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Kodak EasyShare Z1275
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Kodak EasyShare Z1275

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We've given the Z1275 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

Try a newer Kodak, like the Z950. Here's what we had to say about the Z1275 when it was released in June 2007:

The Kodak Z1275 is a mid-rage zoom camera that keeps it nice and small. The 5x optical zoom is a nice boost, and will give photographers a little extra range without bulking up the body too much. The 12-megapixel sensor is massive, certainly the largest we've seen in any camera as of the Summer of 2007. Such a large megapixel count will let you produce digital prints up to 30" x 40" if you wanted. Maybe that's overkill for the average person, but the editing and cropping potential is nice for advanced users. Furthermore, the Z1275 features HD-quality video recording. It can take videos in 720p high definition resolution for up to 80 minutes (provided you use a 2GB memory card). In many ways, this makes the Z1275 something of a hybrid digital camera/camcorder; a very versatile little gadget for people who might have a need for a dual-use device.

Specifications

  • 12 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom / 5x digital zoom
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Digital image stabilization
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • ISO 100-1600
  • Movie mode with sound
  • HD Video Settings (1280 x 720 / 30fps, MPEG-4)
  • Continuous video recording (Up to 80 minutes / 2GB)
  • Secure Digital memory storage (64 MB internal)
  • 2 AA Batteries
  • Part Number: EasyShare Z1275
  • UPC: 041771679101
  • Release Date: Jun 19, 2007

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Kodak EasyShare Z1275 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare Z1275 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
theres hope for the z1275 (lonnie waters — 11/15/2010)
i didnt have a battery problem until after a year or so then it started in i had paid a lot for it for the wifes x mas present it was giving me fits like all of us i took three pics of a nine point deer and it quit again yuk i read all of these reviews and realised i should have done this b 4 the theory of low voltage from hot batterys was interesting but was a little hard to believe then i realised low voltage could be from momentary contact loss to one battery which would indeed be low voltage and the cam was doing what it was supposed to do soo i [gently] bent the battery contacts to make them snug and put new batterys in worked like a charm numerous pictures lots of on and off starts still works fine this is 11/14/2010 i will advise if it fails long term love the camera hate the batt probs ps i am using gold duracell batt not recharable
  • 2.0 out of 5
Its usually a decent camera for the money, but... (Allen HVAC Services.net — 02/22/2010)
I have had 3 of these. 1 was stolen, another given as a gift, and another I kept. The 1 that was stolen worked great until then, and the one my mother has works good still as well. The 1 I currently have is a bad apple though. They ALL have the battery issue, but the energizer lithium batteries work for a good long time. The duracell lithiums work ok, but not as good as the energizers. Rechargeable standard AA batteries dont do much, if any better than standard AA batteries. Not a big deal, just use lithiums. The reason I was told (by a custom battery fabrication business) is that the standard AA's discharge slowly. Example (hypothetical) : every 5 mins they lose .5 volts repeatedly until dead. As soon as they get below a certain voltage the camera senses they are too low to use. The lithiums discharge at a slower more linear rate, and then sharply go dead. Example: They lose .1 volt for every 5 mins for the first 2 hours of use, then they lose 1 volt for every 5 mins they are used. If you looked at it on a graph, the line for the alkalines would be at about a 45 degree slant downwards, and the lithiums would be almost flat until a certain point where it went almost straight down. I hope that makes sense. On the turning off and/or leaving the lens out problems: I have read hours and hours of this "replace the battery" talk, and for the most part I have found it never to leave the lens out when the batteries go dead. If you have this problem just try some lithium batteries, as you will need them anyway. It seems that 1 person above mentioned the lens sticking, but nobody paid it much attention. Watch the lens when you turn it on and it goes back off (if its having the "wont stay on", or "lens sticking out and turning off" problem) . It will try to move or move very slightly. Pull or push it gently in that direction and it should "unstick" the next time its turned on. You may have to try to turn it on a few times to get the lens moved out enough to grab it. When it does come on, try to zoom in and out, cleaning the sides of the lens housing each time. I havent had any problems since with it. We use it outdoors, and although its in a good case it still gets some light/fine dust on it. You might also try some "canned air" or compressed (dry!) air around the lens and housing. I would give that a shot, but my compressed air source (for an A/C- mechanical shop) is not dry, and Im sure moisture is not a good thing in a digital camera. I had to bump mine into something solid before I tried this. That also worked, but I wasnt too thrilled with having to bump it every time I took a picture. I also didnt think it would last much longer doing that. After reading the post about the lens "sticking" I tried to "help" the lens move and it worked. I then tried to disassemble it to clean it, but its held together with more than just the screws. It must click together using plastic "clips", and without destroying it I couldnt get it apart. Obviously it is out of warranty or I would have just sent it back. I hope this helps somebody, as all there is online about repairing this camera seems to be "repalce the batteries" or "it eats batteries"...
  • 5.0 out of 5
Kodak Z 1275 (york — 01/12/2010)

