Excerpt: Some of the greatest baseball players of all time, like Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio and Hank Aaron were called "five-tool players" because they: could hit for average; could hit for power; had speed on the bases; were gold glove fielders; had strong throwing arms.
Excerpt: Its precision auto-focus system with best-in-class click-to-capture rate – literally faster than the blink of an eye, at less than 1/10th of a second (0.07 seconds) – helps photographers get the exact shots they want, whether action on a sports field or children on the playground.
Conclusion: Kodak EasyShare P712 Megazoom digital compact camera There was a time when the Megazoom digital compact camera could claim a large market share. Obviously the only alternative was an expensive digital SLR camera and a just as pricey tele-lens.
Conclusion: The Kodak EasyShare P712 was a fun camera for me to test because it's like a miniature version of the digital SLR I use when I'm on the job. However, it's still a compact digital camera and it has the image quality issues typical of all point-and-shoot digital cameras.
Pros: Pro quality features, Viewfinder and LCD display, Quiet shutter release, 12 image (32 MB) internal memory, Minimal shutter-lag (0.7-second), 12x image stabilized Schneider-Kreuznach zoom lens (36mm to 432mm)
Cons: Poor lens cap design, Awkward size, Distracting lens motor noise, Disappointing image quality, Small ISO range
Conclusion: Will the P712 tempt you from upgrading to an SLR? Probably not. It's slow, ungainly, and can't really compete in image quality with even the cheapest 6Mp D-SLR. However, it does offer a powerful, stabilised lens at a reasonable price, albeit without the flair of Panasonic's TZ1 and FZ7 or the...
Pros: Full exposure control
Cons: It's loud in usePoor ISO levelsSlow to process imagesVisible noise in day shots
Pros: It looks nice and the image stabilisation works well. Under ideal conditions — that is, with a static subject in low contrast lighting and with the in-camera saturation turned right down and with the zoom at the half way mark — you can take decent pictures. The external hot shoe is a nice touch.
Cons: This is one of the slowest cameras we have ever used. Focus and exposure are hit and miss affairs, particularly when the lens is at its longest focal length. The electronic viewfinder is poor and operational lag is such that any moving subject will be over the horizon between pressing the button ...
Conclusion: With more than respectable image quality at lower ISOs, and three custom settings (almost essential to take the pain out of the many buttons and controls), the P712 can reward you with some excellent results.
Pros: Great manual control options, compact size, image stabilisation, good lens, RAW capture
Cons: Confusing array of controls mars handling, noisy images over ISO 200, EVF flaring