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Kodak EasyShare P712 Review

Kodak EasyShare P712 megazum dijital kompakt kamera Bir zamanlar megazum dijital kompakt kameralar geniş bir pazar payına sahiptiler. Megazum kameraların tek alternatif pahalı dijital SLR kameralar ve yine yüksek fiyatlı tele objektiflerdi. O günler artık sona ermiş görünüyor. Çünkü Nikon (Nikon D40) ve Olympus (E-500) gibi firmalar son derece cazip fiyatlı dijital SLR kameralar üretmiş durumda. Böylece iki segment arasındaki farklar ortadan kalktı ve SLR modellere geçiş daha cazip bir hale geldi. Kodak artık DSLR modeller üretmediğinden dolayı megazum ürün pazarı üzerinde DSLR üreticilerinin o kadar kolay etkisi olmayacaktır. Bu yüzden P712 benzeri Kodak modelleri ile daha çok karşılaşacağız.

Kodak P712 - Görüntü sabitleyicili 12x optik zum Kodak EasyShare P712 modelinin ne güçlü yönü optik görüntü sabitleyici özelliğinin desteklediği geniş odak mesafesi. Bu iki özellik güçlü bir kombinasyon oluştururken giriş seviyesi fotoğrafseverlerin her tür çekimi kolaylıkla yapmasına olanak tanıyor. Ayrıca cihazın kompakt boyutları ve tasarımı ele iyi oturan kullanımı kolay bir ürün ortaya çıkarıyor. Kamera gittiğiniz her yere yanınızda götürebileceğiniz kadar hafif bir yapıda. 2.5 inç (6.35 cm) büyüklüğündeki LCD ekran fotoğrafların izlenip değerlendirilmesi veya çevrenizdekilerle birlikte bakmanız için yeterli. Kodak P712, LCD ekranın yanı sıra optik vizörün yerini rahatlıkla dolduran yüksek çözünürlüklü elektronik vizör ile de kullanılabiliyor. Vizörün ekran tazeleme hızı 60 kare/saniye. Bu da titrek görüntülerin önüne geçmeye yetiyor. Vizörün yumuşak kauçuk çerçevesi gözlük kullanan fotoğrafseverlere rahat çekim olanağı sunuyor.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - 7 megapiksel çözünürlük Kameranın 7 megapiksel resim çözünürlüğü yaratıcı fotoğrafseverlerin görüntüler üzerinde kırpma gibi düzenlemeler ve baskı için büyütmeler yapmaları için fazlasıyla yeterli oluyor. Otomatik kontrollerinin yanı sıra diğer birçok ayar seçeneği Kodak EasyShare P712’nin geniş sayıda kullanıcı kesimine yönelik bir kamera olmasını sağlıyor. Başlangıç seviyesindeki fotoğrafseverler bu kamera ile deneyimlerini arttırarak tam otomatik çekimlerden yarı-otomatik çekimlere geçebilirler. Kameranın dâhili kullanım kılavuzu kullanıcıya her aşamada yardımcı oluyor. Renk sunumu konusunda aşırıya kaçılmamış olduğundan renk sıcaklık değerleri gayet dengeli. Buna ilave olarak kamera farklı ışık kaynaklarından gelen değerleri çok iyi kontrol edebiliyor. Kameranın beyaz dengesi kalitesi ise kesinlikle çarpıcı seviyede.

Kodak EasyShare P712 dijital kamera - Dezavantajlar Kamera hakkında eleştirilmesi gereken bazı yönler mevcut. Cihazın hızı bunların başında geliyor; kameranın açılı ve kapanış hızı ıstırap verici derecede yavaş. Üstelik geniş açıdan telezuma geçiş süresi de uzun. Bu arada çekilen kompozisyona karar vermek ustalık istiyor. Buna ek olarak oturma odası gibi loş ışıklı ortamlarda odaklama zor gerçekleşiyor. Kodak’ın bu noktada bazı eksikleri olduğunu ifade etmek zorundayız. ISO değerleri ve noise konusundaki izlenimlerimiz de benzer yönde. İnsan, DSLR modellere alternatif olarak sunulan böyle bir dijital kameranın öncelikle ISOO değerlerinin iyi sonuçlar vermesini buna ilave olarak da bu değerlerin ISO 40 - 400’den daha geniş bir aralığa sahip olmasını bekliyor. Kodak P712 dijital kameranın ISO 800 değeri var ancak bunu seçtiğiniz zaman çözünürlüğü 1.2 megapiksel seviyesine düşürmek zorunda kalıyorsunuz. Daha yüksek ISO değerlerinin yüksek çözünürlüklerde de kullanılabildiğini rakip modellerde görmekteyiz. Bunu yanı sıra görüntülerdeki noise oranı da çok yüksek. Özellikle ISO 400 değerinde öyle yüksek seviyede noise göze çarpıyor ki görüntülerin kalitesi bariz bir şekilde bozuluyor.

