When you first turn the camera on you are probably going to want to go into the menu and go over the settings. First you can select your picture size, the default is 12MP which shoots in a 4:3 mode. If you bump it down a bit to 9MP, it will shoot in a 16:9 mode which I like. The rest of the settings are what you would expect to find on a point and shoot camera.
After you are done in the menu you can go ahead and start taking photos. The camera will be in the smart shooting mode by default. At the top left of the screen you will see the shooting mode that you are in. You can choose from smart, program, scenes, and video. When you go into scenes there are quite a few to choose from.
The smart mode will automatically select the best shooting mode for you depending on the conditions that you are in. You will notice a small arrow beside the showing mode that you are in. If you tap it you can change the shooting timer and the flash settings. If you hit the info button on the camera it will bring up the shooting size you are in, the flash mode, and how many pictures you have left on your memory card.
Taking photos and video on the V1273 is very easy, this is a typical point and shoot camera so that’s basically what you do. One thing that is really cool about this camera is that it can shoot HD video (720p). We are seeing many small cameras like this add the HD video feature; it is good to see Kodak leading the charge on this one.
After you have shot a few photos you can go in and review them by pressing the play button on the back of the camera. On each photo you can tag it, check it, and add it to your favorites. Of course you can also delete it. You can scroll through photos much like you can on an iPhone, although it is not as smooth and does not work as well. You can also use the small arrows on the bottom of the screen to scroll through photos. On the bottom of the screen you will see a tab if you press it, it will bring up thumbnails of your photos so you can quickly look through them.