Kodak EasyShare Z612
Manufacturer: Kodak Part number: 1071851
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CNET editors' review
price range: $599.99
- Reviewed by: Phil Ryan
- Reviewed on: 06/16/2006
The good: 12X optical zoom; full manual exposure controls; optical image stabilization.
The bad: Noticeable fringing and image artifacts; ISO 800 not available at full resolution; no manual white balance.
The bottom line: The superzoom Kodak EasyShare Z612 has style and plenty of features, but its image quality leaves a bit to be desired.
Best one yet
by moe3754 on May 21, 2006
Pros: This thing does it all
Cons: None so far
Summary: I have had this for about three days now seems that some how Best Buy has these in stock and also on sale,I tried the P850 before I found ...
Summary: I have had this for about three days now seems that some how Best Buy has these in stock and also on sale,I tried the P850 before I found this one and believe me this is the one to get the pictures are so much clearer and brighter than the 850 it is unreal,plus this is 6 megapixles where as the 850 is only 5,also the LCD is much clearer than the 850,the 850 reminded me of the old TV pictures with snow on the screen where as the 612 is very clear and sharp,so that is why I returned the 850 and got this one instead.
Plus the cool factor of this camera is unreal,it is all silver and chrome and is solid as can be,all in all it is the camera that I really like and am sure to enjoy for some time.Also the size is something that should be talked about some,it is so much smaller and compact as to all the other cameras in the Z line and next to the 850 this thing is a baby,so if you want a great camera and a camera that just down right looks cool then this is the one for you!
20 out of 20 users found this user opinion helpful.
So far, so fine;-)
by blerten on May 22, 2006
Pros: Solid, great EVF/LCD
Cons: Too early to tell
Summary: I find myself needing to shoot meetings in typical fluorescent light, without flash. I gave up on pocketable point-and-shoots. I've only had it a date, but this seems to ...
Summary: I find myself needing to shoot meetings in typical fluorescent light, without flash. I gave up on pocketable point-and-shoots. I've only had it a date, but this seems to me to live up to the highly rated Panasonic Lumix, then some (can zoom during video, etc.) So today, fresh out of the box, my success rate in such a meeting was probably 80 percent, compared to 40 percent before, thanks to image stabilization
Kodak has simplicity down pat, and each generation improves on the last in that regard (this is, um, my fourth Kodak digicam in the past six years.) I'll be anxious to read the "pro critic" reviews, but ... I believe I've made the right choice!
12 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
Super camera, fantastic pictures
by lady257 on June 9, 2006
Pros: digital zoom, stability, viewer
Cons: cap slides off to easy
Summary: I have had this camera for 2 weeks now. It is fantastic. The viewer is super clear. The pictures are great even when riding down the road and snapping them ...
Summary: I have had this camera for 2 weeks now. It is fantastic. The viewer is super clear. The pictures are great even when riding down the road and snapping them out of the window. Clear as a bell and not even on the movement setting. Easy to hold with one hand and use. I love the sleek look too. This one is a keeper.
9 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fabulous combination of features
by buffaloboy2000 on August 20, 2006
Pros: 12x zoom and image stabilizer
Cons: Occasionally gets confused
Summary: We took this camera with us for two weeks in Alaska. I didn't have much time in advance to learn the camera, so nearly all photos were taken in ...
Summary: We took this camera with us for two weeks in Alaska. I didn't have much time in advance to learn the camera, so nearly all photos were taken in one of three modes: full auto, landscape, or macro (close-up). We took over 3000 pictures during that time, and well over 90% of them are fully usable.
The image stabilization worked extremely well when we were on a bobbing cruise tour, and also allowed me to take a 12x zoom of Mt. McKinley without a tripod. If the movement of the boat was strong enough, the stabilization wasn't able to overcome it, but there is no question that half of these pictures would have been blurred without the image stabilizer.
Maybe three times, the focusing seemed to get totally confused, and I needed to turn it off and back on again to get it working properly again.
One day, on the 11-hour bus ride into Denali, I kept it around my neck for almost the whole day, and it was light enough that it did not bother me even after the end of the day (although the strap is a little rough, and towards the end of the day I resorted to putting up my collar and resting the strap on that instead of the back of my neck).
The colors from the close-ups of flowers are extremely vibrant. About the only pictures that consistently didn't turn out too good were those with backlighting, but I never did anything to try to compensate for those, like manually turning on the flash, or going to any sort of manual mode. And that would probably be true of any camera.
We were able to almost completely fill a 1 GB card on one charge of the battery, using lots of zoom, but very few flashes (nearly all was outdoors in sunny weather).