this camera did over 2 years ago already what todays camera offer !
12mp, 5x optical zoom, HD video, high ISO even though useless, and an aperture of 2.8 which is remarkable. I compared from Sony to Canon, Panasonic and Samsung but the cheap Kodak won in almost every angel !that was more than 2 years ago. on top off that it is still smaller than all the other ones offering the same features. it dropped so many times but keeps on going with excellent pictures! thumbs up Kodak. and believe me guys, I shop around for a long time, buy different models and compare before I buy the best value for my buck

  • 5.0 out of 5
Thumbs up, Kodak (york — 01/11/2010)

this camera did over 2 years ago already what todays camera offer !
12mp, 5x optical zoom, HD video, high ISO even though useless, and an aperture of 2.8 which is remarkable. I compared from Sony to Canon, Panasonic and Samsung but the cheap Kodak won in almost every angle! that was more than 2 years ago. on top off that it is still smaller than all the other ones offering the same features. it dropped so many times but keeps on going with excellent pictures! thumbs up Kodak. and believe me guys, I shop around for a long time, buy different models and compare before I buy the best value for my buck

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very disappointed (lynda — 12/26/2009)

OMG IM SO UPSET, I took a whole bunch of christmas pictures of my family that came home for christmas from fort bragg. Camera states the memory is full and unrecognized file format. Shows the screen where there would be a picture but it is blank. It counts the picture but the screen is blank. I cherich my pictures and am crushed that this has happened.....

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad camera Do Not Buy (Albert Schrichte — 12/25/2009)

Camera will not last more than a few pictures with new batteries. Tried more new "kodak" recomended and still the same problem. This is the second Kodak camera. Do not buy.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great for price (Mike — 10/08/2009)

This has been a great camera for me. I don't understand all the bad reviews about it eating batteries I use Energizer 2500 mah NiMH batteries in mine and they last for hours and dozens of photos at a time.

  • 3.0 out of 5
decent point and shoot camera (Jason — 10/06/2009)

This has been a pretty decent camera for whats its worth. My only problem has been that this things eats AA batteries like crazy but its fixable, use CRV3 batteries, yes they are more expensive ( roughly 9 bucks a pop) but you only need one and it will run a long time in this camera

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery issue (G. Zahavi — 09/29/2009)

I've tried every battery made in this camera and it seems to have problems with all of them. Right now I have new Duracell NiMH 2300 MaH batteries and they run down VERY quickly. I tried contacting the company but was disconnected from our Internet connection. I'll try again . . .

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery Problem-reg. (ANIL — 09/03/2009)

The Kodak Z 1275 was purchased by me in 2007 but I could take only abuot 10 photographs as it shuts down in less than 5 minutes. I have tried all types of batteries but of no use. I treat this camera as waste of money & time. Thanks to Kadak for bringing out such product.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Z1275 (Rick Davella — 08/25/2009)

This was a gift and no extended warranty.The camera is better than threir first C series model.Takes good quality pictures,limited flash distance,sucks up battery power too quickly,LED screen hard to see outdoors.Then it stopped powering on without any trauma and will cost $80 to repair from Kodak.Probably not buy another one unless improved problems.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Pictures are not sharp at 12MP (Mohit — 08/18/2009)

When I see my pictures in windows picture viewer at actual size the borders of the subjects in the photo are not sharp generally.A very few times I have got sharp photos

  • 2.0 out of 5
Just don't use it in the desert (Mark — 08/09/2009)

The camera worked fine but is very susceptible to dust and fine sand. This camera went on 3 trips before it stopped working, Death Valley, Western China, and Morocco. It finally stopped atop a sand dune.

The grit gets inside the camera and the extra resistance won't let the camera start. It tries to expand the lens but doesn't get it open completely and shuts down, closing the lens. Finally, I got it to open by shaking, blowing, and turning in different directions while turning it off and on. However, when you try to zoom it shuts down.

None of the other tour members pocket cameras seemed to have this problem.

  • 3.0 out of 5
OK (Tyler — 08/04/2009)

Excellent General Picture and Video Quality. Pictures taken are dark even with flash and high ISO, works best with outdoor pictures. Poor macro focus. Camera battery contacts are of bad quality. LCD Only.

