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Kodak EasyShare V803

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Kodak EasyShare V803

We've given the V803 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Kodak EasyShare V803 is a highly-portable party camera, small enough to fit in your pocket but bright enough to be noticed and act as a digital accessory to your ensemble. Available in nine different colors, the V803 is a great camera for taking party photos without weighing you down with an ugly, heavy device. The 8 megapixel sensor can provide highly-detailed photo prints up to 16 x 22 inches, and the camera's high-ISO settings and anti-blur technology make it a perfect companion in dark or high-action environments.


  • 8 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • Secure Digital memory (32MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: EasyShare V803
  • UPC: 041771334000
  • Release Date: Jan 11, 2007

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Kodak EasyShare V803 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare V803 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
was my best friend (Bailey — 07/15/2011)
The V803, is (still!) my very first camera and even though I don't have any other camera to compare to I still think it is was a smart choice. I think its best features are the scene modes and picture quality. My screen has never cracked but I do always try to be very careful since the screen is not protected with clear glass, like some other cameras. The only problem I have had with this camera after about 15-20 mild drops and 4 years are the lens malfunctioning and this almost transparent black smudged "dot" that show up on the LCD screen (it seems like it is coming from the lens though since it shows up in some of my videos), which I think isn't too shabby. I am in the process of getting a new Kodak camera, my only hope is for it to be just as great if not better than my V803 camera! TIP FOR BUYERS/OWNERS; there are a lot of complaints about the clicking noises when you are in video mode, but that is (most likely) only if you are in the Continuous AF! If you switch your AF control to single then the clicking noise should stop.
  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent in aspects.. great panaroma, battery quality, long time exposure shots and above all the price (Deep_explorer — 02/11/2010)
I bought this camera in Oct 2007, now till mid feb of 2010 I have clicked it thousands of time. It never betrayed me, has given sharpest of the photos, and the panaroma shots I take in the mountain ranges have wooed all my friends. If one can use this camera, it has many wonders stored in it. some disadvantages, like clicking sound in video recording is infact tedious. Inhouse and low light shots sometimes turn total black even with flash is not good, but the second time I click the same shot,it gives good response.. overall it is a great camera as fa as my view is concerned.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't buy this camera! (Holly — 12/29/2009)

When i bought my camera i loved it (color,pics,vids). A few months in, i took videos and there was a black little dot in the middle of the lens and would show up on the video. I started uploding my pictures and videos on my laptop to to put them on facebook, myspace, bebo, etc, when none of the videos would upload. Even when one of the videos magically uploaded on my laptop it would'nt even play! BAD camera! Don't make the same mistake i did (BUYING THIS CAMERA!)

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broken LCD viewfinder - Froze up too (lora Rathbone — 12/10/2009)

Initially a great camera, except for slow response time between pictures. Froze a couple of times but we were able to get it going again. Then one day the screen went black without being dropped. I did carry it in my pants pocket as I had many times before and I didn't bang into anything! We made an expensive error buying this one!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Junk!! (Marilyn — 09/19/2009)

Camera never worked. I had it awhile before I went to use it. It was an extra and had been a replacement by a friend for an different on she lost. Contacted Kodak while still under warranty and their canned responses told me no one read the problem. It never got near my computer (just the card) and they kept telling me it was my computer. Battery drained in aobut 10 minutes with it off. They would not take it back unless I found the receipt (friend could not find it) and I replaced the battery - about $40. Finally got a cheap oem online and same thing happens. Out of warranty. Out of luck. Trash. Will not buy another kodak low end camera. Only one worth it's salt was the V705 because of the wide angle lens.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disapointed (Cynthia Hummel — 08/30/2009)

I don't spend money on myself and bought this so I could get pictures of my grandkids. Now I am stuck with a camera that doesn't work. When you turn it on it goes off right away.
I took it to a camera shop and the battery was fine, just bad camera. Would cost more to fix than to buy another one. What's up with Kodak????????????????

  • 4.0 out of 5
I liked this camera (Calvin Hill — 03/26/2009)

The only problem I have had is that the battery went bad in a year time,over all KODAK is a good brand to buy.

