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Kodak EasyShare Z740
Kodak EasyShare Z740

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Kodak EasyShare Z740

Editor's Review

The Kodak EasyShare Z740 offers an impressive feature set, easy-to-use controls, and a powerful zoom, making it a good choice for anyone looking for a simple camera with room to grow. The Z740 is powered by 2 AA batteries and has a 10x optical zoom, both of which make it an ideal camera for outdoor enthusiasts and travelers - if the batteries ever run out when you're away from a power source, you can simply pop in standard AAs to get you through the day. An MPEG4 movie mode produces high quality video clips, and 16 preset scene modes give amateur photographers substantial creative control.

Specifications

  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 10x optical zoom/5x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 80-400
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Mar 24, 2005

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Kodak EasyShare Z740 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare Z740 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Won't read SD card (Steve — 09/24/2008)

Has been a great camera until lately. Occassionally it gives a format card error, rendering the camera unusable. Then later works normally. Searching the Net, several people have same problem but no one has offered a solution. Think I'm ready for an SLR.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Dies without Warning! (Peggy — 08/16/2008)

Don't buy this camera. Not worth the money to get it fixed. Type in turns off for no reason on net next to model number and you'll be as surprised as I was. Yes Kodak knows about the problem and they will charge you $143.00 to fix what ever it is. Very sad since I bought the whole package docking station and all. Who is to say the next one won't do the same thing. I am going to change brands. Maybe a Cannon.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Eats batteries (Susan Douglass — 03/30/2008)

Have had the camera 2+ years; a terrific camera; absolutely loved it until recently ... It is gobbling up batteries. I take very good care of it; it's not been abused. Not worth $150 to send it to Kodak; so now I'm shopping for a new camera. Same thing happened with my son's Kodak digital. He went with Canon, and is very pleased so far.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Blurry pics (BECCA — 03/06/2008)

When I first bought this camera I thought it was wonderful but a year and a half later it eats batteries and takes blurry pics. Sometimes I can only get 2-3 pictures before the brand new battery dies and the camera turns itself off. I am now looking for a new camera. Wish this one would have lasted longer.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best camera I've ever had (Michael — 09/06/2007)

I take alot of nature shots and this camera is great, I have never had one problem. I have rechargable batt's and I can get about 900 shots before switching to a fully charged batt. Just before the power is out the other is fully charged. I have a 3x telephoto and wide angle lenses and I have published photots taken by this camera, I'd say if you want a great camera buy this and just buy some accessories and you will have some great shots.

  • 5.0 out of 5
LOVE IT (PENNY CARTER — 07/07/2007)

IT IS THE BEST I HAVE USED. LOVE THAT THE SETTINGS ARE SO EASY AND THE PICTURES ARE CLEAR.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very Good (Dhafir Kamil — 12/10/2006)

Thanks

  • 4.0 out of 5
okay camera (kerry Hansen — 12/06/2006)

I got the camera as a gift and after much research felt this met up to the price. I however have the same problem as other users, continuously shuts off. Batteries last about half the night. I also cannot take clear pictures in large area, skating rink, always seem out of focus or grainy. Not sure it is going to last me, seems to be having difficulties only after one year. Shutter seems to adjust, readjust and so on while taking pictures, making a weird clicking sound.

  • 2.0 out of 5
An Unreliable Battery-Guzzler (Robert Romoff — 11/28/2006)

We took this camera to the United Kingdom and Ireland and took 903 shots. However, that was a struggle as it kept shutting itself off (a common problem, so I've read) despite new batteries, which don't last long. We were so desperate for pics at a friend's wedding we ended up laying hands on the camera and praying over it. It stumbled through the rest of our vacation but thank God I had my film camera as a back-up. The Kodak went back to Walmart.

  • 1.0 out of 5
WHY DID IT DIE? (Tyson Baker — 11/28/2006)

Ok, so this is my first really nice camera I have owned into digital. I bought this right after my son was born, and I have to say when it worked it was great. Great shots, quick saving to card, aok, then, here and now on my childs first birthday, the thing is dead. I called CS and they told me it was the batteries. Well, I have Kodak rechargeable so how can that be? They told me to send it to them and for 49 they will tell me what is wrong. I have no time for this, Holidays are fast approching, and I have already missed my childs first birthday shots, due to this danged thing. For as much as a person on a budget has to spend for a nice camera, you think that they would last longer than 7 lousy months. Got to keep the profit margins up I suppose. Now I am sadly reminded of why I have stayed away from kodak, and will go buy a real canon, not a knockoff. My advice: short term great long term boo.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very satisfied owner (GrrMeister — 11/17/2006)

I bought this camera as an ������upgrade������ from Kodak CX4310 (3.2 mega-pixel fixed lens) which although a very good camera was limited with the fixed lens and resolution. Things move on a such a rate. I was about to go on a European tour so splashed out ����130 on E Bay which was a large saving over RRP. The main attraction was the 10x optical zoom and 5.2 mp. Let the pictures speak for themselves ������ anyone who would like to view a selection of images taken in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Scotland etc go to http://community.webshots.com/user/grrmeister1 (that is a ������one������ on the end.

