Kodak Z650 Review

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Steve's Digicams

Kodak EasyShare Z650

Review posted 8/3/2006

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KODAK's EasyShare Z650 zoom it one of the latest models in its Z-series line. This 6.1-megapixel model offers aspiring photographers exceptional performance and greater photographic control through its professional-quality SCHENIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON 10X optical zoom lens, helping capture detail from afar and flattering portraits.

The Z650 camera offers fully manual controls, permitting independent aperture, shutter speed, flash and exposure compensation, ISO equivalent and other settings that can transform an ordinary picture into a work of art. The camera also features aperture and shutter priority modes, as well as 17 scene modes. High color, natural color, low color, B&W or sepia color modes lend additional in-camera creative options. Its dual sensor, low-light precision auto-focus system combines rapid phase detection with highly accurate through the lens (TTL) contrast detection to precisely fine tune and sharply define a subject, even in almost complete darkness. Continuous auto-focus provides 0.3 second click-to-capture time (with preview on.)

Using the high-resolution TTL electronic viewfinder (EVF), as well as a large, 2.0-inch indoor/outdoor LCD screen, photographers can preview shots or review pictures stored in 32 MB internal memory or on optional SD/MMC cards. Not only does the EVF show control settings superimposed over the scene, but it also eliminates parallax while presenting a nearly 100- percent field of view. The indoor/outdoor LCD assists photographers in clearly seeing the fine detail of their compositions before and after shooting, even in direct sunlight. Both LCDs exhibit high refresh rates, and automatically brighten or dim to reflect changes in exposure compensation.

The Z650 is part of the KODAK EASYSHARE System, so sharing your pictures is one-button simple. Simple sharing starts right on the back of the camera, the on-camera Share button lets you tag favorite pictures to print or email later. Favorite mode shows off your favorite pictures anytime, anywhere in an on-camera picture collection. The included KODAK EASYSHARE Software works seamlessly with EASYSHARE Cameras and Docks to enable one-button transferring and sharing. It's the easy way to view, edit, organize, print or view a slide show from your computer. The exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature automatically adjusts the settings on your inkjet printer to give you traditional quality photos when printing on KODAK Inkjet Photo Papers.

Kodak Z650 Features

  • 6.1 megapixel (2848x2144) CCD for photo quality prints up to 20 x 30"
  • 10X Retinar optical zoom, 38-380mm (35mm equivalent)
  • High-speed, low light auto-focus system
  • Very high-resolution electronic color viewfinder
  • 2.0-inch TFT color LCD, indoor/outdoor type
  • TTL Multi-pattern, center weighted, center spot metering
  • ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 or Auto (80-160)
  • Adjustable color modes, image sharpness, white balance
  • Auto, Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Custom and 17 Scene modes
  • Burst mode captures up to 4 pictures at approx. 2.5 fps
  • 640x480 or 320x240 movies w/sound up to 80 mins. (depending on memory card)
  • 32MB internal memory, SD/MMC card slot
  • Powered by 2xAA, 1xCRV3 or Kodak NiMH battery pack
  • Audio-Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable)
  • Optional EasyShare Camera Dock and Printer Dock

The Kodak EasyShare Z650 camera is available now with an MSRP of $299.95

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Kodak EasyShare Z650

Kodak EasyShare Z650

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Kodak EasyShare Z650

Kodak EasyShare Z650

Kodak EasyShare Z650

The Z650 and a standard CD for size comparison.

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EasyShare Z650 Specifications

CCD imager 1/2.5" type, 4:3 aspect ratio
6.36 megapixels total
6.1 megapixels effective (2848x2144)
still image sizes
6.0 MP - best (prints up to 20" x 30")
5.3 MP - best 3:2 (optimized for 4" x 6" prints)
4.0 MP - better (prints up to 11" x 14")
3.1 MP - better (prints up to 8" x 10")
1.7 MP - good (small prints)
still image format JPEG/EXIF v 2.21, DCF
lens Kodak Retinar 10X optical zoom
focal length 38-380 mm (35 mm equivalent)
5X digital zoom
aperture f/2.8-8 (wide), f/3.7-8 (tele)
shutter speed automatic: 1/8-1/1700 sec.
manual 8-1/1000 sec.
electronic viewfinder 0.2" (5.1 mm) color LCD, 201K pixels, 27fps refresh
LCD 2.0" (5 cm) indoor/outdoor color display
still capture modes auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, and burst
scene modes children, party, beach, flower, fireworks, snow, backlight, close-up, night portrait, landscape, night landscape, museum/manner, text, self portrait, portrait, sport, and night
color modes high color, low color, natural color, black and white, sepia
burst modes first burst: 2.5 fps, up to 4 pictures
last burst: 2 fps saves last 3 pictures
click to capture 0.3 sec. (preview on). wide and continuous AF
video capture continuous video with audio, capture and playback
video resolution VGA (640x480 pixels) at 11 fps
QVGA (320x240 pixels) at 20 fps
video length continuous up to 80 min. based on memory capacity
or 5, 15, 30 second clips
video format QuickTime MOV (MPEG-4 compression)
auto focus TTL-AF with assist lamp for low-light focus
auto focus control single AF, continuous AF, multi-zone, center-zone
focus range Normal: 24 in. (0.6 m)-infinity @ wide, 6.6 ft (2 m)-infinity @ telephoto
Close-up wide - 4.7 - 27.6 in. (0.12 - 0.7 m)
Close-up tele: 3.9 - 6.9 ft. (1.2 - 2.1 m)
sensitivity ISO equivalent 80-160 (automatic) or
80, 100, 200, 400, 800 (800 available only in 1.7 MP Good quality)
white balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent and open shade
exposure metering auto: TTL-AE
selectable: multi pattern, center-weighted, center spot
manual exposure control aperture priority AE: f/2.8-f/8 at wide, f/3.7-f/8 at tele
shutter priority AE: 8-1/2000 sec. at wide
long time exposure 8 sec.
exposure compensation ±2.0 EV in 1/3 EV step increments
built-in flash auto, red-eye, fill, off
flash range wide - 0.6-4.9 m (2-16.1 ft.) at ISO 168
tele - 2.0-3.7 m (6.6-12.1 ft.) at ISO 168
review modesalbum, slideshow, multi-up, copy, protect, image storage, Share button to print, e-mail
auto picture rotationyes
storage 32 MB internal memory SD/MMC card expansion slot
software KODAK EASYSHARE Software
connectivity PictBridge, USB 2.0, A/V (NTSC, PAL)
self-timer 2 or 10 seconds, and 2 shot
histogram displayhistogram display on live view, quick view, and review
dock compatibilityworks with optional KODAK EASYSHARE Photo Printer 500, KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Plus series 3, KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Series 3, and KODAK EASYSHARE Camera Dock series 3***
power options optional KODAK EASYSHARE Docks with KODAK Ni-MH Rechargeable Battery Pack;
2 AA lithium batteries or 1 lithium battery CRV3;
3 volt DC
tripod mount 1/4 in. standard (metal)
weight without batteries: 287 g (10.1 oz.)
dimensions WxHxD: 97.8 x 77.5 x 72.6 mm (3.8 x 3.1 x 2.9 in.)
warranty one year
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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