Kodak EasyShare P712 inceleme sonucu Sonuç olarak Kodak P712 incelemesi üzerimizde karmaşık izlenimler bıraktı. Bir yanda kameranın kompakt tasarımının sağladığı kullanım kolaylığı, geniş optik mesafesi ve kullanışlı görüntü sabitleme özelliği ve cihazın kullanıcı dostu yapısı var. Öte yanda ise ISO değerlerinin yarattığı hayal kırıklığı, kısıtlı ISO değerleri ve kameranın bazen yavaş kalan tepki hızı yer alıyor. Kodak’ın bu noktalarda işin kolayına kaçmış olduğu hissine kapıldık. Rakip modellerde de benzer sonuçlarla karşılaşmış olsaydık bu yargılarımızda daha yumuşak olabilirdik. Günümüz teknolojisi ve donanım/yazılım kalitesi ile çok daha iyi sonuçları elde etmek olanaklı; ve bu noktalarda Kodak’ın başarılı olamadığını görüyoruz. Kodak EasyShare P712 başlangıç seviyesindeki fotoğrafseverlerin günlük çekimleri için son derece çekici bir model. Kodak EasyShare P712 kamera kesinlikle dijital SLR fotoğraf makinelerine alternatif olarak görülebilecek bir model değil. Bunun nedeni ise aralarındaki farkların çok büyük olması.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Dahili bellek Kodak P712 megazum dijital kameranın makul seviyede bir dahili belleği mevcut. Tampon belleğin kapasitesi JPEG formatta çekimler için rahatlık sağlıyor. JPEG formatta bri fotoğrafın maksimum dosya boyutu yaklaşık 4.9MB. Kodak EasyShare P712 aynı zamanda TIFF ve RAW formatta çekime de olanak tanıyor. Ancak bu formatlarda çok sayıda dosyanın işlenmesi büyük sıkıntı yaşatıyor. TIFF formatta en yüksek çözünürlükte bir fotoğraf yaklaşık 22MB yer kaplarken RAW formatta 13.1MB yer kaplıyor. Böylesine büyük dosyalar görüntü işlemci üzerinde yüksek hesaplama gücü gerektiriyor. Büyük dosya boyutları aynı zamanda bellek kartının belirlenmesinde de rol oyuyor. Bu dosya formatlarında çekim yapacaklar için hızlı veri yazma ve okuma özelliğine sahip bellek kartlarını tercih etmelerini öneriyoruz.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - 512MB depolama kapasitesi Dijital kameraları etkin ve hassas bir şekilde test edebilmek için her zaman SanDisk’in bellek kartlarını kullanıyoruz. Kodak EasyShare P712 dijital kamerayı incelerken Extreme III Secure Digital modelinin yanı sıra SanDisk Ultra II Plus 2GB bellek kartını da kullandık. Kodak P712 dijital kamera ile birlikte kullanmak üzere en az 512MB kapasiteli bir bellek kartı seçmenizi öneriyoruz. Bu şekilde hatırı sayılır miktarda yüksek çözünürlüklü JPEG fotoğraf kaydedebilirsiniz. RAW formatta çekim yapmak isteyen fotoğrafseverlere ise en az 2GB kapasiteli bir bellek kartı kullanmalarını öneriyoruz.

512MB kapasiteli bellek kartı ile çekim sayıları RAW - 3072 x 2304 piksel - 13.1MB - 40 fotoğraf TIFF - 3072x2304 piksel - 23MB - 24 fotoğraf TIFF - 3072 x 2048 piksel - 22MB - 27 fotoğraf TIFF - 2592 x 1944 piksel - 16MB - 33 fotoğraf TIFF - 2048x1536 piksel - 9.8MB - 54 fotoğraf TIFF - 1280 x 960 piksel - 390KB - 137 fotoğraf JPEG - Fine - 3072 x 2304 piksel - 4.9MB - 107 fotoğraf JPEG - Standard - 3072 x 2304 piksel - 2.9MB - 184 fotoğraf JPEG - Normal - 3072 x 2304 piksel - 1.9MB - 283 fotoğraf JPEG - Fine - 3072 x 2048 piksel - 4.5MB - 120 fotoğraf JPEG - Standard - 3072 x 2048 piksel - 2.6MB - 206 fotoğraf JPEG - Normal - 3072 x 2048 piksel - 1.7MB - 317 fotoğraf JPEG - Fine - 2592 x 1944 piksel - 3.5MB - 150 fotoğraf JPEG - Standard - 2592 x 1944 piksel - 2.1MB - 257 fotoğraf JPEG - Normal - 2592 x 1944 piksel - 1.4MB - 392 fotoğraf JPEG - Fine - 2048x1536 piksel - 2.2MB - 238 fotoğraf JPEG - Standard - 2048x1536 piksel - 1.3 MB - 403 fotoğraf JPEG - Normal - 2048x1536 piksel - 0.9MB - 616 fotoğraf JPEG - Fine - 1280 x 960 piksel - 0.9MB - 582 fotoğraf JPEG - Standard - 1280 x 960 piksel - 0.6MB - 952 fotoğraf JPEG - Normal - 1280 x 960 piksel - 0.4MB - 1429 fotoğraf Video - 640x480 piksel - 9 dk 12 sn Video - 320x240 piksel - 15 dk 14 sn

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Kodak EasyShare P712 Digital Camera Review Conclusion

Kodak EasyShare P712 Megazoom digital compact camera There was a time when the Megazoom digital compact camera could claim a large market share. Obviously the only alternative was an expensive digital SLR camera and a just as pricey tele-lens. Those days definitely seem over, now that manufacturers like Nikon (Nikon D40) and Olympus (E-500 kit) offer very affordable SLR cameras. The difference has thus diminished, and the step to a SLR camera has become more attractive, and easier to make. Since Kodak doesn't produce DSLR cameras anymore, the Megazoom segment probably won't be pulled as easily as with DSLR manufacturers, so we will encounter more Kodak cameras like the P712.

Kodak P712 - 12x stabilized optic zoom range The main power of the Kodak EasyShare P712 camera is its large optical zoom range combined with an optical image stabilizer. These two form a strong combination and allow all-round photography for entry-level digital photographers. The compact size and the design provide a good feel and ease of use. The camera is light enough to take with you anywhere. The 2.5-inch LCD screen is comfortable for judging pictures or to watch with others. Next to the monitor the Kodak P712 comes equipped with a high-resolution electronic viewfinder that replaces the optical viewfinder without effort. The viewfinder has a high refreshment rate of 60 fps, thus avoiding shaky images. The rubber ring around the ocular is comfortable to photographers with glasses.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - 7 Megapixel resolution The 7 Megapixel resolution is more than enough to enable the creative photographer to edit his pictures, cropping and printing enlargements. The many settings, next to the automatic control, make the Kodak EasyShare P712 suitable for a wide range of users. The beginning photographer can also grow and transfer from automatic to semi-automatic. The built-in guide lends a hand. Colour reproduction has not been overdone, and there's no mention of too much saturation. Next to that the camera can handle the many different light sources of our world well. The quality of the white balance is absolutely outstanding.

