with great a great video mode this is the one.
On a side note I own a Cannon SD750 and though the indoor/low light pictures are better, its outdoor/natural light pictures are not as good and the video isn't even close to the Kodaks

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera, fantastic HD (Robert — 02/04/2008)

I have owned other Kodak digital cameras, as well as Sonys, and still use a Kodak P712, which has more features than the V1253, and costs more than twice as much. I bought the V1253 for the HD quality video, and the quality is much better than I even imagined. I had no problems with video picture taking right from the start. I did download the firmware upgrade, and can see a clarity difference in the videos. The pictures were excellent before, and look excellent still.

I never ran across the grainy stuff, the green lines, nor did I have any problems with blurred pictures. It sounds like a user problem in the two reviews that stated those things. I use a 2.0 GB card, as I always do, since internal memory is not made to hold more than a few pictures. I actually keep extra cards for all my cameras for the purpose of not running out of memory. It is very handy in that you can take dozens or hundreds of pictures, with no regard for developing costs, and simply delete those you don't want. I simply upload them through a card reader to my personal computer, and go through them.

I actually got the camera for $149 at Office Max. It was on sale last week, down from 249 to 199, and an additional 50 off at the register. I had to have one store call another, as they were out at the first one.

I highly recommend the Kodaks I've used over the Sony, particularly in the auto focus aspect. I also recommend the Kodak P712 if you want a strong 12x optical zoom with image stabilization. It takes excellent long distance pictures and videos. The V1253 is better in the size, ease of use, the huge LCD, and the 12.0 mp for cropping pictures. Amazing clairity for zooming and printing.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Don't waste your time! (mike — 01/18/2008)

I had the exact same experiences with this camera as Simon (see his review) The camera was bought at Costco so I had no problems returning it. Pictures were grainy in moderate light situations and the shake indicator went on except in exceptionally good light scenarios. The HD MPEG-4 video feature was nice and worked surprisingly well.

  • 5.0 out of 5
GET IT!! Don't listen to other Reviewer! (PIZ — 01/18/2008)

OK, I bought this Cam back in December then took it back due to a gamble I was making with myself. I knew the CES show was coming up on Jan. 8th and instinctivly felt that there was most likely going to be a price drop on this cam directly after the Show, and sure enough I was right. Within 2 days after CES the price droped from $279 to $249, plus BEST BUY had a $20 dollar off sale so I ended up getting it for $229 saving myself over $50 bucks by being patient.


This Cam has more then exceeded my expectations! The Pic's are beautiful, the HD Video is the best I've ever seen on a Cam. Just make sure you download the free firmware update on Kodaks site to the cam, it speeds up the processing speed of the cam and solves all issues anyone would have with this, and make sure you do this, it takes 5min to download and afterwards, you will have the best Point & Shoot on the market. Every bad review I have come across complained about slow processing speed; with the free firmware update, once downloaded to the cam off of Kodaks site(FREE), all issue's are solved, no more Gray screen of death! The 3.1 inch screen is a dream to look at, I cannot say enough about this cam. The Video is freaking AMAZING!! Straight out the Box you can make your Video and watch it right away on your TV with the included AV jacks. My Family's jaw droped when they seen the Video I recorded of them, they could not believe how crystal clear and high quality the footage was. Also, after the firmware update the speed of taking a Pic is about as quick as a regular film camera, so no pushing the button down and waiting 2 extra seconds for the picture to finally be taken, with this Cam you will not miss that special moment.


I would go as far as saying the Kodak 1253 "is" superior to even my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, which I love!! The only complaint I would have is that this cam is that it has no optical image stabilization (Which pretty much garantee's to never take a blurry Pic), but the cam does have image stabilization with Anti-Blurr, so still, without optical image stabilization it is still very rare that you will get a blurry Pic due to the standard image stabilization and Anti-Blurr mode (This is also me being picky). In the end I say this Cam is Easilly the greatest Cam I have ever owned, or have come across thus far!! 10 STARS!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
DO NOT BUY! (Simon — 01/07/2008)

I took it back to the shop (PC WORLD) and after a fight about "not liking it" not being enough to get a refund (so don't get a camera from them either!), I got my money back and bought a Canon Ixus 960.

The image quality on auto on 12mp settings is so poor I thought there was something on the lens. Auto should surely take decent pictures in a range of lighting situations. Well, with this camera, auto gives your grainy, odd-coloured images that look like they were taken with a webcam. I tried it on loads of different settings. The man with the attitude at PC World said "Mmm I see what you mean" when I he took a picture to try and show me I was an idiot. After 10 minutes playing with the settings, he put it on the highest ISO and "burst" mode and produced a decent image. That was pure fluke, though and in my book, auto mode should be decent.

Another problem was that no matter how still you were, it always registered some kind of camera shake and the manual was useless at helping.

Further, it comes with a tiny amount of built-in memory that can only take 8 pictures on lowest quality, and no SD card. When I got a card in it, it often had errors in the pictures - thick green horizontal lines. Saving was also quite slow.

I thought the screen was big and clear and the menus were easy to navigate.

Overall, an awful experience, compounded by a bad attitude from the vendor - who also missed out on a sale because I had intended to just get a Canon from them, but sorry PC World, your after sales service is actually worse than this camera!