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Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 Camera Review

Daniel Bell reviews the Kodak Easyshare Touch M577, a digital camera designed for easy sharing of images.

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Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 front lens

The Kodak Easyshare Touch was released in January 2011. The camera is available in black, red and purple for around £105.00.

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 front

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577: Features

The Easyshare Touch as a 5x optical zoom lens which is a 35mm equivalent of 28 - 140mm and a 14 megapixel sensor, allowing for prints up to 30 x 40 inch. On the rear of the camera is a 3 inch LCD touchscreen which allows for tapping, swiping and dragging and also has Kodak Colour Science Technology.

As the name suggests, the Easyshare Touch is all about sharing your images. When viewing a photo you simply need to press the share button, then choose which network you want to share your image on, whether that be the Kodak Gallery, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (videos), Flickr, Orkut, Yandex or Kaizin001 or send by email. Next time you plug your camera is the images will be sent to your chosen destination.

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 Keyboard   Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 tagged portrait image
Keyboard   Tagged portrait image

The camera has Smart Capture mode to automatically adjust the camera settings in a wide range of scenes. With Blur Reduction the Easyshare Touch is also able to minimise the effect of camera shake. Face Recognition will recognise up to 20 pre-tagged friends, with up to five in one image.

As well as a varied range of scene modes, there are creative modes and artistic effects available. When shooting you can add a Kodacolor, Kodachrome, Ektachrome, Tri-x, T-max of Sepia film effect. When editing photos you can add effects such as spot colour, photo captions, background blur, borders and tints and photobooth mode.

Videos can be recorded in full 720p HD video and edited in camera, then shared via a HDMI cable and there is even an optional remote control available.

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 top

Key Features

  • 14 megapixel sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28 - 140mm)
  • Blur reduction
  • Film Effects
  • Scene modes
  • Smart capture
  • Face recognition
  • 720p HD movies
  • ISO64 - 1600
  • Kodak Easyshare software
Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 screen

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577: Handling

The Easyshare Touch is made of plastic with six buttons as well as the 3 inch touch screen. There is a dedicated button for video shooting, playback and sharing as well as the typical power, shutter release and zoom rocker buttons, although the latter is found on the rear of the camera rather than round the shutter release.

The camera is really let down by the amount of time it takes to be ready to take pictures after switching on. It takes about seven seconds and initially you are left frustratingly tapping the screen with no response. When it is finally ready the screen is responsive and consistent with many other cameras which feature touch screens. The cameras menus are clear and easy to navigate.

Continuous shooting is also a bit of a let down. At most it was only capable of a maximum of three shots at 0.5fps and on occasion the camera froze when processing the images*. Although not the quickest for a compact, focus speed is fairly quick. There is no CIPA data for the cameras battery, but during testing it was only charged once, although when it's plugged in to download images it automatically charges as well, so it's unlikely you'll find the battery fully drained if you regularly move your images to your computer.

*This is an error which could be fixed with a firmware update.
Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 battery

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577: Performance

The Easyshare Touch is good at focusing, but its image detail is not it strongest. When viewing images at full size, it is clear that detail is better in the centre of the images and are blurry towards the edges. There is also evidence of purple fringing in the wide-angle shot below. The 5cm minimum focusing distance mean you can get close and take a good macro shot.

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 wide-angle   Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 full optical zoom
Wide-angle, ISO64, 1/200, f/3.9, 5mm (35mm equiv: 28mm)   Full optical zoom, ISO64, 1/320, f/5.7, 25mm (35mm equiv: 140mm)
Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 digital zoom   Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 macro
Digital zoom, ISO64, 1/320, f/5.7, 25mm (35mm equiv: 140mm)   Macro, ISO100, 1/30, f/3.9, 5mm (35mm equiv: 140mm)

At ISO64 there is very little noise, with only a little creeping in at ISO100. Noise does become more evident at ISO200 and it gets worse at ISO400, but the images produced are still good. At ISO800, noise starts to become very clear and images lose their sharpness and is a lot worse at ISO1600. At ISO800 and ISO1600, the images produced do retain a good amount of colour but they aren't going to make good large prints, but will be fine for use on the web.

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 ISO64 Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 ISO100 Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 ISO200
ISO64, 1/3, f/5.3, 18mm (35mm equiv: 101mm) ISO100, 1/3, f/5.3, 18mm (35mm equiv: 101mm) ISO200, 1/10, f/5.3, 18mm (35mm equiv: 101mm)
Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 ISO400 Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 ISO800 Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 ISO1600
ISO400, 1/20, f/5.3, 18mm (35mm equiv: 101mm) ISO800, 1/40, f/5.3, 18mm (35mm equiv: 101mm) ISO1600, 1/80, f/5.3, 18mm (35mm equiv: 101mm)

The camera takes a good portrait shot, with just a touch of red-eye when using the flash. Below are examples using some of the other scene modes available. Landscape mode gives a boost to the greens and blues in the images and sport mode is used for a quick shutter speed to catch the water droplets. The High ISO mode is ideal for shooting in low light conditions, with the example shot taken in our dark studio without the use of flash.