Kodak EasyShare P712 digital camera - Disadvantages Still I have some remarks when it comes to the camera. Speed is one such issue; starting up and closing down the camera is agonizingly slow. On top of that, zooming from wide-angle to tele-lens takes its fair share of time, the accuracy of deciding the composition is tricky and the sweep one has to make with the zoom button is fairly long. Added to that; the difficult focus in twilight conditions, like in living rooms, then the total sum is negative and I must conclude Kodak has lost a few points there. When it comes to ISO and noise values I am not pleased either. One can really expect a camera that is presented as an alternative to DSLR to first have its ISO values of a remarkable level, but also that it is more expanded than 64-400. 800 ISO is selectable, but it causes the resolution to be reduced to 1.2 Megapixels instantly. That it can be different is proven by the competition, where high ISO is also available at higher resolutions. Besides that, there is too much noise. Especially 400 ISO is so much a subject to noise that it clearly diminishes quality.

Kodak EasyShare P712 Test conclusion As such I have mixed feelings about the Kodak P712 test. On one hand there is the ease of a compact design, great optical range and handy image stabilization, and it provides much user-friendliness. On the other hand there is the disappointing quality of the ISO and the limited ISO range, as well as the, sometimes slow, reaction speed of the camera. It makes me feel as if Kodak eased their way out at these points. Had it been so that the competition showed the same images I would have been milder in my judgment. But with the current technology and hardware/software quality a lot more is possible, and that is where Kodak fails. The Kodak EasyShare P712 is an attractive camera for the every day shots of the beginning photographer. The Kodak EasyShare P712 may certainly not be seen as the alternative to a digital SLR camera. The difference between them is just too big.

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Kodak EasyShare P712 Digital Camera Review Storage and Energy

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Large buffer The Kodak P712 Megazoom camera has a reasonably large buffer so you can easily work with JPEG format files. The maximum JPEG format size is around 4.9MB. The Kodak EasyShare P712 also supports TIFF and RAW format, but that immediately ends the quick processing of large numbers. A TIFF format uses about 22MB in its highest resolution, and RAW still takes a good 13.1MB for each shot. Such large files require a great amount of calculating power from the internal image processor, but also from the memory card. A flash memory card with a quick reading/writing speed is advisable.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - 512MB storage capacity To effectively and accurately test a camera, I always use a SanDisk memory card, and in case of the Kodak EasyShare P712 I used beside the Extreme III SD also the SanDisk Ultra II Plus 2GB which is easily useable for the camera. My advice is to have at least 512MB storage capacity so you can record a reasonable amount of high resolution JPEG images during vacations. Those wanting to do a lot of RAW format photography would be wise to acquire a 2GB card immediately.

Considering 512MB storage capacity: RAW - 3072 x 2304 pixels - 13.1MB - 40 pictures TIFF - 3072x2304 pixels - 23MB - 24 pictures TIFF - 3072 x 2048 pixels - 22MB - 27 pictures TIFF - 2592 x 1944 pixels - 16MB - 33 pictures TIFF - 2048x1536 pixels - 9.8MB - 54 pictures TIFF - 1280 x 960 pixels - 390KB - 137 pictures JPEG - Fine - 3072 x 2304 pixels - 4.9MB - 107 pictures JPEG - Standard - 3072 x 2304 pixels - 2.9MB - 184 pictures JPEG - Normal - 3072 x 2304 pixels - 1.9MB - 283 pictures JPEG - Fine - 3072 x 2048 pixels - 4.5MB - 120 pictures JPEG - Standard - 3072 x 2048 pixels - 2.6MB - 206 pictures JPEG - Normal - 3072 x 2048 pixels - 1.7MB - 317 pictures JPEG - Fine - 2592 x 1944 pixels - 3.5MB - 150 pictures JPEG - Standard - 2592 x 1944 pixels - 2.1MB - 257 pictures JPEG - Normal - 2592 x 1944 pixels - 1.4MB - 392 pictures JPEG - Fine - 2048x1536 pixels - 2.2MB - 238 pictures JPEG - Standard - 2048x1536 pixels - 1.3 MB - 403 pictures JPEG - Normal - 2048x1536 pixels - 0.9MB - 616 pictures JPEG - Fine - 1280 x 960 pixels - 0.9MB - 582 pictures JPEG - Standard - 1280 x 960 pixels - 0.6MB - 952 pictures JPEG - Normal - 1280 x 960 pixels - 0.4MB - 1429 pictures Video - 640x480 pixels - 9 min 12 sec Video - 320x240 pixels - 15 min 14 sec

Kodak P712 - Ultra II Plus SD memory card Because in practice I use an Ultra II Plus card I no longer need the camera to transfer the recordings to a computer or notebook. Simply remove the card from the slot; literally break it in half releasing an USB interface. The card can now be plugged into any free USB port of computer or notebook, and the recordings can be transferred. Those who do want to transfer pictures through the camera, for instance when a standard SD card is used, utilizes the camera's USB interface. Unfortunately Kodak equipped the EasyShare P712 with a slow version; a Full Speed interface. Every now and then one passes by me, but most cameras are nowadays supplied with a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, allowing considerably higher transfer speeds. One thing Kodak should keep in mind for following generations.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Klick-5001 Lithium Ion battery The Kodak P712 is powered by a Lithium Ion battery. The Kodak Klick-5001 Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 3.7v 1800mAh. The battery is powered by a handy size charger, and is inserted into the handgrip of the camera. The compartment is tightly shut by a flap. It is unfortunate the compartment has no safety pin with which to secure the expensive Li-Ion battery. Upon opening the compartment the battery can easily fall out, with all sorts of consequences. A filled battery has enough power for 210-290 shots. This data has been acquired using the CIPA standard test method, and are reliable. In itself it is a reasonable amount of recordings. I do advise you though, and especially in case of situations where you can't always recharge your battery, to take a second battery with you.

