The Kodak EasyShare Z650 at the top of the Kodak’s cost-effective extremely zoom capability variety, and provides a cheaper, reduced specified substitute to the ‘professional’ P850. The changes over the past design are pretty modest; the pixel depend improves from 5 to 6MP and the lens is now a Schneider Variogon (as compared to the Z740’s Kodak Retinar) though it looks suspiciously identical. The new design also gets a larger (though reduced resolution) LCD display, a few new field ways and a stay histogram. It may have an amount variety price, but the Z650 has a wide set of capturing choices and Kodak’s popular user friendly set up, though it is one of the few designs in these types not to provide any kind of picture stabilizing.
- Schneider Kreuznach Variogon (38-380mm equiv.) 10x visual zoom capability lens
- 6.0 thousand efficient pixels
- Exclusive Kodak Shade Technology Image Handling Chip
- 2.0″ indoor/outdoor display
- High quality Digital viewfinder
- Manual and semi-automatic controls
- High-speed, low-light automatic focus
- 17 field modes
- One-touch easy sharing
- MPEG film recording
Kodak EasyShare Z650 Body And Design
The Z650 is on the outside almost similar to last year’s Z740, with the only apparent distinction being the a little bit bigger LCD display (2.0 inches extensive in comparison to 1.8). It also holds a powerful family similarity to the DX sequence cameras that came before it – though its unpleasant human is gold, which seems to be to be how Kodak distinguishes between ranges; the more serious designs are dark. Like the Z740 before it, the Z650 is extremely little considering its 10x zoom capability variety, and is significantly smaller sized (and lighter) than the other ‘SLR-like’ extremely zoom capability cameras on the market. The style is hardly innovative, but it has outstanding ergonomics, and seems fairly powerful despite being almost 100% unpleasant.
In your hand
Kodak has obviously thought everything about how to make a big zoom capability digicam that is as lightweight as possible without managing, and the Z650, like the other designs before it, gets it just about right. The hold is the size of it can be and – though a little limited for big fingertips (the space between the hold and the lens gun barrel is quite narrow) – I found it to be both relaxed and constant in the side. Single-handed function is not just possible, but a real satisfaction, with all the important manages dropping in the right place and the weight of battery energy and hold completely managing the lens on lack of. That said, with an extended (380mm equiv.) zoom capability you will probably want to include the digicam with both arms most of the time to prevent trembling digicam.
- The Z650’s battery energy section (on the platform of the grip) allows either two AA battery energy (NiMH), a individual CRV3 lithium mobile or Kodak’s KAA2HR NiMH package (essentially two AA battery energy lashed together). If you buy the Publishing device Docking station package you get an ordinary rechargeable set (charged by the dock). Battery is very good – up to 390 photos on a CRV3, up to 265 using NiMH AA battery energy (CIPA conventional testing).
- On the end dish is a metallic tripod shrub and the unique dock plug used for picture printing/transfer (and battery energy charging) using the optionally available dock.
- On either part of the hold rests the SD cards port, under a fairly powerful (plastic hinged) protect. The Z650 has 32MB of storage space – (enough for 14 6MP images) and you can duplicate from the storage space to an SD cards or the other way around.
- The Z650’s 2.0-inch LCD is bigger than the one on Z740 which beat it, but the resoution is actually reduced (only 110,000 pixels). That said, it’s fairly shiny and obvious and has a 27fps structure rate – with only the tiniest apparent sign of video clip lag. It really works very well in low mild, getting up (brightening) as mild stages fall, though this does outcome in a very grainy review picture.
- Not the smartest digital viewfinder we’ve ever seen – or the best (there’s no dioptre adjustment), but not bad at all for an inexpensive style, and big enough to be useful. If you try and use it with glasses you’ll have problems – you can only see the whole structure with your eye almost in contact with the cup. It does, however, stay very useful in very shiny mild, when you can’t see the primary (LCD) display at all.
- The primary manages of the Z650 sit on the back of the digicam, to the right of the LCD display. As with other designs in this variety, a ‘joystick’ (in the middle of the primary method dial) is used to get around choices.
- The Z650’s 10x (38-380mm equiv.) contact expands by around 18mm when operated up, after which all cruising is inner (i.e. the lens gun barrel doesn’t shift in or out). The Schneider Kreuznach lens (which seems to be to be similar to the ‘Retinar’ used on the Z740) has a highest possible aperture of F2.8 at the extensive end, dropping to F3.7 at the telephoto end. Zooming is actually fast and silent, and goes in relatively little amounts.
- The on / off change seems inexpensive and unpleasant (it’s the only part of the Z650 I really did not like), and is very firm – it’s difficult to convert the digicam off without unintentionally coming into ‘favorites’ method. Also, switching the digicam on causes the display to pop up whether you want it to or not. To the right of the on / off change are three control buttons managing display method, macro/infinity concentrate and self-timer/burst method. There’s another display pop-up change on the remaining of the display itself.
Kodak EasyShare Z650 Specifications
|Street price||• US: $310
• UK: £190
|Sensor||• 1/2.5″ CCD
• 6.1 million pixels total
• 6.0 million effective pixels
• 2832 x 2128
|Movie clips||• 640 x 480 (11 fps)
• 320 x 240 (20 fps)
• up to 120 mins depending on the size of the memory card
|Lens||• 38-380mm equiv.(10x zoom)
• F2.8 – F3.7
• TTL-AF: auto, multi zone and center spot
|Sensitivity||• Auto ISO 80- 160
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800 (only available in 1.7MP picture quality)
|White Balance||• Auto
• Fluorescent (available only in PASM)
• Open Shade
• Center-weighted (PASM modes only)
|Image parameters||• Color: High, natural, low (saturation)
|Continuous||• First: 2.5 fps up to 4 images (AE, AF, AWB executed)
• Last: 2.5 fps up to 3 frames
|Flash||• Built-in pop-up
• Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, On/Off
• Range: (wide) 0.6 – 4.9 m, (tele) 2 – 3.7 m
• +/- 2.0 EV in 0.5 EV steps
|Storage||• SD/MMC card
• 32MB internal memory
• 201,000 pixels
|LCD monitor||• 2.0″ TFT LCD
• 110,000 pixels
|Connectivity||• USB 2.0
• EasyShare camera dock or printer dock
|Power||• CRV3, Kodak NiMH battery KAA2HR or 2x AA NiMH|
|In the box*||• Kodak EasyShare Z650 camera
• Carry strap and lens cap
• lens adapter
• CRV3 battery
• USB and video cable
• Getting started kit with software
• Insert for optional Kodak EasySHare docks
|Other features||• PictBridge
• Self-timer 2 or 10 seconds
• 1/8 – 1/1700 sec shutter
• +/-2EV with 0.3EV steps
• Optional Schneider-Kreuznach 0.7X wide lens ($150)
• Optional Schneider-Kreuznach 1.4X tele lens ($150)
|Weight (inc batt)||287 g (10.1 oz)|
|Dimensions||97.8 x 77.5 x 72.6 mm (3.9 x 3.1 x 2.9 in)|