  • 2.0 out of 5
do not buy (Jean — 06/04/2009)

The batteries are always dead, even when I insert new ones and soon the camera keeps turning off. It seems to have a mind of its own. Really disappointed.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Zero stars-Do not buy KODAK (keri djupstrom — 03/18/2009)

I am having the same problems that others report. It begins by using batteries extremly quickly (a new set every time you turn on the camera) and then progresses to not turning on despite any change in batteries. This is clearly a lemon of a camera and KODAK does not stand behind their products.

  • 1.0 out of 5
3 or 4 pictures on a new set of batteries (Steve — 02/10/2009)

I'm having the same problem as many other people: brand new camera purchased from The Source. Batteries that were in the box did not work at all, could not even take 1 picture. Various other batteries I had around the house, that worked fine in other devices, did not work in the camera. Brand new AA Alkaline batteries allowed me to take maybe 3 pictures. Brand new fully charged NiMH rechargeable batteries sometimes allow me to take 10 or 12 pictures, sometimes the camera says they're dead and shuts off, other times it says they're OK and allows me to take a couple more photos before shutting down. I'm going to try the firmware upgrade suggested on this site but if this doesn't resolve the problem this piece of junk is going back to the store. Bought it specifically because of the HD video ability but what's the point if the batteries only last a few minutes.

  • 1.0 out of 5
BEWARE BEFORE BUYING ANY KODAK CAMERA (Kalpesh Joshi — 02/05/2009)

Product : Kodak Digital Camera Z1275
Product Serial : KCXW75000446
Invoice : 41778428191 Date: 24 January 2009
Complaint : 1. Video Clip are not able to play by standard (Philips) DVD players even after,
I have burn the DVD with Kodak EasyShare (Company provided software)
2. Under High Image Stabilization mode picture is getting blurred when object is
In minor moving condition.
3. Battery consumption is very high. I have committed by Reliance Digital sales
staff 110 snaps per set of Alkaline battery. I have used Duracell Digital Camera Battery and 2700 MAH Rechargeable Battery which takes only on an average 45 snaps and about 5 minutes video recording.

Returned Back to ResQ Section : 27 January 2009
Revert Back Time conveyed to me by ResQ (Mr. Sai) : 48 hrs

Complaint Status : Not sorted out as on 4th Feb 2009

After making direct enquiry to the Kodak Service Centre, I have told that this is technically mistake in the camera so that recorded video clip will not play in DVD player and you may do it by purchasing relevant converter software in the market (which is cost me nearby to the cost of the same camera). I have specifically asked regarding this at the time of buying, I have told that you cannot play directly plug & Play but you have to transfer through company provided software. Usually if you by any product like I-pod you will get one installer CD which coverts other formats of Audio & Video compatible to I-pod. In this camera there is option of recording High Definition Television (HD) compatible video clip recording, very commonly across the globe Television attached to VCD/MP3/DVD player not with computer system. So either the company provided software should burn CD/DVD which should compatible to play in such players but Kodak EasyShare software can’t convert the same.

  • 3.0 out of 5
picture quality so so. (john — 12/20/2008)

I bought the camera for it's size. I figured it would'nt take the best pictures but I wanted something I could put in my front shirt pocket while i was in the boat fishing or in the tree stand deer hunting. It's fine for that but don't expect super sharp pictures just because it says 12 mega pixles. Remember it is a small camera and the sensors in it are small. Realize it's limitations.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Pooooor Quality!! (Emily — 11/16/2008)

The LCD screen is VERY sensitive..watch out, don't touch it much or it will appear "cracked" and it will be unrepairable. Kodak ending up sending me a replacement and 2 months later the power is completely dead. No batteries of any kind will work. Have sent it back a second time to be repaired.

  • 3.0 out of 5
ATTENTION: Owners of the Kodak EasyShare Z1275 Camera (Neal — 10/15/2008)

I tried various batteries and the ones that worked the best were lithium AA rechargeable 2500mAh batteries. However, many of the early units of this particular EasyShare Camera had a computer malfunction/anomaly causing it to think the batteries were low, which forced it to shutdown. After 10 months of trying I had to send the camera to Kodak’s Warrantee Repair facility. Just got it back and it seems to be working just fine now. I haven’t checked everything out yet, but it isn’t shutting down after taking only a few pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Shutter won't close completely (C Miller — 10/13/2008)

I love my camera, I take pics of everything. However, yesterday, the shutter did not close completely when I powered off. The bottom part stays open while the top closes. Other than that, I absolutely love it! Great pics. Great video.
I have to send it to Kodak @ my own expense & hope they fix it under their year warranty. I did not misuse or abuse.