I have been very pleased with the camera indeed, although I have used the video feature occasionally it really does not excel in this area. I have had prints made as large as A3 and they are crisp and sharp with great true colour rendition.

***** stars

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't Buy One (John — 11/11/2006)

This camera was great until it had an electronic malfunction, for no apparent reason, shortly after the warranty expired. If you buy this camera, Kodak will not service it after the warranty expires, nor will it stand behind the quality of its camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Just So Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Wendy Cecce — 11/10/2006)

I am just so happy with my camera, it is the best purchase I ever made with a camera. It's point and shoot, just adjust the tab to what type of picture you are taking! Action, portrait etc. Better than Sears!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Kodak digital camera (amy kline — 11/04/2006)

Except for the size, this camera was great until it had an electronic malfunction, for no apparent reason, shortly after the warranty expired. If you buy this camera, Kodak will not service it after the warranty expires, nor will it stand behind the quality of its camera. If you buy one, consider an extended warranty or pay United Camera (Kodak's repair center) $200 for a replacement, used reconditiond camera, or forfeit your camera, to be repaired and sold to someone else or pay $49 and the repair center will return your camera to you unfixed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT Camera!!!! (D — 10/28/2006)

I have had this camera for about a year now and it is a VERY good camera. It takes great, high quality pictures. I have taken a lot of good pictures with this camera and have had it for about a year. Also, the color in the pictures is really good.

The sport mode, and the mode where you take lots of pictures at a time works really good too. I have gotten a LOT of great action shots with this camera.

I would highly recommend this camera, I am very happy that I decided to buy this one. I have not had any problems with it at all.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Love it (Shelia A — 10/24/2006)

This camera is fantastic for me although I'm not a professional I've taken some great shots. The zoom is my favorite feature. The only thing I wish it had is the feature to prevent blurring if I shake or move the camera. I would recommend this camera to beginners it is so easy to use.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Kodak Z740 (Kalpesh Rupani — 10/20/2006)

The camera Kodak Z740 is bit bulky, mainly because of 10X optical zoom. As a 5.1 megapixel camera, the picture quality is pretty good.

One major drawback of this camera is that it is not able to take proper picture of any objects from far in night. For distant objects, the software is not able to sharpen the the picture, and the photograph becomes very blur. This is a bug in the software. Even the 'fireworks' mode has the same drawback.

Second major shotcoming of this camera is that we are not allowed to zoom-in or zoom-out while capturing a video.

Otherwise, the picture quality is pretty good during day time, as well as in night mode for near by objects.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Love It (Misty Arthur — 10/17/2006)

We have really liekd this camera. I have even used it to do weddings and pro settings and earn lots of cash. A keeper!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Camera shuts off (Jenny Baggett — 10/14/2006)

I have taken many good pics -daytime and night time. My only problem is the camera shuts off. I have taken probably less than 300 pic. I have recharged the batteries thinking that was the problem but it isn't. The camera will not stay on long enough to take a pic now. I think next time, I will buy a different kind of camera. Obviously from reading other reviews, this camera has a problem with shutting off. I wish I had read these reviews before purchasing this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
FANTASTIC (gary allen — 10/14/2006)

i own this cam its been reliable as well as easy to use i have taken some fantastic shots the plus side is you can over ride most functions giving you best of both worlds good clear sharp images battery life great easy to use point and shoot 5 stars for me

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good little camera for price (robert — 10/03/2006)

I Have had this camera for some time and I have found it to be a good all rounder, I am can get good to vgood night photos, but you need to use a tripod and put the camera on manual settings, the auto focus is good but struggles a bit if you are using a telephoto lens, the auto setting is good up un-till you get used to the camera and especially in day time photos. For the price this camera gives it all and more especially with a trypod.

  • 3.0 out of 5
kodak Z740 (ken — 09/09/2006)

To the people that say the Z740 does not take good indoor pics very good, eg too dark read the booklet and adjust you Z740 for indoor shots. To the people who say the Z740 takes blurry pics, hold the shot for a couple of seconds after you press the button, if not buy a mini tripod. above all read the booklet carefully before you condem this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Like it! (Chris Sagle — 08/14/2006)

I have already experienced the shut off problem. I initially thought the batteries were too low, which still may actually have been the problem. I hadn't reached the 200-300 pictures the batteries should have taken, but I had been using the lcd screen a lot to review the pictures and zooming in to compare picture quality when using differant modes for the same shot or to see if I could choose a manual setting which would be better than the auto mode (I don't think I did any better in any of the manual settings). The combined Ni-MH battery voltage was down to 2.4V 12 hours later with no further useage. I don't know the voltage when the camera first shut off and I've yet to read specifics for the normal battery voltage operating range. Overall, I found it to do considerably better than my Fuji 3800, especially in low light. You need good exposure to get focus so if you are going to shoot in the dark you may need to illuminate your subject to lock your focus before actually taking the shot. The low light illuminator (the green light) works up close, but you can get shots much farther out if you plan the shot. All in all it is a major improvement over my older 3.2 Mpix Fuji 3800.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I enjoy using Z740 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great pictures with easy - to - use features. the only problem I found is the quality of pictures taken at the night time (dark) > these pictures have quite low quality (the rest of the cameras I know have the same problem, so I dont take this in consideration).

