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Kodak EasyShare P712 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 7.41 (out of 10)
Review: "According to Kodak, its 7.1-megapixel EasyShare P712 was designed for "second- and third-time digital camera buyers." Appropriately, the camera includes a higher level of control than many of Kodak's cameras, such as manual white balance, full manual exposure, and a trio of custom picture modes. It also sports a hotshoe, which can be outfitted with an accessory flash and can record images as raw, TIFF, or JPEG files.

Unfortunately, like most Kodak cameras, the EasyShare P712 produces noisy images. Even at ISO 64, some off-color speckles were visible in our test images. While this noise increased at both ISO 80 and ISO 100, it was still well under control, yielding acceptable images. By ISO 200, noise was obviously noticeable with larger splotches in darker colors, especially blues."

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Photography Blog 10.00  08-31-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Like a few other camera companies, Kodak doesn't have a DSLR camera in its current line-up. Instead, it offers bridge-style cameras like the Kodak P712. With a massive 12x zoom lens covering 36-432mm, optical image stabilization system, 7 megapixel sensor, RAW file format, hot-shoe flash connector and 2.5 inch LCD screen, the Kodak P712 tries to provide everything that you would find in a DSLR. The Kodak P712 also offers the added benefits of image preview on the LCD screen, the avoidance of dust problems via the fixed lens, advanced video modes and built-in panorama stitching.

The P712 is not the most responsive of cameras, though, with a poor continuous shooting mode and sluggish start-up time. If you want to use the RAW or TIFF file formats, the P712's general lack of speed suffers even more, making these formats only suitable for photography where you can take your time. Although the Kodak P712 exhibits very few chromatic aberrations, allows you to to alter contrast, colour, saturation and sharpness in-camera, and has a very effective image stabilization system, image quality is only average thanks to a poor macro mode and noisy images."

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Megapixel 9.00  09-23-06 Read Full Review
Review: "While the Kodak EasyShare P712 bears an uncanny resemblance to the P850, this new model has some important internal differences. It has a 7.1 megapixel resolution, a 12X stabilized zoom and a 2.5-inch LCD monitor in addition to the electronic viewfinder.

The optical stabilization of the lens is effective and allows using the telephoto end of the zoom when the light conditions are less than optimal. The stabilizer makes it possible to obtain a sharp image with the zoom at the maximum telephoto and handheld using a shutter speed of 1/60 second, instead of the 1/400 second that would have been advisable otherwise.

The P712 is a powerful camera in an understated and somewhat misleading package. Its RAW format makes it possible to obtain very high quality images, especially if these are processed using good software. Moreover, even with JPEG Fine mode the camera yields very good images, and with the high resolution of the sensor, can produce excellent prints."

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Pocket-Lint 8.50  09-05-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The new Kodak EasyShare P712 replaces its predecessor, the P850 and as such takes top slot in Kodak’s "P" (for Pro) range. Like its predecessor, the new model comes packed with advanced features and plenty of control options for those who want to get hands-on in their photography.

You have ISO 250, 320, 400 and 800 but the noise is frankly unacceptable from ISO 250, particularly if you want those larger prints that this camera is capable of producing...."
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Popular Photography 6.57  07-25-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Kodak's EasyShare P712 is touted as a bridge or hybrid digital SLR camera, joining the P850 in line. It's aimed at users who are on their second or third digicam and are looking for a more advanced model to take their imaging skills to the next level. The P712 is kind of in the middle of a point-and-shoot and digital SLR - not as compact as a typical compact digital model and somewhat smaller than an SLR. It has quite an expansive optical zoom range: 36-432 mm (35 mm equivalent) f/2.8-3.7, with a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens.

While there are numerous noise issues with the P712 that might cause some swings and misses, the camera still has a lot to offer. Overall, colors looked sharp and well-saturated, and exposures showed plenty of detail. With a 12X superzoom, image stabilization as well being compatible with the EasyShare system, we give the EasyShare P712 a hit on our scorecard."

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LetsGoDigital 4.80  03-27-07 Read Full Review
Review: "The Kodak P712 is part of the so-called 'Megazoom' digital camera class. In fact, this implies nothing more than a compact design and a large zoom range. In the case of the Kodak EasyShare P712, this means 12x optical zoom obtaining a range of 36- 432mm in comparison to a 35 mm camera. The EasyShare P712 isn't the first model with such a concept. Its predecessors, the P850 and P880, are comparable and have the same distinctively designed body.

On one hand there is the ease of a compact design, great optical range and handy image stabilization, and it provides much user-friendliness. On the other hand there is the disappointing quality of the ISO and the limited ISO range, as well as the, sometimes slow, reaction speed of the camera."

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Imaging-Resource -----  09-19-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The new 7.1MP, 12x zoom Kodak EasyShare P712 inhabits that slowly shrinking digital camera space previously known as the "chunky" category but these days referred to simply as "superzoom." Designed to be somewhat like a digital SLR but with a long-zooming attached lens and a complete system of bells and whistles - including a very necessary "optical image stabilizer" - the Kodak P712 is designed for advanced amateurs who haven't made the jump to a digital SLR yet. While a bit on the "chunky" side, the P712 is still surprisingly lightweight and portable given its long, image-stabilized zoom lens.

Though this 7.1MP camera won't give you the performance or image quality of a decent digital SLR, its lightweight and portable construction makes it far easier to travel with. Plus with a 12x zoom (equivalent to a 36-432mm lens on a 35mm camera) and an in-camera optical image stabilizer, the Kodak P712 will give you a long, rock-steady focal range that would cost an arm and a leg if you were to try to buy equivalent interchangeable lenses for a digital SLR. The camera is also surprisingly responsive for a long-zoom model, with good shutter lag, and blazing response times when pre-focused prior to the shot...."

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