Today’s product review takes a look at the Kodak Easyshare 8.1MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom, model number Z8612. Kodak has been trying to get into the digital camera game for a while since the traditional photography market has been drying up. They’ve long been known for quality at a low price. How does this digital camera measure up?
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A quick look at the stats for this camera reveals yet another ‘do-it-all’ inexpensive digital camera. The Kodak Easyshare Z8612 is a 8.1 MP camera with a 12x Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon optical image-stabilized zoom lens, in other words, not too shabby for a zoom on a digital camera. It also has the Kodak Color Science Chip which apparently does work quite well. There are also a dozen or so different lighting modes and other setting if you want to get a bit creative. It also does HD still capture and HD video. The camera only has 21MB of internal memory so you’ll want to purchase a 4GB SD card to go with it.
The Kodak Easyshare 8.1MP Digital Camera looks like a more expensive digital SLR camera so I have to give the Kodak style department props for that. As you might suspect, this means it isn’t a pocket camera so you’ll want to buy a matching camera case for it to protect it. I’d also be careful about leaving it where thieves might think that it’s a more expensive camera. Nobody wants their car window smashed for a $100 or so digital camera. One other thing to note style-wise is that the lens cover seems flimsy and perhaps unreliable. Another good reason for a decent case for it.
The picture quality of the Kodak Easyshare 8.1MP Digital Camera is quite good. I had been disappointed by what I’d seen from some other Kodak digital cameras but they seem like they have the bugs worked out now. I was quite happy with the shutter speed and the processing speed. The video quality wasn’t all that great though. You’re probably better off with a different camera if video is something you want in a digital camera.
So far as negatives go, I mentioned the size/style issue although this is something that’s not a bother if that’s what you want in a digital camera. The Kodak Easyshare 8.1MP Digital Camera uses AA batteries for power, not rechargeables, so you’ll be buying AA’s by the gross due to it’s power hungry ways. Also, as is the case with just about any digital camera these days, there’s no viewfinder so you have to use that power slurping LCD screen to frame your shot.
All in all, the Kodak Easyshare 8.1MP Digital Camera looks like a good camera for the price you’re likely to find it at online. Remember to get a good case and a 4GB SD memory card and you’ll have a fun, not so little, digital camera.