Excerpt: The EasyShare system is built on admirable intentions - to make the whole image storage, transfer, email and print process accessible to those people who might ordinarily struggle. The Z740 continues on this principle as one of four new EasyShare cameras announced this year as part of Kodak's Z range.
Excerpt: First up, you gotta love a camera that will never make you look silly in front of a group of people for forgetting to take the lens cap off! This new model EasyShare digital camera and printer dock from Kodak combines a 5 megapixel capture a 10x optical zoom Retinar aspheric lens, printing on demand and many clever idiot proof settings. The size of this camera for a mini type dslr is very compact.
Conclusion: The 5MP Kodak EasyShare Z740's ease of use simply does not make up for its subpar image quality. The poorly implemented EVF, oversensitive joystick controller, and lack of image stabilization don't help either.
Pros: Long (10X) zoom lens. Good ergonomics. Lots of dedicated analog controls. Plenty of manual controls. Good menu system and on-screen help. LCD automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
Cons: No image stabilization. Electronic viewfinder is terrible. Images are noisy and have lots of artifacts. Joystick can be difficult to use.
Conclusion: I liked the Z740 a lot more than I expected to; first impressions after months of using the Canon S2 IS and Sony H1 weren't that positive - the Kodak is so small and lightweight that it feels almost toy-like. But of course being light and compact means the Z740 is as near as you can get to a 'carry anywhere' 10x zoom camera, and the ease with which you can use the fairly comprehensive photographic controls puts many more sophisticated cameras to shame.
Pros: Excellent color, generally very good exposure, Versatile 38-380mm zoom range, Very compact, Good handling and easy access to most photographic controls, Good flash performance, Good white balance in most situations, Both screen and EVF work well in low light, Generally accurate focus, Lots of features, easy point-and-shoot use, Huge range of scene modes and simple explanations of features/functions, Simple, automated picture sharing with supplied software suite, Good ...
Cons: Slightly soft images and lower than average resolution, Can feel unresponsive in use, Over-aggressive noise reduction at ISO 200+ (very soft ISO 400 images), Some problems with high contrast/wide dynamic range scenes, Lack of image stabilization limits use of long end of zoom to bright scenes, Very slow buffering/card writing: camera freezes for up to 40 seconds after 5-shot burst, No image quality options, images very compressed, No custom/manual white balance, Very ...
Conclusion: After using the Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock Series 3 it’s easy to understand why the company has sold over 2 million docks of various stripes the past few years. It’s an effortless solution for quick 4×6 prints that you’d love to pass around. And the Z740 that’s bundled with it is a very good 5MP digicam with a 10x optical zoom. Although it has its limitations, I heartily recommend this Instant Dark Room for casual picture takers.
Pros: A great digital imaging solution for casual photographers
Cons: Camera skimps on some manual controls; dock limited to 4x6 prints
Excerpt: The Kodak EasyShare Z740 Camera and EasyShare printer dock series 3 package is a powerful yet very intuitive and easy to use system. It is capable of making high quality waterproof 4x6 prints at home with or without a computer at the press of a button. It boasts high 5 megapixel resolution, a huge 10X optical zoom, lots of scene modes, and great ergonomics.
Summary: Photographers can rarely resist the lure of a
long zoom lens, and the Kodak EasyShare Z740
Zoom elegantly answers this need with a 10x
optical zoom in a user-friendly digital camera.
In fact, it is currently bundled with the Printer
Dock Series 3 for One-Touch image transfer
to your PC and One-Touch printing. It's a perfect
combination for those looking for the famed Kodak
"Press the button and the camera/printer
will do the rest" ease of use promise.
Excerpt: The Kodak EasyShare Z740 is a midrange ultra zoom camera that fits between the Z700 and the Z7590 (which is remarkably similar to the DX7590 from 2004). It features a 5 Megapixel CCD, 10X zoom lens, 1.8" LCD display, manual controls, and an AF-assist lamp.
Pros: Very good photo quality in most situations, LCD and EVF usable in low light, Many manual controls, Supports conversion lenses, filters, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, EasyShare system (in-camera and with bundled software) makes it very easy to share and print photos, Plenty of scene modes, Good redeye test performance, Printer dock is a cool way to get instant prints (though note the operating costs)
Cons: Night shots seem soft and "overprocessed", Camera didn't fare well in the macro test due to white balance issues; here's why we need custom white balance!, VGA movie mode quality isn't the best; frame rate is poor too, Flimsy plastic door over SD card slot, Flash pops up when camera is powered on
Summary: 5.0 MP (2576x1932) - best (prints up to 20" x 30") 4.4 MP (2576x1716) - best 3:2 (optimized for 4" x 6" prints) 4.0 MP (2304x1728) - better (prints up to 11" x 14") 3.1 MP (2048x1536) - better (prints up to 8" x 10") 1.8 MP (1552x1164) - good (small prints)