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review: Kodak EasyShare Z612

m. werneburg, 2022.04.23

In early 2022, I finally retired my Kodak EasyShare Z612, a 12x zoom bridge-style camera from 2006. It was still working, but I'd bought it for my son circa 2013 and while both kids learned what they know about photography with that camera they've since graduated to other things. Both certainly enjoyed using it early on, but The Boy uses his iphone SE2 and we got The Girl an Olympus OMD EM-10 Mk II (which she ignores) and a polaroid-like Fuji (which she ignores). So I took it to a civic center and put it in the recycling bin with my antique Olympus 35DC and a Fuji F30.

The Kodak has a 6.1MP 1/2.5" sensor, a surprisingly good 12x zoom lens from Schneider-Kreuznach, video capability (kinda), very responsive controls, OK autofocus, and a micro-SLR form-factor that was generally decent.

The camera was in some ways ahead of itself. I don't know that "bridge camera" was a term back in 2006 when it came out, but it had that big fixed zoom and both an EVF and a live display on the back. Actual DSLR's were nowhere near that degree of sophistication at the time, and most compact "prosumer" cameras of the day didn't have an EVF because EVF was still in its infancy and was terrible.

Aside from its general responsiveness, I always found the controls very well laid out, and the camera was small enough that the kids could grip it properly. They had fun. The lens had a tendency to flare in a variety of situations, and it was not possible to put any accessories on the hood. The colors were excellent, as one might expect from Kodak.

All good things must come to an end and as the kids aged they used it less. The Boy is never far from his phone and is adept at doing things with the phone that the old Kodak couldn't possible do. Like actually share easily. So it languished unused in its bag. I found I never considered using it because I found it small for my large hands and also too creaky/plasticky.

But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so I'll wrap up this mini-review with a sample of photos from photographers young an old showing the surprising versatility of this camera. At least two of these photos wound up on covers of the annual photo books we make.

I'm very sorry that Kodak's management team got the digital era so wrong. Their engineers were capable of amazing things but they just didn't want it.

 

reader comments

Permission to use photo

I was wondering if I could use the photo of the fish swimmimg backwards as a subject for a watercolor project that I would like to do.

Let me know.

Thank you.

Angela
2003.05.16

By all means, Angela. I'd love to see a pic of your completed work, if possible.

-Michael

a potatoe!

Hi,

Was just looking through your photos of the Maritime provinces, Canada and couldn't help laugh when I saw your comment under an NB photo. I live in Fredericton, just 10 minutes away from the shot of you under what you called a giant peanut in Majorville. It's actually called "The Big Potatoe" and has been there ever since I can remember...at least 26 years! Just an FYI!

JO
2004.05.01

Thanks, Jo. Now I know. Not a peanut.

-Michael

Try ABC Photocolour for all types of film processing with professional quality standards.

Chloe
2004.01.28

Thanks, Chloe.

-Michael

Super Cool Pics

Michael,

I have a couple questions for you. Please, email me so we can chat a bit. I am an amateur photgrapher, too. Much less than you though. I don't have any equipment, per se. I have a great eyeI think. Actually, I have two of them. hahaha Michael, I must say, you have a great vision for an interesting photo. I need to ask you a few questions about your pics. Email me when you get a chance.

Good luck and keep up the great work!!

Deb aka Schye

Deb;

Deborah Pengelly
2003.12.13

I tried, but still haven't had a response. Hope I had your address right....

-Michael

Camcorders are fine

You are entitled to your view about camcoders and video, but I shoot video and photos, for weddings and holidays, and my audiences rave at both my videos and photos.

You bring up good points about poor videography skills and practices, and similarly, I can bring up very good points about poor photography skills and practices. While I'm at that, I can even comment on poor skills in cooking and driving.

Just an example: I was at the local zoo, and this mother was shooting her daughter against some camels. The girl was pointing at the camels, saying "Look, ma, a big camel", all excited and fun. The mother was shouting at her, "If you'll look here for that one moment, I'll get you and the camel nicely in the picture." Now the mother was about 15 feet away on a compact (minimal zoom) camera. Is that good photography practice? What if the mother was holding a video cam, started shooting the girl's enthusiasm, and walked in, pan from the girl to the camel? Nicer story, maybe?

YowCH
2003.07.17

Your point is valid. I would imagine, though, that the photo was in some small way more compelling than the footage of the vending machine. ;)

-Michael

Need Info

Hello:

I am an art consultant in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

My client would like me to purchase three vertical images, 24" by 36".