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Kodak EasyShare P712 Digital Camera Review Adjustments

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Kodak EasyShare P712 - Good image quality The optical quality is good when it comes to distortion. The wide-angle has an average distortion, but when you zoom in towards the maximum tele setting there is hardly any distortion left; a remarkable achievement. What is more, the difference in focus in the corners compared to the central part of the lens is not distracting when using wide-angle. There is a little more softness in tele-captured pictures, but like before, it's hardly present. The quality of the lens when it comes to focus and distortion is above average.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Chromatic aberration One effect that tends to become too visible with such large optical zoom lenses is chromatic aberration; the purple edges around subjects when there is a very big contrast. Unfortunately this also goes for the Kodak P712 camera. Several test samples show traces of above average chromatic aberration. During macro shootings the Kodak EasyShare P712 performs outstandingly. There is some distortion, but not more than average, and certainly not disturbing. The focus is of sufficient quality, even though some detail gets lost in the noise which is, unfortunately, included to.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Color Science The Kodak EasyShare P712 camera comes equipped with Kodak's Colour Science. One of the advantages of such a technique is the ability to calculate different kinds of light in such a way that there is a well balanced white balance. This is also the case with the Kodak P712 camera. The captured images look perfect, and where the camera fails, a more specific white balance takes care of colorcast. The manual setting can subsequently be set in different modes and saved in three settings. For the entry-level digital photographer this is a luxury, and an outstanding way to control difficult lighting conditions. The colour LCD display is reasonable and shows lifelike skin tones in portrait photography. There is hardly any case of colour saturation you see a lot with recordings containing a lot of red.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Noise ratio An ever-returning subject is noise. Although every generation there is improvement, this step forward is usually put to the background when there is another Megapixel update. The image sensors remain small, but the amount of pixels on the CCD sensor keeps increasing constantly. One of the disadvantages is noise. Of course, internal software can effectively reduce noise, but there is also a loss of focus and detail. We aren't satisfied with the noise values of the Kodak EasyShare P712. Up until 200 ISO all is reasonable to good, but at 400 ISO and up the quality stays behind on what the competition and current technology offers. On top off that the 800 ISO setting is only available at 1.2 Megapixels. To me that seems outdated. Kodak missed a few points here and concerning this feature that is unacceptable. The results on screen are not as good as those on a print. The 10x15 prints of the 200 and 400 ISO recordings are of good enough quality, but with larger sizes there is too much visible noise.

Kodak P712 - Speediness of the camera As written before start-up and zoom speeds are not exactly high. Although equipped with a large optical range there should have been the expected increase in speed. Maybe that's for the next generation of P-cameras? Despite that, there are some parts, like the shutter time lag, that deserve a compliment. One of the other parts that test the user's patience is the sequence recording mode. The camera can take about ten pictures (JPEG/fine) in a single shoot recording with a speed of 1.4 bps. In itself an acceptable speed, but in continuous recording mode this speed drops to 1.0 and allows a maximum of 8 images (JPEG/fine) before the internal buffer of the memory card needs to be emptied. Keep in mind the 14 seconds it takes to empty a full buffer (measured with a SanDisk Extreme III SD card). As such the Kodak EasyShare P712 deserves a chance to be used as an action camera. The built-in stabilizer, the great optical range, 7 Megapixels, a quick shutter time lag and a reasonably quick sequence recording with a big buffer are sufficient enough ingredients to take a successful action recording. There is only one condition; there has to be enough light.

Kodak P712 Review

Kodak P712 Overview

By: Dan HavlikReview Date: 09/18/2006

The new 7.1MP, 12x zoom Kodak EasyShare P712 inhabits that slowly shrinking digital camera space previously known as the "chunky" category but these days referred to simply as "superzoom." Designed to be somewhat like a digital SLR but with a long-zooming attached lens and a complete system of bells and whistles -- including a very necessary "optical image stabilizer" -- the Kodak P712 is designed for advanced amateurs who haven't made the jump to a digital SLR yet. While a bit on the "chunky" side, the P712 is still surprisingly lightweight and portable given its long, image-stabilized zoom lens.

Because the Kodak P712 is an "EasyShare" camera it joins a long line of the simplest and most goof-proof models on the market. On the other hand, creative options abound on the Kodak P712 with an extensive array of automatic and manual exposure modes that give the camera great flexibility. Like the rest of the EasyShare line, the Kodak P712 is compatible with Kodak's popular Printer Docks, offering one-button printing. But does this hybrid of the advanced and the amateur, the sophisticated and the simple, the flexible and the automatic, work in a world where full-blown digital SLRs are being used by grandmothers? Read on and find out.

 

Kodak P712 User Report

Rather Handsome. From a distance you could easily mistake the Kodak P712 for a digital SLR. It's all-black body, substantial hand-grip and hot-shoe on top bear all the trappings of a more professional model. Look a little closer though and you'll notice the camera's solid but compact all-in-one construction. Though it's made primarily of black polycarbonate, there are some nice rubber accents around the lens, on the eyepiece, and covering the ports and speaker on the left side of the camera, giving the Kodak P712 a sturdy weatherized feel. (Though I wouldn't recommend taking it out in the rain, let alone in the water.)

I was immediately comfortable holding the camera thanks to the great grip, even balance, and smooth black surface that's cool to the touch. Some rival superzooms, I feel, have gone too far in making their designs futuristic and slimmed down. Though it's great to have a camera that will fit in your pocket, there's no way most of these long-zoomers will squeeze into anything but a handbag no matter how many corners you cut off.

At 4.3 x 3.3 x 2.8 inches (108 x 84 x 72 millimeters) when powered down, the Kodak P712 is about as small as you really want to go for a camera with a 12x zoom. (When the camera powers up, the zoom extends an extra inch or so, and then just under half an inch further at the full 12x.). Though it has a classic style, there isn't a straight line on the entire camera, which strikes a good balance between a traditional and modern look. In short, this is the first superzoom I've seen in a while that actually looks rather handsome.

The first thing you'll notice about the Kodak P712 when you pick it up is the number of buttons -- I counted 13 in all, but that's not even including the shutter button. I've been an advocate of including dedicated buttons on digital cameras instead of having to weed through menus but the Kodak P712's array of small black dots seemed a bit excessive at first contact. Even more perplexing are the ones they left out -- a dedicated ISO and white balance button. For an advanced camera, having quick access to ISO and white balance is essential. Furthermore, the process you have to go through to access and change ISO settings on the Kodak P712 is unnecessarily difficult. But more on that later.

