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Kodak EasyShare P712 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Like a lot of other digital cameras and by now more and more digital SLR cameras the Kodak EasyShare P712 uses a Secure Digital memory card as a storage medium. The camera comes equipped with a standard 32MB internal memory, of which only 28MB is used as storage for photo and video. The other 4MB are reserved for features like Favorites. The small memory card is the universal standard for digital cameras. Of course there are other memory formats, but the Secure Digital market share is considerably larger. Even the new line of Fujifilm digital compact cameras supports the SD card next to xD Picture card. At the moment it is possible to plug up to 2GB of flash memory into the card slot of the camera. Support for SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) and with its support for 4GB and greater storage capacity isn't available just yet. Maybe a firmware update allows for this kind of support.
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Kodak EasyShare P712 - Large buffer
The Kodak P712 Megazoom camera has a reasonably large buffer so you can easily work with JPEG format files. The maximum JPEG format size is around 4.9MB. The Kodak EasyShare P712 also supports TIFF and RAW format, but that immediately ends the quick processing of large numbers. A TIFF format uses about 22MB in its highest resolution, and RAW still takes a good 13.1MB for each shot. Such large files require a great amount of calculating power from the internal image processor, but also from the memory card. A flash memory card with a quick reading/writing speed is advisable.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - 512MB storage capacity
To effectively and accurately test a camera, I always use a SanDisk memory card, and in case of the Kodak EasyShare P712 I used beside the Extreme III SD also the SanDisk Ultra II Plus 2GB which is easily useable for the camera. My advice is to have at least 512MB storage capacity so you can record a reasonable amount of high resolution JPEG images during vacations. Those wanting to do a lot of RAW format photography would be wise to acquire a 2GB card immediately.

Considering 512MB storage capacity:
RAW - 3072 x 2304 pixels - 13.1MB - 40 pictures
TIFF - 3072x2304 pixels - 23MB - 24 pictures
TIFF - 3072 x 2048 pixels - 22MB - 27 pictures
TIFF - 2592 x 1944 pixels - 16MB - 33 pictures
TIFF - 2048x1536 pixels - 9.8MB - 54 pictures
TIFF - 1280 x 960 pixels - 390KB - 137 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 3072 x 2304 pixels - 4.9MB - 107 pictures
JPEG - Standard - 3072 x 2304 pixels - 2.9MB - 184 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 3072 x 2304 pixels - 1.9MB - 283 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 3072 x 2048 pixels - 4.5MB - 120 pictures
JPEG - Standard - 3072 x 2048 pixels - 2.6MB - 206 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 3072 x 2048 pixels - 1.7MB - 317 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 2592 x 1944 pixels - 3.5MB - 150 pictures
JPEG - Standard - 2592 x 1944 pixels - 2.1MB - 257 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 2592 x 1944 pixels - 1.4MB - 392 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 2048x1536 pixels - 2.2MB - 238 pictures
JPEG - Standard - 2048x1536 pixels - 1.3 MB - 403 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 2048x1536 pixels - 0.9MB - 616 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 1280 x 960 pixels - 0.9MB - 582 pictures
JPEG - Standard - 1280 x 960 pixels - 0.6MB - 952 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 1280 x 960 pixels - 0.4MB - 1429 pictures
Video - 640x480 pixels - 9 min 12 sec
Video - 320x240 pixels - 15 min 14 sec
Kodak P712 - Ultra II Plus SD memory card
Because in practice I use an Ultra II Plus card I no longer need the camera to transfer the recordings to a computer or notebook. Simply remove the card from the slot; literally break it in half releasing an USB interface. The card can now be plugged into any free USB port of computer or notebook, and the recordings can be transferred. Those who do want to transfer pictures through the camera, for instance when a standard SD card is used, utilizes the camera's USB interface. Unfortunately Kodak equipped the EasyShare P712 with a slow version; a Full Speed interface. Every now and then one passes by me, but most cameras are nowadays supplied with a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, allowing considerably higher transfer speeds. One thing Kodak should keep in mind for following generations.

Kodak EasyShare P712 - Klick-5001 Lithium Ion battery
The Kodak P712 is powered by a Lithium Ion battery. The Kodak Klick-5001 Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 3.7v 1800mAh. The battery is powered by a handy size charger, and is inserted into the handgrip of the camera. The compartment is tightly shut by a flap. It is unfortunate the compartment has no safety pin with which to secure the expensive Li-Ion battery. Upon opening the compartment the battery can easily fall out, with all sorts of consequences. A filled battery has enough power for 210-290 shots. This data has been acquired using the CIPA standard test method, and are reliable. In itself it is a reasonable amount of recordings. I do advise you though, and especially in case of situations where you can't always recharge your battery, to take a second battery with you.
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