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One unusual feature of the Z1012 is its battery. It is supplied with a high capacity rechargeable Lithium-ion CRV3 cell, a type which I have not seen before. 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.

In terms of its major features however, the Z1012 looks a bit mediocre by current standards. With most recent super-zoom cameras sporting 18x or even 20x zoom lenses, the 12x zoom lens on the Kodak looks a bit weak. The 2.5-inch monitor also looks a bit small on a camera of this size.

The Z1012 has a full range of manual options, with program, aperture and shutter priority and full manual exposure, as well as manual focus. The shutter speed range is a bit limited, from 16 seconds to 1/1000th in 1/3EV steps, but the aperture range of f/2.8 to f/8.0 is fairly normal. Manual exposure adjustments, or quick ISO and exposure compensation adjustment in program mode, are carried out via a simple thumbwheel, which is very quick and intuitive. I’m not too impressed by the manual focus function however. Although it’s easy enough to operate, it is slow and awkward and the monitor screen is simply not sharp enough for accurate focusing, even with the automatic magnification.

Kodak’s optical image stabilisation system works quite well, enabling shake-free hand held shooting at shutter speeds as low as 1/8th of a second at wide angle, although it doesn’t seem to cope as well at longer zoom ranges. At full zoom I was still seeing blur from camera shake at shutter speeds of 1/100th of a second, which is only two stops below the recommended shutter speed for 400mm.

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Andy Vandervell

August 29, 2008, 6:46 pm

S8000fd available for under 𧵎. Enough said really.


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:


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!


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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