Last Update: Review and Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo (added on 04 June’07)
Kodak EasyShare Z650 (announced on 04.01.06) is the latest model in Kodak Z-series line. This 6.1-megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera featuring a 10x optical zoom(38 to 380mm), and a 2-inch LCD screen. It’s measuring 98x78x73 and weighing approximately 287g. The Kodak EasyShare Z650 is expected to be available in February 2006 for US$349 (MSRP).
REVIEWS (last updated: 04.06.07)
DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Kodak EasyShare Z650 and writes;
“If money is a little tight, the Z650 will suffice as it does have a number of impressive features and controls that will enable competent shooting and image results. These include the streamlined shooting, editing, uploading and printing systems that connect the camera easily to printers, personal computers and the EasyShare software program. Pair this with the threaded lens barrel for accessory lenses and filters and throw in all of the other competent features and options of the Z650, many consumers may choose to opt out of spending more money and settle for this compact advanced point-and-shoot digital camera.”
TrustedReviews reviewed the Kodak EasyShare Z650. They rated the camera 7/10 and wrote;
“Fortunately the Z650 does have one major strong point, and that is image quality. The Schneider Kreuznach lens is as usual superb, producing pin-sharp focus right across the frame, with virtually zero distortion at all focal lengths. The Kodak Colour Science processing engine does the rest, turning in gorgeous colour reproduction in every shot. The image files produced at the 6MP setting are around 0.8-1.5MB each (528 shots on a 1GB card) but even so there was very little JPEG artefacting. Image noise is also very well controlled. The Z650 has an ISO range of 80-400, but even at the highest setting there was very little noise. “
Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Kodak EasyShare Z650 and wrote;
“Image quality was what we have come to expect from Kodak, very good for a 6-megapixel consumer model. Just about every shot we took outdoors was sharp and showed pleasing color saturation….Bottom line – The EasyShare Z650 is a welcomed addition to Kodak’s “Z” series line of super-zoom models. Offering great image quality, good performance, and a great deal of versatility with its 10x optical zoom and wide range of exposure modes, the Z650 offers an excellent “bang for your buck” with an MSRP of US$349! So, if you’re in the market for a full featured, affordable super- zoom model, be sure you check this one out.”
CNET reviewed the Kodak EasyShare Z650 and wrote;
“Noise fared slightly worse. At ISO 80, noise was minimal, with just a few speckles showing up, mostly in darker colors, and it remained well under control at ISO 100. By ISO 200, noise was obviously noticeable, and at ISO 400, it grew to the point of obscuring finer details and gave images an overall softer look. Images we shot at ISO 400 were usable as 4×6 prints but likely wouldn’t be pleasing at larger sizes. “
ImagingResource reviewed the Kodak EasyShare Z650 and wrote;
“With the Kodak EasyShare Z650, we found that it had enough resolution to make very crisp 8×10 inch prints. At 11×14, its prints were a bit softer looking, but more than adequate for wall or table display. At high ISO, its images became softer and noisier-looking. Under daylight-balanced lighting, some users might consider ISO 400 shots acceptable even at 8×10 inch print sizes, but to our standards, they’re really only usable at 5×7 inches…The Z650 shooting experience (once you’ve got it powered on, anyway) is generally a pleasure. Light enough in the hand to use single-handedly, there aren’t many subjects that escape its recording versatility. Nor do many escape the reach of its long zoom.”
CamerasUK reviewed the Kodak EasyShare Z650 and wrote;
“On the whole the sharpness of each image is good. In fact towards the centre of each image there is a crisp feel to the shot. Higher ISO settings are often used in lowlight where the flash cannot be used or is unsuitable. Invariably there is a loss in picture quality. This happens with the Easyshare Z650. I would describe the photo as slightly below average when compared to other digital cameras. In conclusion, If you are looking for a digital camera with a long zoom lens that does not cost a fortune then the Kodak Easyshare Z650 is well worth a close look. Photo quality is good and the camera also scores very highly for ease of use.”
Let’sGoDigital reviewed the Kodak Z650 and wrote;
“We can be concise about the final results: they are pretty good. The image quality is good and the automatic white balance generally works well. The colours look realistic and powerful and the portrait setting also gives good results with very natural skin tones. Moreover, the camera has an all round character for the snap shot photographer with its large optical range. The Schneider Kreuznach Variogon zoom lens does what you would expect of a lens from such a renowned brand. “
>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last update: 04.06.07)
– Kodak Z650 Sample Photos posted @ DigitalCameraInfo
– Kodak Z650 Sample Photos posted @ TrustedReviews
– Kodak Z650 Sample Photos posted @ Steve’sDigicams
– Kodak Z650 Sample Photos posted @ ImagingResource
>> USER MANUAL
– Download Kodak EasyShare Z650 User Manual (PDF – 4.0 MB)
>> PRESS RELEASE
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4 — On the eve of the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Eastman Kodak Company announced the new KODAK EASYSHARE Z650 zoom digital camera, the latest model in its Z-series line. The 6.1-megapixel camera offers aspiring photographers exceptional performance and greater photographic control through its professional-quality SCHENIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON 10X optical zoom lens, helping capture detail from afar and flattering portraits.
