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Old Mar 10, 2006, 7:54 AM   #1
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Hello Everybody, new to the forum but interested in getting a new camera for taking pictures of my sons 3 and 9 . They are fairly active and was looking at the Kodak Z740 for the the price because of the zoom. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old Mar 10, 2006, 11:24 AM   #2
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Right now http://www.costco.com or your local Costco store has the Kodak Z7590 camera on sale for $ (US) 239.99, which isthe same price as the Z740 can be purchased most anywhere. With the Z7590 you get a better camera with a few more features.

Plus, and this is a "big plus," Costco has one of the most liberal return policies of almost any retail operation. So essentially, you can purchase the Z7590, try it, and if you don't like it, you can return it for a full refund.

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Old Mar 10, 2006, 5:54 PM   #3
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i had the z740 for a month, and returned it
it was one of 6 kodaks ive owned

the biggest issue with it is lack of optical image stabilization
granted the 7590 doesnt have it either
but it certainly helps to improve image quality in high zoom situations
I got alot of blurry pics on the z740, mostly with zoomed shots.
If you can afford the difference, and you want Kodak, go for the P850 instead.
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Because I both own and use the Kodak, DX-7440, Z760, V-530, V-550, V-570, P-880, P-850, Z7590, and the Z740 and Ihave beenan instructor of digital cameras for the last 10 years and have written three best selling books on digital cameras, I am sorry, but I disagree with TechGeek's recommendation to purchase the Kodak P-850 instead of the Kodak Z740 or the Z-7590. IMHO and experience the Z7590 is the much better choice and it will save you some money as well.

IS is not always a requirement unless you are shooting a majority of low light level photos.I am sorry to say it, but I feel that the Kodak P-850, even with the latest firmware update, is still a marginal camera, and that is really sad, becausea lot of us had high hopes for the Kodak P-850. Read the reviews, you will be surprised.

On the other hand the P-880 had done much better with both the reviews and with its photo output. However, it is still almost $ (US) 90.00 higher in price than the Z7590 and it is limited to a wide angle range of operation and it has no IS which for most users is not a problem at all.

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Old Mar 21, 2006, 3:15 PM   #5
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Hi,

z740has great zoom (see picture), but rather slow shutter response. I also used it for great shots of the kids (mine are 3 & 4 years), but they are to quick for the kodak.

It was perfect for me untill I discovered the Sony dsc-h1. So if price difference is not much, take dsc-h1, otherwise the z740.

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ps I previously owned HP's (first one I forgot, one of the first with only 1,4 mpix; then a HP 945), kodak DC3600, kodak z740, and now a Sony dsc-h1, which I prefer.

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this is one of the cows on the tower at full zoom. It was taken without tripod (just lending against a wall).
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and another one I took with the z740, sunset in Hansbeke, Belgium.
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If your only consideration is image quality and price, then I can see why the z7590 would make a good choice. I guess it depends on what you are going to use it for. And everyone has different preferences.

I find it hard to rationalize that the z7590 would be abetter pickthan the P850. Granted the z7590 is a greatcam with good reviews - but it's over 2 years old - AND limited.

They are truly three different cams. All withvariations in flexibility and features.
However, no matter what the reviews tell you, thep850 does have more capabilities and featuresthan ANY of them.

2.2 in LCD, flash hotshoe, 640x480video at 30fps with zoom, OIS, manual focus, histogram....to list a few.
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Hans has made an excellent point that I agree with thoroughly. Get the Sony H-1, a great camera. If that is too expensive, get a Kodak Z7590.

My P-850 which was ones of the first one on the market does a VERY POOR job of focusing, to an extent that it focus is not reliable at all.

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sounds like your P850 might be defective.

mine focuses just fine, even in low light situations.

It may be the earlier models that suffer from this malfunction????

has a firmware upgrade been done yet?

out of ALL 6 Kodak cameras that I have owned and tested (CX6445, z740, DX7440, P850, v530, v550), the z740used had theWORST focus in low light. Maybe the unitI had was bad or defective, I dont know, but it was just horrible.
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