Tuesday, August 14, 2007

New digital camera: Kodak Z812 IS (quietly posted online)

Kodak has quietly and secretly announced a new digital camera, a follow-up to their 12x IS long zoom Z-series, the Z812 IS. As expected, the camera uses an 8mp 1/2.5" sensor, a 12x IS SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON lens (36-432mm eq), 230ms click-to-capture, Color Science engine, 30fps 720p video, list price of $300, available around September 2007. More details on this camera at:

  • Kodak website
  • Kodak support website
  • User manual (PDF file)
  • forum discussion
  • List of accessories
  • Kodak Germany

  • Analysis/Opinion: It is certainly not a surprise to see yet another camera updated with an 8mp 1/2.5" sensor. The big question was whether Kodak would jump on the super-superzoom bandwagon (more than 12x zoom) or not. And they didn't (just yet). Let's not forget the Z812-IS (and Z712-IS) are their mid-range zooms. The P-series is their top tier, so if they were to offer a 15x or 18x zoom, it could probably appear as a P-series first, before propagating perhaps to the mid-range line. Assuming of course that they are planning to continue onwards with the P-series.


    Pedro said...

    The problem is, it appears that the P series has been discontinued.

    1001 noisy cameras said...

    Thanks for your comment!

    I hope they do not discontinue it. But as you are saying, the signs point to that. They went from two P-series cameras in 2005 to one in 2006 and zero in 2007. The P880 in particular found a following after the price came down a bit.

    With so very few non-DSLRs supportig RAW, I would think that Kodak would have a good chance of creating a stir with a follow-up to the P880.

    Pedro said...

    I don't think I'll buy another Kodak Camera. I am currently a P850 owner and happy with it but it appears to me they are no longer targeting the pro-sumer market and just going for the cheaper/mid range cameras.

    I bought my wife a Z612 earlier this year and the image quality is not as good my P850. I'm afraid that may be the case with all the z series.

    XBOX 360 RECALL said...

    I tried a z110, and I liked it, but when I read all that the z812 is could do, I went and got one online, with next day delivery it was around 260.00.

    I love it so far, but will need to take a little time with it.

    I will tell you this. Recently I was out at the zoo, prior to coming in I took a photo of a house about a quarter of a mile away. Then I zoomed in all the way, and WOW, I could see a 2 cars parked in the driveway, THAT WERE NOT VISABLE TO THE NAKED EYE. I say quarter of a mile, no way for me to know all that, but I tell you I was very impressed, and note, I was holding it in my hand and it was not blurry. This little camera rocks, just wish I could get it with a hot shoe for a 580 ex flash.!!! lol I took some of the photos in the gallery posted here... http://www.bluefiremedia.biz/photos.php You will need high speed internet, and you can turn on your sound if you like.

    Anonymous said...


    Do you know when Kodak will add RAW option to Z812 ?

    1001 noisy cameras said...

    That is a great question, unfortunately I do not know the answer to that question.

    The Z1015 IS is listed as having RAW, but I do not know if any of the other Z-series have or are planned to have RAW.