“As with the entire line of EASYSHARE Z-Series cameras, the Z650 delivers more advanced control when needed and simplicity of operation for everyday situations,” said Mary Hadley, general manager of digital cameras for Kodak’s Consumer Digital Imaging Group. “Although the new Z650 has an impressive resolution, is also demystifies the conception that megapixels are the only standard of measurement when buying digital cameras. By adding advanced features like 10X optical zoom and a live histogram, Kodak has raised the bar by providing photographers with the tools to create high-quality photos, enhancing their overall digital photography experience.”
The EASYSHARE Z650 camera will be available worldwide beginning in February 2006 for US$349 (MSRP).
Other Innovative Features of the Z650 Camera
The EASYSHARE Z650 camera builds in a number of innovative features that photographers will appreciate, including:
* The exclusive KODAK Color Science image processing chip that results in portraits with edge-to-edge sharpness and brightness, rich color, accurate skin tones and highly accurate exposure;
* Remarkable dynamic range, fine detail and delicate highlights;
* A large 2.0-inch, high-resolution indoor/outdoor LCD screen that allows previewing of shots or reviewing pictures stored in 32MB internal memory or on an optional SD/MMC card;
* A live histogram that enables photographers to see the exposure of their subjects before taking the shot;
* Automatic, aperture priority and shutter priority modes, plus 17 scene modes;
* A high-speed precision auto-focus system that offers fast click-to-capture times;
* First and last burst modes and flash compensation;
* On-camera editing features includes automatic red-eye reduction, cropping, blurry picture alert and auto picture rotation;
* 5X advanced digital zoom delivers noticeably sharper pictures than regular digital zoom;
* The exclusive Share button to tag pictures for e-mailing, printing and saving to the on-camera digital photo album, computer, and online album as favorites.
Making the EASYSHARE System Connection
Z-Series camera owners can quickly print KODAK 4 x 6-inch pictures with just one touch in as little as 60 seconds, using the new KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Plus Series 3. The Series 3 printer docks are the first to support the new IMAGELINK print system, working with new EASYSHARE cameras and other manufacturers’ compatible cameras.
The Printer Dock Series 3 also transfers pictures to a connected computer, and recharges and reconditions the cameras’ batteries. Pictures made from EASYSHARE printer docks are vibrant, borderless, waterproof, and will last a lifetime, under typical photo album display conditions.
The line of EASYSHARE printer docks makes printing truly one-touch simple, and does not require people to connect a cable between camera and printer. Their convenience, print speed, ease-of-use and phenomenal picture quality have resulted in overwhelming demand from picture takers worldwide, with the line having achieved the number one market position in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, according to The NPD Group and GfK.
The Z-Series cameras include new KODAK EASYSHARE software version 5.2 for WINDOWS and MACINTOSH systems, providing effortless digital picture organization, editing, sharing and printing. The exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature takes advantage of proprietary color technologies developed by Kodak to help users get vibrant, true-to-life prints from inkjet printers. Version 5.2, which is available for free download from www.kodak.com, also makes sharing your favorite pictures as simple as possible, automatically placing them in albums on your camera, on your computer, and in your online KODAK EASYSHARE Gallery albums.
The KODAK EASYSHARE digital photography system consists of cameras, snapshot printers, services, docks, software, inkjet and thermal photo papers, and accessories, making taking, organizing, sharing, and printing high quality digital pictures effortless. Further information on KODAK EASYSHARE products is available at www.kodak.com/go/EasyShare/
About Eastman Kodak Company
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images – for memories, for information, for entertainment. With sales of $13.5 billion in 2004, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on the following businesses: Health — supplying the medical and dental industries with traditional and digital imaging-information products and services, as well healthcare IT solutions and services; Graphic Communications – offering on-demand color and black and white printing, wide-format inkjet printing, high-speed, high-volume continuous inkjet printing, as well as document scanning, archiving and multi-vendor IT services; Digital & Film Imaging Systems – providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services; and Display & Components – which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode displays as well as other specialty materials, and delivers imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers. More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.