Best Digital Camera - Kodak Easy Share Z612

Kodak Easy Share Z612

Hand Held Digital Camera That Feels Like a Camera

The Kodak Easy Share z612 is an older model now. Bought in the days when Kodak still manufactured personal digital cameras, it was less than $200 at the time. Target had it available as a discontinued model, but it still works like new.

The Kodak EasyShare Max z990 is still available at Walmart as of November, 2012. The reviews on the site all seem to be very positive. If the z612 is any indication, the newer model will give the amateur photographer a hugely better photo experience than the rectangular flat style point and shoot cameras.

I would heartily recommend this style of camera no matter where you buy it as it is very easy and comfortable to use. I have gotten some stunning photos with this camera. Even though I've had very limited training as a photographer, I would not hesitate to use this camera on a professional shoot.

Landscapes are Dazzling!

Landscape/Skyline with the Kodak EasyShare z612 camera.
Landscape/Skyline with the Kodak EasyShare z612 camera. | Source

Where Can One Find This Digital Camera?

Try eBay! Wow, search for the Kodak Easy Share Z612 and it comes right up. It's unknown how many are still available, but these Kodak EasyShare cameras are the workhorses for taking good photos for the internet, FaceBook and Flikr.

If the z612 model is not available, continue your search until you find another model like the z712 or the z990 The higher the number the newer the model.But all should have at least the basic functions of a camera plus a few bells and whistles to improve the photo taking experience.

View the Kodak EasyShare z612

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Front view of Kodak EasyShare z612Top view of Kodak EasyShare z612Back view of Kodak EasyShare z612 This is the little video camera I used to take photos of the Kodak EasyShare Camera. I'll review the PlaySport in another hub!
Front view of Kodak EasyShare z612
Front view of Kodak EasyShare z612 | Source
Top view of Kodak EasyShare z612
Top view of Kodak EasyShare z612 | Source
Back view of Kodak EasyShare z612
Back view of Kodak EasyShare z612 | Source
This is the little video camera I used to take photos of the Kodak EasyShare Camera. I'll review the PlaySport in another hub!
This is the little video camera I used to take photos of the Kodak EasyShare Camera. I'll review the PlaySport in another hub! | Source

Major Features of the Kodak z612

The front view shows the 12X SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIGON Optical Zoom Lens. This is a German made lens which is considered one of the best lenses for this sized camera. The lens is capable of sharp long (zoom) photos.

There is a stabilization feature in the camera that allows for steady videos. Be aware that videos will use a lot of memory. Cameras are best for taking very short videos only. Videographers should use video cameras. This feature will come in handy in case of a UFO encounter, however.

Although the camera only has 6.1 MP resolution, that is good enough for prints up to 30 inches by 40 inches without very much pixelation. For regular snap shots, 6.1 MP (mega pixels) is perfect. It's also great for web photos because the lower the MP, the smaller the file is, so uploading a photo is easy.

This camera has a nice side handle. Today's point and shoot cameras are designed to fit in a purse or small bag. Sure they are light weight, but having a handle on the side of a camera helps a great deal with stability and handling. It's so convenient, that I have trouble using a camera without a handle. The feel of the Kodak z612 is more akin to the advanced cameras of 20 years ago.

Top View:

Across the top (from the photographers view), from left to right, is the camera strap holder, the flash, a dial for special functions with the on/off switch on top of the dial and finally, the drive button, focus button, flash button and shutter button. These buttons are not needed if you use the auto setting on the dial. The last thing to see from the top is the camera strap holder for the right side of the camera.

The shutter is two stage. Press halfway down for focusing and then depress fully to trip the shutter.

Back View:

At the top left is a small button that toggles between using the camera's view finder (handy in bright lighting) and the preview screen which is a nice sized 2.5 inch color display. This is one of the features that make this camera feel like a 'real' camera.

Below that small button is the display screen and above the screen is the view finder to look through when the toggle button is set for using your 'eye to camera' setting.

Next on the right hand side of the back is the zoom lever. Rock it right to zoom closer. Rock it left to zoom out again. This feature is easy to locate and use.

Under the zoom lever there is a handy 'i' button for information on the camera function currently in use. Push it once and the display offers information about settings. Push it twice and it will actually show the histogram of the shot which tells about color balance and how well the brightness and contrasts are going to come out. This is a professional setting and elevates this camera to pro status.

The next button down is the preview button. This button allows the user to scroll through all of the photos on the camera.

