"Best one yet"on by moe3754
Pros This thing does it all
Cons None so far
Summary I have had this for about three days now seems that some how Best Buy has these in stock and also on sale,I tried the P850 before I found this one and believe me this is the one to get the pictures are so much clearer and brighter than the 850 it is unreal,plus this is 6 megapixles where as the 850 is only 5,also the LCD is much clearer than the 850,the 850 reminded me of the old TV pictures with snow on the screen where as the 612 is very clear and sharp,so that is why I returned the 850 and got this one instead.
Plus the cool factor of this camera is unreal,it is all silver and chrome and is solid as can be,all in all it is the camera that I really like and am sure to enjoy for some time.Also the size is something that should be talked about some,it is so much smaller and compact as to all the other cameras in the Z line and next to the 850 this thing is a baby,so if you want a great camera and a camera that just down right looks cool then this is the one for you!
"So far, so fine;-)"on by blerten
Pros Solid, great EVF/LCD
Cons Too early to tell
Summary I find myself needing to shoot meetings in typical fluorescent light, without flash. I gave up on pocketable point-and-shoots. I've only had it a date, but this seems to me to live up to the highly rated Panasonic Lumix, then some (can zoom during video, etc.) So today, fresh out of the box, my success rate in such a meeting was probably 80 percent, compared to 40 percent before, thanks to image stabilization
Kodak has simplicity down pat, and each generation improves on the last in that regard (this is, um, my fourth Kodak digicam in the past six years.) I'll be anxious to read the "pro critic" reviews, but ... I believe I've made the right choice!
Pros digital zoom, stability, viewer
Cons cap slides off to easy
Summary I have had this camera for 2 weeks now. It is fantastic. The viewer is super clear. The pictures are great even when riding down the road and snapping them out of the window. Clear as a bell and not even on the movement setting. Easy to hold with one hand and use. I love the sleek look too. This one is a keeper.
Pros 12x zoom and image stabilizer
Cons Occasionally gets confused
Summary We took this camera with us for two weeks in Alaska. I didn't have much time in advance to learn the camera, so nearly all photos were taken in one of three modes: full auto, landscape, or macro (close-up). We took over 3000 pictures during that time, and well over 90% of them are fully usable.
The image stabilization worked extremely well when we were on a bobbing cruise tour, and also allowed me to take a 12x zoom of Mt. McKinley without a tripod. If the movement of the boat was strong enough, the stabilization wasn't able to overcome it, but there is no question that half of these pictures would have been blurred without the image stabilizer.
Maybe three times, the focusing seemed to get totally confused, and I needed to turn it off and back on again to get it working properly again.
One day, on the 11-hour bus ride into Denali, I kept it around my neck for almost the whole day, and it was light enough that it did not bother me even after the end of the day (although the strap is a little rough, and towards the end of the day I resorted to putting up my collar and resting the strap on that instead of the back of my neck).
The colors from the close-ups of flowers are extremely vibrant. About the only pictures that consistently didn't turn out too good were those with backlighting, but I never did anything to try to compensate for those, like manually turning on the flash, or going to any sort of manual mode. And that would probably be true of any camera.
We were able to almost completely fill a 1 GB card on one charge of the battery, using lots of zoom, but very few flashes (nearly all was outdoors in sunny weather).
Overall, I was thrilled with the performance of this camera for the size, weight and price. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Pros Picture quality, LCD
Cons Placement of buttons, Battery door, feels flimsy
Summary I bought this camera after reading the readers reviews of the product here on Cnet.com. I agree the photo quality is good. I have not notice any fringing, or yellowish hue in any pictures as of yet. The 12x Optical zoom seems quiet enough and the focusing speed is fair or on par with Canon’s PowerShot S2 IS. The 2.5 inch LCD’s brightness adjusts quickly to changing lighting conditions making in viewable in almost any situation. The image stabilization works well under about 7x optical zoom anything further out is pretty shaky.
The things I don’t like? The sliding door covering the battery and memory card has no latch; it does slide away under normal picture taking conditions. This isn’t a problem while the camera is new (the battery does not fall out easily), but probably will be a problem with a little wear (given, you will be taking the battery out often to recharge it).
I differ from reviewer’s opinion on how well the finish will wear. Having worked in consumer electronic repairs for some time now. I find the gloss plastic coating as this one is to be prone to wearing off fast and the chrome coating over the buttons to crack easily.
It took some time to get use to finding and pressing the shutter button. Given it mounts flush with the top of the camera.
The lens cap falls off easily.
Overall I like the z612 performance. I don’t like parts of the housing design and the flimsy feel to the camera.