  • 3.0 out of 5
Question - no idea where to ask (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Sorry to post this here but I have a question and no idea how to find out. I am looking to buy this camera and I am wondering about it's video camera capability. I have researched this quite a bit and it seems decent but it is only 13 fps. I don't do video often but would like to have the option. I was quite happy with dumb old Hi8 analog video camera for our usage but hate carrying both a camera and video around with me. Does anyone have a clue how this compares to the analog video recorders?

Thank you.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Awesome daytime shots HORRIBLE nighttime (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This takes takes really good pictures in the day with the outdoor settings. Once you get indoor it's harder to take good pictures and at night FORGET IT!!! I went to Magic Kingdom just yesterday and took at least 100 pics of the castle when the fireworks were going on and every single picture came out blurry. I tried every setting!

  • 3.0 out of 5
How can I be sure? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the camera to get the software, I had heard too many stories about bad customer service and a recurring battery case cover that broke off. I also didn't like the stability. I took it back.

  • 5.0 out of 5
gud cam (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Hi, this camera is great and i would recomend it 2 any1.

  • 2.0 out of 5
zoom not worth it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've been into photography for a long time. After much research and hearing some good things, I decided to give Kodak a try ( I've owned 3 Canon cameras and have been happy with them).) I was intrigued with the advertised easy use/ meg's and zoom features of this camera. We were taking a trip to Japan so I decided to buy it, learn how to use it and then go for it on our trip. After using it for 2 months ( which is a good amount of time for me because I take hundreds of shots at a time in different light and speed and use 1 gig cards ) I think I can safely submit a review to your website. I am very di ssapointed in this camera. Zoom isn't worth it. Lots of blurry pics. LCD screen is TOO small to see if pics are blurry till you get it on the computer. Flash is too strong. Need to go manual alot for good lighting and clarity. Shutter delay will drive your subjects CRAZY. Try taking pictures of kids when they are posing. You're not going to get many smiles. You have to retrain them to pose. Rapid feature blurs too much. Waste of time.
Hope my review helps those that are researching because I don't want them to go through what I went through!( We didn't get as many great shots on our trip to Japan.) Sorry to sound so bitter! I wish I had better pictures of cherry blossoms to bring home with me! Hope this might help Kodak to refine their camera. My daughter inherited my Canon S30 before our trip. Thank God she took it with us. Her shots were crisp and clear!

  • 4.0 out of 5
TAKES GREAT PICTURES (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

my wife got me a z740 for christmas. the camara got caught on the chair arm, fell. kodak says sorry it is not covered. staples were i brought it says well sorry not covered. we were not told that it is not covered if it falls. well everthing falls. even cell phones if dr oped are covered. except water da manage. i did not read the warranty until i had to . well kodak -staples great companies but. i guess do not buy anything until you know all the bad news. i should have went to bestbuy because it is all up front. most of the stuff in my house is best buy,and they always say just bring it back. i will not buy a pen from staples or a kodak product again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
neat camera , but shuts off (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera, I bought the best I could for the money. I like it yes, what I don't care for is the lack of an image stabilizer, you cannot get a clear shot in the dark (at least while holding it), it also takes pictures very dark at times when the object is too far away, altough there is adequate light. My biggest problem is the fact that it shuts itself off ALL THE TIME. I read the other reviews and didn't think it would affect me. wrong. I called customer service and they told me to use non-alkaline batteries, as alkaline would shut them off. I have yet to find non-alkaline AA'S. Overall, I like the camera but if I could purchase another I would spend the extra fifty bucks for the image stabilizer.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Wish I'd have bought up (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera for 2 1/2 months now. My Olympus camera had been stolen and I needed a quick replacement as my granddaughter had been born. Since we are going on an Alaskan cruise this summer, I wanted a camera with a 10x or more zoom. I have had problems with getting the camera to focus in on pictures that I'm zooming in on. It just won't focus. What's the point ot having a high zoom if it won't focus? It takes fine picture up close. I have also had problems with the camera staying on when it is initially turned on. Usually have to turn it on twice. I wish now that I would have bought the Sony or Canon camera for a little bit more.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great zoom and auto function. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Taking pictures quickly with auto function or take you time with other setup, this camera has both. That is exactly what I wanted from my new camera, to be able to take pictures quickly and experiment with other features. This camera has more features than any camera I've owned, and it looks better. Zoom is great, 10x and very clear pictures.

Sometimes there are so many settings to choose from that you can�t find what you are looking for, like I could not find how to take pictures in low light so the lens would stay open for few seconds. But experimenting is very good with this camera, you can allways delete the bad pictures and keep the good ones.

Over all this is a good handy camera with many features. And it looks really good, like a professional but for a 'noob' like me.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Takes good outdoor pictures. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I tried to take indoor pictures of my child in a school play and the pictures are to dark, or blurry. I also took pictures of my child playing indoor soccer and they were way dark. The indoor field had plenty of lite. What am I doing wrong?

