"Easy to use, First-rate pictures"4.5 starson by Masino
Pros: ease of use, high quality pictures
Cons: buttons a bit close
Summary: I got my Z712 a week ago and have taken lots of pictures with it. It is pretty small (though not pocketable) and lightweight. It is a fast, accurate-focusing camera. The 12x zoom is fabulous. It has an Auto mode that I finally like. The high ISO on the camera does a nice job--even my worst shots at 1600 are usable (with a little help from Neat Image). There are almost no ruined shots due to camera fault (photographer fault, yes). The colors are definitely Kodak, but not as saturated as some of their cameras have been. There is plenty of detail in the photographs. The CRV3 battery lasted me over 500 shots with frequent flash and LCD use. It is a camera with a great combination of qualities and few faults. Kodak has a real winner here. (I have owned maybe 10 digital cameras over the years and the Z712 is one of the top performers) A picture is worth a thousand words, so in case you want to see some actual production from the camera, feel free to visit my Kodak Z712IS gallery at http://www.pbase.com/tgaf/kodak_z712is. I have posted over 70 photos of various types there.Updated
The more I use it the more I like it. It has given me a higher percentage of successful photos than any other camera I have used. The low light capability of this camera is also superior to my other cameras (including the Konica Minolta A2, which you regard so highly)and other cameras in its price range. I now have taken over 2,000 photos with the camera and over 200 are at the pbase site I mentioned in the main review.