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Kodak Slice 14 Megapixel 5X Optical Zoom LCD Touchscreen Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera
Touchscreens have become such a huge technology that a digital camera without one just seems to be missing something. The Kodak Slice Digital Camera delivers with a nice size 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen that responds with a light touch of the finger. The anti-glare feature allows for outdoor photography without the eyestrain and frustration of not being able to see what is displayed on the screen. The combination of the 3.5 inch touchscreen with 16:9 aspect ratio, the 14 megapixel resolution, the 5X optical zoom and the 2GB internal memory allows for the precise capture of every detail and enough space to store several high resolution photos in case the SDHC or MicroSD (up to 32GB) fills up too soon.
The Kodak Slice digital camera is all about sharing moments and memories. Snapping photos and shooting videos (720p) is where it all begins but being able to review them is important. Searching for the photos that you want to share is an easy thing to do because of the organizational features built into the Slice such as face recognition. Organize photos by the included categories of person, place, thing, location and event or by whatever you wish to name the category. If you take a lot of photos of friends and family the Kodak Slice will recognize up to 20 different faces that you tell it to remember – or in Kodak Slice speak - tagged. Since many photos include multiple people that may be on your tagged list – the Slice will recognize up to 5 of them at once in a single photo. Swipe your finger across the touchscreen and the stored photos appear one after another. The Kodak Slice continues to show its intelligence with its Smart Capture feature. By analyzing the scene for available light, the type of action and possible shadowy areas the Slice automatically adjusts for the best possible results.
Sharing photos can be as simple as handing the Slice to a friend or family member. However, sharing photos has no limits when they are uploaded to popular photo sharing and social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Flickr and Kodak Gallery. Simply tap the photos or category of photos on the touchscreen and designate them as “share”. Include where you want to send them, how you want to send them (can be emailed) and to whom you want to send them to. Once the Slice is connected to a computer with an Internet connection the photos are sent automatically.
The Kodak Slice is stylish and can be had in a choice of three colors. You many expect to find a black digital camera Black, but you may not expect one in nickel and in radish – yes radish. I am sure that you also expect a monitor measuring at least three inches. The Slice has a 3.5 inch LCD touchscreen which is nearly the size of its backside. The Kodak Slice is compact enough to carry in a purse or jacket pocket since it measures just 4 inches long x 2.3 inches high x .7 inches thick. The design is uncluttered with all four function buttons located on the top of the camera. There is a power button, a zoom button, a playback button and of course there is a shutter release button – which is the button that is used to actually take the photo.
The Kodak Slice can be found at under $250 which is a good price, considering the features. It looks good, it is compact enough to carry every day, it has a large 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen, and it is 14 megapixels with a 5X optical zoom (many digital cameras are still 3X optical zoom). It takes video at 720p (also with 5X optical zoom) and the built-in microphone captures sound as well. Sharing the photos and videos are as simple attaching the USB cable to a computer connected to the Internet. Photos have great enough detail to enlarge without pixilation.
I have been shopping for a new digital camera for the past several months. From my experience the Kodak Slice has a lot to offer for the price. I have found similar point-and-shoot digital cameras with similar features in the price range of $250 to $350. I have considered buying a digital camera with Wi-Fi capabilities for convenience sake. To gain the Wi-Fi capabilities it would cost at least an extra $50. However, the lack of WiFi can be overcome with the addition of an Eye-Fi SD Card. An HDMI port would be nice so that the photos and videos could be viewed on an HDTV. However, many HDTVs have USB ports that can be used with the Slice’s USB cable. Another option would include transferring the photos to a high speed 2.0 USB Flash Drive which would allow them to be viewed on a USB equipped HGTV or a computer.