Overall, I was thrilled with the performance of this camera for the size, weight and price. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good Picture over all picture quality, but has a flimsy feel to it.
by uhoroj on July 2, 2006
Pros: Picture quality, LCD
Cons: Placement of buttons, Battery door, feels flimsy
Summary: I bought this camera after reading the readers reviews of the product here on Cnet.com. I agree the photo quality is good. I have not notice any fringing, or ...
Summary: I bought this camera after reading the readers reviews of the product here on Cnet.com. I agree the photo quality is good. I have not notice any fringing, or yellowish hue in any pictures as of yet. The 12x Optical zoom seems quiet enough and the focusing speed is fair or on par with Canon’s PowerShot S2 IS. The 2.5 inch LCD’s brightness adjusts quickly to changing lighting conditions making in viewable in almost any situation. The image stabilization works well under about 7x optical zoom anything further out is pretty shaky.
The things I don’t like? The sliding door covering the battery and memory card has no latch; it does slide away under normal picture taking conditions. This isn’t a problem while the camera is new (the battery does not fall out easily), but probably will be a problem with a little wear (given, you will be taking the battery out often to recharge it).
I differ from reviewer’s opinion on how well the finish will wear. Having worked in consumer electronic repairs for some time now. I find the gloss plastic coating as this one is to be prone to wearing off fast and the chrome coating over the buttons to crack easily.
It took some time to get use to finding and pressing the shutter button. Given it mounts flush with the top of the camera.
The lens cap falls off easily.
Overall I like the z612 performance. I don’t like parts of the housing design and the flimsy feel to the camera.
7 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
I Don't Know What Cam Cnet Was Using BUT...
by sredd68 on June 19, 2006
Pros: Photo Quality, speed, size
Cons: Not fast enough at full zoom
Summary: I on't know what the reviewers qualiications are as far as taking pictures but from what I've seen in the Kodak Forum @ Dpreview.com, the photo quality is ...
Summary: I on't know what the reviewers qualiications are as far as taking pictures but from what I've seen in the Kodak Forum @ Dpreview.com, the photo quality is great! I suggest anyone who's considering buying this camera go here http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/search.asp?query=Z612&forum=1011 and judge the photo quality yourself.
6 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fantastic, very pleased
by SweetpeaAgnew5 on November 21, 2006
Pros: lots of features, light, excellent zoom, share
Cons: must turn camera to ON to use the review feature
Summary: I have been using my camera for about one month now. The day I got the camera I used it to take photos at a concert, I was amazed at ...
Summary: I have been using my camera for about one month now. The day I got the camera I used it to take photos at a concert, I was amazed at how well the photos turned out. I was sitting a little ways from the stage and was able to get close up photos as if I were in the front row. I was able to fully zoom in and prop the camera on my knee when using the LCD to avoid blurr. I also used the EVF and held the camera tight against my face to stabalize it. I take a lot of photos of my daughters playing ringette and I puchased the little pocket tripod so I could take advantage of the maxium zoom. It has been great,and I would recommend if you are planning to use the zoom a lot the tripod is a must have accessory. I love the feature of the share button I can tag the photos right away with an e-mail address and when the camera is connected to my computer the photos get e-mailed right away. This feature is is great to send photos of the other ringette players to their families and also allows me to take pictures of my daycare kids and e-mail them without having to sort them all. I just learned how to use the burst feature which saves the first few or last few photos and it helps with the action shots and getting the exact picture I want. The one design draw back that I find is to use the review button you must turn the camera ON which opens the lens. I worry that it will get bumped. Kodak should have allowed for picture review with out turing the camera on.
I am an amature with very limited knowledge about photography I find the settings so easy to use and the different scene modes are wonderful to get my setting just right.
My old camera was a point and shoot and the photos I have taken with my z612 have been fantastic what an amazing difference.
In all I am very pleased with my purchase I love the features.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
by clay58 on November 19, 2006
Pros: 12 x Optical Zoom, Ease of Use, Price, Small Size
Cons: Requires the Series 3 Camera Dock which has been hard to find. On backorder from Kodak at $10 off retail.
Summary: After much research and shopping around I replaced my Kodak DX4330 with the Kodak Z612, and have not been disappointed. It is every bit the camera the Canon S3 I3 ...
Summary: After much research and shopping around I replaced my Kodak DX4330 with the Kodak Z612, and have not been disappointed. It is every bit the camera the Canon S3 I3 is at less money. This camera is awesome and delivers at a very reasonable price. The 12x optical zoom works flawlessly. The burst mode records 8 photos very quickly. Many manual controls, but the auto settings work great. Small 12x camera that has a good flash that works to around 16'. Macro mode works well for closeups. This is a very user friendly camera. I recommend you get the Series 3 dock, and you will not be disappointed.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Pictures--but poor construction
by rlriley1 on August 11, 2006
Pros: Easy to use. Good quality pictures
Cons: Poor construction
Summary: Have had the camera for 2 weeeks. Takes pictures easily and well, but the construction of the camera is poor. USB port cover is flimsey--doubt it would last any time. ...