  • 2.0 out of 5
poor quality (debra — 09/28/2008)

I as well have previously owned a Kodak Easyshare camera and it worked great for years!! But this one is horrible!! My son plays football and we always have been able to get great action shots but not with this camera!! They are very grainy and poor quality! We are on our 3rd set of lithim photo batteries(in 5 months) at $10 a pop! Very dissapointed in Kodak!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery life is terrible! (Barry — 09/24/2008)

The low battery indicator comes on within about 10 minutes of use. Tried using rechargeables as some reviewers have suggested, with no improvement.
Having said that, the HD movies are surprisingly good, with better sound quality than average too.
Picture quality is reasonable, certainly good for the money.
If the battery issue was sorted this would be very good value for money.

  • 1.0 out of 5
what a waste of money (modman — 08/27/2008)

i have this camera also it was great to start with but after 6 months it has started to act up ie when i zoom out to less thatn halfway all is good but if i get halfway or over then the camera turns off

  • 1.0 out of 5
mine only works when it wants to (maria — 08/19/2008)

I also have had the same trouble it has always ate batteries and turns itself off, thinking it was the batteries I kept buying more but this camera has a mind of its own it only works when it wants to when it does work its great but its not very often.lost my reciept so stuck with it and missing out on precious pics of my daughters first year because it wont work

  • 1.0 out of 5
Waste of money (Char — 08/10/2008)

I bought this as a gift for my son and wife for Christmas, and it worked at first. Then is started eating up batteries, shutting off whenever it felt like it. I am purchasing another camera for them, and believe me, it will not have kodak anywhere on it. And when I called about help, they were less then helpful.

  • 5.0 out of 5
i LOVE this camera (Madi — 07/19/2008)

I went from the Easyshare z740 to this camera and I am in love. I chose the z1275 for the video capabilities and the panoramic stitch setting. I bought it off of ebay and was kinda disapointed while waiting for it to arrive because I was reading all kinds of negative reveiws. But it came, and I started using it, and I couldnt' be happier! The video quality is amazing, a BIG step up from the Z740, and I have had none of the lagging shutter speeds or high noise or blurriness problems that I have read about in other Z1275 reviews. Maybe I just got a good camera.. or maybe I haven't had it long enough for all the quirks to come out. Of course, I have it set to 6.0 megapixels most of the time, as I just don't need 12 megapixels in every shot. But then again, I didn't buy it for the megapixel size anyways.. everyone knows thats not everything. I hardly ever blow pictures up bigger than an 8X10 anyways. Another plus from the z740 to the z1275 is the size and unbulkiness. I love how this camera will fit right in my pocket. Again, I LOVE this camera, and all of it's amazing features!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Kodak Z1275 (david chang — 07/14/2008)

Pay 185.00 for it and saw lots of negative review,so very blow
up so call problems.Be patient and take a little time to get use to it.
So far it works for me,i took 10 min video no problem and lots of snaps too (just use new rechargeable batteries)
Transfer files piece of cake, i use card reader and no problem
I use ACD to fiddle my pictures and fine for me
Overall for under 200 still a bargain

  • 4.0 out of 5
Kodak Z1275 (Lee Fern — 06/27/2008)

I have owned this camera for about a month. It cost $229AU, pretty cheap when compared with other manufactures of similar specifications. It is a little fatter than some cameras out there, but remember it does have a larger 5x optical zoom lens where as similar priced cameras only have 3x. It has to store that lens internally somewhere, it is still however small enough to put in a pocket and take anywhere.

It takes great still photos. Video works ok as long as you can hold the camera absolutely still, otherwise you get a bit of the shakes when reviewing. Auto focus doesn't work well when zooming in or out when in video mode and you get a brief period of blurriness, but hey what do you expect this is a still camera. If you want to seriously take video go and buy a camcorder!

As for the short battery life issue. Kodak now states on their website: “IMPORTANT We recommend that you do not use alkaline batteries in EasyShare cameras because they may cause unexpected shutdowns and loss of pictures”. I use rechargeable Ni-MH (2500mAh) batteries that are charged via a separate charger and they seem to work fine.

The included software or camera dock I cannot comment on as I pull out the SD card and put straight into my PC via a card reader. This eliminates in my view the need for more wires connecting to my PC. I have to SD cards a 2GB and a 4GB made by SanDisk. Both work equally as well as each other. On a blank 4GB SD card I can fit 1096 photos at 12MP.

All in all I am happy with the performance of the Z1275 and it comes at the right price, I have printed out photos to A4 size with very good results.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Kodak Z1275 Does NOT Deliver the Goods! (Andrew — 05/23/2008)

I bought this camera based on my previous experience with Kodak EasyShare cameras ...... BIG mistake! I have three very big problems. First, the auto focus does not work very well. Many of the pictures I take are out of focus. I end up having to take 4 or 5 shots to get one sharp picture. I have had the camera on a tripod, focused at the exact same spot, with the same lighting, etc and sometimes the camera focuses and sometimes it doesn't. Couple this with my second problem and it becomes a total nightmare! The battery life is just terrible! Shooting at 6 MP, I can only get about 9 - 12 shots before the batteries drain. I have turned off auto flash, dropped the resolution to 3 MP, and tried to turn off every function in the camera with no change in results. I purchased "photo" batteries and that didn't make a difference either.

