The M420 we received came in black, but Kodak also offers it in silver, red, and plum. The camera itself is the typical compact, point and shoot size, small enough to fit in your pocket. The weight of the camera also feels about right for its size. Kodak uses silver accents around the lens and around the top and sides of the camera.
The lens on the M420 is a 28 – 112mm Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens. The lens will give you 4x optical zoom and paired with the 10-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor that will really give you stunning photos. On the left side of the camera you have a small power input.
On the top of the camera you have your main controls. Starting right to left you have the shutter button, power button and flash button. Right below the flash button you have a slider that will switch between smart capture shooting mode, video shooting mode, and the mode where you select the scene mode you want to be in. Moving around back you have the zoom in and zoom out buttons, trash button, menu button, info button and you have the review button down at the bottom. You also have a navigation and a large select button on the back of the camera. Don’t forget the large 3-inch LCD screen as well!
Moving along to the bottom of the camera you have the tripod holder, Kodak’s proprietary USB connection and the battery and SD card compartment. The compartment easily opens up, but I did notice when I opened it that the door was very flimsy, I could easily break it off if I was in a hurry. When you open the compartment up you can see where the SD card and battery are kept. The M420 can be used with SD or SDHC cards.