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Kodak EasyShare Z8612
Kodak EasyShare Z8612

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Kodak EasyShare Z8612

We've given the Z8612 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Kodak EasyShare Z8612 features 8.1 megapixels and a 12x optical zoom that creates crisp and clear images. Optical image stabilization and a 2.5 LCD display, as well as full manual controls and face detection auto focus allow for an incredible degree of control and customization. VGA Movie Mode with Sound allows you to make your own home movies. Runs on AA Batteries.


  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 12x optical zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 2.5-LCD display
  • Full manual controls
  • Face detection auto focus
  • VGA Movie Mode with Sound
  • AA Batteries
  • Part Number: 1585462
  • UPC: 041771585464
  • Release Date: Apr 30, 2008

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Kodak EasyShare Z8612 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare Z8612 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery problem for Kodak Z 8612 (Kumar Mylavarapu — 12/14/2010)
The rechargeable battery in Kodak Z 8612 camera cannot last long beyond 10 shots, even after charging it for a few hours. What is the solution for this. Pl advise Many thanks Kumar M
  • 4.0 out of 5
EasyShare (Tlisa — 11/07/2010)
My Only problems with this camera is the power button (hate it) and the easy share is not so easy to share, can anyone give me suggestions on what I may be doing wrong when trying share photos, I've got all of my email address entered into the camera but when I press share, nothing happens it does not process anything.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Battery problems (elizabeth — 02/18/2010)
I had horrible problems with the camera eating batteries so I searched and searched for a rechargeble battery that wasn't $50.00 and I stumbled accross and I bought a battery and a charger for $20.00 and I haven't had any problems granted it is a generic version of the crv3 but I am not ashamed of being cheep. Kodak is a great company with great cameras but the extras for those cameras are a rip off I hope this will save someone some money.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Cream puff, "NO MAS" (leroy c — 12/09/2009)

First of all the KODAK software wants to takeover your computer.
the camera can only take 5 pictures at a time then new battery.
no matter what setting you put it on there is no promis that the shutter is going to go off. dont waste your money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great camera (Jake — 11/11/2009)

Takes excellent pictures. I've never had a better camera and I've had several digital camera's. Not sure about all the complaints but I love it. My rechargeable batteries work great and last longer than I anticipated. Bought a couple of them on ebay for almost nothing including the charger. Just wish I could learn how to use all the great features this camera has.

  • 4.0 out of 5
excellent all-around camera (Bill Cowan — 08/11/2009)

I have used this camera for over 2 years and it has held up much better and longer than any point & shoot I have previously owned. I took it to Africa last year and 6 pictures were blown up to 20"x30" and I was amazed at how sharp they look. The biggest down side to the camera is the way it eats batteries. I reccomend a minimum of two extra batteries at all times if you take many pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT CAMERA (john — 08/07/2009)

I bought this camera a few days ago at wal mart for only $129. I bought it because first of all its kodak and kodak is a pretty good brand for cameras. 2nd the camera has a 12x optical zoom with a schneider-KREUZNACH lens. what camera for this price can you get that in it. I have took lots of pics with it and they turn out great. the battery is holding up great.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Its Rubbish (Levina Smith — 08/03/2009)

I bought this Z8612IS 2 months ago. Ive sent it back to Kodak once already and they wrote back saying the camera is fine but "check my batteries". So far I have bought 3 of the batteries they say to use and the camera drains them flat within 20 photos. Absolute rubbish - dont buy one unless you have a second job to pay for all the batteries you need to run it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Not bad for the cost (Denny L — 06/25/2009)

This is my second digial. I am used to an older camera with less to offer than the ZD8612. For under $ 120.00 I have 8.1 MP with 12x optical zoom. I have the choice of full auto or buttons to play with, great picture quality without a hassle, how can you lose? Even though it is basicly plastic, the camera isn't cheap feeling. The buttons feel sound and the zoom is quick and fluid. No complaints from me.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good to start with... (sigamhsoupw — 05/31/2009)