I purchased this camera because my other experiences with Kodak cameras have been positive. I wanted to upgrade to a "higher quality" camera for a trip to the Arctic. This is a once in a lifetime adventure and this camera has killed me!What a disappointment. With no 7-11 to stop at for batteries, I have had to resort to only attempting to take pictures when something incredible presents itself. That means missing out on shots that may or may not have actually been awesome!

I am also not too pleased with the movie capture. This may be because of the focusing issue though. I have noticed that when I do get a good focus (on the movie capture, the focus keeps changing resulting in blurring then sharpness), the picture is very good, as are the stills.

One thing that really confuses me is why the camera will not focus on a sunset shot (tried shooting in all scene modes and auto). It shouldn't be because of low light as I can take even lower light shots of near objects (5 - 100 feet) and get good focus.

If I had to do it over again, I would purchase this camera. I would probably have spent the extra money and bought a digital SLR.

The only thing that is saving my trip is that I also brought my Canon EOS Elan 7E film camera with me. If not for that, my trip would have been ruined.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Looks like QA did not do real world test, Vid, Ram, Batt life, Audio, etc. (Luis Perez — 03/30/2008)

Someone at Kodak needs to update their resume, fast.
1GB = Pics: 1.2MP/1604, 12MP/273
4GB = Pics: 1.2MP/6426, 12MP/1096
That's seems normal, about 4x the 1GB module.

1GB = Vids: 320x240/78min, 1280x720/14min
4GB = Vids: 320x240/80min, 1280x720/29min
What? I add 4x the RAM and I get only 2 minutes more? Look at HD. 4x 14 should be at least 56min. This signifies a serious problem with the calculations.

On occasions, you will get photos that post to the card, but upon review show a blue screen with an error. You will not have a choice but to format the card. Use Windows, then the camera to format it.

Battery life is questionable. Expect heavy drainage if you leave batteries in this unit for a "rainy day" or that "magic moment" due to the drain when off, you may not have enough power to take the photo. Best to take the batteries out and just take the default settings for time etc. or keeps lots of spare batteries. NiMH 2300mAh batteries work great if you intend on taking lots of pictures. However, extended (more than a few days) non-use significantly reduces NiMH capacity. No camera should be eating batteries this fast when it is off.

On the bright side, photo quality is decent in good light. The manual options of this camera are significant enough for professionals and amateurs. Speed is OK and it can capture images in about 1/4 second of clicking the shutter. When using the sequence shooting, ensure you use SDHC. Also, you may need to wait as much as 30 seconds before you shoot your next series of sequence shooting, or the camera will lock up for even longer and display a "Processing" message on the screen.

Video is nice, but I was surprised at the pixilation (grainy) in the video.

When you playback a video, you can hear the sound. You may find no sound on your computer. This is the format the video is in. You will need to either convert it to WMV/AVI/MPG (etc.) or install QuickTime.

This would have been a fabulous camera if the issues above were looked into. I think the QA team was given test cases that did not look at the camera is it would be used in the real world, leaving lots of "oops" for us to find, at our cost.

I am sure a newer version will replace this model with some fixes, but be sure to TEST the heck out of your camera before you decide on keeping it. Some stores give you as little as 7 days to return it - don't get stuck with something that doesn't work for you.

  • 4.0 out of 5
kodak z1275 (keith — 02/23/2008)

great pictures inside and out. easy to operate. lcd screen is not the best but you get a lot for your money.

  • 1.0 out of 5
ready light prevents camera use (bruce — 02/08/2008)

This is the second repalcement camera...lookeded wonderful until downloading into Kodaks photoware..BOTH cameras have gone into protect mode(I think) ie the camera turns on and then off immediately with the ready light flashing for a few seconds...tried the pitiful battery replacemnt troubleshoot in the manual too no avail...So Camera number two is totally useless too...Have to try number 3 as Ive averaged about 5 photos per camera...Hope I'm missing something but this is beyond ridiculous ....

  • 1.0 out of 5
Dropped the camera (ann fay — 02/04/2008)

I got this camera for Christmas and dropped it while taking it out of the box. The camera didn't work so I bought a new battery at Circuit Ciey where my son purchased it. It still didn't work and the salesperson said "too bad you dropped it". It is cheaper to buy a new one than to get it fixed.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Kodak Easyshare Z1275 Zoon Digital (Donald Troendle — 01/28/2008)

This camera it is not what I expected. Maybe I got a bad one but out of the box the batteries shipped with product were weak.
The camera would keep shutting down even after I installed new batteries. I could not down load photos from the camera using 3rd. party software and the Easy Share software was not so easy.

