Kodak Z650 Review

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Kodak EasyShare Z650

Features & Controls

The Z650 is equipped with a high-quality Schenider-Kreuznach Variogon all-glass, aspherical 10X optical zoom lens with a focal range of 38 - 380mm (equivalent in 35mm format). The aperture range is f/2.8 - 8.0 in wide angle and from f/3.7 - 8.0 in telephoto. The zoom coverage is further extended by a 5X Advanced Digital Zoom.

The autofocus range is:

    Normal: 24 inches (0.6 m) to infinity in wide angle, 6.6 ft. (2 m) to infinity in telephoto.

    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 auto focus is high speed and low light capable with a focus-assist illuminator. Landscape focus mode locks focus at infinity for scenics or open-sky pictures.

Kodak EasyShare Z650 Zoom

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.

Kodak EasyShare Z650 Zoom

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.

Kodak EasyShare Z650 Zoom

The 2.0-inch color LCD can be used for preview, review and menu operations. The refresh rate when used as a live viewfinder is realtime, in low light conditions it gets a little grainy as it "gains up". This is an indoor/outdoor type display with very good color and contrast. The color LCD, like the EVF, automatically turns off after one minute if no buttons are pushed. Press any button after one minute to turn it on again.

Kodak EasyShare Z650 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 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.

Kodak EasyShare Z650 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. On the left is the Favorites - Power Off - Record switch and the speaker for camera sounds and movie playback.

Kodak EasyShare Z650 ZoomKodak EasyShare Z650 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 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.

Kodak EasyShare Z650 Zoom

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.

Kodak EasyShare Z650 Zoom

Kodak EasyShare Z650 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 Z650 Zoom

Kodak EasyShare Z650 Zoom

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.

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