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Old Jan 2, 2008, 2:38 PM   #1
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I loved my DX6490 but it's losing it's capabilities in low light. Maybe just tired or one to many falls? Anyway......my husband got me a Z812is for Christmas and I'm very disappointed. With my old camera.......maybe one out of 20 shots would be "soft". With this new camera.......the reverse. I can't seem to get a good, sharp picture out of the thing. And the video function produced junk for sound. Couldn't even understand it. Any suggestions for a replacement? I want to take this one back.
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Old Jan 3, 2008, 2:35 PM   #3
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Yes, it seems to have attracted fewer complaints & problems.
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Thank you for your replies. Before I saw them I went ahead and ordered a Panasonic FZ18. Hope I haven't made another mistake. I spent hours and hours reading all sorts of reviews, but for every positive there's a negative so I guess it's just trial and error in the long run. Fingers crossed on this one. ; )
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Part of the difficulty you may be encountering is that the Z812 has no "Auto" mode as the Z612, Z712 and probably your DX6490 has/had. That has been replaced by a smart scene mode which may be too "smart" if one is used to the behavior of the previous Auto mode. I think you may be able to get a function similar to the previous Auto mode by using the P mode which I think may shut off some of the "smart".

By the way fill flash is not available in the Smart Scene mode but is available in the P mode.

My suggestion to get a Z712 was partly tongue in cheek but it was based on the Z712 having an Auto function like your DX6490.


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a.c.smith is entirely correct. The P or Programed Auto mode on the Kodak Z-812 workes quite well, and it is just like the older auto. In the last 30 days, I have worked with two Z-812 users and they were getting excellent results.

The Panasonic FZ-18 is a good camera (I have one) but it does take some constant tweaking to get really excellent photo under all lighting conditions.

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Sarah:

Good to have you back! Thanks for the confirmation, I had to back into the explanation from the manual, from handling an 812 at BB and from complaints in this and other forums.

I suspect one could learn to use the Smart Scene mode if Kodak providedits logic tree (Ron/Mike, are you listening) or experimentally after a couple of thousand pics.

I use Auto on my Z612 a high percentage of the time, using a half shutter press to see what decisions the camera will make, because the choices usually result in a good picture. I use the P mode preset at ISO 400 so that I can use that when the light suddenly disappears with just one click on the mode dialas the rest of logic remains the same. The high ISO mode on the Z712/Z812 should provide much the same effect as my use of the P mode.


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a.c.smith-

You were very correct in your post. The Z-712 and Z-812 are very capable cameras, if used within their limitations. The do not do especially well in low light situations without flash.

I own the Z-712 and generally use a slave flash with it to get better flash range. Last month when I was teaching the folks with the Z-812 cameras were only moderately pleased with their results. However, after a bit of one on one help they improved a great deal on their photos.

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BTW We are only home through Monday 01/07, and then we head out again.
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BTW We are only home through Monday 01/07, and then we head out again.
Well, keep the posts coming until then and have a good trip and classes.

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