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Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS
  • EasyShare Z1012 IS 10.1 Megapixel Bridge Camera (2.5" LCD - 12x Optical Zoom - 3648 x 2736 Image - 1280 x 720 Video - PictBridge)

Summary

Our Score:

6

There’s been a lot of activity in the super-zoom camera market recently, with impressive new models from most of the major manufacturers. Kodak has always been well represented in this area, with its Z-series featuring some pretty good mid-range models, and some even better image-stabilised long zoom models. Today I’m taking a look at one of the more powerful cameras in the series, the EasyShare Z1012 IS, launched this time last year. I know it’s an older camera now but I like to be thorough, and besides, the new Z1015 IS isn’t available for review yet.

The Z1012 is a 10.1-megapixel super-zoom camera bearing a 12x zoom optically stabilised Schneider-Kreuznach f/2.8-4.8 lens and a 2.5-inch 230k LCD monitor. It’s currently towards the top of Kodak’s high-zoom Z series, surpassed in sensor power by only two models, and in zoom range by only one. It currently sells for around £175 from several retailers or for £199 direct from Kodak’s own website.

Kodak has retained the same basic design for its high-end zoom cameras since the launch of the Z series, and the Z1012’s body shape has clear similarities to earlier models, such as the Z700 from 2005, and to more recent designs such as the Z712 IS. The steady evolution of the design has resulted in a sensible if rather plain body. The handgrip is large and comfortable, although it has to be said that the gap between it and the lens barrel is a bit narrow. The handgrip, the rear thumbgrip area, and the lens barrel are all rubberised, providing a secure and comfortable grip, and a certain amount of protection for the internal components. The viewfinder eyepiece is also rubber, which will come as welcome news to anyone who wears glasses.

The bodyshell itself is made of plastic, but it is solidly made with no creaking joints or flexing panels. The only real weak spot is the card hatch cover, which is distinctly flimsy and positioned rather vulnerably right on the corner of the body. If anything on the Z1012 is going to snap off, it’ll be this.

Andy Vandervell

August 29, 2008, 6:46 pm

S8000fd available for under 𧵎. Enough said really.

SpiderJacek

August 30, 2008, 2:15 am

Cliff, you wrote: "This means it can also use a non-rechargeable CRV3, or two AA batteries, which could come in handy if you forget to take your battery charger on holiday."





It is partially true, as all Kodak cameras that accept AA cells work ONLY on lithium batteries. They CANNOT be powered by AA alkaline batteries or Ni-MH rechargeables You can either use expensive lithium CRV3 batteries; KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable KLIC-8000 (you will have to buy a charger for it) or AA lithium batteries, which are more expensive than alkalines. That is very limiting.





Or you can make yourself a battery if you are into DIY:


http://www.dcresource.com/foru...

tameside

September 15, 2008, 9:40 pm

Somebody is blind and I'm sure it aint me! Looking at the recent 10star review of the Pana FZ28 I see washed out colours, dull green on the sports car and iffy red on the jag! Looking at the cathedral pic I see no colur whatsoever in stained glass windows, the kodak however has atleast pulled some colour from somewhere, overall the Kodak seems a million miles ahead of the Pana, including noise/colour/lightness etc, go look again, I dont own either!

burnie

August 29, 2009, 6:34 am

S_p_i_d_e_r , hate to disagree , But I`ve had 2 different Kodak Z`s , and plain ol` AA`s , Alkaline and Nimh will all work . They just don`t last as long as Kodaks expensive Klic 8000 rechargeable Lithiums . The CRV 3 Lithium (non-rechargeable) only costs about $10.00...and lasts longer than any other I`ve tried . Saying nothing will work but the Lithium seems to be Kodaks way of self promoting their battery line .

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