...but leaves things to be expected. I 'm rating it 4 stars mostly because of the good price. But things must be cleared. I dont care about the poor perfomance and I appreciate more the powerful zoom and the fair image quality than the reviews I have read in the web. Overall its a nice camera with weaknesses such as macro shooting (you have to be REALLY patient with the focus to get a REAL macro-sometimes trying to focus more that 10-15 times, or else you end up shooting macros at 15 cm which isnt that good), often purple fringing and despite the IS, shaken images when shooting in full zoom. In addition, z8612 is a lot energy consuming meaning you always have to carry more than 1 battery on you.
Other than that, you CAN shoot amazing pics say at a zoo that more expensive cameras would be jealous of. If I had in mind only the pic results, I would rate it with 3 stars, but this one costs almost 40% less than other good cameras with similar specs so I guess the price makes the z8612 almost a bargain!

  • 5.0 out of 5
BEST MEGA ZOOM FOR THE MONEY (Romeo Salajan — 04/13/2009)

I bought this camera from 150$ in Romania! Here you don't find a bridge camera less than 300$!
Very good imagines in terms of color, sharpness and noise(ISO 1600 for 10/15 pictures), optical stabilization, PASM, smart scene mode, 16 scene modes, more options for the battery(can use 2 AA rechargeable) and 2(two) years warranty!!!
Recommended (not only) for the money!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Kodak Z8612 (Stephen — 02/23/2009)

I must admit that the Kodak Z8612 is the best digital camera in its range I have ever had. First, it is very affordable. Second, it is extremely easy to use. Third, it takes sharp and beautiful pictures. Fourth, it uses AA batteries and as a result of that it won't let you down when the batteries run out as you can easily get a replacement from a supermarket round the corner of the street. This camera must attract top commendation. I think unless you are a professional, you should buy one of this to take pictures of your family and friends.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great camera when you use the right batteries (anthony rose — 02/13/2009)

great camera when used whith a RCRV3 lithium batterie pack. Zoom is fast and flexable. I love the full manual mode and the fact that you can set the shutter from 1-1000th of a second up to 16 seconds and even on iso 800 there is verry little grain and what grain there is seems to be taken out when the camera prosseses the photo. Great depth of field when zoomed in.
As for all the bad reviews on this camera such as plasticy feel, lens cap falling off and poor battery life. I have not had any of these problems.
The mistake most make whith the batteries is they keep thinking that a 2700mah bat will run this camera becaus of the high capacity. Wrong, its about voltage a mimh bat is only 1.2v x2=2.4v. The camera realy needs 3v to operate so as the batteries drain the voltage drops and the camera switches off even though there is still plenty of life in the batteries. What you need is an RCRV3 Rechargeable batterie pack as these batteries keep pumping out 3 volts untill the verry last drop of power is gone. 1x1200mah lithium cell will easily outlast 2x2700mah nimh batteries in this camera.
So to round up this review. Money well spent.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love it. (Kodey — 02/05/2009)

It's A great camera It certainly does not ozze cheap and it has never failed me. Yes it does not come with rechargeable batteries but I spent $5 on a rechargeable replacement battery and maybe $4 on A wall/car battery charger and the replacement battery took over 100 photos before dieing. And I have taken some amazing photos with it. So I would highly recommend this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
The Camera is awfulI (Nancy — 02/02/2009)

Batteries are good but Darn thing Won't Work most of the time sending it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
AwfulI will send it back (@Nancy — 02/02/2009)

Doesn't work half of the time,I lose great shots with this carema

  • 2.0 out of 5
clunky (snig dooley — 01/13/2009)

this is one camera that is built cheap and everything about it just oozes cheapness. first off is the batteries - kodak doesn't include rechargeable battery pack and charger. if you want that, it adds roughly $80 to the deal. the documentation claims will accept AA - nimH rechargeables, but doesn't. i've got dozens of 2500mAH AAs that power my DSLRs, but none of these batteries are able to power this crappy little Kodak.