  • 5.0 out of 5
An excellent camera! (Bobbye Blackburn — 01/21/2008)

This is my second EasyShare- I went from 3mp to 12mp and find it awesome. I am physically challenged, but can sit in one place, use the image stabilized and zoom and get magnificent pictures! It has more of the 35mm settings, missing in earlier versions. Small internal memory is price for the 12 mp, but the 'delete' function in camera, plus crop editing, means I only keep perfect pictures. Ease of use and large LCD viewer make it perfect for me. I use USB cable for direct transfer from camera to computer, although I have the dock to keep charged.

  • 2.0 out of 5
I'm Wishing It Would Still Work At Least. (Lynda — 01/07/2008)

I recieved this camera as a Christmas gift, and I had been taking many pictures up until a couple days ago.
So, I was taking pictures, and my camera told me it was time to change the batteries.
So I turned it off, put it on a table beside my bed, got more batteries and went and did a couple things.
I came back to it, and I wanted to check that I didn't have any pictures on there that I didn't want to lose [this is because it seems every other time I change the batteries, it loses all it's information]. I pressed the power button, and as usual, the lens came out as it was powering up... and it just stopped. I decided that the batteries had probably just died and I should just change the batteries.
So I did [and yes, I checked that I had them in the right way 5 times over, and that the batteries worked], and it just won't come back to life. So I suppose I'm going to have to get it fixed.

Other than that, I wasn't always impressed with the picture quality.
Sure, it's 12 mp, but the pictures just don't turn out right half the time.
Sometimes I get very good quality pictures, where I can zoom in and see everything very well, but most of the time, the quality is rather low and disapointing. In order to get a good picture, you have to take alot. Alot being around 50.

As I have read in many other reviews, it tends to just randomly shut down after taking a picture, it also sometimes spends alot of time processing the pictures after taking them too.

I am disapointed with this camera, I thought it would've been more impressive.
It wasn't cheap, either.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Buy a different camera!!! (Alex Krempa — 12/31/2007)

2/3 of pictures are out of focus. 1/2 of pictures are grainy. camera must be very still or else get blurry picture. great video and great pictures when camera is tripoded. overall a good price does not make up for bad pictures.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Really horrible - wish I could return it (Salsera — 12/29/2007)

Bought this for a vacation - very disappointed. Red eye photos (even with red eye function on), blurry zoom photos, poor LED screen quality, slow. Generally not what I expected, and the 12 mp actually delivers worse photos than my old 4 mp Canon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best in Class (James Hutchison — 12/22/2007)

This camera is by far the best consumer level camera available. It obsoletes most camcorders. The pictures are extremely high resolution, and with 2650 mAh rechargable AA batteries, we've taken over a hundred pictures and over an hour of video (and watched it on the camera- and transferred some of it onto our computer) and it just now needed recharging. It has close-to DVD quality video (a 10 minute video is 250 megs, 640 x 480 resolution, 30 frames per second, excellent color and low-light capabilities, very decent microphone). The number of negative reviews make me feel that competiting companies are trying their best to plant FUD about this camera when in reality, you can pick it up, compare to all the other ones, and see that the color, zoom (5x over 3x) , focus, action pictures, and flash are just better than everything else in it's price range. Processing pictures? I'm sorry, but flash memory isn't fast enough (yet) that you can snap a 12 megapixel image and snap it like its regular film. You could always... reduce the image size, or learn how to use the camera. It only has... 20 different settings, which generally work pretty well. The "processing time" is about 5 seconds, part of that is the review time so that you can see how decent your picture was.

The only con that sticks out in my mind is the lack of manual focus - you have two modes - auto and single. With single focus, it'll stay put at whatever it was when you enabled it, so its not too useful unless your filming something you know wont change in distance from you. I tried filming my dogs as they constantly ran back and forth playing and it confused the auto focus. Not that big of a deal though, it just resulted in moments of blurriness from time to time. Auto works perfectly most of the time.

My advice? Buy this, buy 4 2650 mAh rechargable batteries, and buy a 4 gig memory card and just have fun with this.

