Kodak's EasyShare cameras have always lived up to their name, as they're extremely easy to use, and they make downloading and sharing photos easy. Kodak cameras perform pretty well, too.
Kodak sticks to point and shoot cameras, as well as fixed lens cameras, with its EasyShare family of cameras. Read through this list to learn about the best new Kodak cameras that have been released in the past 18 months.
"Tough" still image digital cameras are growing in popularity and availability. "Tough" video digital cameras aren't quite as easy to find, though, which makes the Kodak EasyShare Playsport video camera an interesting option.
The Playsport, which is the second generation model and which was announced at CES in January, can shoot full 1080p HD video in a small video camera body. With still images, the Playsport can shoot at 5MP of resolution. It has a 2.0-inch LCD.
Kodak is known for its easy-to-use cameras -- after all, they place "easy" in the name of their beginner-level cameras. But the touch-screen LCD Kodak has included with its recently announced EasyShare Touch digital camera potentially makes the Touch the easiest-to-use Kodak camera yet.
The Touch's 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD offers a higher resolution screen than most Kodak cameras. As with most Kodak cameras, the Touch makes it easy to upload your photos and videos to Facebook or YouTube.
In addition, the Touch offers 14 megapixels of resolution, a 5X optical zoom lens, and 720p HD video capabilities.
As part of its easy-to-use features, the EasyShare M550 includes a "share" menu that allows for quick uploading of images and video to YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and e-mail. The M550 offers 12.3 megapixels of resolution, a 5X optical zoom lens, and a 2.7-inch LCD. You can shoot at a variety of ratios, too, including 16:9. It measures 0.9 inches in thickness. Unfortunately, the M550 only offers VGA video capabilities.
Kodak is offering the M550 in five colors: Blue, dark gray, green, purple, and tan.
The EasyShare M580 digital camera from Kodak doesn't disappoint when it comes to the camera's ease-of-use features for sharing photographs, thanks to a dedicated "Share" button on the camera. Using the Share button, you can tag photos for uploading to e-mail, YouTube, Facebook, and other social media Web sites.
For a sub-$200 camera, the M580's photography features are really good, too. It offers 14 megapixels of resolution, an 8X optical zoom lens with limited wide angle capabilities, and a 3.0-inch LCD. It also can shoot 720p HD video at 30 frames per second.
The M580 is available in five colors, including a couple of unusual colors (brown, light blue, pink, purple, and silver).
Kodak has built a sharp-looking, reasonably priced digital camera with its recently released EasyShare M590 model.
Kodak has included 14.5 megapixels of resolution, a 5X optical zoom lens, and a 2.7-inch LCD with the M590. It also includes 64MB of internal memory, which is handy, and 720p HD video capabilities. The M590 is available in purple, blue, red, and silver.
It's not easy to find a point and shoot camera that also can help beginning photographers learn more about photography. Those who eventually want to be more serious about photography would like a beginner-level, fully automatic camera that also can help them learn about the types of manual-control features they'll find in more advanced cameras, such as the Kodak EasyShare Z950.
The Z950 has a 10X optical zoom lens and is available in black only.
Most of Kodak's cameras in the last few years have been small point and shoot models that appeared to emphasize style over substance.
One of Kodak's latest cameras, the EasyShare Z5120, appears as though it's going the other direction, though, as it has some advanced features.
The Z5120 offers a 26X optical zoom lens as well as 16MP of resolution, both of which are very nice features. In addition, the Z5120 has a 3.0-inch LCD screen, 720p HD video recording, and a dedicated Share button, making the process of sending photos to social media networks easier.
The Z5120 runs from four AA batteries and is available in black, blue, or red body colors, depending on your location in the world.
8. Kodak Slice
Kodak has included some interesting features in its Kodak Slice touch-screen camera, most of which are aimed at helping you easily manage your photos and share them through social networking sites.
The Slice will have a 3.5-inch widescreen LCD, making it easy to view your photos on the camera. You also can store up to 5,000 high-resolution photos in the Slice's internal memory, and Kodak's software included with the Slice makes it easy to search through your media. In addition, you'll find 14 megapixels of resolution, 720p HD video, and a 5X optical zoom lens with the Slice.
Look for the award-winning Slice in a black, nickel, or radish-colored camera body.
Finally, Kodak's Pulse digital photo frame isn't a camera, but it is one of the nicer camera-related products available from Kodak.
Kodak has created both a 7-inch photo frame (pictured here) and a 10-inch frame. The award-winning Pulse photo frames include a touch screen for menu navigation and WiFi connectivity, and they are very easy to use.