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.
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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 z612Click thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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.
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
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!
© 2012 Austinstar
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