Kodak Z650 Review
Features & Controls
The autofocus range is:
Macro close-up: 4.7 to 27.6 inches (0.12 to 0.7 m) in wide angle and from 3.9 to 6.9 feet (1.2 to 2.1 m) in telephoto.
The built-in flash has modes for auto, fill, red-eye and forced off. The working
flash range in wide is 0.6 - 4.9m (2 - 16 ft.) at ISO 168 and in telephoto from
2.0 - 3.7m (6.6 - 12.1 ft.) at ISO 168.
The flash is manually "popped up" with a button on the top.
The eyelevel finder is really an electronic viewfinder (EVF) which is a small 0.2" 201,000 pixel color LCD with a magnified eyepiece. It can display anything on that can be displayed on the color LCD - just press the EVF/LCD button to swap the displays. The "i" button controls the amount of overlay information that is displayed on both the LCd and EVF.
The EVF automatically turns off after 1 minute of inactivity.
To turn it back on just press any button. Both the EVF and LCD will
"gain up," intensifying the live image to be useable in very dim light conditions.
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 controls the amount of information that is overlayed on the EVF/LCD image. The EVF/LCD button toggles the active display. 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 joystick in the center of the Mode Dial lets you navigate menus and accept selections by pressing it inward.
The illuminated Mode Dial has positions for: Movie, PASM (Program AE, Aperture priority,
Shutter-speed priority, Manual), Scene, Auto, Sport, Portrait, and Night Portrait exposure
modes. The Scene position allows you to select one of 17 pre-programmed settings optimized for
specific shooting conditions and subjects.
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. On the left is the Favorites - Power Off - Record switch and the
speaker for camera sounds and movie playback.
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 Software 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 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.
The Z650 Zoom comes with 32MB of internal memory and is equipped with a SD/MMC
card slot that accepts any capacity SD or MMC flash card.
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
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