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 portrait   Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 landscape
Portrait, ISO100, 1/80, f/5, 14mm (35mm equiv: 77mm)   Landscape, ISO64, 1/500, f/3.9, 5mm (35mm equiv: 28mm)
Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 sport   Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 High ISO
Sport, ISO250, 1/500, f/4.6, 9mm (35mm equiv: 49mm)   High ISO, ISO800, 1/5, f/3.9, 5mm (35mm equiv: 28mm)

In our studio test shots, the auto white-balance setting has out performed the presets for incandescent and fluorescent light. The incandescent preset has given a slight green cast in the image, with an orange tint when using the fluorescent preset.

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 Auto White Balance - Incandescent Lighting   Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 Preset Incandescent WB - Incandescent Light
Auto White Balance - Incandescent Lighting, ISO100, 1/8, f/4.6, 9mm (35mm equiv: 49mm)   Preset Incandescent WB - Incandescent Light, ISO100, 1/8, f/4.6, 9mm (35mm equiv: 49mm)
Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 Auto White Balance - Fluorescent Light   Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 Fluorescent White Balance - Fluorescent Light
Auto White Balance - Fluorescent Light, ISO100, 1/3, f/4.6, 9mm (35mm equiv: 49mm)   Fluorescent White Balance - Fluorescent Light, ISO100, 1/3, f/4.6, 9mm (35mm equiv: 49mm)

There are six film effects available, with an example of each below.

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 Kodacolor Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 Ektachrome Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 Kodachrome
Kodacolor, ISO500, 1/40, f/4.6, 9mm (35mm equiv: 49mm) Ektachrome, ISO400, 1/30, f/4.6, 9mm (35mm equiv: 49mm) Kodachrome, ISO54\00, 1/30, f/4.6, 9mm (35mm equiv: 49mm)
Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 T-Max Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 Tri-X Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 Sepia
T-Max, ISO400, 1/30, f/4.6, 9mm (35mm equiv: 49mm) Tri-X, ISO100, 1/8, f/4.6, 9mm (35mm equiv: 49mm) Sepia, ISO500, 1/40, f/4.6, 9mm (35mm equiv: 49mm)

Video Mode

The Easyshare Touch shoots videos at 720p HD. You can't use optical zoom during recording, but there is digital zoom available, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.

Value For Money

The Kodak Easyshare Touch M577 can be purchased for around £105.00. There are a wide range of cameras available with a similar specification. Cameras worth considering which we have recently reviewed on ePHOTOzine are the: Pentax Optio S1 at £99.99 scoring 3/5, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70 at £148.99 scoring 3.5/5, Canon PowerShot A3200 IS at £104.99 scoring 4/5 and the Nikon Coolpix S3100 at £64.99 scoring 4/5.

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577: Verdict

The Easyshare Touch offers some unique features, such as the ability to tag photos to be shared on the web in camera and different film effects from those commonly featured on compact digital cameras. If you are looking for a camera with a touch-screen then this camera is well priced given its decent image quality. The lag between switching the camera on and it being ready to take pictures becomes annoying, quickly, and don't even bother using the camera in continuous shooting mode. Overall, the camera justifies its fair price tag.

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577: Pros

Easy to share pictures on social networking sites
Good value for money
Film effects are unique

Kodak Easyshare Touch M577: Cons

Continuous shooting is slow and crashes occasionally
Takes ages to be ready after switching on


Kodak Easyshare Touch M577: Specification

Price £129.99 RRP
Optical zoom 5x optical zoom, (35mm equiv: 28 - 140mm)
Resolution 14 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3 inch
Sensor type CCD
Max image size 4288 x 3216
Aspect ratio 4:3
Focusing system TTL-AF
Focus points Multi-zone, center-zone, face priority
Focus distance 5cm
File types JPEG
ISO sensitivity ISO100 - 1600
Exposure compensation ±2.0 EV with 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed range 8 - 1/1600 seconds
Movie mode HD (16:9), 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
VGA (4:3), 640 × 480 @ 30 fps
Monitor 3.0 inch 460K LCD touchscreen
Interface A/V output (NTSC or PAL selectable), digital USB 2.0 high speed, micro-HDMI, IR remote control sensor
Power Kodak Rechargeable Li-ion Battery KLIC-7006
Box Contents Kodak Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery KLIC-7006
Kodak USB AC adapter for in-camera charging
Wrist strap
USB cable
User Guide
Size 3.9 × 2.3 × 0.8 in.
Weight 5.3 oz with in-box battery and memory card

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Catess76 11 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2011 10:56AM
Looks alreeeet x
7 Jul 2011 12:00AM
Please stop reviewing these crap cameras and telling us they have decent image quality.

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