Kodak M530

Kodak EasyShare M530 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1000
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-108mm (F) lens
  • 150g - 94 x 57 x 23mm
  • Released January 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Kodak M530 summary

Kodak M530 is Kodak's Small Sensor Compact camera originally introduced on January of 2010. The camera features a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The M530 is positioned #235 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #1221 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please look at our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your customized requirements.

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Below is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Kodak M530 family

The Kodak M530 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Kodak-EasyShare-M530 front thumbnailKodak M53036-108mm
Kodak-EasyShare-M550 front thumbnailKodak M550
M530 vs M550
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Kodak-EasyShare-M580 front thumbnailKodak M580
M530 vs M580

Kodak M530 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Kodak M530 based on factors that are usually regarded as useful in a camera.

built-in flash
built in lens has zoom (36-108mm 3.0 x zoom)
very good max aperture (f)
very good minimum ISO (80)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have RAW files
does not have external mic port
does not have HDMI port
does not have headphone port
does not have Time Lapse function
lack of manual focus
low max ISO (1,000)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,400s)
MP count low (12MP)
no aperture priority mode
no image stabilization
no manual exposure
no shutter priority
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
small screen (2.7")
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
wide angle not fantastic (36mm)
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Kodak M530 Sensor specs

The sensor size on the Kodak M530 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and includes a native ISO range of 80 to 1000. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore the user has less margin for error.

The graphic below shows the M530's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The M530 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Kodak M530 dimensions

Kodak M530 weighs about 0.33 lbs (150 grams or 5.29 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 94mm x 57mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Kodak M530 is less heavy as compared with various competitors.

Photography Glossary

Below is a pic of the Kodak M530 alongside a soda to help you to have a sense of its size.

Kodak EasyShare M530 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the M530.

Kodak EasyShare M530 topview buttons dials

Kodak M530 Lens details

The M530 offers an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 36-108mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which is not at all significant however it may be helpful in certain cases.

At it's widest 36mm, it will have an aperture of f making it incredibly good in low light circumstances and getting a shallow depth of field. It will also allow you to go with a lower ISO and get more clean pictures.

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Kodak M530 Connectivity

The M530 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send photos and at times adjust settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Certain apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Kodak M530 Video details

The highest possible video quality on the Kodak M530 is 640 x 480 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 480p is terrible by today's standards. You really should strive for a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The body does not offer a mic and headphone jack which means that you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to find another camera if you need better sound in your video clips.

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Kodak M530 Weather Sealing

Kodak M530 does not have environment sealing so wet conditions can damage the camera.

Kodak M530 Display and Viewfinder

The Kodak M530 features a 2.7" fixed display screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Kodak M530 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are rather useful in bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Kodak M530 Shutter details

The highest shutter speed is 1/1400s.

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Kodak M530 Flash and Hot shoe details

Kodak M530 boasts just built-in flash without external flash support.

Kodak M530 Autofocusing details

Kodak M530 boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and accurate as compared with Contrast Based focusing.

Kodak M530 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing can be good in low light occasions or you need more precise control on focus.

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Kodak M530 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the best (470) battery life in this category of cameras.

Following is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Kodak M530 for various styles of photography

The following illustration shows a outline of the Kodak M530 for various styles of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Kodak M530 Portrait photography information

The Kodak M530 has a rating of 21 which is horrible, and means the camera is not suitable for portraits. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support along with the flexibility to utilize off-camera flash.

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manual focus not available
no manual control
external flash not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Kodak M530 Street photography info

Coming in at a moderate points total of 47, the Kodak M530 is somewhat acceptable to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
maximum ISO low (1,000)

Kodak M530 Sports photography details

A horrible sports photography rating of 17 means the Kodak M530 is not suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs very good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
max shutter speed is low (1/1,400s)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus

Kodak M530 Travel photography factors

Weight is really important in choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Kodak M530 gets a moderate 58 for a travelling camera which makes it relatively suited to take with you on your holidays.

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has built in flash
fast maximum aperture (f)
lack of Timelapse recording
resolution not great (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (36mm)

Kodak M530 Landscape photography info

If you find yourself planning to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Kodak M530 with it's horrible grade of 27 as a landscape camera is not suitable in the current market.

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fast max aperture (f)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (36mm)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
maximum ISO low (1,000)
has no RAW format
no Time Lapse recording

Kodak M530 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging ought to posses a articulating screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Kodak M530 is not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a horrible score of 25.

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great maximum aperture (f)
wide angle not fantastic (36mm)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
no microphone support

Kodak M530 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the M530, below is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram just below will give you an overview of the M530 compared to it's top rated competitors listed above.

Following are several cameras you may check out as alternatives. To read a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Kodak EasyShare M530
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
36-108mm (3.0x)
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
Display resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
4.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
150 gr (0.33 lbs)
94 x 57 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
Retail cost