Ira Steingold
2003.06.20

(This all came to naught, in the end. The client 'changed her mind'.)

-Michael

tattoos/fiji

thanks for your info, very helpful.

l8r, majing boo

majing boo
2003.05.10

I have no idea where you can find that kind of service in your case, but I'd bet your school's photography program would have the people and resources to do it cheaply indeed. In fact, I'll bet they'd be hungry for models. If there is no photography department, try to track down a photography club either on campus or elsewhere in your city/town. Good luck!

P.S. my name's not Mark.

-Michael

Hi Mark !

I was just browsing the net, and I came accross your site.

I'm a male, and wanted to make a modeling portfolio, do you do that?

The reason I'm contacting you is because I'm at a very low budget and in need of maybe 8 photography pics.

Now I need your advice, how would I go about doing this, is there a place where I can get it for a very low rate or even free....(As I'm only a student, still in school, do not have an income)

This agency selected me but I need a portfolio....

email me please, couldn't find your email, thank you

Jerry
2003.05.10

I have no idea where you can find that kind of service in your case, but I'd bet your school's photography program would have the people and resources to do it cheaply indeed. In fact, I'll bet they'd be hungry for models. If there is no photography department, try to track down a photography club either on campus or elsewhere in your city/town. Good luck!

P.S. my name's not Mark.

-Michael

I stumbled across your site by accident one day and found it very inspirational. I think your photos are beautiful. For the most part. Your shots of Vancouver made Vancouver appear in a new light to me. I do photography too and find it hard to find nice subject matter. You are an interesting person. I would love to dissect your mind. But what I have discovered of it on this site is quite intriguing. Herr Werneburger, Sie interessieren mich.

Have a great day.

T.

Tamara
2003.04.23

Thanks. I'm glad you liked the pics ("for the most part") and the general level of inspiration.

As for dissecting my mind: it is usually on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto most Sunday mornings, when I'm otherwise incapacitated. At least, I think that's where it goes. It just shows up around 2 in the afternoon, and suggests a movie. ;)

P.S. I've added your more interesting spelling of my name to my collection. I assumed you were teasing? If not, you're part of the whole 'online presence', now. Enjoy.

-Michael

Aug 2002 Yaletown car show

Hi there, could you e mail me pictures of my 62 corvette?

Thank you in advance.

Charn

Charn
2003.03.17

Charn;

I've tried to send them, but the email box seems to be full!

-Michael

I happened upon your web site because I am searching for a third tattoo-celtic design. Thank you for your photos, here is something for you.

What I love about language

is what I love about fog:

what comes between us and things

grants them their shine. Take,

for instance, this estuary,

raised to a higher power

by airy sun-struck voile:

gunmetal cove and glittered bar

hung on the rim of the sky

like places in Tibet-

white buildings unreachable,

dreamed and held

at just the perfect distance:

the world's lustered by the veil.

Or else I love fog

because it shows the world

as page, where much

has been written, and much erased.

Clapboards lose their boundaries,

and phantoms of summer's roses

loom like parade floats lost at sea.

Is that what it is,

visible uncertainty?...

...Every poem's

half erased. I'm not afraid;

it feels like home here,

held-like any line of text-

by the white margins

of a ghost's embrace.

Mark Doty

erin
2003.01.09

Well. Thanks. No one has left me poetry before.

-Michael

Enjoyed your beautiful photographs. Left me a little disappointed as we will be spending Christmas day in Vancouver and i had hoped for a white Christmas. Looking at your photographs I am sure it will be wonderful snow or not

Janice
2002.12.28

(Now I'm left wondering. Was she done with her thought? Was it simply a matter of an omitted comma and a forgotten period, or did something more meaningful happen?)

-Michael

This is one site that I will definitely bookmark. I really love photography and this is refreshing. I even wanted to do the oilslick thing but I just kept watching and never tried. Now I will. You inspire me!

http://www.geocities.com/treseles2002/index.html

Tres Eles
2002.12.19

Well, what can I say! Good luck, three l's!

-Michael

photo hunt

I happened across you site looking for pictures from Fuji for a co-workers wallpaper and I love your Lion's Gate Camera Club photo hunt. I was wondering if you can give me contact info for them or forward a few of the hunt's to me so I could try this myself.

Thanks for you time, Tiffany

Tiffany Barnett
2002.11.21

I hope you saw my email response? Good luck with that.

-Michael
 

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