You don't always get what you pay for. This is as important at the bottom end of the price scale, as at the top. Cheaper products, especially electronics, can be so lame as to be a waste of money.
Happily the EasyShare C182 gives great value. Sure it isn't as good as a $200 camera, but why should it be? As a camera in the low $100's, it is excellent and a great purchase for an occasional user, or a child who is reasonably likely to break it within six months.
- Small and lightweight
- Takes good pictures (12MP) and reasonable videos
- Extremely easy to use, with face detection and blur reduction
- The EasyShare software makes uploading to YouTube a breeeze
- A basic range of scene and colour modes
- It eats batteries (AA Akaline or Lithium, or AA NiMH rechargeable), so take plenty of spares
- If you use rechargeable batteries (and you should) you can't charge them in the dock
For many people this camera is all they need - the next price level up is simply not worth it. If you are a more enthusiastic photographer, or more of a control freak, then you will find it limiting and it is worth the extra cash for better zen.
The battery eating is a bit of an annoyance, but you can get used to carry a fully charged pair of spares with you.
A good camera overall. A great camera for the money.