Kodak Easyshare 8.1MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom Review

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?

Review Continued Below…

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.


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Comment by Nicole Price
2009-01-12 11:20:02

Wow! What pricing! Are you sure about the pricing? Seems too low. Are they use and discard types?

Comment by jfc
2009-01-12 13:23:10

Hi Nicole,

We’re seeing a lot of activity on these digital cameras and some other brands on the refurb and closeout markets. Therefore you’ll see great prices on them on eBay and other online discount outlets.

Comment by Nicole Price
2009-01-13 08:46:36

Ah, now it makes sense. Thank you for the clarification.

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2009-01-12 11:50:31

I owned one of the older Kodak Easyshare models, can’t remember which one though and I really liked it. It was very well built, and the docking station was actually really easy to use.

The one problem I had was the software that came with it to view pictures, it just wasn’t well put together.

Reading your review about Kodak Easyshare Z8612 it seems Kodak may be back in the digital camera ring at least within this price range and feature set.

I am very impressed with the Kodak Easyshare Z8612 choice of lens.


Comment by RNB Love Songs
2009-01-13 23:49:28

The problem I’ve had is that, while cheap and nice cameras, the Kodaks I have had have been fragile. Of course, my younger sister’s carelessness could help with that, but of our several lines, the Kodaks have always been weakest. Still, this looks like a nice one!

Comment by Atniz
2009-01-16 12:46:08

Recently, I have heard a few bad comment about Kodak product. It is made from China and did not deliver as what they promise. Customer service always are not helpful.

Comment by Fernando | Jackie
2009-01-18 12:20:13

I love the fact that this Kodak Easyshare 8.1MP digital camera comes with a 12x optical zoom. No crappy digital zoom here to mislead consumers. And that 12x zoom would be more than enough for me, I think. :)

Comment by RNB Love Songs
2009-01-18 12:34:44

Yea, a 12X optical zoom is amazing. The only thing you have to worry about is keeping a steady hand. With these kinds of cameras, it’s easy to have a slight shake in your hand which can make a blurry shot at such a high zoom.

Still, it’s an awesome level.

Comment by Travel Over 30s
2009-01-23 07:45:20

It looks like Kodak Easyshare 8.1MP Digital Camera would be very good for tavelling - the 12X zoom is important for travel phtotography and I like a camera which takes AA batteries -available everywhere - I generally use rechargeables but you can always buy more AA if your Kodak Easyshare 8.1MP Digital Camera goes flat at a crtical moment- say at the Obama inauguration!

2009-02-07 21:10:46

12X Optical zoom, 8 MP. Is anyone else shocked at how fast cameras advance? These are like the new computer processors, doubling in specs every 2 years.

Overall, great review!

Comment by Carlos
2009-02-13 14:38:09

It seems every brand is making these kind of bridge cameras. I recently bought an Olympus with similar characteristics. Of course you can’t expect the same quality as DSLR, but at least it gives you a more room for creativity with all the custom options. If you care for manual controls then it’s a good choice. However, for if you just want to point and shoot, these cameras won’t bring better results than the smaller ones.

Comment by The Blogger Source
2009-02-19 11:17:11

I have to say I like Kodak. I have an older 6.0 that has done me well. My next will most likely be a Kodak also. This may be one I’ll look at. If something new and better doesn’t come out first.

2009-03-01 13:21:26

It is crazy how far cameras have advanced. I’m still parcial to Canon cameras, especially when it comes to the mid-range and higher range cameras. But all in all, this was a real solid review!

Comment by Typhoon
2009-05-03 10:17:53

Ya Canon is also one of my choice over Kodak.

2009-03-04 18:00:25

I remember when I got mine and I must have paid over 30% more. THis is a very good deal and I think it is great. Is this the usual price?

Comment by Logo Designer
2009-03-05 02:00:05

These prices are very low as I remember one of my friend has bought the same camera with about 35% extra amount. Its nice to see such low prices for these great cameras.

Comment by Tim
2009-04-29 17:55:59

It seems that Kodak takes beating in some reviews, but we like it, including the Kodak Easyshare 8.1MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom. Pics are great quality!

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