Last updated: Review & Sample Photos @ ThinkCamera (added on 23.11.06)
Kodak EasyShare Z710 is a 7.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera (Announced 25.09.06) features 10x optical zoom (38-380mm equivalent) with no image stabilization, a 2.0″ LCD Screen and running on 2 AA batteries (NiMH recommended). The camera is measuring in at 98 x 78 x 73 mm (3.9 x 3.1 x 2.9 in) and weighing at 360 g (12.7 oz).
>> REVIEWS (last updated: 23.11.06)
ThinkCamera have reviewed the Kodak EasyShare Z710 where they rate the camera 6/10 and write;
“Reading this review you may think I hated the Z710 – that isn’t true. I was just terribly disappointed. I like Kodak cameras and usually they can be relied on to give you great performance for your money. I was quite excited to try it because I’d seen the new control system and it’s easy to use and a nice compact size with all of the features you might need. Sadly a number of minor annoyances and below average image quality stop this being a camera I’d recommend. “
TrustedReviews have reviewed the Kodak EasyShare Z710 and write;
“So, about that picture quality. I was fairly impressed by the results from the Z650, so I was hoping that it would be the saving grace of the Z710 too. Sadly this is not the case. Colours, especially yellows, were over saturated, the lens suffered from major chromatic aberration at the telephoto end and barrel distortion at the wide end and images generally lacked contrast, although to be fair the weather wasn’t very good when I did most of my test shots. Noise control at 64 ISO was, it has to be said, very good, and wasn’t too bad at higher settings, although with a maximum ISO of only 400 that’s not saying much. However the lack of fine detail when images were examined at full size was damning. I’ve seen 4-megapixel cameras that were better at discriminating fine lines. “
PhotographyBlog have reviewed the Kodak EasyShare Z710 where they rate the camera 3/5 and write;
“This is especially true given the Z710’s poor image quality, particularly with regards to noise. The Kodak Z710 essentially has a useful ISO range of 64-200, with ISO 200 not being that great anyway, which coupled with the lack of image stabilisation means that many photos taken at the longer focal lengths will inevitably suffer from camera-shake. Professionals will know about techniques to get around this problem to some extent, Beginners will be disappointed by how many of their photos taken at longer focal lengths appear out-of-focus, especially when taken in less than perfect lighting conditions. “
CNET have reviewed the Kodak EasyShare Z710 where they rate the camera 6/10 and write;
“The EasyShare Z710’s image quality was neither bad nor impressive in our tests. As usual, colors were accurate and adequately saturated. At lower ISOs, the camera was able to capture oodles of detail; we were even able to discern the individual hairs on the plush ape in our test scene. The camera’s high-quality lens no doubt helped in this and showed almost no noticeable distortion, even at the wide and telephoto extremes of its zoom range. Most superzooms show at least some noticeable distortion at one of the extremes if not both. As is typical of Kodak, we saw some minor JPEG artifacts in images, which caused some curved lines to become jaggy, though most causal snapshooters might not notice this…The bottom line: Kodak’s Z710 has some nice features and a good lens, but slow performance, no image stabilization, and a limited ISO range drag it down. “
>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 23.11.06)
>> PRESS RELEASE
LONDON and COLOGNE, Germany, September 25 — Eastman Kodak Company today announced the latest addition to its award-winning line of consumer digital cameras, the EASYSHARE Z710 zoom digital camera. With impressive 10X optical zoom, phenomenal picture quality, and a host of performance features, this new model bridges the gap between value and performance. Intuitive enough for beginners and sophisticated enough for digital photography enthusiasts, the Z710 camera provides point-and-shoot simplicity with advanced features to easily get professional-looking results. Available in September, the Z710 camera will retail for £279 (RRP).
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