Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS Review: A Friendly, Helpful Superzoom

Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS
This budget 12X superzoom offers a set of easy-to-operate manual and automatic controls, making it best suited for novices who don’t need the muscle that professionals require.

Though the Z712 IS offers manual and priority exposure modes as well as advanced controls such as exposure autobracketing and manual focus, advanced photographers will notice the lack of custom white balance and a slow-sync flash mode. In addition although this camera is speedy, with minimal shutter lag and a very good recycle time, it does slow down after taking several photos in a row.

I n the labs, the Z712 IS turned in an unimpressive performance on our resolution test, resolving 1,350 average lines of resolution, which is low for a 7.1- megapixel camera. In both daylight and flash shots, images were generally well exposed with realistic color. In field-test images, however, highlight areas were frequently blown out.

On the other hand, the lens-which offers a 36mm-to-432mm (35mm equivalent) focal-length range - allows more background blurring than is possible with many point-and-shoots, especially useful for photos of people. The lens does have some weakness, though, including noticeable purple fringing along high-contrast edges. Video is smooth, with natural colors and a good level of detail.

The Z712 IS will satisfy snapshot photographers who want more flexibility than the average compact provides. Serious photographers, though, should look elsewhere.

Price range
Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS: $249.95

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