This boxy, 6.1-MP camera looks more like a toy than a piece of photography equipment. Thankfully, the photos produced by the EasyShare C653 look better than the camera itself. Featuring a 3X optical zoom, 20 scene modes, and an antishake setting, the EasyShare C653 packs some impressive features. On our tests, photos were slightly undersaturated, but colors and focus were decent. The manual setting lets you bump the ISO up to 1250 for low-light shots, but it's buried in the menus. We recommend maxing out at 800 for the best results. While the EasyShare C653 starts up in around two seconds, there's a three- to four-second delay between shots, which is on the slow side, and VGA video clips are captured at a low 10 fps. Check out our photo-quality comparison gallery to see how this camera's images compare to other affordable cameras.
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