Kodak easy share z1275 is not up to the standards

July 22nd, 2008 - 12:36 am ICT by David M N James  

Kodak now has three 12-megapixel models in its compact camera range the EasyShare Z1275.

It has a higher resolution version of the 8-megapixel Z885. The Z1275 also has a 5x zoom, f/2.8-5.1 Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens, a 2.5-inch LCD monitor and optional manual exposure. Kodak Z1275 is big and heavy hand equipment measuring a substantial 89.5 × 64.5 × 31.6 mm and weighs 161g without batteries. It runs a pair of AA cells, as such weighs a gross weight of 210g.

Its plastic and not very comfortable when in the shirt pocket. Kodak Z1275 lacks some key features spotted by major competitors like Sony. It has a longer-than-average 5x zoom lens with a telephoto end equivalent to 175mm, but unlike most recent cameras with longer lenses it has no mechanical image stabilization, only a so-called “digital image stabilization” system, meaning it hits on the ISO setting to 1600, with image noise problems.

This plastic thing has no face detection technology but has a 2.5-inch monitor screen with a 115k pixels resolution. Kodak Z1275 has a degree of manual control, but the manual exposure mode allows only three possible aperture settings (minimum, maximum and a mid-point) and the shutter has a maximum speed of only 1/1000th of a second. It has optional manual focus with automatic monitor magnification, but with such a low-res monitor it is a rather way off or rather trial and error thing. Ok, it has a video which can shoot 1280 x 768 resolution at 30 frames a second, compatible with the high definition (HD) television standard.

But the guys at Kodak did the unthinkable; they made the zoom lens usable during video shooting, though the zoom motor can be clearly heard on the soundtrack. There is a 1 gigabyte memory card which allows only 14.5 minutes of video shooting and with this type of a low end thing you have slightly over 29 minutes of shooting.

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