  • 2.0 out of 5
WOW; kodak sucks. (Amber — 02/13/2009)

i had about 5 of those V803 in just like under 3 months.
all i can say is that they take AMAZING pictures and have AMAZING quality. i loved the camera effects.
just the camera SUCKS.
it alwayyys turned off. out of all those 5; they all did the same thing and would turn off and like hwen i charged it it would turn on then turn black and wouldnt turn off as if it was already off.

dont buy kodak v803
thier a waste of money.
kodak shouldnt even buy them anymore.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Dropped but not dropped (patricia martens — 12/07/2008)

Camera stopped working (screen image is blurred). As camera was still under warranty, I took it to repair shop. They advised that camera had been dropped and suffered impact damage and also it had traces of debris in it.
The camera has never been dropped. They want $100 to fix it. This is the 3rd camera from Kodak we have purchased for various family members in last 4 years. None of them work anymore. 3 STRIKES your out KODAK. Your products are crap.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Thought I would give it one more chance... (Becky — 08/27/2008)

I purchased my first v803 about a year ago. My son dropped the camera and the LCD screen broke. I liked the features so I purchased a second v803 one week ago. Put the camera in a case in my purse and then found that the LCD screen is shattered on this one with no direct impact. Won't purchase Kodak again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
bought 3 (pat leclaire — 08/25/2008)

after my daughter took her v803 to mexico and loved everything about the camera, we bought another v803 and a v1003 now the original one has the infamous cracked screen problem. an estimate from kodak approx. 80 + shipping. sounds like alot of people with this same problem, i wish kodak would man up and admit they have aproblem. not sure uf i shpuld get fixed or take ny loss and buy a NIKON

  • 2.0 out of 5
Easily cracked LCD screen (jeff — 08/16/2008)

Daughter was using the camera, dropped it and while catching it in mid air the extra pressure she put on the LCD cracked it ... not very durable.

  • 2.0 out of 5
LCD Screen Major Flaw (Sandy — 07/31/2008)

If you are looking for a camera that takes great pictures and is easy to use this is the camera for you. It's small and compact but has one major design flaw, the LCD screen breaks very easily. Without it you can't see the pictures you are taking since there is no viewing hole. If Kodak fixed this problem it would be a great camera. Right now I wouldn't give it to your teenager unless you want to replace the screen all the time, this costs around $60 to do it yourself.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD Screen Cracked (Sherry — 06/05/2008)

I had only had my camra 3 months when my LCD screen cracked. I got the camra from dell and the warranty was out. Does anyone know if there is a recall on them? I was looking at them on ebay and it looks to be a common problem. Thanks, Sherry

  • 4.0 out of 5
LCD Screen Major Design Flaw (jonathan T — 05/23/2008)

screen cracked very easily and i found out why. i bought a new screen and was doing a diy repair and found out that there is no protective plastic or class between the outside and the screen so besides that major flaw i love this cam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD lens cracked (cathi Esco — 04/27/2008)

I have never had this happen in all my 58 years....I have never had a camera under 5 years and I have been a Kodak user for years. The same thing I have been reading....this camera has a serious design defect.
I also sent mine to be repaired as the rep I talked to said it would "be covered" since I had not dropped it or got it wet.
I received a bill for $80 to have it repaired. I then contacted Kodak and received all sorts of repeated runaround.
It would cost me $40 just to get it back unrepaired and since the camera didn't have a VIEWFINDER anyway, it would have been pretty useless, so I just lost out!
I will NEVER buy KODAK again!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
gross, (Angelica — 03/28/2008)

I basically hate this camera.
When i first got it i was stoked like any other person,
but i kept hearing that clicking sound that everyone does and it was slow.
I had purchased it because the guy told me that it was a fast lens. Well now i'm like returning it because the screen went "white noise" on me. The pictures also werent the best quality ever.

  • 2.0 out of 5
IT FROZE![again] (Cassidy — 02/03/2008)

iv had the camera not even for a week, and i noticed it was a very cool camera. i was really excited for it and couldnt wait to start taking pictures. i didnt even have it for a day and i was in the middle of looking at one of the pics i recently took, and it froze. ive returned the camera 2 times already [from office depot who's been rly nice about the whole thing yet im still having the same PROBLEM] and i love all the cool settings and extras but id rather have a camera that wouldnt freeze every 2 seconds! i noticed the clicking noise as well every time the video mode is activated. i think there might be a way to stop the clicking but i havent figured it out. my camera is currently frozen and sitting on a table. i can take the batteries out but it just ends up doing the same thing. the screen doesnt turn black or anything, it stays on the same screen not letting me use any of the features or turn it off. im so frustrated with this camera and i dont know if id EVER buy another kodak again!