  • 3.0 out of 5
It's a Combination - Camera and Software (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my second Kodak digital camera and I have been immensely please with both. Unlike some other reviewers, I've had great success with low-light and night photos. I've learned that quality evening pictures are a combination of camera and software. I purchased my Z740 specifically to use during our annual December vacation to Walt Disney World. I took loads of evening pictures...SpectroMagic, Osborn Christmas Lights, and Candlelight Processional. Each evening I reviewed the day's images through the LCD, many were good, some were marginal but I saved them because I wanted to see what I could do with the Easy Share Software. The software is intuitive...very user friendly, and just plain fun to work with. Those marginal evening images...one touch of the "Enhance" option and they were literally transformed. I now have as much fun editing pictures as I do taking. through the LCD

  • 5.0 out of 5
is easy to use great for beginners (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

takes great photos,is easy to use. needs to come with a booklet of accessories so you know what else you can get.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Easy to use right out of the box (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love the camera itself. Very easy to use right out of the box. I am disappointed with the picture quality however. 1 out of 3 pictures is blurry. I hold the shutter down half way to allow it to auto focus and then make sure to hold very, very still, but still the pictures come out blurry - out of focus. This is especially true the more you zoom in. I feel like why bother have the 10x optical zoom if every picture I zoom in on is blurry. When you zoom in, it is almost impossible to keep the picture still when viewing it before taking the picture.. it's all over the place.... can't even begin to focus on anything ! I'm really bummed about the quality of most of the pictures that are taken.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Decent camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I never owned a digital camera until the Z740. I was looking for one under $500 that would get me started into digital photography. This was on sale in Canada for $399 WITH the rechargeable battery kit and camera case. If you choose to buy this camera, GET THE RECHARGEABLE BATTERY KIT. The batteries will outlast this camera. I make sure they are both recharged when I'm going out to take pictures. I've started to do birdwatching and the 10x zoom is great for that. Although I'll need to get a tripod for more stability.

For someone starting out in digital photography and someone who needs a little help ie. the different scene modes, this is a great camera. The only thing I'm disappointed in is the inability to manually focus. As for taking pictures in low light as the complaint seems to be here, I just set the camera to PASM mode and adjust the aperture, ISO, etc. manually and that does the trick most times. This is not a high end professional camera so you can't expect it to do everything at top notch. When I set the camera on "sports" scene you CAN capture fast moving objects. I've done it with birds that are flying away. I've not had any other problems as stated here but everyone needs to read the instruction booklet and EXPERIMENT to see what works for you. Once I master this one, I'll save up for a more powerful versatile one otherwise, patience everyone, this is a nice little camera if you take the time to learn and experiment.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Auto Focus is glitchy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first Kodac camera, and also my first digital camera, I bought this camera when the lens on my 10 Year old Minolta 35MM AF SLR died.

The camera was a dream at first, but after what I consider a break in period (around 350 pictures) it started not focusing, I installed a bios upgrade to fix low light focus problems from Kodac.com, the autofocus is so bad at this point (around 500 pictures taken total) that 1 out of every 3 is bad. tomorrow it leaves to ship to Kodac for repair under warranty. This sucks becuase this is the only camera we have and my wifes baby shower for our 2nd child is next week so no pictures of our own, hopefully it will be back before the baby arrives is a month.

I will give it a shot after repair, if it fails I will try to get Kodac to replace/upgrade for the incovienience. The pictures that are clear are absolutely fantastic but I wish it took all pictures clearly like my Minolta did.

  • 4.0 out of 5
great price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i just got this camera yesterday,i had put anothe digital camera on hold,but when i got to the comp usa store they were sold out,the manager gave me the same price on the 740,i took the floor model it was the only one left,the battery was dead no usb cable,i purchased a charging station,they also gave me a usb card reader to make up for the cable,as for the camera i like it a lot,the pics i took came out real clear,no problems yet,lots of features well built,certainly to big to put in your pocket.overall very satisfed with the quilty.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great pictures, if you can get the camera to come on and stay on. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Took this camera on holidays and the out door pictures were fantastic. Very clear and true colours. The indoor and night pictures were not!As the picture card filled up the camera took longer and longer to turn on. I now have 447 pictures taken at 3.1 MP on a 1GB Ultra High Speed card and it takes 50 seconds for the camera to drop the Kodak insignia and be ready to take pictures. This meant that a lot of good shots were gone by the time the camera came on. I also had a problem with the camera turning its self of randomly.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great picture,indoor not happy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am a dentist by profesion,i purchased z740 4 months back,it give very good quality photos,but indoor specially in low light condition i am not happy with the perfomance,but one thing it is very simple to use,really userfriendly.intra oral phototography gives good result.