the power switch does the dual action of popping the flash before turning on. they couldn't add a separate button to pop the flash, instead there is always an annoying pop up each time you turn on the camera.

the lcd display was a washout in the park on a slightly cloudy day. i could only imagine trying to see in on a bright day.
anyways, it went back to the shop after a week of disappointment with it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Sure There's Better, But... (Bree — 12/29/2008)

I got it at Black Friday and I love it. It was an upgrade for me. Before I had a Kodak EasyShare CX7430. I liked it but I wasn't crazy about my pictures which I'm guessing is the viewfinder. With the zd8612, I have been taking awesome pictures since I purchased it. I actually returned it and ordered the Walmart online special with bag and 4gig card. :)

The lens cap for me stays on and I'm rough with my lives in the diaper bag b/c the diaper bag is always with me. It is light weight which I like alot. I don't know about 'plasticy feeling' though.

For the money, it's a good deal. However, I hear the Canon SureShot (think that's the name) is a good deal. So you might want to compare.

I'm a mommy of two beautiful girls (2yrs and 3mos) and I snap pictures everyday just about. I don't regret my purchase. And will have this camera for a few years. I'm sure I'll upgrade in a few years as I do with most of my electronics. Technology is always if you are not a professional photographer but like nice pictures and you don't need to spend or can't afford to spend alot...I recommend. :)

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not worth the money (Keith — 11/26/2008)

I made the mistake of buying this camera sight unseen and without reading the reviews.

First, the good: takes wonderful pictures. I had an olympus 3.2mp 10x optical zoom camera. this one beats it in all modes I've tried including the super macro setting for ultra close ups.

It takes 2 AA batteries. It eats them. Nope, rechargeable Nimh won't work. Not even the high capacity ones; too much power draw. You MUST use the lithium ion ones. Yeah, the $2 each AA lithium battery. Stupid engineers.

The reason it eats them is the large LCD display on the back is the ONLY way to take a picture; there is no viewfinder. Stupid engineers. The LCD washes out easily in moderate or brighter sunlight.

Second, the delay time to store the picture is ridiculous. I’ve tried faster SD cards to no avail. If you want to take more than 3 pictures within 10 seconds (count to 10; it’s a long time…), this is not your camera.

And the lens cap always comes off. WTF?? I’ve owned a number of cameras; expensive, cheap, and moderate, and never been so disgusted with their inability to execute on this simple thing. It’s like they put their worst guys on this camera. Really, how hard is it to make a camera and lens cap that stays on? If Boeing designed things this poorly, planes would be falling out of the sky. The lens is one of the most important parts of the camera and it’s at high risk of getting scratched with no lens cap.. Stupid engineers.

There are other issues with this camera, but those are the biggies.

Don't buy this camera. There are other cameras out there where you don't have to make the tradeoffs this one requires of you.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera (Chad — 08/13/2008)

This is a great camera for the beginning / intermediate photographer. Awesome zoom, with availability for an additional screw on zoom lens. Great focus, great stability, great color. Good video and audio quality. The only complaint is the on off button but it isn't a deal breaker for me. This is a great camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nice lens but (B — 06/11/2008)

The camera looks nice, kind of retro.
Nice to hold, not too heavy. Little bit plasticy feeling.
Takes 3 different kinds of batteries(AA,Li-on and crv3).
I hate cameras that take AA only.
- Zoom is nice and fast. Focus is very fast too. Image stabilization works as promised.
-Weak flash.

Now, they did everything right but one thing. Power button!
For some stupid reason they've integrated power button with flash ejector.
So to turn camera on, you have to eject flash first then turn camera on. It makes process of taking pictures so much longer.
And on top of that, that same button doesn't latch properly sometimes. So you have to repeat process twice before the camera turns on.

It's kind of sluggish when saving picture. Even when changing resolution from 8 to 5Mpx it still takes extra few second before you can take next picture.
I tried different memory cards, SDHC Class 6 but to no avail.

I'm on the fence with this camera. Annoying power button and slow save time might be of deal breaker for me.