We haven't bothered with any of the included software - you dont need to install it, and paint.Net and windows movie maker work just fine- so I can't say how good it is.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Kodak Z1275 - There's a problem (Nancy — 12/17/2007)

Purchased camera about 1 month ago, and took on trip. Was taking pics okay, then Not okay. Took pic, which looked good immediately, but when hitting the review to see it, got a blue screen w/ "Unrecognized File Format". Asked Kodak what was up and they wrote to reformat the Internal Memory and the external card. Did this and took to party last night, only 1 picture came out, rest were all blue screens with error msg. Tried loading them on my computer, and when trying to upen all the duds, came up with some "Corrupt error".
It's too bad, thought it was a great deal for 12mp. Love my previous Kodak C643 (6mp), but I think I have to send this one back.

  • 5.0 out of 5
kodak z1275 (vince occhipinto — 12/09/2007)

great camera, great price AAA+++ beautiful pictures

  • 1.0 out of 5
HD Video Poor at Best (Don Reese — 12/09/2007)

I had purchased this camera above a less expensive model with the intention of using the HD video feature frequently. I was quite suprised when I used this today with the quality, choppiness of the video and the fact that the audio is not in sync with the picture. This camera is going back to where I bought it ASAP.

  • 1.0 out of 5
CAMERAS FAVORITE PHRASE "PROCCESSING" missed that photo! (Wayne Williams — 12/06/2007)

I have 30 years of developing film, setting ISO, & such... This is the worst camera I have owned. Constantly when photo button pushed screen states "PROCCESSING" & YOU MISS ANOTHER PHOTO, BURST does not work, MACRO is well overstated... If you don't mind taking 50 photos to get a few good ones, & getting aggrevated at the one that got away. FYI the camera is still under warranty & KODAK told me "call U.S. Consummer affairs if I didn't like the camera" Kodak has never looked at the camera still under warranty & refuses to do so. forget about using VISTA, I am A++ & Net+ certified & can not get the computer with VISTA to work. Kodak stated "It works for others so obviously I WAS THE ONE WITH THE PROBLEM" these quotes are from a TECHNICAL SUPERVISOR at KODAK

  • 5.0 out of 5
To: Vinay "about the battery". (G. Bailey — 11/20/2007)

1) If you set it down and time it, it will shut off in 3 minutes of inactivity by design. You can change this power saving shutoff to 10, 5, or 1 minute of inactivity. (2) Usually the problem is using alkaline batteries. It only uses perhaps the top one third of the power in an alkaline battery. When they fail you can take them out and put them in a flashlight or whatever. You should open your owner's manual and cross out the word 2AA "non-rechargeable" on the third "loading the batteries" picture. Other options shown work fine. If you buy the Lithium shown friends tell me it will last a long time. If you have the dock printer charger you can buy the Ni-MH battery pack (the number is not shown but it is the KAA2HR). If you buy the AA Ni-MH batteries you will need to also buy a charger for them.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Update on batteries and this fun camera (G. Bailey — 11/19/2007)

Our first digital. Takes wonderful pictures. Wife still experimenting with close ups of her ceramic owl collection and sewing pattern pictures both cloth and from magazines both on "close up" setting and "document" settings. She prefers the "document" setting for sewing design patterns and other pictures of small things on table at only a couple feet. Sunset pictures on sunset setting are great. Other dusk pictures (lights shining on side of grain silo or church) on that setting come out great. Anti shake setting works great. But mine arrived from QVC shopping with Kodak alkaline batteries inside and had shutdowns the first or second evening. As we put AA alkaline in it we got the pictures we wanted but shutdowns when reviewing them at home. My poorly written owners manual first page mentions the very good KAA2HR NiMH battery pack, the highly rated lithium battery, and using kodak or other AA batteries rechargeable or non-rechargeable. Be advised that AA non-rechargeable do not have enough current for this camera. Kodak now says not to use them on it's web site under "recommended batteries for this camera". My printer dock charger charges the battery pack only and charges each battery in the pack to 1.43 volts by my digital volt meter. I encouraged my wife to try to drain it getting familiar with the camera. She used it continuously over two days for over three hours total and did not drain the battery pack past about 1.3 volt. For an experiment I put in a pair of "new" AA NiMH batteries in it that read 1.2 volts (on my digital voltmeter). Then when I pushed the "on" button the camera immediately shut down. After charging them up to 1.4 volts they work fine. I tested the amps going through the power cord into the dock charger with KAA2HR battery pack in camera on dock at .07 amps just to be sure it was charging. The green charging light was flashing which is one of the several things not mentioned in manuals. It says amber light is charging and green is charged. It says it can be left on the dock for maintenance charge so that must be the flashing green light? Anyway it finally went solid green and it works great on fully charged NiMH battery pack and friends recommend the lithium battery highly. If you buy one that has the individual non-rechargeable AA batteries inside give them away and avoid the frustration. Charge any new NiMH batteries before using them. In my opinion, if you have a cheap charger that uses timed shutoff rather than voltage you should take the batteries out to check them on occasion and not put them back in if they read 1.4 volts or more. Excessive charging only causes heat. I took one new set out when my (automotive) temperature gun registered them at 104 degrees. Batteries I had used registered 85 degrees with a slightly lower charge. If anyone has studied temperatures of charging batteries I would be interested to know what is considered normal or harmful temperatures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Owners manual not for beginers (G. Bailey — 11/16/2007)