  • 5.0 out of 5
put battery's in carefully (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

ive own several didital cams now and for the price you cant get a better camera, with regards to the shutting off element with this camera ive found that if i ease the battery compartment door closed carefully and not as if it was made of an indestructible material that ive had no problems unlike my brother (Bought after seeing the results from mine)who jammed his battery's in his z740 and has had two replacements. ive taken pictures of everything from motorsports to still life flower close ups and once you master the technique required for each situation i find the results very agreeable even to the point of receiving three commissions for photographs and for which i will use my 740 ps ive forgot about the 5 x digital zoom bit its a waste of time give us more optical zoom and image stabilization so remember close the battery compartment door carefully and you'll not get any problems ive not missed a shot in over 1600 pictures in 9 months
Auto focus is a bit of a problem for moving sports action the best way ive found to compensate for this is to pick the area of track you want to take your picture at (ie the racing line) and pre focus your camera by holding down the shutter button partially then pics up your subject and pan through to the focus area and squeeze the shutter off 8 out of 10 pics come out well using this method for me, low light focus is another problem which is best dealt with by switching from the continuous focus mode to single focus mode results seem slightly improved. all in all ive got some great pics from this little camera all in all a great buy

  • 3.0 out of 5
Pretty good, but recommend the Fugi S5200 for the price. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a decent little camera. Not the Panasonic FZ30 that I had my heart set on, but this will do for now. One problem...when I try and download my videos, I get sound but no picture! The card is formatted, and all software installed, but no video! I'm sure I'm doing something wrong. Anyway, I was alot more excited about the camera until our company got a new Fugi S5200 for the same price. I must say, I prefer the Fugi. It is more difficult to use, but once you read up, the Fugi is much more fun with ISO capabilities up to 1600. I'll just keep on saving up for the Panasonic FZ30, but in the meantime I'm getting good pics with the little Kodak that could. Oh, yeah. I've also experienced the problem with the camera shutting off...weird.

  • 5.0 out of 5
THE best (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've owned 3 digital camera's. an Olympus, an HP and now the Kodak EasyShare z740. It is without a doubt the best camera i've ever had. The zoom is the reason i got it, but the over all pictures i have taken are terrific. the price was right, and its easy to operate!

  • 5.0 out of 5
An excellent camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I would just like to ask to the people who say their camera won't turn on: Did you charge the batteries BEFORE using the camera? The batteries are not charged when you get them, as it says in the book it comes with. Charge them, and see if it works then.

The camera is excellent, I love it! The sharpness is just amazing, and I love the little features it has and the optical zoom. I have taken many wonderful pictures with it. I definitely recommend getting it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
low light autofocus not refined enough (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

low light autofocus is very poor, even with the
latest firmware upgrade. Hopefully there will be
a further firmware U/G, also I have 1GB card so less
JPEG compression photoes would be a nice menu option.

  • 1.0 out of 5
shuts off (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've already had the problem mentioned in quite a few reviews at this site - the camera shuts off! I've had the camera in use for less than one week! After carefully re-reading the instruction booklet, visiting Kodak's interactive "troubleshooting" site (practically useless) I cannot account for the reason this camera quickly shuts off (after about 2 seconds) after I've turned it on. Then when I try to turn it on again, it won't turn on at all. I know I am using the right batteries - I'm using Kodak's recommended brand! It is not the memory card either - again, I am using the correct card. I have carefully done everything Kodak says to do. I have been very careful with the camera. I am returning it to exchange for the same one - but, I am only going to give it one more chance and then I'll go with another brand!

  • 1.0 out of 5
2nd exchange - I'm done with the z740! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just exchanged my first z740 for the same one and had the same problem happen again: the camera keeps shutting off! Again, I am using Kodak's batteries,(brand new) making sure the batteries are inserted properly, door closed properly, lens cap off, etc. Kodak - you've had your chance. I'm going to exchange this camera tomorrow for another brand!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Hate It (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my 2nd one of this same model. My first one never would stay on every battery I put in it it killed. So I got a second one same model had it for about 5-6 months and without being dropped, exposed to liquid, etc. The LCD screen looks from the inside like it's broken and now it won't turn on at all. At this point would never buy from kodak again.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good but not exactly Excellent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Z470 camera is my first good digital and it is indeed a good one. I have not ran into any problems in the 6 months I have had the camera. The only complaint is the low-light ability of the camera. The flash is not very effective. the zoom is incredible however. The lack of a manual focus is also a flaw.

  • 5.0 out of 5
solid gold (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am a shutter bug who has searched as everyone else for that perfect camera.... To sum up the
Z740, I'll just say that when I'm buried, I want my Z740 with me. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes nice pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Wonderful zoom ability. Easy to use instructions