The placement of the zoom rocker on the back of the camera also seemed questionable. Though having it in the middle above the right corner of the LCD lets you access it with your thumb, wouldn't it have been more natural to put it on the top of the camera in front of the mode dial so you can more easily adjust it with your forefinger? The other quibble I had with the layout is the inclusion of the "Favorites" mode on the power switch. I kept accidentally switching it to "Favorites" when I thought I was turning the camera off. On a model aimed primarily at a slightly more advanced user, is it necessary to put this beginners feature in such a prime spot?

Impressive LCD. The Kodak P712 has a very bright, 2.5-inch color LCD with 115,000 pixels of resolution. Anyone who's read my reviews before knows I'm a stickler about decent LCDs and the P712's screen does not disappoint. Superb in playback and not bad at all in live preview, the P712's LCD gets it right. The camera also has an optional electronic optical viewfinder (EVF) that's a poor substitute for a decent "true" optical viewfinder, despite its impressive 237,000 pixel resolution. In a pinch -- such as in extremely bright outdoor settings -- I did find myself using the EVF but could never quite get comfortable with the slight lag you get when trying to compose an image. If at all possible, stick with LCD on the back of the camera for composing pictures. There's still a bit of a lag but there it didn't bother me as much -- maybe because I'm used to some lag on LCDs!

Blazing Fast. The P712 is slow to power on to first shot -- about 3.3 seconds according to our findings -- and slow to shut down -- 3.3 to 5.5 seconds depending on the zoom position -- but in almost every other performance category, it was very fast. In promotional literature, Kodak brags about the camera's speed capabilities, claiming the P712 has "best-in-class, click to capture rate." Though we don't normally do those sorts of one-to-one category comparisons, the camera did present very little shutter lag, particularly at wide-angle to normal focal lengths. Without prefocusing, the Kodak P712 took 0.14 seconds to capture an image when the zoom lens was at the wide-angle position. At the full telephoto position, it was 0.71 seconds to capture, still faster than many long-zoom models.

Though these numbers were good, when the camera was prefocused, it was a veritable rocket. We clocked it capturing a shot in a blazing fast 0.086 seconds when half-pressing and holding the shutter button before the shot itself. Very impressive. Too bad the focusing system on this camera -- especially in low-light -- is so darn slow and noisy. While it does a good job optically -- the 12x zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer are a potent combo -- the autofocus system still needs some work. Under daylight conditions, zooming and focusing is decent though the camera emits an annoying "scree" sound as the zoom racks in and out on a shot. Under dimmer conditions, the autofocus performance decreased dramatically, particularly at long zoom settings. This was also the case on the P712's predecessor, the P850, which also had a 12x optical zoom. The Kodak P712's autofocus is greatly improved over that model but still disruptively slow in low-light.

The zoom's action was also frustrating. Along with the "scree" sound mentioned earlier, the camera doesn't zoom very smoothly and takes a half a second to readjust its focus during each incremental focus. I often felt like I was moving the zoom forward and back in short uneven bursts while toggling the rocker with my thumb, never quite getting the distance I wanted.

Whose Zoomin' Who?

High Wire. The P712's whopping 12x zoom was able to get close-ups of construction workers perched way on top of a crane in my neighborhood. (Bottom image is a 1:1 crop of the shot at maximum telephoto.)

While it may sound like I'm being harsh on the zoom, that's only because its amazing 12x (equivalent to 36-432mm on a 35mm camera) capability combined with its rock-solid Optical Image Stabilizer were so much fun to use once you properly locked in on something. I live in an up-and-coming neighborhood in Queens, New York so construction of new condominiums has been constant this summer. When I walk out my door these days, the sky is filled with cranes. Thanks to the Kodak P712 I was able to actually get some good close-ups of the construction workers on top of those cranes. The 12x telephoto shot shown at right is a little soft, but pretty amazing for a hand-held shot at an equivalent focal length of 432mm.

Pumped Up Color. The P712 featured pumped up color even in its Natural setting that made the reds in these flowers look especially bright.

Overall, I recorded good detail and sharpness from the camera's f/2.8-f/3.7 Schneider-Kreuznach Varigon lens when fully zoomed in. The camera was surprisingly soft on the edges, however, when I pulled back to the wide angle. Kodak's Color Science Image processor favors pumped-up consumer-friendly color and many of the images I took had good pop to them though it might be a little oversaturated for more advanced user's tastes. Skin tones, however, did not have that distracting peachy pink glow that some rival consumer digital cameras produce. The camera defaults to the "Natural color" mode and I would not recommend the "High Color" setting unless you like very saturated shots.

Getting back to the Image Stabilizer, it comes in two flavors on the Kodak P712 -- Continuous and Single though the instruction manual does a poor job explaining the benefits of each. From my experience, Continuous means that the Image Stabilizer is on at all times which helps for composing shots in the viewfinder. In "Single" mode, the Image Stabilizer only engages when the shutter is half pressed. Single mode may help the camera deal with more severe shaking better, since it'll be less likely to run out of motion compensation while the camera is still exposing. Since this is such a huge plus on this camera, it would have been nice if Kodak had explained this feature more in depth in the manual.

Adjusting Your Images. Image quality was decent overall if not quite as sparkling as I would have expected for a camera with these specs. In outdoor settings, the Kodak P712 had a tendency to overexpose slightly, blowing out clouds and making warm sunlight look harsh. Because the camera is so adjustable, I'd recommend turning down the exposure at least a third of a stop if you plan on shooting in bright settings. When it comes to exposure, the Kodak P712 offers as much or as little control as you could want. An Exposure Mode dial on top of the camera offers Auto, Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Scene, Movie, and three Custom presets.

The Auto exposure mode gives the camera complete control over the exposure and most shooting options, though you can adjust focus and zoom, as well as image size and quality. Program AE opens up the creative tools, though aperture and shutter speed remain under automatic control. Aperture and Shutter Priority modes allow partial manual control, and Manual mode gives the user complete control over the exposure.

Fill 'Er Up. The P712's fill-flash feature did a good job of brightening the shadows but not blowing out the image such as in this shot of a unique outdoor art installation.

