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Kodak EasyShare Z700

Features & Controls

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Zoom

The Z700 is equipped with a high-quality Kodak Retinar all-glass, aspherical 5X optical zoom lens with a focal range of 37 - 175mm (equivalent in 35mm format). The aperture range is f/2.8 - 5.76 in wide angle and from f/4.8 - 8.76 in telephoto. The zoom coverage is further extended by a 4X Advanced Digital Zoom. The lens is protected by a builtin shutter that closes when the camera is powered down.

The autofocus range is:

    Normal: 24 inches (0.6 m) to infinity.

    Macro: 4 to 28 inches (0.10 to 0.7 m) in wideangle
                10 to 28 inches (0.25 to 0.7 m) in telephoto.

The auto focus system features dual-sensing technologies for high-speed and accurate bright light and low-light performance. The builtin focus-assist lamp helps you capture sharp pictures even in very dim lighting conditions. The user can select from multi-zone or center-zone AF modes as well as Continuous AF which provides a 0.43 second "click-to-capture" time. Landscape focus mode locks focus at infinity for scenics or open-sky pictures.

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Zoom

The built-in flash has modes for auto, fill, red-eye and forced off. The working flash range in wide is 0.6 - 3.8m (2 - 12.5 ft.) and in telephoto from 0.6 - 2.2m (2 - 7 ft.) at ISO 140.

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Zoom

The eyelevel finder is coupled to the zoom lens and offers an 80% field of view. It has a dioptric adjustment dial. The LED "ready" light indicates autofocus lock and camera busy status.

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Zoom

The 1.6-inch 72,000 pixel (312x230) color LCD can be used for preview, review and menu operations. The refresh rate when used as a live viewfinder is realtime (30fps), in low light conditions it gets a little grainy as it "gains up". This is an indoor/outdoor type display with average color and contrast.

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Zoom

Controls on the back: Upper right corner is the zoom lens control (functions as the - and + control of image enlargement in playback). The "i" button turns the LCD on/off and controls the amount of information that is displayed over the image. The Share button lets you select images for printing, e-mailing, or to mark as a favorite. There's a dedicated Delete button to erase images during review. The Menu button calls up and dismisses the menus. The Review button puts the camera into playback mode. The 4-way selector lets you navigate menus and accept selections by pressing its OK button.

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Zoom

Controls on the top: the shutter release, popup flash release (not shown), Drive mode button to select selftimer, or one of two burst modes, the Focus mode selects macro, landscape (infinity) or normal, the Flash mode button cycles through the Auto, Red-Eye, Fill and Off modes. The Mode Dial/Power switch has positions for: Movie, PAS (Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority), Macro, Landscape, Sport, Scene (13 pre-programmed settings for specific shooting conditions and subjects), AUTO, OFF and Favorites.

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Zoom Kodak EasyShare Z700 Zoom

I/O ports are on the sides: The USB 2.0 port is located inside the SD card compartment and works with the Kodak EasyShare Sofware to make image downloading fast and easy even without the use of the optional Easy Share Camera Dock or Printer Dock. The USB cable can also be plugged into any Pictbridge compatible photo printer for direct, computer-less printing. This port also facilitates the A-V output cable with selectable NTSC or PAL format and monoraul audio for connection to a TV set.

On the other side is a 3V DC IN jack for an optional AC power adapter. Not shown is the docking connector on the bottom of the camera.

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Zoom

The Z700 Zoom comes with 16MB of internal memory and is equipped with a SD/MMC card slot that accepts any capacity SD or MMC flash card.

Shown here is the extremely spacious Delkin 1GB SD card which gives you enough memory to capture approx. 784 4MP images or 72 minutes of VGA video -- now that's a vacation card!

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Zoom

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Zoom

Power is supplied by two AA type batteries, one CRV3 or the optional Kodak NiMH battery pack that is included with the Kodak EasyShare Camera and Printer Docks. Kodak recommends against the use of alkalines - and so do we - use high capacity NiMH rechargeables or the rechargeable CR-V3 batteries instead - they'll save you money!

Kodak EasyShare Z700 Zoom

Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock

This is the Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock Series 3. It performs all the same functions as the EasyShare Camera Dock plus it's a high quality 4x6-inch dye sublimation printer. All you need to do is select a picture on the camera's LCD and press the PRINT button, no computer needed. It can also be connected to your PC and used with other graphic programs.

Click to view our Printer Dock mini-review

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