Kodak Z1275 Review

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Kodak EasyShare Z1275

Features & Controls

Kodak EasyShare Z1275 Zoom

The Z1275 features a SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON 5x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 35 - 175mm. This is a speedy lens, with a wide open aperture of f/2.8 wide and f/5.1 telephoto. The zoom coverage is further extended by a 5x Advanced Digital Zoom, making for a combined 25x total zoom. When the camera is powered down, the lens retracts inside the body and is protected by a built-in lens cover.

The TTL autofocus system has modes for normal AF, macro AF, infinity AF, and manual as well as selectable continuous AF, single AF, TTL multi-zone AF (5 zones), and (4) center zone AF.

AF range:

    Normal wide: 2.0 ft. (0.6 m) to infinity
    Normal tele: 3.0 ft. (0.9m) to infinity
    Macro wide: 7.9 in. - 2.3 ft. (0.2 - 0.7m)
    Macro tele: 1.6 - 3.3 ft. (0.5 - 1.0m)
    Landscape wide/tele: 32.8 ft (10m)- infinity

Kodak EasyShare Z1275 Zoom

The built-in flash has modes for auto, fill, red-eye and forced off. The working flash range in wide is 2.0 - 19.4 ft. (0.6 - 5.9m) at ISO 400 and in telephoto from 2.0 - 10.5 ft. (0.6 - 3.2m) at ISO 400.

Kodak EasyShare Z1275 Zoom

The 2.5-inch color LCD is used for framing, preview, review and menu operations. The refresh rate when used as a live viewfinder is realtime 30fps. This is an indoor/outdoor type display with very good color and contrast. The display automatically turns off after one minute if no buttons are pushed. Press any button to turn it on again.

Kodak EasyShare Z1275 Zoom

Controls on the back: Upper right corner are the zoom controls, which also act as the index and magnify options in review mode. Next is the delete button. The Monitor/"i" button controls the amount of information that is overlayed on the LCD image. The 4-way controller lets you navigate the onscreen menus, pressing the OK button in the center will accept changes. The "Up", "Down", "Left" and "Right" buttons are used to change between Program and Manual mode as well as selecting the values for ISO, Focus, Exposure compensation, etc. At the bottom you can see the Menu button (calls up and dismisses the menus), Review button, and the Share button (lets you select images for printing, e-mailing, or to mark as a favorite.)

Kodak EasyShare Z1275 Zoom

On top you'll find various controls. Top right is the shutter release with the Mode dial mounted around it, followed by three buttons that control the Flash, Drive modes, and the power On/Off button. You can also see the built-in speaker to the left.

The Mode Dial has positions for: Smart Scene (Auto), P/M (Program/Manual), High ISO, Digital Image Stabilization, Favorites, Movie, and SCN (portrait, sports, landscape, close-up, night portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text/document, fireworks, flower, manner/museum, self-portrait, children, backlight, panning, candlelight, sunset, panorama stitch).

Kodak EasyShare Z1275 Zoom

I/O ports are located on the right side. The USB 2.0 port works with the Kodak EasyShare Software to make image downloading fast and easy even without the use of an optional EasyShare Camera 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 audio for connection to a TV set.

There's also the DC IN jack for an optional AC power adapter. Not shown is the docking connector on the bottom of the camera.

Kodak EasyShare Z1275 Zoom

The Z1275 Zoom comes with 64MB of internal memory and is equipped with a SD/SDHC/MMC card slot that accepts any capacity SD/SDHC or MMC flash card.

Kodak EasyShare Z1275 Zoom

Power is supplied by two standard AA type cells. This means you can use NiMH, Lithium, or Oxy-Alkaline cells. We always recommend using rechargeable NiMH cells, they last longer and will save you money in the long run. You can also use the optional Kodak NiMH battery pack that is included with the Kodak EasyShare Camera and Printer Docks.

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