In the non-Auto modes you can adjust ISO for shooting in low-light without a flash. Getting to that adjustment is a little tricky though, involving a scroll though the various settings at the bottom of the screen using the Command Dial on back. Once you scroll all the way to the right to reach the ISO setting, you have to hit the SET button below the Command Dial and then turn the Dial again to adjust. Unfortunately, all this hard work doesn't really pay off -- ISO adjustments are meager with a maximum of just ISO400. (The Kodak P712 does offer an ISO 800 setting but it is selectable only in 1.2MP resolution, making it pretty pointless in my opinion.) Instead of fussing with the ISO, I'd recommend a liberal use of the camera's nice "fill flash" setting which gives just the right amount of flash to lighten shadows but not blow out detail or black out the background.

Custom settings on the Kodak P712 let you save a bank of user settings, useful if you frequently shoot in the same location or under a specific light source. An extensive Scene menu is available as well, offering no less than 18 preset modes for common yet tricky conditions. Scene offerings include Portrait, Self-Portrait, Sport, Landscape, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Snow, Beach, Text, Flower, Sunset, Candle Light, Backlight, Manner/Museum, Fireworks, and Party.

Other advanced features on the Kodak P712 include multiple burst modes for shooting action; a very easy-to-use panoramic feature that stitches three images together in the camera; a live histogram; 25 selectable AF points; custom white balance with selectable compensation; highlight/shadow clipping displays; and support for RAW and TIFF files, along with the more common JPEG settings. The Kodak P712 also has a 30 frames-per-second VGA (640 x 480) movie mode.

The Kodak P712 features a built-in pop-up flash, in addition to an external flash hot-shoe. The hot shoe can be used with a range of third-party flash units, and works either in conjunction with the built-in flash or by itself. Battery life is rated an above average 290 shots per charge.

The Bottom Line

If you don't want to make the jump to a digital SLR yet -- for whatever reason -- the Kodak P712 offers a decent all-in-one, superzoom alternative. With a whopping 12x zoom that would cost an arm and a leg if you ever tried to purchase equivalent lenses for a DSLR, the Kodak P712 is great for capturing close-up shots that stay sharp thanks to the camera's optical image stabilizer. The P712's mix of ease of use in Auto mode with a broad range of control options also make it a good camera for sharing between two people of widely differing photograph skill levels: In Auto mode, it's push-the-button simple, yet still offers enough options and controls to satisfy more sophisticated shooters. Though its overall performance and image quality don't equal that of a decent digital DSLR, if you're looking for a less expensive, portable alternative, the Kodak P712 is definitely worth a look.

 

Basic Features

  • 7.1-megapixel CCD (effective) delivering image resolutions as high as 3,072 x 2,304 pixels.
  • Electronic viewfinder (EVF).
  • 2.5-inch color LCD monitor 237,000 pixels of resolution, five levels of brightness adjustment.
  • 12x optical zoom lens, equivalent to a 36-432mm lens on a 35mm camera.
  • 5x digital zoom.
  • Auto, Program AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual exposure modes, plus 18 Scene modes.
  • Shutter speeds from 1/1,000 to 16 seconds. (1/1,000 to 1/2 second in Auto mode)
  • Built-in pop-up flash with five modes and flash compensation adjustment.
  • Hot shoe for connecting an external flash unit.
  • RAW, TIFF, and JPEG image file formats, with three JPEG compression settings.
  • 32MB internal memory.
  • Images stored in internal memory or on SD/MMC card (not included).
  • Power supplied by rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack (charger included) or optional AC adapter.
  • Compatible with Kodak EasyShare camera and printer docks (dock adapter plate included).
  • Kodak EasyShare interface software included on CD-ROM.

 

Special Features

  • Optical Image Stabilizer reduces blurring from slight camera movement; two modes, Single and Continuous.
  • 30fps, VGA (640x480) Movie mode with sound.
  • Burst and Time Lapse shooting modes.
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing.
  • 25-point autofocus area, with Center-weighted and Multi-pattern modes.
  • Single and Continuous AF modes, as well as a manual setting.
  • 25-zone Selectable metering system, as well as conventional Center-Weighted, Multi-Pattern, and Center-Spot metering systems.
  • Custom exposure mode for saving user settings.
  • Dual-mode AF system for faster focusing in low light.
  • Two- or 10-second Self-Timer for delayed shutter release.
  • Color, sharpness, and contrast adjustments, plus black & white and sepia options.
  • User adjustable White Balance setting with eight modes, including a manual option and compensation tool.
  • Sensitivity equivalents from ISO 64 to 800. (ISO 800 selectable only in 1.2MP resolution.)
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) and PictBridge compatibility.
  • USB cable for connection to a computer (driver software included).
  • A/V cable for connection to a television set.

 

In the Box

The retail package contains the following items:

  • Kodak EasyShare P712 camera
  • Neck strap and lens cap
  • Kodak Li-Ion rechargeable battery
  • Battery charger
  • Getting Started kit with manual and Kodak EasyShare software CD
  • USB cable
  • Audio/Video cable
  • Kodak EasyShare dock insert

 

Recommended Accessories

  • Large capacity SD/MMC memory card, 256MB as minimum
  • Second rechargeable battery
  • Kodak EasyShare Printer dock
  • Soft carrying case
  • External flash for hot-shoe, either third-party flash or Kodak P20 zoom flash.

 

Conclusion

Pro: Con:
  • Generous 12x optical zoom lens
  • Effective Optical Image Stabilizer steadies long-range shots
  • Handsome black design with solid feel and good hand grip
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Virtually no shutter lag when you pre-focus
  • Very handy focus indicator in Manual Focus mode
  • Very bright LCD with 237,000 pixels of resolution
  • Wide range of exposure options and creative shooting modes
  • EVF eyepiece has fairly high eyepoint, wide diopter adjustment range, good for eyeglass wearers
  • Compatible with EasyShare camera and printer docks
  • Appealing, natural color
  • Effective fill-flash feature
  • Good flash range (powerful flash)
  • Hot shoe and lens threads for expanded capabilities
  • Good battery life
  • Possible to zoom during movie recording, good audio, frame rate, and white balance
  • LCD viewfinder blacks out between shots
  • Zooming is slow and noisy
  • Lowlight focusing can be very slow, especially at long focal lengths
  • Number of buttons excessive yet doesn't include dedicated buttons for ISO or white balance
  • ISO only goes to 400; adjusting light sensitivity too complicated
  • High-ISO shots show more noise than average
  • Slow to start up and shut down (Otherwise a fast performer though)
  • Contrast is a little high, holds highlight detail fairly well, but loses shadow detail under harsh lighting
  • Tends to overexpose images slightly
  • Loud zoom can be heard while recording in movie mode
  • Image quality not spectacular for a camera with these specs
  • Images a little soft in the corners at wide lens setting

