Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Review: Kodak EasyShare Z730 - Initial Impressions

I just purchased our second digital camera - a Kodak EasyShare Z730 zoom digital camera. The camera is slightly used - purchased from a co-worker whose hobby is buying digital cameras off eBay and other sources. The Z730 is a 5.0 megapixel camera with 4X optical zoom, 32MB internal memory, 2.2inch indoor/outdoor display and is fully programmable (modes include Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Custom and pre-programmed Scenes). Movie with sound can also be captured (VGA 640 x 480, 12fps). SD/MMC cards are utilized. Power is supplied by a proprietary li-ion battery. A charger is provided and comes with a detachable plug. While this lowers the cost for Kodak, it makes it difficult to pack the charger in any of the smaller camera cases. Our Fuji camera came with a charger where the plug blades folded into the charger - a much better solution.

The camera feels comfortable and is not too heavy (nor too light). An automatic shutter protects the lens when the camera is powered off, meaning no lens cap to fiddle with or lose. Since Windows XP SP2 recognizes the camera via the USB port, I see no need to install the supplied software (I already have plenty of image-related software). Initial impressions: a very good and competent camera.

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