The Kodak Z612 is very up front about what makes it an intriguing camera: The Z is for zoom, the 6 is its 6 megapixel CCD, and the 12 is for 12x optical zoom. Did they mention zoom? This is clearly Kodak's answer to Canon's S3IS, with a pretty 2.5 inch LCD screen, aperture and shutter priority and full manual exposure, and yes, a quite large 12x optical zoom. The Z612 also has a live histogram feature, letting users see their photo's exposure before taking a shot, and all the cropping, rotation, and red-eye reduction you need to do can be done right in the camera. The Z612 is a powerful performer and post-production unit.