 

As digital SLRs decreased in price and, consequently, increased in popularity, seemed the days of the "chunky" superzoom digital camera might be over. That hasn't fully happened yet though and it's because of solid all-in-one superzoom models like the Kodak EasyShare P712. Though this 7.1MP camera won't give you the performance or image quality of a decent digital SLR, its lightweight and portable construction makes it far easier to travel with. Plus with a 12x zoom (equivalent to a 36-432mm lens on a 35mm camera) and an in-camera optical image stabilizer, the Kodak P712 will give you a long, rock-steady focal range that would cost an arm and a leg if you were to try to buy equivalent interchangeable lenses for a digital SLR. The camera is also surprisingly responsive for a long-zoom model, with good shutter lag, and blazing response times when pre-focused prior to the shot. Thanks to Kodak's Color Science image processor, the P712 handles a wide variety of lighting with aplomb, and delivers images that are bright and colorful without seeming overdone.

On the down side, the Kodak P712's zoom motor is loud and slow and not nearly as responsive as even a low-end interchangeable lens on a DSLR. Focusing times in low-light were also quite slow and the zoom rocker not very responsive to the touch. Accessing the ISO on the Kodak P712 could also have been much easier as well, and with many cameras offering good low-light sensitivity ratings, all this model could muster at full resolution is a noisy ISO 400 setting. Finally, while sophisticated users will applaud the P712's much better-than-average color accuracy, some consumers may find its images slightly lackluster, particularly in strong greens and reds.

Having said all that, the Kodak P712 warrants a Dave's Pick based simply on its great 12x optical zoom, optical image stabilizer, and combination of ease of use in Auto mode with its broad feature set for more sophisticated shooters. The Kodak P712 takes great pictures even when zoomed all the way out to an extraordinary 432mm equivalent which is what being a superzoom camera is really all about.

 

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Kodak EasyShare P712 - Multi-control button The camera's menu has been set-up simply and synoptically, as it becomes EasyShare. Navigation is straightforward and the total hardly calls-up any questions. A setting is selected by means of the multi-control button and by pressing the button, the setting can be confirmed. The way in which the multi-control button is used to modify, for instance, the light compensation, is a bit confusing. When pressing the button outside the automatic (green) setting, two compensation modes and an ISO-mode appear on the LCD display. To make any modifications you will have to leave the multi-controller, reach for the upper command dial, make a choice and confirm by means of a separate Set button; next you have to twist the command dial again. Complicated, this could be a lot simpler and more direct.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Setting options The various settings give the Kodak EasyShare P712 owner a lot of creative freedom. For the standard recordings, the automatic mode is fine; but those photographers wanting to do more with their pictures or for difficult shots, will have sufficient tools. The entry-level photographer is helped by the always-returning explanation on the screen about certain settings; the advanced photographer can profit from a live composition histogram. Also convenient is the programmable button on top of the camera; with a choice of fifteen different settings, like resolution, white balance, file format, etc. This quick-button, together with the two quick-buttons on the left topside of the camera, makes life much easier for the photographer.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Electronic viewfinder The LCD monitor and the electronic viewfinder show different information, like focus frame, resolution and quality, flash settings, ISO etc. In addition, it is possible to set a grid that will be visible on the monitor and in the electronic viewfinder. The grid comes in very handy when deciding on a composition or to correctly align different objects. The pictograms might be rather small, but opposed to that, more space remains for judging the composition. By means of the I-button, it is possible to display a small histogram or the bright and dark portions of the composition. Convenient for the advanced photographers among us; the beginner will probably miss the benefit.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Pre-programmed scenes In addition to the manual settings, like aperture and shutter priority or completely automatic, the Kodak P712 offers a large amount of pre-programmed scenes. You can choose from no less than eighteen different recording settings. In itself a rich offer, but you can ask yourself if this quantity doesn't raise more questions than to give the right answer.

It won't matter to the more advanced photographer, he will choose the correct setting with his experience; but the starting digital photographer can be shaken by an overload of possibilities.

Kodak P712 - Favorites settings & Share menu The Kodak EasyShare P712 also has a favorites setting. By pressing the power switch towards this setting, a favorite menu is being activated on the monitor. The most important recordings can be marked as favorite by means of the Share menu, after which the Kodak P712 downsizes the recordings and places it in a part of the internal memory. A nice detail, allowing you to always carry those precious recordings with the camera. By means of the C-settings (C1 to C3) on the setting-dial on top of the camera, it is possible to store certain camera configurations and to recall them immediately afterwards. This way, three personal camera configurations can be stored. Convenient, but not unique, is the built-in orientation-sensor, that the Kodak P712 utilizes to recognize images that have been taken vertically. After recognizing them by means of the sensor, the LCD monitor will automatically display images vertically.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Image stabilizer The integration of the Image Stabilizer (IS) is an absolute bonus. The 12x optical zoom seduces the user into frequently using the zoom function, thus instantly increasing the chance of blurring. The IS function recognizes these tremors and corrects these, thus increasing the chance of focused images. The Kodak EasyShare P712 harbors two IS-settings, constant IS and single IS. With the constant IS setting, corrections are being made constantly; with the single IS, this is only being done while pressing the shutter release. The real-life recordings clearly show that a tele recording is doomed to fail without the use of IS or a tripod. Recordings with an activated IS, however, are nearly all focused, with the exception of those subjects moving too quickly with respect to the shutter speed.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Speediness of the camera The camera is slow to activate. It takes about 2.5 seconds for the zoom lens to position and to take the first picture. Upon shutting down the camera, the Kodak EasyShare P712 takes up even more time, about 3.2 seconds from the wide-angle mode and about 5.6 seconds from tele-range. The use of the optical zoom also takes up a lot of time; to zoom from wide-angle to tele-range is possible in about 4.2 seconds. You can zoom in accurately in about 22 steps, pretty reasonable, but in real life this works rather shaky. The Kodak EasyShare P712 camera scores highly when it comes to the shutter release lag. Here, Kodak shows us that speed should not be a problem. Unfortunately, the AF (automatic focus)-speed stays behind, in particular in low-light situations. Once you manage to focus, this focus will be accurate and correct. Improvement is necessary, in particular in regards to indoor recordings (twilight).

