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Kodak EasyShare C180

If you buy a cheap digital camera you're taking quite a gamble. If you are only prepared to spend less than about £70 then you're going to get exactly what you pay for; badly made rubbish. However in the price zone between £70 and £100 there are plenty of cameras to choose from, but there is also a wide variation in quality. There are some real sub-£100 bargains to be found, but even the major brand names produce some bargain-bin models that are best avoided.

One company that has always specialised in affordable cameras for the masses is Kodak. There are currently five models in its low-cost C series, and none of them are over £100. The top model of the range is this, the EasyShare C180, a simple 3x zoom compact powered by two AA batteries and available direct from Kodak's website for £89.99, although by shopping around on the Internet it is possible to find it for even less.

Naturally for that kind of money you're not going to get a particularly impressive specification. The C180 features a 10.2 megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor, a zoom range equivalent to 32-96mm, a 2.4-inch monitor with a very low resolution of only 115k dots, and a maximum sensitivity of only 1250 ISO. The body is made of plastic, and is rather plump by modern standards, measuring 92.5 × 62.0 × 24.7mm. The plastic construction does keep the weight down though, and the C180 only weighs around 160g including batteries. Nonetheless the overall build quality is quite good and the body shape is comfortable to hold, with a detail on the front panel that serves as a finger grip. The C180 is available in black, red or pink.

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