Pros Save battery power by shutting off auto settings, low light option so you don't have to use the flash, HD clear pictures in highest resolutions, many manual options let you take control, in Camera cropping & after shot touch up.
Cons Hard to find rechargeable Kodak KLIC-8000 Li-Lon Battery and charger, especially in Canada. Expensive batteries.
Summary If you can find the rechargeable battery and charger at a halfway decent price, the camera is a steal for what it can do. Being that I bought this camera in the US while on vacation from Canada, I should have looked into buying the rechargeable battery and charger in the US too before coming back to Canada. I wear glasses so not having a view finder doesn't matter too me as view finders don't work well with glasses. Being a photography enthusiast, it's great to be able to take control of my shots as I take pictures of all sorts of things. I was even able to take a clear shot of Gross Point, Michigan shoreline houses from Sand Point Beach, Windsor, Ontario, Canada using the 12x optical zoom while using a tripod.
Pros Great clear pictures ! Quick focus.Strong flash.
Cons I only wish my Kodak z8612 IS had a zoom when making moovies.
Summary I love it ! .
Pros 1)Manual settings: very wide selection
3)Image quality when you get all settings right.
Cons 1) Image quality at "auto"
2) Too much jpeg compression, no raw to compensate for that
3) LCD should be brighter for sunny days.
4) Video quality - nothing too bad, nothing special either
Summary Hold the camera as still as you can and IS works like a charm up to 12x. You can make excellent photos once you learn how to use the camera, and I mean LEARN! People who wont bother learning, then better off with something more expensive that can zoom in & out :P
The manual specifically mentions "no alkaline batteries" and in another part also "do not use alkaline batteries". If you are too stuborn to listen, then you brought this to yourself (yes Im refering to those who complain abt camera shutting down after 10-20 photos). Get a KLIC and you will have a camera like everyone else, charging the battery after quite a while.
Every now and then, I think how better this camera would be if it had a viewfinder and raw pictures to compensate for the stupid high JPG compression, or if it was just a little faster. Well, theres a medicine for that as well, its called "have you forgotten abt the price you bought it already?" So, if you are on a tight budget, but want to have some extra zoom and the time to learn how to use manual settings, then this kodak could be your next camera ;)
Pros 12X Optical zoom, clear image display
Cons Batteries don't last very long in it, Sport/action setting sometimes produces pictures that are blurry
Summary This camera is definitely a big step up from the ancient Kodak digital camera I was using before. I purchased it for about $140. As a photography enthusiast, it fulfills all of my picture taking needs yet will turn out the occasional blurry, tracer lined picture. I think that has more to do with user error than a bad camera though. I think it is a great camera, takes clear pictures and the zoom is awesome. If you're looking for something more professional though, I would recommend spending a couple hundred extra bucks and getting a camera you know will perform 100%, 100% of the time.
All around very decent camera with a few quirks. I'd recommend it to a friend.
Pros Relatively good lens, telephoto, ease of operation and compact
Cons Terribly slow to turn on and function as well as between shots. Have missed lots of good opportunities with its slowness. Also, after having camera 5 months, had to be sent to repair center as camera would not function after turning on.
Summary After having camera at repair center, gave it a test run. Problem was still persistent. Turn camera on, no functionality for at least 2 minutes. Also, the lack of a view finder is a BIG problem for older eyes. At telephoto settings, cannot locate subject in LCD screen. Won't have another Kodak - just bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28.