Kodak P712 Review: Overview - Steves Digicams

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Kodak P712 Specifications
Sensor type 1/2.5 in. CCD
CCD total pixels 7.4 MP (3164 × 2342)
Effective pixels7.1 MP (3088 × 2310)
Lens 432 mm (35 mm equiv.) f/2.8-3.7 SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON Lens
Zoom 12X optical, 5X advanced digital zoom, total range 60X
Image stabilizer yes, optical
Shutter speed Auto: 1/2 to 1/1000 sec.Shutter priority: 16 sec.-1/1000 sec. in 1/3 increments
LCD 2.5 in. (6.35 cm) indoor/outdoor color TFT display with adjustable brightness settings
Viewfinder electronic, 237K pixels with diopter adjustment
Storage 32 MB internal memory* available, SD/MMC card expansion slot
Auto focus Type hybrid AF system using TTL contrast detection method and external passive sensor
Focus modes normal AF, macro AF, infinity AF, manual focus
Focus range normal: wide-19.7 in. (50 cm)-infinity, tele-6.3 ft (1.9 m)-infinity macro: wide-3.9-23.6 in. (10-60 cm), tele-35.4 in.-6.6 ft (90 cm-2 m)
Auto focus control single, continuous
Auto focus modes multi zone, center zone, selectable zone (25 zones selectable)
ISO sensitivity auto; 64/80/100/125/160/200/250/320/400/800**
Metering modes multi-pattern, center-weighted, center spot, selectable zone (25 zones)
Compensation ±2.0 EV with 1/3 EV steps
Bracketing ±2.0 EV, 1/3, 2/3 and 1.0 EV steps, 3 or 5 images
AE lock AE/AF lock button, exposure lock when shutter is pressed halfway
White balance auto, daylight, cloudy, open shade, sunset, tungsten, fluorescent, click WB, custom
White balance compensation blue/red bias and magenta/green bias, ±7 stops
Flash Guide no. 11 (ISO 100)
Range 2.9-15.4 ft (0.9-4.7 m), tele-6.6-11.8 ft (2.0-3.6 m)
Modes auto, fill, red-eye, slow sync (front, front-red-eye, rear), off
Compensation ±1.0 EV with 1/3 EV steps
External connector hot shoe
Click to capture .07 sec. (wide, preview on)
Shot to shot 1.0 sec. interval (wide, preview on)
Drive modes single shot, first burst (approx. 1.6 fps up to 14 frames at standard JPEG), last burst (appox.1.6 fps last 5 frames at standard JPEG), self-timer 10 sec., shutter delay 2 sec., 2 shots self-timer (10 sec., 18 sec.), exposure bracketing (3 and 5 shots), time lapse (10 sec.-24 hr intervals, 2-99 images)
Shooting modes auto, SCN (scene mode), P (program mode), A (aperture priority mode), S (shutter priority mode), M (manual mode), C (custom mode), video
Scene modes portrait, self-portrait, sport, party, landscape, night portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text/document, flower, sunset, candlelight, backlight, manner/museum, fireworks, panorama
Still format JPEG/EXIF v 2.21, RAW***, TIFF
Picture size 7.1 MP-best (3072 × 2304), prints up to 30 x 40 in. (76 × 102 cm)6.3 MP-best 3:2 (3072 × 2048), optimized ratio for 4 x 6 in. (10 × 15 cm) prints5.0 MP-better (2592 × 1944), prints up to 20 x 30 in. (50 × 75 cm)3.1 MP-good (2048 × 1536), prints up to 8 x 10 in. (20 × 25 cm)1.2 MP-e-mail (1280 × 960), small prints
Picture quality fine JPEG, standard JPEG, basic JPEG, RAW***, TIFF
Color modes high color, natural color, low color, sepia, black and white
Contrast high, normal, low
Sharpness high, normal, low
Review options single, magnify (1X-10X, pan), with navigation box, multi-up, slide show, highlight/shadow clipping, histogram, image info
Editing red-eye reduction, cropping, resizing, create JPEG or TIFF from RAW*** file
File management protect, album, copy, delete
Video Format QUICKTIME video format, motion JPEG
Quality VGA (640 × 480) at 30 fps, QVGA (320 × 240) at 30 fps
Length continuous up to 80 min. based on memory capacity
Review options play, pause, fast forward and rewind, forward and rewind by frame, multi-up, slide show, video date display
Editing trim, cut, split, merge, make a picture from video, video action print (4, 9, or 16 up)
Custom settings LCD brightness, capture frame grid, image storage, set album, image stabilizer, AE/AF button set, program button assignment, quick view, advanced digital zoom, orientation sensor, camera sounds, sound volume, date and time, external flash setting, EVF/LCD standby, auto power off, video out, mode description, language, reset camera, format, accessory lens
Favorites slide show, multi-up, remove Favorites, set-up menu
I/O interface A/V output (NTSC or PAL, user-selectable), exclusive KODAK EASYSHARE Camera Dock/Printer Dock Interface, digital (USB 2.0) connector
Power optional KODAK EASYSHARE Docks, KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery KLIC-5001 or KLIC-5000, optional 5V AC adapter
Tripod mount ¼ in. standard
Dimensions W × H × D: 4.3 × 3.3 × 2.8 in. (108 × 84.2 × 72 mm)
Weight without batteries: 14.2 oz (403 g)
Dock compatibility works with optional KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Series 3 and KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Plus Series 3, KODAK EASYSHARE Camera Dock Series 3, KODAK EASYSHARE Photo Printer 500
Direct printing IMAGELINK Print System compatible, PictBridge-enabled
Software works with KODAK EASYSHARE Software
Warranty one year

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