  • 2.0 out of 5
(anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Had this camera for 3 days, and now it wont turn on.
New batts, fresh out of the package (aa) The camera turns on for about 3 seconds and then shuts itself off. When it did work, the pictures turned out well.
I plan on exchanging it for another one of the same
model but this issue with shutting off has me wondering if I should go with a differant brand.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Super pictures,Great price. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had excellent success with this camera. I have used for weddings outdoor and indoor sports and it hasn't failed me yet. I especially like the printer dock that I got with my camera. Excellent quality pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
A good camera- but some confusing issues (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I consider myself I pretty decent photographer/hobbiest, and Ive been able to take some pretty impressive pictures with this camera so far. The camera, like most, needs a steady hand, or better yet a tripod. Each camer is different, so once i figured out the nature of this one I have been able to take clear and accurate photos. The zoom is nice, as one can take a crystal clear photo at 10x, right before the digital zoom, which there is no need for. The digital zoom is actually better than a lot ive tested. Manual settings are nice and make exposure an easy task.
BUT: I have had the same problem Ive read here, sometimes the camera shuts itself off right after I take a shot, or just randomly. I know its not a timed thing because its not consitant. This seems to be the only problem so far..
Great camera, but we need to figure out why it turns off so often!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
THE CAMERA TOOK HORRIBLE PICTURES (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The lighting was terrible the pictures were dark and out of focus. I took pictures outside at soccer games and indoors the results were more than unacceptable in both instances. I returned the camera and I'll stick with my old Kodak 4770 which is great.

  • 4.0 out of 5
wish it had manual focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

love everything except the auto focus gets fooled alot when using the zoom feature :(

  • 5.0 out of 5
easy to use and plenty of features (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have used it for a month. In Canada, it was selling at $399 plus taxes. I have used Fuji and Canon 10X zoom before. They were big on my hand. Currently I still own Fuji S20 pro and a DSLR, but they are clumsy to carry along. I was looking for something much smaller so that I can carry it with a small waist bag.

When I saw 740, it was odd looking. I held it and tried a few shots in the shop. It was amazing because of its light weight and good performance. Of course, it is not as fast as other higher-end DCs. Its LCD is clear to review an image. 1.8” is not big but it is a decent size. With a 10X zoom, its digital zoom remains 5X constant. To review an image, it can magnify up to 8X, a wonderful world indeed!

I cannot see any noise issue when comparing with my other DCs. I am not a professional, it explains. Its shot-to-shot elapse time is longer than its competitors. But I am not very concerned as I use it for casual shooting only. On average, one set of AA rechargeable 2000mAh can last for 200 shots. For sure you need to carry additional batteries if you are going out for a day long picture taking, but AA is cheap.

Light weight, small size, inexpensive and rich features are the pros of this camera. DX7590 is also good. Too bad, I do not like to use special battery. BTW, I also tried the Z700 before I bought the 740, the 700’s LCD is terrible with a simple viewfinder.

  • 4.0 out of 5
xtremely satisfied (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera.. In particular the ability to go totaly manual. Zoom is great with a tripod. Focusing takes a bit of practice but can be achieved to the point of pulling craters off the moon. Practice with any camera including hi end dSLR is crucial for good images.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great pictures,easy to use! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this is the first digital camera ive owned!I found the camera very easy to use,great instruction on LCD screen as far as choice as to what kind of picture you are taking!zoom is great,can get real up close shots of objects, or what ever you are taking a picture off,at quite a distance!movie mode worked great.
the pictures i took far exceeded what i expected,I printed my 1st photo off my computer on photo paper and it turned out as good or if not better than ones ive had done for me.
The only complaints ive got with the camera is the lens cap is kind of cheap,and the door on the av port is also cheap! I can see now that I am going to have to buy a pod for the long shots if I want the pics to turn out with out them being blurry!
But in all I'm am very happy with it so far! I would recommend this camera to any one who is a beginner,like myself,or any one looking for a camera that is easy to use.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Stuck at 380mm (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After taking about 10 shots the lens is stuck out, making this small grinding sound and then turns off. When I try to turn it back on I get the same thing.

THIS SUCKS

  • 5.0 out of 5
re: if it would stay on (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Did you try taking the cap off before turning it on? Because it will not turn on if the lens cap is on. This camara is great and you seem to be the only one that has a problem with it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Love it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Ok I took off a star for lack of image stabilization. But a simlar camera with would have cost me another $125. I can live without it. I read the reviews here and most of the bad ones come from folks that have not learned how to use it. That's a shame, because it is so easy to use! I am a graphic designer and many of my coworkers love it too. Great quality pics, it give us enough manual adjustment to satisfy us "pros" yet our families can pick it up and use it too. I especially like the scene presets. It gives us the manual freedoms and flexibilty in a "lazy" way! I would love a DSLR but I can do without the hefty price, the bulk and the weight. The fact it uses AA batteries is a bonus. It will even use 55mm lens filters!

  • 5.0 out of 5
EXCELLENT LONG ZOOM CAMERA (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great photos
Easy to Use
Excellent Value

Having used over ten digicams, I am absolutely delighted with the super photo quality and ease of use of this camera. Highly recommended.

  • 3.0 out of 5
affordable but lacking.. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had a Kodak CX6445 and recently "upgraded" to the Z740. The feature set is rich, and the camera is easy to use. However, after taking over 200 shots, about 3/4 of them turned out blurry, even with different focus settings. The camera is comfortable to hold and seems to be good quality. The Kodak software is excellent. But I must say it was quite a disappointment with this camera for point and shoot. It lacks image stabilization and manual focus. Any motion or low light shots require a tripod. The auto focus itself takes very long. I am awaiting the release of the P850 from Kodak (with stabilization). Until then I cant find a comparable camera for the money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just developed my first group of pictures and the quality was outstanding. Even the woman who helped me develop them at a store was amazed at the quality.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good value for money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Purchased camera last week also have problems with low light pictures however for price paid and exposure compensation can over come this. Video at good speed. Software very easy to use, Love the printer dock had no problems yet with batteries. Overall would recommend excellent zoom at 10x optical however with most digital zooms becomes a little shaky.

