Kodak EasyShare Z740 review posted|
(Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 13:48 EDT)
Kodak's EasyShare digital cameras have consistently proven to be among the easiest to use of any I've tested, and the Kodak Z740 is no exception.
Its fully automatic exposure control performs surprisingly well in a wide variety of conditions, and the range of manual exposure controls extend the camera's capabilities nicely for more advanced users. A wide range of preset scene modes helps with special shooting conditions as well. The 5.0-megapixel CCD captures high resolution images, with plenty of detail to make sharp 11x14 inch prints (even 13x19s look pretty good), and the 10x optical zoom comes in very handy for capturing distant subjects. The Z740's color should appeal to most consumers too, as it's very bright and vibrant (a good bit more so than the original subjects), yet it doesn't oversaturate delicate skin tones.
The Z740 would be a great choice for novices who want to learn a little as they go, while more experienced users will appreciate the more advanced features it has to offer. Kodak's bundling of the EasyShare Printer Dock Series 3 (at least, as of the Z740's introduction) makes the Z740 bundle an excellent deal for someone wanting a complete photography solution. The prints are what you'd expect from Kodak: excellent color, sharp detail, and quality you're proud to share. It's a fine combination, and an excellent choice as a versatile family camera.
A Dave's Pick for its ease of use and beautiful color, read our review of the Kodak Z740 for all the details.