Takes wonderful pictures. Seems to eat batteries fast but after an unexpected shutdown give them a rest and they continue to work. Definitely order the 3 volt adapter power cord so you are not draining batteries while learning the icons/settings or just browsing pictures. I was slightly irritated by the G610 printer dock not charging batteries when individual NiMH batteries in camera. Only charges the NiMH battery that is one unit and made by Kodak. Soon (on my third trip to big city to buy batteries) I hope to own the right type battery pack.

  • 4.0 out of 5
about the battery (vinay — 11/11/2007)

the camera is excellent in its performance. It takes gr8 pics with supperb clarity. But its working only for 3min and getting switched off. i would like to know is the battery life soo bad or i am not using it properly? please help me out

  • 3.0 out of 5
12mp does not mean great pics (Hygh Roseman — 11/02/2007)

My pics are not always in focus in auto mode and I expected more from a 12mp camera. Lots of features but point-and-shoot does not give clear pics. Some pics are great. In identical lighting conditions at the same time and place in my house, no 2 pics look the same. My wifes cheap 7.2mp slim casio takes far clearer pics on a far more regular basis.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not the best a little disappointed (BS — 11/02/2007)

I thought a 12 pixel would be outstanding but I have an older Kodak that takes just as good pictures if not better. Some photos were a little on the grainy side and it's quick to blur if you're not perfectly still. A little slow on the shutter speed and you can miss shots if you're not 100% ready. Camera froze up several times when using a SD card but will try a new one to see if that could be the problem. All the bells and whistles don't mean a thing if you don't get quick, good photos! Still have a couple of weeks do decide whether to keep or return.

  • 5.0 out of 5
AWESOME Video!! (SR — 09/19/2007)

The camera has demonstrated amazing HD video so far. I don't notice choppiness, and I would say the sound is better than most. I didn't notice any jitters in the hd mode—perhaps a tripod might improve it for those who are encountering this problem.

As for the weirdness encountered with the memory cards, the reason that the camera takes photos WITHOUT a memory card inserted is because it has 64 MB of internal memory. That way, if your memory card is ever full, you have the capacity to take some high quality photos, or very short video if necessary. As for issues when you put the card in and the camera shut off—it sounds like an isolated incident. Definitely give the camera another try!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Wish it was better (Matt — 08/30/2007)

I have had the Kodak Z1275 for about 2 weeks and i am some what disapointed with the performance. First of all the camera takes great photos but so does my other camera and I purchased this one for the video capability for short vids of the kids on thier quads ect.. The video is always jittery and it only gets worse when you zoom out. the jitter is real bad when you try and use the HD 1280 x 720. I have a month or so to see if Kodak comes out with a firmware update and if not I will return it.
If exelent pictures is what you are after you can't beat this camera. Video is Bad, Bad, Bad.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Kodak z1275 (Ron — 08/20/2007)

I have owned the Z1275 for close to a month now. I is my fifth dighital camera and my second Kodak. I was really interested in the low cost of a twelve megapixel with dv quality video. I paid $223 no tax no shipping. The camera takes great shots but has to be very still to avoid blurr especially at zoom modes. The Macro mode is very good and portraits are good. Color and clarity are good but I was expecting great from 12 MP. I have not tried to order large prints yet. The video is superb... not all choppy like most cameras. the sound is as poor as most camera sound. You almost have to use a tripod to keep the video from looking shaky and it has no diredt to TV playback. only usb. The size is small enough to take everywhere. It even fits in most pants pockets. I like that it uses AA batteries but it uses them up pretty quickly.. about 50 shots or 4 minutes of video.
That is alright because I use rechargeable AA's. The screen is bright enough unless very bright sunlight.
Overall I am very pleased with this camera, and it's price.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Kodak ZZ1275 - Shuts off after taking picture (Gene Fowler — 08/19/2007)

I love this camera, it has all the features I want. However something is batty with it. I'm sure it's just an isolated incident.

Camera takes pictures when no card is in the slot. Then when a memory card is inserted it'll take the picture then shut off immediatley afterwards.

I thought it was the card, so I tried another one, nothing. Then I formatted them, that seemed to work for a short while but then the camera started shutting off again.

I put the cards into my computer, the camera is writing the photos to the cards. But this shutting off stuff is garbage, it's going back to the shop.

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