  • 1.0 out of 5
NEVER BUY A KODAK! (jimmy — 01/30/2008)

I purchased a Kodak EasyShare Digital Camera from The camera stopped working after a couple of months. It automatically turned off immediately after it turned on. I addressed the problem with Kodak representative who informed me that the camera would have to be sent to United Camera & Binocular Repair Corp in Bensenville, IL. It was my understanding that the camera would be repaired under the warranty and returned to me at no charge. Instead, I got a letter from United Camera & Binocular Repair Corp. stating that the warranty is void claiming that the camera contained sand. Trust me, It was never exposed to sand.

Furthermore, I would have to pay to have the camera repaired and pay for the shipping. I contacted both United Camera & Binocular Repair Corp. and Kodak requesting that my camera be fixed and returned, but was referred back and forth between the two. This Kodak EasyShare has a defect and Kodak is refusing to honor the warranty. Even after the representative said it was probably a design flaw they still refused to repair the camera. I have never abused or neglect any of my cameras and none of the others have stopped working. My Kodak camera stopped working properly due to a manufacturing defect and Kodak is refusing to honor the warranty. My Kodak camera had no damage, was never dropped and was never exposed to excessive sand when it was sent to United Camera and Binocular Repair Corp.

Please note, after a little research, I stumbled across many forums over the internet, from many people with the same exact experience with the same or similar models.
Imagine how many unreported cases that exist. This issue is a result of a design defect and a warranty scam. I and several Kodak customers are being cheated and scammed. Take my advice, NEVER BUY A KODAK.

  • 3.0 out of 5
LCD screen cracked (M — 01/12/2008)

I kept the camera in a camera bag and only took it out for taking pictures. It was working fine one minute and when I took it out again a few minutes later the screen was cracked. We didn't drop it, hit it, step on it. Just held it. We sent it in and Kodak repaired it for no charge as it was under warranty. Takes good pictures, but it seems as though the screen is a fragile as an eggshell.

  • 1.0 out of 5
i got ripped off (aubrey — 12/27/2007)

this camera is TERRIBLE. i wasted $249 on it. in the first week the camera started freezing up in the menu section, so i returned it for a brand new one. almost instantly the LCD screen broke. i hadn't dropped it or anything. just stopped working. this camera is a complete rip-off and Kodak should be ashamed to STEAL people's money

  • 1.0 out of 5
don't buy V803 KODAK (thatsanoffense — 11/13/2007)

in less than 2 months, the lens on this camera failed to retract. since it was over the 30 days allowable for return to store for exchange for a new one, i am forced to return to kodak to get it fixed not replaced. do not purchase this model.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD screen (RICK CLARK — 11/12/2007)

I had the camera for about 2 months. i always kept it in a case. one day i pulled it out and the plasma inside the LCD screen had internally broken. i hadn't sat on it, shaken it, anything. other than that, the camera was fine. but i was upset when i was told it would cost me to fix it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
i don't reccommend. (Anny Onomous — 10/14/2007)

I had the camera for about 3 months. i always kept it in a case. one day i pulled it out and the plasma inside the LCD screen had internally broken. i hadn't sat on it, shaken it, anything. other than that, the camera was fine. but i was upset when i was told it would cost me to fix it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
LCD Screen cracks (Jim Mc Farlane — 10/05/2007)

Great little camera but we're now on number 3 as the other two have had problems with the lcd screen. It ends up with what looks like a crack across the screen and a pear shaped black area appears. Luckily it was purchased through ASDA so the no quibble guarantee has worked so far.

  • 2.0 out of 5
cute camera, terrible performance (brittany horton — 10/01/2007)

i got the camera as a graduation present. it didnt last one full day without breaking. i had taken pictures that night, the next morning i was reviewing a picture and when i zoomed on that photo the camera froze, wouldnt charge, and wouldnt turn off. i returned that camera and got another one just like it. that camera didnt last 2 months. the zoom broke on that too, but this time it wasnt when i was reviewing a picture, it was when i was taking it.if i hit the zoom button it would freeze then turn off. eventually it wouldnt turn back on. i was very dissapointed with the performance.

