Conclusion: This EasyShare model puts a big zoom and manual exposure controls into the hands of creative snapshooters, but it doesn't have the chops to satisfy serious photographers.
Pros: Nice features for the price. Long zoom range with optical image stabilization. Manual and priority exposure modes. A large number of easily accessible controls. Compatible with Kodak EasyShare docks and software.
Cons: No custom white balance or slow-sync flash mode. Soft images. Image-processing delays after several consecutive shots.
Excerpt: The Kodak Z712 IS Digital Camera combines an impressive 12X optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization and 7.1 megapixels , plus face detection and manual controls – all useful features. It also has an electronic viewfinder – i would ask Kodak manufacturers why not optic? The body tends to look like a slr but the hand grip is not of rubber and it is smaller and lighter. Almost all the controls are on the right-hand side of the camera.
Summary: The Kodak Z712 IS excellent value for money and takes features from both compact and SLR designs to produce a camera with unique advantages. There's no face detection, but that huge zoom range and excellent optical image stabilisation make it hard to beat. The Kodak Z712 IS takes great pictures too.
Excerpt: The Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS ($249) is a low-cost, but full-featured
ultra zoom camera. It features a 7.1 effective Megapixel CCD, 12X optical zoom,
optical image stabilization, full manual controls, a 2.5" LCD display, and
the ease-of-use that Kodak cameras are known for.
Pros: Very good photo quality in most situations, 12X optical zoom lens & optical image stabilization, Considerably cheaper than the competition, without skimping on features, Well built (for a plastic camera), easy to hold, Large 2.5" LCD display is easy to see outdoors and in low light (but see issues below), Redeye not a problem, Almost a full set of manual controls (see below for what's missing), Snappy performance, good low light focusing, Tons of scene modes, includin...
Cons: Images on the soft side, with detail loss from heavy noise reduction; some vignetting, Low resolution LCD, Could really use manual white balance control (as illustrated by the test photos), Manual focus difficult to use (lousy focus distance guide; not very precise), No diopter control for electronic viewfinder, Below average battery life, No USB 2.0 High Speed support, Not much built-in memory, Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod, Full manual only on ...
Excerpt: The Kodak Z712 IS has a traditional SLR-style hand-grip, a top-mounted thumb-operated mode dial and a pop-up flash. There's even an electronic eye-level viewfinder to supplement the Kodak Z712 IS's 2.5in LCD panel.
Summary: A solid, but not exceptional, advanced ultra-zoom camera, Kodak's Z712 IS offers a big zoom backed up by optical image stabilisation. However, its pictures aren't quite as good as some of the competing models on the market.
Summary: The Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS gives far more than it takes, producing quality digital photos without the learning curve. It is a great-value purchase for both the casual and the creative photographer, even if its average looks fail to distinguish it from the crowd.
Pros: Simple and intuitive to use, 12x optical zoom, Optical image stabilisation, Runs on standard AA batteries
Cons: Unremarkable looks, All-plastic body, Noisy images at ISO 800 and ISO 1600