Summary: Have had the camera for 2 weeeks. Takes pictures easily and well, but the construction of the camera is poor. USB port cover is flimsey--doubt it would last any time. The flash is now permantly open-won't close--already broken. Does not bode well for the future durability--when in these two weeks the camera has been gently used.
4 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Totally Sweet Camera!
by nickeyless on December 27, 2006
Pros: Clear Screen, Awsome Quality, Great Battery Life!
Cons: None At All
Summary: I'v Had This Camera For About 3 Days Now I Got It For Christmas And It Is By Far The Most Advanced Easyshare Their Is, For Example I Used ...
Summary: I'v Had This Camera For About 3 Days Now I Got It For Christmas And It Is By Far The Most Advanced Easyshare Their Is, For Example I Used The 12x Digital Zoom To Zoom In On Fine Print On A Dvd Case Accross The Room (6 Meters) And I Could Read It As Clear As If I Had Glasses In Front Of It!
The Flash Is Great Nice And Bright, The Capture Speed Is Awsome Especially When Your Subject Likes To Move,
You Can Take A Picture Moving Full Force Up, Down, Left, Right, On Sport Mode And It'll Still Be Clear,
Please Listen To Me When I Say Kodak Went All The Way! Great Camera!!!
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Kodak
- Part number: 1071851
- Description: The 6-megapixel KODAK EASYSHARE Z612 Zoom Digital Camera is a compact camera boasting a 12X SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON optical zoom lens with Kodak's image stabilization technology for sharp shots and steady videos. The camera's easy-to-use performance features include a 2.5" display, PASM modes, auto-image enhance, on-camera cropping, histogram and advanced video designed to help aspirational photographers take better pictures with sharper detail. The EASYSHARE Z612 camera records TV-quality video, up to 30 frames per second (fps) using advanced MPEG-4 compression. Built-in image stabilization technology reduces on-screen shaking from unintentional hand and camera movement. The camera also offers an optical zoom feature for video including auto focus. And it is simple to select any frame in a video, then save and print it as a "freeze frame" still picture in just seconds.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Resolution 6.1 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 6.0 megapixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 6,100,000 pixels
- Optical Zoom 12 x
- Digital Zoom 4.2 x
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 5
- Digital Video Format QuickTime (MPEG-4)
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- AV Interfaces Composite video
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 400,
- Exposure Metering Multi-segment,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Candle,
- Special Effects Black & White,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Fluorescent,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 16 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/3 EV step
- Type Schneider-Kreuznach 12 x x Zoom lens - F/2.8-4.8
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 35 - 420 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 19.7 in
- Macro Focus Range 4 in - 23.6 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator
- Continuous Shooting Speed 30 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 10 sec
- Additional Features Display brightness control,
In-camera red-eye removal,
Auto power save,
Cropping an image,
Digital image stabilization (video mode),
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type Electronic
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Viewfinder Resolution 202,000 pixels
- Type 2.5 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Connector Type 1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x USB,
1 x Docking station,
1 x DC power input
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows ME,
MS Windows 98 SE,
Apple Mac OS X 10.2.3 - 10.2.8,
MS Windows 98,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000,
Apple Mac OS X 10.3 or later
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Included Accessories Lens cap,
Docking station insert,
Audio / video cable
- Supported Battery Kodak KLIC 8000
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included ),
1 x CR-V3 Lithium battery ( Optional )
Memory / Storage
- RAM Installed 32 MB
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards MultiMediaCard,
SD Memory Card
- Included Memory Card 27 MB
- Image Storage JPEG 2832 x 2128,
JPEG 2832 x 1888,
JPEG 2304 x 1728,
JPEG 2048 x 1536,
JPEG 1200 x 900
- Video Capture QuickTime (MPEG-4) - 640 x 480,
QuickTime (MPEG-4) - 320 x 240
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.1 in
- Depth 2.7 in
- Height 2.9 in
- Weight 10.6 oz
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.
CNET Labs' Benchmarks
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- CNET Labs Flash shot to shot time 1.6
- CNET Labs Shot to shot time typical 1.5
- CNET Labs Shutter lag bright 0.4
- CNET Labs Shutter lag dim 0.6
- CNET Labs Typical burst speed 2.4
- CNET Labs Wake up time 1.8