  • 5.0 out of 5
battery/turn-off problem comment (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had problems similar to those descibed by a couple of other owners. I contacted Kodak and sent the camera in. It was a battery compartment door problem. They sent me a new camera super fast. Problem solved. No further problems. A super camera. Easy to use, takes great pics.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not what I wanted (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had looked all over for another model of Konica but most stores were sold out. My wife convinced me (after a whole day of looking over a two hundred mile radius) to go with the Kodak 740. Despite the package not having all of the cables (we exchanged for another the next day) I took several pics of a professional baseball game and managed to get some good shots BUT I was disappointed in the stability of the shots using the telephoto. Instructions say to use a tripod...ok...thats not gonna work at a baseball game so I guess I had to get used to blurry images at long optical range. Took some shots of a concert and again had the same problems. Especially at night when the focus is total crap. About one in five shots were blur free even in daylight. I have decided to take the camera back and go with the Minolta Z3 with the anti-shake stabilization. Its one mega pixel smaller but the picture quality is almost as good and I get a 12x optical zoom instead of the 10 in the Kodak.

  • 1.0 out of 5
It would be a great camera if it would stay on! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned other Kodak cameras in the past and just upgraded to this particular model. I loved it at first- it is easy to use yet delivers great pics. After about 2 weeks of using it the batteries (the kodak rechargeable ones) died. So I bought new ones and those didn't work and yes I do have the charging dock. So I bought a different type of rechargeable battery that is compatible and those did not work either. When I exchanged the camera they informed me that I must of had a lemon because they have never had this happen before. When I tried to turn on my new camera (with the brand new kodak batteries) it wouldn't power on! Once again I tried 2 different types of rechargeable lithium batteries and the camera would still not power on. I am returning it and going with the cannon!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Very easy to use, however.... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The very first day I used this camera the "on and off" switch would not turn the camera on a few times. I called Kodak immediately and was assured that the reason for this might just be that the batteries needed to "settle" in. I've never heard that before! Since using the camera on a regular basis for the past 2 weeks, the same problem happened at least 5 more times. I called Kodak again and spoke with someone I could barely understand, and I don't think he understood what the problem was. He insisted it was the batteries and not the camera! I put in brand new batteries when the camera arrived, so I KNOW it's not the batteries. I believe the switch is somehow defective. I decided to call the company I purchased the camera from and they are going to replace it with a new camera. I'm going to give this camera one more chance because.......
PROS: Very easy to use, takes crisp clear photos, I LOVE the 10X optical zoom which is something I needed to have, downloading to my PC is very easy, LCD screen is a great size, and overall consumer ratings have been favorable for this camera.
CONS: Does not take very good pictures in low light settings, even with the red eye reduction setting ON. Almost every photo I took in this setting had MAJOR red eye. Lens cap is very flimsy and pops off very easily, especially when I'm putting it back in my camera bag. On and Off switch and toggle switch also feel very flimsy. For the price I paid, I would expect the switches to feel a bit "tighter".

Overall, I'm pleased with the camera, but if the same thing happens again with the replacement, I will be returning it and getting a Cannon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
It's a belter! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was in the camera shop comparing the Kodak Z740 with a similar Fuji when another guy said to go for the Kodak. He turned out to have a Fuji. Bought the Kodak and was utterly stunned at the brilliance of the camera. Such detail, such quality. I had to go back to the shop and tell them how delighted I was with the quality. My only problem was with the software. I don't know why but I have to convert all the Jpegs into Tiffs to get the pictures into QuarkXpress for my publishing jobs. But now that hurdle's over I love the camera. I've ordered the wide angle and telephoto lenses from the US and am eagerly awaiting them to arrive. If they are anything like the camera, I expect to take brilliant wide-angle shots indoors. At Dover I took shots of France at maximum enlargement. They were a little soft but that was more likely due to me not holding the camera still. All in all, I would definitely recommend the Z740.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Grandma would Love this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After purchasing two HP digital cameras, I realized it was important to have optical zoom of at least 10, and pixels of at least 4. It has been a pleasure using my Z740 Kodak camera. I only use rechargeable batteries, with a 30 minute charger. I'm not a professional photographer, but the quality of the pictures seems to be the same as a professionals. I did have a major concern with the camera initially. My step-son plays basketball for the AAU, and when I first tried taking pictures, the picture was either totally dark, or the background was well lit, but all players were blurry. I spoke with the tech support from some other country. I don't believe he really understood what I was asking. My question has still not been answered to this day. The specs for the camera indicated that you are able to set the ISO up to 800. Initially, I could not get it to do it, and when I took it back to the store where I purchased the camera, there people could not tell me. I was really upset. The next day, I was playing around on the internet, not on the Kodak website, and I was able to find out that the only way to set the ISO to 800 is to set the pixels to 1.8. On the KODAK site, there method of informing you that you can set the ISO to 800 only when using the 1.8 pixel is by stating, "Using the Good" quality. Kodak was identifying 1.8 pixels as "Good" quality. Well, after doing this, I have brighter pictures, but I believe I have lost quality. But, I'm learning. I believe for the money, the camera is top notch. Its ease of use is outstanding.

