Pros Good camera but...
Cons Be careful buying a docking station for it!!
Summary I like this camera very much but unfortunately gave this camera the 3 rating JUST because of the Kodak's false suggestion of a compatible docking station on their website. I decided to get a docking station for this camera (Kodak EasyShare kit series 3) but just found out that the battery included in the kit is not compatible with the camera at all! An established company just fools you there!! The box even states it is compatible with C-V-Z-P Series. From my understanding, any kits compatible with this camera means everything included in the box is compatible. But for some reasons, the rechargeable battery included is NOT! The whole point of buying this kit is that the dock station comes with the rechargeable battery. To any guys shopping for the holiday, do NOT by the docking station or maybe talk to the Kodak customer support before you take actions!! Otherwise, you buy this kit for $49.99 and spend additional $$ for a rechargeable battery? If you just care about the rechargeable battery, forget about it but go for any name-brand rechargeable AA battery and the charger for $30. After all this, I went to the Bexx Bxy and asked about it but a sales associate told me I can't use any rechargeable AA battery for this camera. I just don't see why not since the manual of the camera states that you can use any AA lithium batteries. No compatible accessory kit, not good rating at all!
Pros Excellent clarity in low-light conditions
Cons Slow picture delete, cheezy looking body
Summary OK, let me first get the silly stuff out of the way: this camera looks cheap! Its shiny black finish, with virtually no buttons or even logos on the front, give it a very plain, somewhat toy-like look. So, I'm sure I'll have to get over feeling embarrassed being seen with this camera.....but I won't be embarrassed having my PICTURES seen.
The Z712 is simply amazing, and puts my Canon S2IS and SD700IS to shame. The ability to take pictures in low light, without using a flash, is simply superb. This is a great boon when you're vacationing and want to shoot building interiors where flash photography isn't allowed. I can also take pictures of my cats without flash/red eye problems. In part, this is possible because even at higher ISO settings you get noise-free images. And, the very adept image stabilization really helps here, and is far, far superior to the Canon's IS system. The IS capability also makes it possible to actually use the 12x zoom without a tripod.
Beyond image quality, I especially like the intuitive, logically laid-out menu system. And, there is a scroll wheel that enables you to quickly set the exposure compensation, ISO and flash intensity. I also like that the Z712 is a very small, light camera but still well balanced and easy to handle.
So far, I've only found a couple of negatives (did I mention how cheap this camera looks?): First, it takes several seconds to delete a single photo, which is quite annoying. But, you can also tag images and delete multiple images at once, which saves time over doing this one by one.
Another negative is the placement of the zoom toggle on the back of the camera, rather than on the top. If you're using the
view finder,this means you have to back away from the camera in order to get your finger on the zoom (if you are using the LCD, however, this is not a problem).
This is a great, versatile camera and deserves the good press it's been getting.
Pros Price (of course), Schneider Kreuznach Lens!, Weight, Features
Cons When you zoom while recording video the sound mutes and whenever you take out the batteries for recharging the date and time reset
Summary I've a considerable amount of Digital Cameras from many manufacturers like Olympus, Sony, Nikon and Panasonic.
For this one I decided to for this Kodak specially when I noticed that similar cameras from Sony cost about $100 more while having the same features and lower quality than this one.
I made some research on the Internet and found out that Schneider Kreuznach are among the very best lens company in the world they even got an Oscar!
So while you're holding this magnificent piece of photographic engineering in your hands be sure that is the best camera you could have for under $500, and it only cost you less than half of that!
Pros Beautiful pictures, unbeatable zoom ability, easy to take with you.
Cons Convoluted docking station, non-standard battery.
Summary Brought this camera (just a couple days old) into a camera shop looking to buy an additional battery for it. The owner immediately told me what a great lens the camera had. I didn't need an expert to know that the outdoor, bright sun pictures I took were amazing. The zoom on this camera is all powerful and makes taking candids so easy. I imagine taking pictures at sports events would be great too.
On the down side, Kodak provides an overly involved "docking station" to charge the battery (rechargeable not provided) and transfer the pics. Much easier to just pull the SD card and charge the rechargeable I bought at Radio Shack with its separate charger. Otherwise, no complaints.
Overall... I LOVE IT.
Pros Ease of use, Picture Quality, Many Manual Modes, Optical 12X Zoom
Cons No manual white balance, No RAW, 115,000 Pixel LCD
Summary Kodak has done it again with the Z712. It takes awesome pictures. Even the 400 ISO pictures are sharp and virtually noise free. This camera takes the best pictures in low light of any Z series camera yet.
It has the usual Kodak interface and the power of Perfect Touch technology cannot be overlooked. It can turn an average photo into a good one.
The 12X optical zoom works great even with my unsteady hands. This one comes with the new smart scene mode that automatically selects the appropriate scene. How many times have you missed a picture looking for the right scene? Not with this camera...
For the 225.00 price I paid at Best Buy (with a coupon), this camera is fantastic and another winner from Kodak.