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I love the Z8612. It's a perfect stepping stone between Point-and-Shoot cameras and SLR's. For about $100 on eBay you'll get 12x optical zoom Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon optical image-stabilized zoom lens, 8 Megapixels resolution, 2.5in. LCD display, panoramic-stitching, PASM manual modes(for those who want to experiment with more advanced settings), pop-up flash, quality video, SD/SDHC compatible, option for AA lithiums or a rechargeable battery (Klic-8000)and a great sturdy body. I would recommend it to any photo enthusiasts who is interested in playing with ISO settings, aperture and shutter priorities and a lot of other manual options... before upgrading to advanced pricey cameras like DSLR's.
My first digital was a Kodak 7560 with a 10x optical zoom. What a camera! Easy to operate, took great pictures and enabled me to get great close ups of wildlife. Wife dropped it and broke it beyond repair. We wanted to stay with Kodak technology because of familiarity and satisfaction. We also had a printer dock that also served as a battery charger. The 7560 had its own recargeable battery. We bought the Z812 IS on line. That was our first mistake. Next time I will hold the camera and road test it. The 12x zoom lever is in a terrible spot on the camera. Being a former SLR user, I prefer to look through the view finder rather than the LCD. I have yet to find an LCD that is bright enough to use during daylight and this one is no exception. The zoom lever causes you to have your right thumb on the bridge of your nose while trying to view and zoom. The worse feature of this camera is battery life. The Kodak rechargeables are terrible! After 10-20 pictures, they must be recharged! Regular AA batteries are better, but you are constantly worrying how much life is left. With our former camera, we NEVER had a battery concern. The rechargeable that came with the camera stayed in the camera for 4 years and gave us fathful service. The rechargeables in the Z812 IS cannot be recharged while the camera sits on the printer dock. In conclusion I am sorry I bought this camera, and sorry I bought it sight unseen.
Back in Feb of 08' I purchased the Kodak Z812 digital camera coupled to Kodak's
G600 printer dock.I have been pleased beyond my wildest expectations. They are both set up to be up and running in a very short time. I was taking great photos immediately and the printer is a pure joy to use.
The camera was bought after an intensive period of shopping and comparing and was needed because of it's high telephoto capabilities,namely 12X. The features are easy to use and there is even a help menu built right into the camera.The
clarity and brightness of the LED screen is fantastic but there is also a lighted viewfinder that supplements this quite well.The small compact size was also another factor that figured into my choice.Fits in the palm of the hand.
After having owed several other digital cameras of varies makes this has easily become my favorite and will be used extensively to persue my hobby of nature photography.From super detailed macro photos to the ultra sharp high zooms made better by the always active image stabilization one could not ask for anything more.
As for the G600 printer dock I am in love with it.From it's very small compact size,to the ease of use,to the quality prints it delivers this is a definate keeper. After some shopping on line a bit for the cartridge and paper I can print all the photos I choose for a mere 15 1/2 cents apiece and it will do it all day without even monitoring.A great feature is that it also recharges the camera's batteries so they are always ready to go.A big help for sure.
The only complaint I have with the entire set-up is maybe their software. I find it to be slow and clumsy probably due to the fact that it fights the several other photo programs I have installed on my computer already. I am finding ways of working around this and I beleive if it is the only one installed you would be very happy with it.
Now for the best part.............The Kodak website and support tech. team are
unbelievable.I have e-mailed them with several questions and they have responded
quickly and intelligently and have answered all of my questions. You can also download the expanded owner's manuals for both units there for free. They are truly a class act.
In conclusion I would give this camera and printer my highest reccomendation and would purchase another in a heartbeat. Happy picture taking!!!!
This camera has been simple to use and produced great results in a variety of different lighting conditions and subjects. The manual is very simple and only provides as much info as needed to get up and running while touching on some of the broader features available. For a deeper camera experience, the included software advises you to register for hints and help through the Kodak webiste. This camera was purchased for it's high megapixel count to price ratio and the powerful zoom (12x optical and 5x digital) and it does not dissapoint. It has the ability to use a (sold separately) Kodak branded 1.2x telephoto zoom lens and the ability to use other generic accessories that are 55mm connection compatible. We took over 250 photos on vacation with the standard non-rechargable Kodak battery pack that came with our camera combo kit and it hasn't run out of juice yet. We showed no mercy with the power on/off cycles trying to test it, so we may invest in the rechargable battery pack if we use it more, but so far the Kodak branded non-rechargable battery pack seems to be working beyond our inital expectations. Recovery time is good, we experienced about a 3 second delay in between shots, and for action shots it has a multiple frame mode that takes 4 frames at a time and allows you to select the best group for your action shot. The panoramic setting automatially stitched together a few shots I took and did it very well. Overall I highly recommed this camera for an inexpensive entry level camera for people who may not know alot about photography but will want to learn more as they become more comfortable.
I find this camera to be an excellent choice. My last 2 cameras have been the Easy share type of Kodak, and have always taken wonderful pictures.
They are also very durable Ihave found out. Take bumps and drops , and still work fine.
The picture this camera takes are very clear, even with using the zoom, the subject still looks clear as if it was taken from a short distance.
The video quality is fantastic, and with the automatic image stabilizer, the video's and the pictures as well, come out very crisp and clear. I shook the camera slightly while taking both video and still shots, the video did not come out looking shaky, and the picture did not blur.
