The 7.1-megapixel Kodak EasyShare Z710 is a superzoom compact featuring a 10x zoom, PASM controls and a 2in LCD display.
The latest affordable Superzoom from Kodak’s growing stable, the Z710 offers creative features designed to appeal to both beginner and enthusiast snappers. A 7MP sensor and 10x optical zoom lens provide plenty of resolution and scope, while a full complement of PASM modes are on hand. Scene modes and a newbie-friendly user interface help those not so savvy behind the lens. A 2in LCD is clear and bright, if smaller than those of rival cameras.
The mini-SLR styling is in keeping with the rest of the Z-Series and provides a stable grasp thanks to a rubber handgrip. Controls are well laid out, with the rear-mounted mode dial proving particularly useful.
The four-second start-up process is a poor, but things improve slightly when it comes to reaction and shot-to-shot times. The Z710 is exceptionally easy to use, though.
As long as light levels hold up the Z710 can produce colourful images with clean details. Things get decidedly noisy at ISO 200 and above though, and this paired with a lack of image stabilisation detracts from the Z710’s images.
Value For Money
Despite its faults, the Z710 comes in at an accessible price point considering its lens and features, and it can be found for under £150.
Delivering average image quality and performance, the Z710 is nevertheless good value for those seeking enhanced creative features on a budget.
SD/MMC +32MB internal memory
Pop up, 4 modes
auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, open shade
64, 100, 200, 400, 800
multi-pattern, center-weighted, spot
Auto, PASM, 18 scene
8 – 1/1000 sec
2in 201,000 pixel TFT + viewfinder
38-380 mm (35 mm equiv.) f/2.8-3.7
7.1MP, 1/2.5in CCD
98 x 78 x 73mm
View sample shots of the Kodak EasyShare Z710