  • 1.0 out of 5
2nd Kodak that shuts off (Linda — 09/26/2007)

just went and replaced my kodak Z740, it would shut off right after I turned it on...I had this V803 for 5 days and it did the same thing called Kodak and I am done with them...they want to give me 15% off new camera and they will fix my older one bought in 1-2006 for 135.00, you all know what I said to that I am packing this V803 and taking it back to store NOW!!!! I will never buy a KODAK

  • 2.0 out of 5
ULTRA FRAGILE LCD SCREEN (Nancy Galarneau — 09/25/2007)

After 3 months use, the LCD screen cracked. We didn't drop and always kept it safely tucked in it's case. Seller, (Future Shop) won't take it back.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible (Lynn — 09/15/2007)

I've never had a camera just randomly shut off and not turn back on! I believe it's the same problem with the LCD cracking.. I didn't drop it, get it wet or anything. I was in the middle of taking pictures and randomly it shut off and everytime I would try and turn it back on it would flash a black screen.

this is my second camera from them that has done this the first one I took back.. and they let me exchange it- I thought maybe it was just a malfunction.. or a fluke. but this one has done the same thing.

they need to fix this problem- this camera stinks

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good camera except the LCD cracks SO EASILY! (Chris Scoville — 09/15/2007)

My LCD cracked while it was in the camera case, and it wasn't dropped. Any slight amount of pressure will crack the LCD. There is no warranty I was told about the cracked screen. The only sufggestion I have it to get a heavy duty, hard camera case with plenty of foam padding on the inside.

  • 3.0 out of 5
It's Okay (Kassi — 08/11/2007)

I bought this camera thinking that it would be great but the flash at night is horrible i cannot take night pictures at all, and the delay is really long so when I take pictures of all of my motorcross races they turn out horrible.

  • 1.0 out of 5
DONT BUY THIS CAMERA the LCD Cracks (Bob Tasa — 08/11/2007)

This seems to be a fatal flaw in this camera.
If it was just me not problem but when three other people
have the same issue then its a design flaw.

I bought this camera because it was so easy to operate and took good pictures.

We took it on vacation and the LCD cracked with a big black
mark off to one side. We NEVER dropped the camera.
It was alone in my sons pocket. We put the camera in his pocket good about 2 hours later took it out and it was bad.
I have had an olympus for years and this never happened.

The point is this camera has issues. DONT but it.


  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible!!!!!!! (Bob — 07/24/2007)

I bought this camera end of march for a vacation trip. Great Deal, Great pics, everything was spectacular. But you got to know when a deal is that good it can't be true. 4 weeks ago the camera had a huge black blur in it, sent it in to United Camera and Binocular (Kodak's repair people)and find out its a "cracked LCD". Haven't dropped haven't even taken it out in the rain. I got it back now 4 weeks later from the repair shop and it has the same problem. United binocular tells me they had it fine, it was perfect when it left, and in the 2 days it was shipped back to me, problem's back???? I don't think so. They told me this problem has been happening alot and i would have to ship it back to them. So a total of 7 weeks in repair and they're telling me it'll probably happen again numerous times, and it's a kodak problem they are not recalling. I didn't even complain about the video clicking because i don't take video that often, but you bet i brought it up this time when i called kodak. They have no answer to this problem but to send it back out to be repaired by united camera and binocular. Waste of time and money, should have known I got what I paid for. If you like having your camera shipped across the U.S. every 3 weeks, buy this camera, otherwise BEWARE!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't go to best buy (Kajsa — 07/21/2007)

I bought this camera in April 2007 and in June I was taking pictures when the screen went blank(white) Kodak and Best buy said my camera was dropped and will not replace or repair. Now I am out 200 bucks...

  • 4.0 out of 5
Random complaints about camera. (Jennifer — 07/18/2007)

I really like my brand new kodak camera. I just bought it today. There is only one complaint that I have, when I put the camera in video mode, it makes a strange clicking noise, it wouldn't bother me but when you go to review the video you recorded, you can hear the clicking noise. does anyone know anything about this?

  • 4.0 out of 5
Clicking noise (Jennifer — 07/18/2007)

I found that if you are experiencing a clicking noise during either video or basic camera modes, go to menu and turn the auto focus to single instead of continuous. This helped with my annoyance of the 'click, click, click' and I hope it helps you :)

  • 4.0 out of 5
compact, takes excellent pictures once I played with settings. (Scott Cantelo — 07/17/2007)

I loved this camera! Small, compact, lots of the usual digital functions and it looks cool to boot. I loved it, till the screen cracked without me even dropping it our bashing it. These seems to be a common issue. Kodak better do a recal or fix it for free, or I won't be buying Kodaks anymore. (as my family and I have never had an issue with them before)

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera (stephanie johnson — 07/09/2007)

this camera is great, I haven't had a problem yet.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Video mode clicking noise + indoor with flash is totaly dark (Dario — 06/13/2007)

