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.

  • 6 comments:

    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...

    Hello.

    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.