Kodak Easyshare M580 Review

3.0
August 16, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 14 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 3Mb.

Pictures from the Kodak Easyshare M580 leave something to be desired for anyone looking for something better than simply keepsake snaps. Colours can look a little unnatural on occasion and we had frequent cases of burned-out highlights when shooting outdoors under seemingly ideal conditions.

Although night shooting modes are included within the scene modes, the camera struggled to pick out anything to focus on in moderately lit scenes that were no problem for the other cameras we were testing at the same time - Panasonic's directly competing FS30 among them. As that camera is the same price as the Kodak, we were less than impressed with the M580's shortcomings.

On a more positive note, the M580 proved more adept at delivering sharp portraits with flash at close range without either causing red eye or bleaching the skin, suggesting that this could be an adequate party camera. However its white balance was completely off, metering off our subject's green/blue top and rendering the cream wall behind a shade of turquoise as a result.

White balance also proved inconsistent when shooting our sample ISO images, wandering from warm to blu-ish as it picked up a daylight colour cast in the space of two frames. As regards low light sensitivity, it's not great news either, noise visibly intruding from ISO 400 upwards, and at ISO 1600 pictures having that fuzzy, washed out look that while not unpleasant to the eye if you're shooting abstracts, again could be better.

In all, while it's not a complete disaster we'd struggle to give the M580 a 3/5 for image quality.

Noise

There are 6 ISO settings available on the Kodak Easyshare M580. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Kodak Easyshare M580 handled chromatic aberrations quite well during the review. There's slight purple fringing between areas of high contrast, but it's only noticeable on close inspection, as shown in the examples below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Kodak Easyshare M580 offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 1cm away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Kodak Easyshare M580 are auto, fill, red-eye reduction, and off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (224mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (224mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Auto setting or the Red-eye Reduction option caused any red-eye.

Auto

Auto (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Kodak Easyshare M580's maximum shutter speed is 8, which is good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1 second at ISO 80. I've included a 100% crop of the image to show what the quality is like.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

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