Although I haven't completely tried all the features yet , I find this camera excellent , and I have never been very dissapointed with any of my Kodak cameras !!
This camera is now at the low end of the resolution scale, but if you need a longer zoom, it will do better than a 12MP camera where you cut away half the image to "bring up" what remains. (Half of a 12 MP image is only 6MP!)
The camera handles well and has a good feature set. I am told that the best bet is to buy the special rechargeable battery packs, as opposed to putting in rechargeable AA cells.
Be aware that many of the units for sale are RETURNS that have been refurbished. My unit was one of these and it was fine, with all the original parts plus a few extras tossed in by the seller.
You can leave the camera on full auto or control it more in other modes. Please note that, even with a longer zoom, this camera will NOT freeze action when shooting indoors with no flash. No cheap camera will! In my CD "How To Use The Digital Camera You Just Bought!" I explain exposure and shutter speeds. The bottom line is you need a lot more light pouring through the lens to get a fast enough shutter speed. Spend $3,000 for such a lens and an SLR to get those kind of shots!
This is a great camera! I own an older 5.1 Megapixel Kodak Easyshare and love how it operates. So when this newer style showed up for auction, I knew I had to get one. Most of the features are the same as the older model, but have been updated to better serve the picture taker. Plus there area few added bonuses to this style. You have the option of editing your photo immediately after your shot, but cropping and fixing exposure. Very cool. And there are additional pre-set settings for different types of lighting for better picture taking. Kodak added more slip-proof rubber on the sides for easier gripping, and made the camera AA battery friendly, so no more special camera batteries.
Overall, this is a digital camera for the avid picture taker that wants some control over their creations, but doesn't want to hassle with setting exposures and f-stops on every shot. An automatic camera easy enough for the novice, and plenty of options and settings useful for the more advanced photographer.
On a personal note; My daughter and I used the older pre-mentioned model for many years and entered various catagories in the county fair. She and I both have won numerous awards for our works of art. So now with the newer model with higher pixels, we anticipate winning tons more!!!
This camera takes professional pictures with a multitude of pixel choices. If you are looking for crystal clear pictures that you want to enlarge to 20 x 30, this is the camera for the price. Even at the lowest pixel setting, 1.2 MP (4:3), it delivers a great picture!
The retro pop-up flash is a turn off to some people, but I really like it. You do need to wait a second or two after the flash pops up for the camera to fully turn on. I didn't wait long enough the first time I turned it on and I thought the battery was dead.
I haven't tried the Burst feature yet, so I can't say how well, or not well, it works. I have tried the portrait, sport, auto, and video modes. I have not been disappointed with any of the factory settings. You can adjust f-stop, exposure, etc for each of them. I have not tried the panorama feature, but will be doing so on my vacation.
One of three drawbacks to the camera is the lack of a viewfinder. I like to have the option of using the LCD screen or seeing the actual picture composition through a viewfinder. The second drawback is only being able to utilize Lithium Ion batteries. It is easier to find Ni-MH or Ni-Cd batteries and chargers than Lithium Ion. I did buy them on e-Bay for a good price, but in the stores, they are VERY expensive. The plus side is that they last a very long time, even when using the flash. The third drawback is the grip area of the body. I have large hands for a woman, but still not as large as most men, and the grip fells a little small where it curves for the lens. If someone has very large hands, they may find it difficult to grasp the camera firmly.
Overall, I love this camera. It allows the user to define the pictures or let the camera determine all the settings. It is not a professional's 35mm, but it has outstanding picture quality, many features more expensive cameras considered in the same class don't offer, and a cool retro look. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a great value!
This is a great camera - I would highly recommend it to anyone - viewing the high def pictures it takes, on my 32" high def tv, is awesome - when buying a digital camera, the two most important features to look for - first a large lens - digital pictures require good lighting - the bigger the lens the more light that is allowed to enter - the second is the amount of OPTICAL zoom - this means the lense actually moves, similar to a telescope - this actually moves the image closer for the picture- this camera has both - megapixels & digital zoom are mainly for picture size and viewing the pictures - megapixel is is for picture size - for a 5 x 7 photo a 2 megapixel is just fine - digital zoom is just digital magnification of the picture - like zooming in on a picture on you computer - it just expands the pixels - and the more you expand / the more distortion you get - the third thing to look at would be battery life and the type of batteries it uses - this camera is very vertical - you can use regular batteries, re-chargeable or a battery pack - I am not too crazy about the software ( but I have not took the time yet to play around with it yet - I prefer just pulling out the SD card and plugging it straight in to my PS3 or computer - if you have a PS3 (Playstation 3) - don't waste money buying the Kodak High Def docking station - you can plug the SD memory card straight in - hope this helps out
I love how easy it is to use this camera! Within 30 minutes of opening the box, I was getting great pictures out of it! I love the fast-burst option to get the shot you're expecting but can't predict. The "museum" setting is wonderful for getting candid shots without a flash so your subjects don't realize they're being photographed, too! The zoom is fabulous - you get great detail even at a long distance away. I'm very impressed with the quality of everything I've experienced in the few short days I've been playing with it. I'm looking forward to having lots of time to discover all its other perks.
My only slight concern is the battery type. I'm not used to anything but AA batteries, and this one doesn't recommend them - I'll have to get accustomed to the 3volt camera battery, and I'm not sure about how long it will last before needing replaced. But it may end up being better than rechargeable AA batteries - I'll figure that out once I get to know the camera better.