- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 64 - 1600
- 640 x 480 video
- 35-175mm (F3.0-4.8) lens
- 153g - 101 x 60 x 20mm
- Announced July 2009
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- Size Comparison
Kodak M381 summary
Kodak M381 is Kodak's Ultracompact camera first revealed on July of 2009. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The M381 is positioned #135 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & overall #1221 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. Please use our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your custom criteria.
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Kodak M381 family
The Kodak M381 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the complete range below.
M381 vs M57528-140mm
M381 vs M34135-175mm
M381 vs M38038-190mm
M381 vs M34035-105mm
Kodak M381 Gallery
You can check the M381 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Kodak M381 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of benefits and drawbacks of the Kodak M381 based on factors that are usually regarded as useful in a camera.
Kodak M381 Sensor info
The sensor specification on the Kodak M381 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CCD sensor has 12MP and features a native ISO range of 64 to 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The image below illustrates the M381's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The M381 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Kodak M381 dimensions
Kodak M381 is 0.34 lb (153 gr or 5.40 oz) & has exterior measurements of 101mm x 60mm x 20mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Kodak M381 is weightier when compared to its competitors.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Listed below is a photo of the Kodak M381 alongside a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.
The top view directly below will provide the button arrangement on the M381.
Kodak M381 Lens info
The M381 houses a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 35-175mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all ideal nevertheless it will be useful in certain conditions.
At the widest 35mm, it has an aperture of f3.0 making it kind of slow and not the best for low light conditions and you will find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will likely also need to increase the ISO causing noisy photographs. For the tele end, 175mm comes at f4.8 making it really sluggish and you would need to choose slow shutter speeds.
Kodak M381 Connectivity
The M381 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy photos and sometimes change camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Some applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Kodak M381 Video info
The highest possible video resolution on the Kodak M381 is 640 x 480 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 480p is awful for today's standards. You should really shoot for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone socket which means you have got little control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to find another camera in case you need good sound for your video clips.
Kodak M381 Weather Sealing
Kodak M381 does not include environment proofing so wet conditions could affect the camera.
Kodak M381 Display and Viewfinder
The Kodak M381 includes a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The View Finder details for Kodak M381 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are pretty useful during bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to see.
Kodak M381 Shutter info
The highest shutter speed is 1/1400 seconds.
Kodak M381 Flash and Hot shoe info
Kodak M381 has only built-in flash lacking external flash support.
Kodak M381 Autofocusing info
Kodak M381 has just Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and precise when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.
Kodak M381 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be useful during low light scenarios or you want more precise control on focus.
Kodak M381 Battery life
The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the best (320) battery life within this kind of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Ultracompact cameras that have the highest battery life:
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Kodak M381 for varying styles of photography
The following bar chart indicates a rundown of the Kodak M381 for varying styles of photography. To learn more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Kodak M381 Portrait photography info
The Kodak M381 gets a points tally of 21 which is subpar, meaning that it is simply not good to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support along with the flexibility to work with off-camera flash.
Kodak M381 as a Street photography camera
With a moderate rating of 47, the Kodak M381 is somewhat suitable to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Kodak M381 Sports photography highlights
A subpar sports photography points total of 17 indicates the Kodak M381 is simply not good for shooting sports. A camera really should have good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Kodak M381 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is super crucial in buying a camera for travel. In general, the Kodak M381 gets a reasonable 50 for a travel camera which makes it reasonably adequate to take with you on your travels.
Kodak M381 as a Landscape photography camera
If you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Kodak M381 at it's subpar grade of 28 for a landscape camera is simply not good among it's competition.
Kodak M381 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera ought to posses a articulating display, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Kodak M381 is simply not good for vlogging as it delivers a subpar score of 22.
Kodak M381 Alternatives
If you are in the market for alternatives to the M381, below is a range of the top placed cameras that fall within the family of Ultracompact.
The line graph below gives you a bird's eye view of the M381 versus it's top rated rivals listed earlier.
Following are several cameras you may have a look at as alternate options. To read a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.