Two major issues:
1. Video mode clicking noise
2. Indoor with flash is totaly dark, without flash: better picture!?
Do not buy it!! I called Kodak, I'm also trying to get the money back. I own a C-series Kodak camera and it works 100% so it is not me, it is the issue with this camera. The serial number also erased from the back of it within a week. Poor poor quality over-all.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I sure didn't break it. (Kaysee — 06/11/2007)

I love this camera. It is virtually my life. I take it with me everywhere. I take pictures and videos, constantly. But I have noticed that the videos click. I know it's not my fault. And it's not all of them and some of them way worse than others, but, I mainly record singers. So it's a total upset. And just this morning I woke up to a cracked LCD. So I immediately went to the Kodak site and found how I can get it fixed. I didn't drop it, I didn't expose it to water, I don't even know how it broke. But Kodak says that if they think I dropped it, they're going to charge me for it. To be honest, it looks like I dropped it, but I sure didn't break it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Bought today and was happy about this cheaper camera. (Celine Lim — 06/03/2007)

I just bought it today and I really like it alot. This was so much cheaper. Initially I am considering between Fuji F31Fd but the shop assistant recommend me to this. I tried and was happy with it. Battery life claims to take 300 over photos but i have not yet try.
Crystal Dougherty - I was like you initially thought that I have to wait 15 secs before taking another. But not true, you can press as many as you like, you don't have to wait. I have tried and initially I thought have to wait, then i will not chose this. Overall, thumbs up as many functions for such cheap cameras.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera for the price (Crystal Dougherty — 05/22/2007)

I really like this camera. The only things I have found that I don't like are 1)the camera takes a long time to turn on and a long time to store the picture so you have to wait at least 15 seconds in between taking pictures, and 2)the video file is a .mov which is not compatible with most media players (you have to download the easy share software to get them to play on your computer).

  • 4.0 out of 5
No complaints (Andrew — 05/16/2007)

Looks like a happy snapper, but the wide range of presets make it quite a versatile camera. I didn't expect the internal memory to be up to much, but a 1GB memory card ($15 on the internet) will save 900 8MP shots which seems more than enough.
My only gripe is the looong delay between pressing the button and taking the shot. I don't bother trying to catch frenetic action shots, or if I do try, set it to multiple shot.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bought on Friday, LCD broken on Monday, SOL apparently (Dylan Black — 05/09/2007)

Both the retailer I got this from (BestBuy) and Kodak said this was my fault. I didn't drop the camera or anything, it was in my GF's handbag from saturday afternoon until monday morning, at which point I pulled it out and the LCD was cracked. Unlike my Sony which has a viewfinder and an LCD screen, this has only an LCD so I can't see what I'm shooting with it broken. Kodak wants to charge me 35 bucks just to look at it and tell me that the damage is my fault, I have tons of cameras and other devices with LCD screens and have never had one break after 3 days, the Sony bounces around the bottom of my backpack for 2 years and works fine, cost the same as this Camera. I will never buy anything at Best Buy again, or from Kodak.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty good overall (Maribeth Mills — 04/24/2007)

I think this is a pretty good camera. The first thing I noticed is that it has virtually NO blur in the pictures I've taken, which is a major plus. It also has about 20 different modes including 2 panorama modes, which are pretty unneccesary but really cool. The one turn-off is that it has very low memory. (I'm not sure if most cameras can only hold 10 pictures with internal memory, but I'm sure that other cameras can hold more than 200 pictures with a 1 GB memory card and on 8.0 resolution.) I think this is a good camera for a beginner like me or for someone who just wants something to use on family trips or with friends.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Clicking Noises in Video Mode (Cecilia — 03/24/2007)

I purchased this camera (Kodak EasyShare V803) a day ago and immediately found a problem. In video mode the camera makes a clicking sound every few seconds. I called the Kodak customer service line and I was told the clicking sound is normal and should not cause any trouble. Then I realized that not only is there an intermittent clicking noise, once you start recording the video, the clicking noise is also recorded. This is a problem! Your video sound quality is compromised by the clicking noise in the background of your video. Upon making this discovery, I returned the camera. Apparently Kodak has no explanation for this problem as of yet. If you don't mind a clicking sound in your videos or if you do not intend to even use the video mode then go for it. Although, I must admit it was reasonably priced (199.99 for 8 mega pixels, and 25 shooting modes, etc., etc.) I'm not paying $200 for a camera that makes noises that could potentially get worst with time. Not to mention there are tons of other cameras between $150-$250 that don’t have clicks in the video recording mode. Hope this helps anyone who is thinking about purchasing this camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
so far so good,time will tell. (lee — 03/14/2007)

a passing grade,of b+