Then there is the big four way control button for scrolling through the camera's menu of settings including date/time and other individual settings one may want to use. The 'OK' button in the center functions as a 'select' or 'enter' button.

Underneath the big button there are three little buttons that allow the user to delete photos, scroll through the menus and the share button. The share button makes transferring your photos easy, hence the moniker, 'EasyShare'. Using the USB cable is just as easy.

Side and Bottom Views (not shown)

The bottom of the camera has a place for the tripod stand. It's a standard size, so most tripods fit the camera. Next to that is the battery cover and extra SD memory slot.

Above that is a slot for the Kodak EasyShare docking holder. This is sold and used separately from the camera. It's a luxury feature, not a necessity.

On the right side there are connection slots for the USB cable and something called a three volt DC-In hole which I have never used.

The camera's speaker is located on the left hand side of the camera under the strap connection.

Close Up Photo - Still Sharp

Close up photo sample using this camera
Close up photo sample using this camera | Source

Recommended Camera

Using a camera should definitely feel natural and comfortable. Professional photographers get used to hauling all sorts of heavy cameras around plus lenses, tripods, spare batteries and what not. Why not combine all of that into one light weight easy to use camera?

This is what the Kodak EasyShare Cameras are all about. The battery is very long lasting and rechargeable. The camera and settings are simple as pie once you practice using everything. The photos practically take themselves!

While the Kodak is not considered to be a professional camera, great photos are easy to take and yes, share. This style of camera will quickly become your 'go to' camera for every occasion.

How would you rate the Kodak EasyShare Camera? I give it 5 Stars!

5 out of 5 stars from 3 ratings of Kodak EasyShare z612

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Comments - Do you have a camera that you prefer? 12 comments

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I am in the market for a digital camera, so this review, and others about cameras, are helpful to me right now. Thank you!


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Well, I think you know eBay or the thrift store are the places to look. Hopefully, you can try it before you buy it.


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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

Pretty slick--I love the style of your photo up top--in the photo corners...great pics with your camera, too! I have a Coolpix and I like it well enough but gosh...this one is tempting. I think I could probably buy 5 cameras if I had the money...and carry them all around. I usually have my Nike 5100 around my neck, my Coolpix hanging from my wrist and my Flip hanging from my shoulder. I love taking photos and then comparing what I got with each medium--this might explain why I'm sitting at my computer pouring over hundreds of photos all the time! I guess I'll have to add this to my wish list~~~we can only hope I would win the lotto and have at least 5 cameras added to my carryon or carry about~ I don't even carry a purse--oh and now I added my new big screen phone to the carry-around for taking pictures~


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Audrey, you are going to have to join cameras anonymous soon. Hi, my name is.... and I can't control my camera use. Just remember, there are only 12 steps to recovery.


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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

No kidding--I actually had a lady ask me at a car show recently if I was from "the press." Yeah--as in I iron~ Bob was cracking up--I said are you kidding me? Do I LOOK like a member of the press to you? I've never seen anyone with 3 cameras around their person working for a real newspaper~ But hey--I could start a trend....yeah...I'm calling CA right now.....


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Metal Detectorist 3 years ago

Great review of the Kodak Easyshare z612. It certainly looks and sounds like a great camera to have! I think camera reviews are a great help when one is looking for a new camera to buy, as you can't always believe what the manufacturer has to say about them. Nothing beats user experience!


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Hi MD! Well, user experience is the key. Taking tons of photos is also helpful. Playing with all the settings, dials and exposure times helps too. Most of all, one should choose a camera because they really like the feel of it. If you feel uncomfortable using it, you won't.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ok maybe this is the camera I need! I like the red one.

I had NO idea the lenses could be made with different or better materials.how dumb right? I love photography but don't know a whole lot about it - wish I did!


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

There are probably some photo classes at a local college around. Maybe you should try one. You'll love it.


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viveresperando 3 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

Interesting looking for for a camera for photographs and for making a blog. Glad I found it. :)


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UnknownAuthor72 3 years ago from USA

I picked up a camera/recorder, it is a Vivitar DVR. The disc when I upload it on the cp. It messes with my computers performance. The controls to stop or play are messed up. I am going to send it back.

I need one for a documentary project I am wanting to get accomplished.

Great info. thanks! :)


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frogyfish 2 years ago from Central United States of America

I've had two Kodak EasyShare cameras...little ones similar to your picture of the 195. I ruined the first one by leaving it on a strong magnet overnight...unknowingly. Too bad they are 'market gone'...they were easy to use and took marvelous pictures!

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