The body design is quite attractive but still functional and practical. The overall shape is a thin wedge with the thicker end on the right, with a slight flare to the rear panel that makes the camera very easy and comfortable to grip.
It has only the most basic controls, and these are laid out more for aesthetic appeal than ease of use. Like the Kodak M580 that I reviewed last week the top panel controls are integrated into the detailing and flush with the camera body, making them hard to locate by touch and fiddly to use especially in dim light. The rear panel controls are labelled with symbols rather than words, but their function is fairly obvious.
The external hardware is, as you might expect, fairly cheap. The LCD monitor is a basic 2.7-inch 230k unit with a rather restricted field of view, no more than about 45 degrees in any direction. It is quite bright though, and works well enough in bright sunlight.
The M530 has only the most basic functions. Like the M580 it defaults to the all-automatic Smart Capture mode every time it’s turned on, but it does also have a Program Auto mode which does offer slightly more on the menu, such as adjustable white balance and ISO setting, a limited range of colour options and a few autofocus options too. Also like the M580 it has Kodak’s pre-set keywords feature, so you can automatically tag photos with searchable keywords such as “birthday”, holiday”, “wedding” etcetera.
Rather than the usual software CD, the Kodak EasyShare software supplied with the M530 is stored on the camera’s internal memory and can be installed when the camera is connected to a PC via USB. Photos can be tagged in the camera for sharing on social networking websites, and the EasyShare software can automatically upload them for you.
The M530 does have a video recording mode, but it’s rather primitive, shooting at a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 at 30fps with mono audio.
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