Kodak Z1275 Review

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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Kodak EasyShare Z1275
Resolution: 12.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/1.72 inch
(7.4mm x 5.6mm)
Lens: 5.00x zoom
(35-175mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Extended ISO: 100 - 3200
Shutter: 1/2000 - 8 sec
Max Aperture: 2.8
Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.2 in.
(90 x 65 x 32 mm)
Weight: 5.7 oz (161 g)
MSRP: $249
Availability: 08/2007
Manufacturer: Kodak
Full specs: Kodak Z1275 specifications

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The Kodak EasyShare Z1275 combines a whopping twelve megapixel CCD imager and a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon-branded 5x optical zoom lens with a better-than-average 35 - 175mm equivalent focal range. For framing images, the Kodak Z1275 has a 2.5" 115K pixel LCD display, but no optical viewfinder is provided. Images are stored on SDHC/SD/MMC memory cards, or in 64MB of internal memory.

The Kodak Z1275 offers 19 scene modes to help beginners achieve the results they're looking for without the need to understand subtleties like shutter speeds, apertures and the like. Scene modes provided are: portrait, sports, landscape, close-up, night portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text/document, fireworks, flower, manner/museum, self-portrait, children, backlight, panning, candlelight, sunset and panorama stitch. The Z1275 also provides additional exposure modes including smart scene, P (program), M (manual), video capture, high ISO, and digital image stabilization. The Z1275 determines exposures with a TTL metering system offering multi-pattern, center-weighted and spot modes, and offers 2.0EV of exposure compensation in 1/3EV increments. Five white balance settings are available including an auto mode, and ISO sensitivity can be set to Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,600 at full resolution. ISO 3,200 is available at 3.1MP resolution and less, in P and M modes. The EasyShare Z1275 also offers enhanced movie functionality, capturing HD (1280 720) at 30 fps, VGA (640 480) at 30 fps and QVGA (320 240) clips at 30 fps. Movies are encoded in QuickTime MPEG4 format, and zoom is supported.

Images and movies captured on the Kodak Z1275 are transferred to your computer over a USB 2.0 Full Speed connection, rather slower than the USB 2.0 High Speed connections offered on many cameras these days. Power comes from two AA batteries (NiMH, Lithium, or Oxy-Alkaline). The Z1275 ships with a disposable Oxy-Alkaline batteries and no charger is included in the bundle.

The Kodak EasyShare Z1275 ships August 2007, at a list price of US$249.00.

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