Monday, December 12, 2005

Kodak EasyShare Z740

By Christina VanGinkel

In searching for a camera that had both a mega pixel rating of at least four, preferably five, and an optic zoom lens greater than 3 X, all for a price at less than $300, I thought that I would most likely come up empty handed. Maybe I would find a camera that boasted one feature or the other, but not both. I did not expect find a digital camera that had both, plus a lot more, and that is exactly what I found when I discovered the Kodak EasyShare Z740.

With 5.0 MP (mega pixels), it can capture photographs with enough quality to print them out at a stunning 20" x 30". More pixels translate into more options with your photo once you have snapped the shutter too. With that much information saved, you can crop a specific part of the picture with ease, and still have enough quality left to print. Add the KODAK RETINAR Aspheric All Glass 10X Optical Zoom Lens, and zooming in on subject that is far off, is not a problem, nor is close up photography. With both numerous automatic settings, and manual settings, getting the perfect picture is no longer a problem. Figuring out where you are going to hang all the stunning photographs you end up with might be though!

With 16 scene modes to choose from though, you may never have to use the manual settings, ever. They include:

Children mode
Party mode
Beach mode
Flower mode
Fireworks mode
Snow mode
Backlight mode
Night Portrait mode
Landscape mode
Night Landscape mode
Museum/Manner mode
Text mode
Self Portrait mode

The camera also has five built in color modes including:

High color
Natural color
Low color
Black and white

Because the camera has the Kodak name, you also can be assured that it comes with their exclusive KODAK Color Science Image Processing Chip, to assure you of color as it were meant to be, not something that is going to need tons of tweaking to get it to look natural.

Viewing your future photos is both simple and an ease to do with the crisp, 1.8 in. (4.6 cm) high-resolution indoor/outdoor display. So crisp a screen display, you can even view it with ease in direct, bright sunlight. You can also review pictures as they were taken, or zoom in up to 8X to give you a look at any possible cropping you might want to do, all without having to download a single picture.

If not all of these features are enough to make you want to order on right now, also consider the fact that the Kodak EasyShare Z740 is capable of capturing up to 80 minutes of continuous video with audio. How long will depend on the size of the memory card you are using with the Kodak EasyShare Z740, but with prices on memory more affordable now than ever before, this will not even be an issue. In addition, because this camera is built around the Kodak EasyShare format, and comes complete with the EasyShare software, sharing your video and pictures with friends and family is truly as easy as ever. You can also add the optional docking station to this camera for one button download of media to your computer.

If you are looking for a full featured camera at a reasonable price, pick up the Kodak EasyShare Z740 today!

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