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Old Sep 23, 2006, 9:10 AM   #1
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I have a Kodaz Z740 that got damaged and am looking to replace it. The camera takes great pics and is affordable. It's pretty much discontinued and I have my eye on several of the new super zooms that look pretty good.

I have looked at the Panasonic DMC-FZ7K Black. To me it feels kind of flimsy.

I have looked at the Canon S3-IS and don't particularly care for the flip around screen. I see it pretty much as an accident waiting to happen.

I have also looked at the Sony DSC-H2. It seem nice but it's not available in black.

And, finaally I have seen the Kodak Z612.

All are 6 MP and have image stabilizers.

My questions are:

What experiences have you had with handling, lens motor action, repair history, etc?

What about battery life. The Panasonic has a proprietary battery.


Have you dropped them and do they still work. (My Z740 lens used to pop the cap off when I turned it on but now the lens won't do that anymore)

Picture quality seems to be equal based on reviews from this site and others.

They all seem to be in the same price range.

Also, what experiences have you had buying from the NY online retailers? I have used one based in CA and have not had a bad experience from them but those in NY seem to be a few dollars cheaper.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old Sep 24, 2006, 11:13 AM   #2
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I was in the same circumstance, and bought the Kodak Z-612. I have been very pleased with the camera. It is small and lighter than the Panasonics, or the Sony super zooms and has produced great family photos.I also looked at the Canon S-3 and then, like you, decided against it.

Here is photo sample from the Kodak Z-612 taken last night.

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What kind of post-processing did you apply? I notice that the line at the horizon is quite jagged.
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I used Photoshp CS2, and that was my first impression as well. However, it is actually the rapidly forming fog layer. At this time of year we get some really pretty sunsets when the is light or no wind. Here is another.

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Thanks for the info and the pic. I was doing a ton of research and the Z612 never came up in my searches. It wasn't till Iwent to Circuit City and saw it that I even knew it was around.

I have had tremendous results with my Z740 which tends to push me towards the Kodak 612.

This pic was taken with the Z740 from about 100 feet away.
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if you looking for big zooms, then do go for image stablization. It helps a lot. Both panasonic and canon have it. Kodak doesn't. Not sure about Sony.
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Kodak's new Z612 has image stabilization. I have been looking at that one now.
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if you looking for big zooms, then do go for image stablization. It helps a lot. Both panasonic and canon have it. Kodak doesn't. Not sure about Sony.
Kodak Digital cameras do have image stabalization...and I have one.

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Just for clarity sake, the Kodak P-850, P-712, and Z-612 models all have Image Stabilization.

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Thanks for clearing that up.
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