Happy picture taking!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Unhappy with low-light results (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We like many of the camera's features, including the pre-loaded "scene" configurations to adjust the camera's settings. If only they worked! In low-light settings, in particular, the pictures were disappointing and unusable. They were only mildly better in "Auto". We will probably return the camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes good pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is really easy to use. I've always had Sony's before and this is my first Kodak. I would definitely buy another. I wish it was a slight bit heavier but it is easy to hold and small enough to store almost anywhere.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Technology even my wife loves..... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is an excellent mix of point and shoot technology and advanced features for the serious amateur.
Even my wife whom usually dislikes anything that has to do with technology loves it. In fact I have to fight her to use it....
We had a digital camera before this and I was the only one using it because she preferred our 35mm camera. This has changed and I think our 35mm will now only be used a s a paperweight.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A lot of bang for the buck! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had to replace my broken Fuji E550. The store didn't have a E550 replacement so I choose the Z740. Good ergonomics and handling. Controls are well placed and intuitive. 10x zoom is a plus and the viewfinder has lots of info without overloading you. Software works well along with the convenient charger. Would have liked a larger LCD than the 1.8" on board. Battery lasts longer than average, but they are more expensive than AA or lithium. Overall, a lot of bang for the buck!

  • 4.0 out of 5
My first digital (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have always been a Minolta 35mm AF camera with all the lens man. I thought I always had the best looking pictures when I got them back from processing and compared them to my friends digital pictures. In fact, all may friends kept telling me I had to get in to the 21st century. The Z740 has really impressed me. I've only had it for about two weeks and I am now a first time believer in the digital camera. The resolution in so good that I put it to the test (unscientific) against my 35mm and compared the same picture, taken on the same day, at the same time. The pictures were not the same! Thank you, Kodak for this simple but truly great camera. I am now a believer! Any one want to but a Minolta 35mm with all the lens?

  • 5.0 out of 5
One sweet camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got it originally as a small, lightweight, easily-portable substitute for my Konica Minolta A2. I was worried about how the Z740 would render fine detail in macro shots. With a touch of unsharp mask, it is excellent. Easy to use, portable, lots of manual controls, and the main thing, wonderful pictures. The focus is quite accurate, due in no small part to the marvelous autofocus lamp. Using the af lamp it is possible to take pictures in complete darkness! The flash is quite powerful. I got a couple of rechargeable CRV3 batteries on eBay (paid about $8 each w/shipping, for 1600 rated). They are much more powerful than the AA batteries. A couple of them should last conservatively for 600 shots or more (Kodak estimates 350-500 shots per CRV3 battery). The camera/printer package is a very good value. The prints are a bit pricey; if you shop around for supplies they will come out around 45 cents each, but they last like regular photos and you have instant gratification. Summing up, the Z740 is fun and easy to use and makes very good pictures. Highly recommended.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Kodak Z740 First Impressions (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Very nice camera, reasonably priced would rate good/excellent. Kodak line up is getting a bit confusing with the DX7590 and nearly identical Z7590 and Z740 seemingly aimed at the same market and the comparison tool on Kodak's web site utterly useless. On the plus side is the stronger digital zoom on this model [50x vs 33x], the center aligned tripod attachment point, and the use of readily available AA size batteries in lieu of the strictly proprietary but excellent batteries used in the 7590's [the is a big plus when you run out of juice and can just slip in a couple of readily available AA's]. Not sure if this is standard, but the 740 unlike the 7590's came with not only the 32mb internal memory but also a 64mb SD card and a lens hood/adapter [45mm to 55mm] that makes installation of a protective lens filter a snap [Highly recommended for any camera]. Personally prefer the black body of the 7590's to the silver body on the 740 and the higher resolution viewfinder and back viewing screen of the 7590's to the 740's. Dropped the Schneider/Krauser lens for a Kodak proprietary one on this camera - initially see no quality difference but may be too early to give an opinion on that. Kodak's auto picture rotation and date stamping remains the best on the market at any price bar none and is a real plus over competitors.

Listen Kodak to get excellent you need to make one with at least the 6.1 megapixel sensor you use on the 7630/760 [8 would be even better] and a fold out rotateable back viewing screen which would be useful for self shots and over heads etc. Kodak's screen though is easily seen in bright sunlight a big plus so don't cheapen that to get it to rotate!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Value (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Feels like it was made for your hand, easy access to controls, excellent balance, super lightweight, great lens! powerful flash. 5 megapixels. This is without a doubt the best digital camera available for under $400. I am very satisfied.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome zoom amazing focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is simply the best camera with 5 mp and a huge 10x zoom. Forget everything else buy this one. Inside outside shots are sensational zoom to your hearts content. GREAT effort

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