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Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 Digital Compact Camera Review

Daniel Bell reviews the Kodak Easyshare Sport C123, a low cost waterproof digital compact camera.

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Kodak Easyshare Sport C123
Kodak Easyshare Sport C123

The Kodak Easyshare Sport has been around for a few months and has proved to be popular with retailers such as Amazon. It is waterproof and dustproof and is available for under £50.00, making it one of the cheapest waterproof digital cameras available.

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123
Kodak Easyshare Sport C123

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 Features

The C123 has a 12 megapixel sensor but doesn't have any optical zoom, only 5x digital zoom. It is waterproof to a depth of 3m. and is sand, dirt and dust proof. There is also a Share button which makes it easy to tag photos in camera ready to share them on your favourite social networking site, such as Facebook or Flickr or a Kodak Pulse Digital Photo frame.

When shooting underwater the camera has an appropriate white-balance mode, helping to give true-to-life colours in the pool or sea. There are a range of scene modes available including auto, sport, portrait, snow, fireworks and backlight as well as five colour modes: vivid, full basic colour, black & white and sepia. There is also Face Detection with automatically adjusts the cameras settings for shots of friends and family.

The rear of the camera has a 2.4 inch LCD screen and the camera is powered by AA batteries. Videos can only be recorded in VGA as there is no HD recording available.

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123
Kodak Easyshare Sport C123

Key Features:

  • 12 megapixel sensor
  • Waterproof to 3m
  • Dust, dirt and sand proof
  • Kodak Share button
  • 2.4 inch LCD screen
  • Powered by AA batteries
  • VGA video recording
  • Five colour modes
  • Scene modes
  • Face Detection
Kodak Easyshare Sport C123
Kodak Easyshare Sport C123

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 Handling

The C123 has the feel of a toy camera, and is built like a brick, but it really easy to hold thanks to the rubber grip on the front and is textured throughout. The buttons are easy to press, these include the Share button as well as menu, playback, delete, flash and mode select buttons. The menu system is easy to navigate especially as there aren't many mode options available. The screen is quite small at just 2.4 inches and it's dull and not particularly high resolution, so it's hard to get a good idea of what your pictures will look like until you see them on your computer.

The camera has a fixed focus, so it's rapid when pressing the shutter. The C123 is ready to take pictures within a couple of seconds and in continuous shooting it is capable of around 1.3 fps. Power is supplied by AA batteries and gives around 150 shots with alkaline batteries.

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123
Kodak Easyshare Sport C123

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 Performance

When shooting without any zoom, image detail is OK but there is no optical zoom, the zoom is just digital, therefore a cropped version of the wide-angle image. It is impossible to shoot close up to anything so there are no macro sample shots to view. Images produced are well exposed and colour reproduction is also good but there are signs of vignetting.

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 Lens test images

Noise is evident in the images at the lowest setting of ISO80, it doesn't get much worse by ISO100 but you can clearly see a loss of detail and sharpness at ISO200. Images are starting to look blurry at ISO400 in patches and even more so at ISO800, with colour seriously affected. At ISO1250, the noise is so bad you can see it in the thumbnail without having to view the large image. Whites aren't particularly affected but all the other colours are full of noise.

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 ISO test images

The following examples have been taken using some of the scene modes available. Portraits are OK, with decent skin tones and no red-eye.

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 Sample Photos

Whether using the AWB setting or incandescent or fluorescent presets under the respective lighting, the images are all consistent with a good white-balance achieved and it is therefore unlikely you'd need to change from using the AWB setting. Pictures under fluorescent do tend to be a little underexposed.

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 White-balance test images

The following images are all examples taken using each of the colour modes available.

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 Digital filters

Video Mode

The below video is a 640 x 480 VGA as there is no HD recording available on the C123.

Value For Money

The Easyshare Sport C123, priced at about £50, is one of the cheapest cameras around and is certainly the cheapest waterproof camera going. If you are looking for a camera and have a tight budget, take a look at our Top 10 Best Budget Digital Cameras. If you want a waterproof camera, we have a roundup of our Top 7 Cameras For Active Photographers.

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 Verdict

Testing the Easyshare Sport C123 was an interesting experience. The camera can take a good picture but it is best to avoid using an ISO setting higher than ISO200. There is no optical zoom and no macro facility by the camera is very cheap and waterproof. If you're the kind of person that is in the habit of dropping or losing expensive equipment or are looking for a present for a child the C123 might just appeal.

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 Pros

Very cheap camera
Easy to share photos
Easy to grip
Colour modes

Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 Cons

No macro facility
High levels of noise at the lowest ISO settings
No optical zoom


Kodak Easyshare Sport C123 Specifications

Max ApertureNo Data
35mm equivalent38mm
Optical Zoom1x
Image Sensor
Pixels12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4000
Pixels (H)3000
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)6.16mm
Sensor Size (height)4.62mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.4in
Screen resolution112,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Min FocusNo Data
Focusing modes
    Exposure Control
    Shutter speeds shortest1/1400sec
    Shutter speeds longest8sec
    Bulb modeNo Data
    Exp modes
        ISO sensitivity80 - 1250
        White balance
          Exposure Comp+/-2
          Shooting Options
          Continuous shootingNo Data
          Movie modeYes
          Video Resolution
          • 640x480 VGA
          Video FPS30
          Stereo SoundNo
          Optical Zoom with VideoNo
          Other Features
          Image StabilisationNo Data
          USBUSB 2
          Card Type
          • SD
          • SDHC
          File Type
          • JPG
          Power Source
          Battery Type2 AA batteries: alkaline, lithium, or Ni-MH
          Battery Life (CIPA rating)No Data
          Box Contents
          Box ContentsKodak Alkaline AA Batteries or equivalent, Wrist strap, USB cable, User Guide

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          MattGrayson 15 622 3 England
          4 Oct 2011 5:27PM
          Despite the cost being lost, I've seen several references to it.
          5 Oct 2011 8:58AM
          Thanks Matt, I've found it now Smile

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