|Kodak EasyShare Z650 - Standard modes
There are two standard modes for taking pictures from very close by or from very far away and they are ready for use at one touch of the button. All settings needed for taking individual shots can be changed quickly and easily. As well as the program choice, you can adjust shutter speed series, exposure control and a fully M (manual) mode. This allows you total control over the Kodak EasyShare Z650.
Kodak EasyShare Z650 - Lens
The lens gives great results. You will have to decide on the sharpness and colour setting by at least checking them via the LCD on the body, as the viewfinder is simply too limited to allow this. That Kodak is convinced of the quality of the mounted lens can be seen in the fact that they routinely supply a lens sun hood. Hardly any differences could be discovered in the reproduction of the different focal ranges. Distortions are fairly constant both in wide-angle and tele setting (not much distortion). The colour saturation is good and the white balance in the automatic setting is excellent. One exception to this can be seen in some shots taken in artificial light where a strong colour cast makes it necessary to use a manual setting. Funnily enough, the Kodak Z650 doesn’t have a manual white balance setting, and you really miss it.
Kodak Z650 camera - Saving energy
Changing between the various programs and modes seems difficult and complicated in the beginning, but it just takes a bit of practise. Once you have got a basic grip of the Kodak EasyShare Z650, it's a lot of fun to literally add your own personal tint to the shots. Furthermore, there are several possibilities for saving energy: the Kodak Z650 camera is turned off after a minute and is ready for use again when you press the OK button. 4 separate modes can be chosen, after which the camera has to be turned on again. You will find out in use whether the small electronic viewfinder saves more energy than the large LCD display.
Kodak EasyShare Z650 - Histograms
The so-called histograms are shown via the Info button. These are graphic representations of the picture taken. It is a useful extra function that can give you a more complete view of the picture when used in combination with the multiple modes. I doubt as to whether the histogram will be used much in practice; it will probably be most appreciated by more advanced photographers. For the rest, there are the by now familiar sounds, that can be turned on or off, the fully adjustable white balance and the choice in colour reproduction. You can also choose whether or not to see the date in diverse varieties.
|Kodak EasyShare Z650 - Colour reproduction
The colour reproduction is typical of Kodak, that is to say strong colours, rich in detail, but not too over the top. The Kodak EasyShare Z650 is inclined to underexpose shots and we noticed this in several flash shots. This problem can be easily fixed by a slight exposure correction. At first, the Kodak Z650’s large optical range is, of course, fantastic, but in practise, I have to say that the lack of image stabilisation became painfully obvious when taking a tele shot in less sunny circumstances. Many pictures suffered from the lack of light and thanks to the slow shutter speed in combination with a multiplier factor caused by the use of the tele, movement blur inevitably raised its ugly head. Kodak should seriously consider equipping the next EasyShare Z camera with an image stabiliser!
Kodak Z650 digital camera - ISO values
If we look at the high ISO values, we see that noise starts at 200 ISO and is clearly present at 400 ISO. The Kodak Z650 has a high ISO setting of 800, but this can only be used with a lower resolution, a solution that is unlikely to give 6 Megapixel users any cause for celebration! The low ISO values are good quality and produce great prints.
Kodak EasyShare Z650 - Record moving images
As well as taking still shots, the Kodak EasyShare Z650 can record moving images. At first, the camera’s specifications seem interesting enough to lead you to really expect something of the video clip function. The maximum speed of 11 frames per second is no where near as fast as its competitors who do the same job with 30 frames per second. By taking the easy route, Kodak has compromised the quality of the video recordings.
Kodak Z650 - Video clips & Share program
All recordings and video clips can be seen on the screen at the rear and any other marked recordings (TAG) can also be seen by others via the Share program. It goes without saying that you will need to download the software beforehand. It seems a bit time-consuming at first, but after looking at it for a while, it will become clear what Kodak has in mind with the Share Program.