Got mine today. What a godawful piece of worthless junk!
I threw away 25 of 136 photos for technical reasons. The camera wants to badly overexpose everything in so-called "smart capture" mode. It RUINS perfectly good light. With my other camera, I discard 0.5% per day, not 18%! It made me angry to see optical image stabilization having no effect. I don't want blurry, overexposed, weirdly colored photos.
It was infuriating to try and try and try to make the stupid thing focus on the full moon. I had it set to expose in the center of the image at EV -2.0 and it was still blown out and blurry. It didn't even bother to attempt to focus at infinity. There was no infinity focus option, a pretty damned important thing for an 8X optical zoom lens.
Kodak is the worst camera maker. They should have left out the scene modes and put in infinity focus. The manual says it's there, but I didn't see it in the menus.
Why does it force the photographer to do six button presses every time to just use the 2 second delay? Does Kodak think we only want to make one shot, then switch back to tripod jiggling mode during a session of long exposures? I hate Kodak even more than I did before. It's like they went out of their way to maximize friction in the interface. It's very, very hard to use! Long exposures should have the 2 second delay on by default!
I had ten keepers in my first photo walk, so the M583 isn't all bad. I just don't understand why the hell the company can't seem to grasp the concept of a photograph resembling what the eye sees in daylight, not being way, way off. None of the Kodachrome photos looked anything like actual Kodachrome. Why put the feature in if it is an utter failure? Doesn't Kodak know what Kodachrome photos look like? They aren't overexposed, desaturated, weak scenes in bluish auto white balance.
I will have to manually delete "THM" files, which it adds to every video and the most recent photo in the folder. Annoying. Why not just save JPGs and MP4s and not clutter up our digital lives?
I am filled with regret and disappointment. Most of the photos looked fantastic on the camera's LCD, but weak on the PC. That doesn't happen with my other camera.
Kodak wants to rotate my horizontal photos too. Just pointing the camera down at something makes it assume it should be vertical. Stupid!!!
Program mode is essential. I just wish Kodak made things truly easy and offered fully manual cameras with the following features: Aperture, Shutter speed, and Focus. ISO, white balance, saturation, and picture size would be on a second menu screen.
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Now that I've polished, uploaded, and reviewed my flickr photos (search for dnomcmlxvii m583), I like the camera again. It will take some time to learn its strengths. I was just annoyed at how much work was required to get the same easy results Pentax delivered with simple elegance. I really wanted the Kodachrome and Smart Capture features to work, not be pathetic.
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After testing it on a sunny day, I feel better about the M583. The lens was amazing. No purple fringing. Great colors, tones, and exposures in program mode. HD video was excellent.
I just wish the interface cycled through options instead of forcing me to bring up menus, navigate to what I want, and keep pressing buttons to select, confirm, and then dismiss the menu. It also forces the user to navigate up and out of the menu when they're done and press another button to close the menu. I miss the simple, elegant clock symbol button on Canon and Pentax cameras, which cycled through the self timer and burst modes. Cluttered, animated menus slow down the camera, waste power, and irritate users.