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Kodak EasyShare P712 | Digital Camera Review | Adjustments
The most striking feature of the Kodak EasyShare P712 Megazoom camera is the 12x optical zoom lens and the optical image stabilization. Those that have never shot pictures with a stabilizer might not acknowledge its importance, but once you experience a large optical zoom and a stabilizer you don't want to go without anymore. At least when it comes to a digital compact camera like the Kodak P712. The optic lens has a range of 36-432 mm, providing great coverage. Optional is combining the camera with a wide-angle converter of 0.7x or a tele-converter of 1.4x, so you can create a range of 25-605 mm. Impressive!
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Kodak EasyShare P712 - Good image quality
The optical quality is good when it comes to distortion. The wide-angle has an average distortion, but when you zoom in towards the maximum tele setting there is hardly any distortion left; a remarkable achievement. What is more, the difference in focus in the corners compared to the central part of the lens is not distracting when using wide-angle. There is a little more softness in tele-captured pictures, but like before, it's hardly present. The quality of the lens when it comes to focus and distortion is above average.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Chromatic aberration
One effect that tends to become too visible with such large optical zoom lenses is chromatic aberration; the purple edges around subjects when there is a very big contrast. Unfortunately this also goes for the Kodak P712 camera. Several test samples show traces of above average chromatic aberration. During macro shootings the Kodak EasyShare P712 performs outstandingly. There is some distortion, but not more than average, and certainly not disturbing. The focus is of sufficient quality, even though some detail gets lost in the noise which is, unfortunately, included to.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Color Science
The Kodak EasyShare P712 camera comes equipped with Kodak's Colour Science. One of the advantages of such a technique is the ability to calculate different kinds of light in such a way that there is a well balanced white balance. This is also the case with the Kodak P712 camera. The captured images look perfect, and where the camera fails, a more specific white balance takes care of colorcast. The manual setting can subsequently be set in different modes and saved in three settings. For the entry-level digital photographer this is a luxury, and an outstanding way to control difficult lighting conditions. The colour LCD display is reasonable and shows lifelike skin tones in portrait photography. There is hardly any case of colour saturation you see a lot with recordings containing a lot of red.
Kodak EasyShare P712 - Noise ratio
An ever-returning subject is noise. Although every generation there is improvement, this step forward is usually put to the background when there is another Megapixel update. The image sensors remain small, but the amount of pixels on the CCD sensor keeps increasing constantly. One of the disadvantages is noise. Of course, internal software can effectively reduce noise, but there is also a loss of focus and detail. We aren't satisfied with the noise values of the Kodak EasyShare P712. Up until 200 ISO all is reasonable to good, but at 400 ISO and up the quality stays behind on what the competition and current technology offers. On top off that the 800 ISO setting is only available at 1.2 Megapixels. To me that seems outdated. Kodak missed a few points here and concerning this feature that is unacceptable. The results on screen are not as good as those on a print. The 10x15 prints of the 200 and 400 ISO recordings are of good enough quality, but with larger sizes there is too much visible noise.

Kodak P712 - Speediness of the camera
As written before start-up and zoom speeds are not exactly high. Although equipped with a large optical range there should have been the expected increase in speed. Maybe that's for the next generation of P-cameras? Despite that, there are some parts, like the shutter time lag, that deserve a compliment. One of the other parts that test the user's patience is the sequence recording mode. The camera can take about ten pictures (JPEG/fine) in a single shoot recording with a speed of 1.4 bps. In itself an acceptable speed, but in continuous recording mode this speed drops to 1.0 and allows a maximum of 8 images (JPEG/fine) before the internal buffer of the memory card needs to be emptied. Keep in mind the 14 seconds it takes to empty a full buffer (measured with a SanDisk Extreme III SD card). As such the Kodak EasyShare P712 deserves a chance to be used as an action camera. The built-in stabilizer, the great optical range, 7 Megapixels, a quick shutter time lag and a reasonably quick sequence recording with a big buffer are sufficient enough ingredients to take a successful action recording. There is only one condition; there has to be enough light.
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