Amazon Review by PWTSM
28 people found the following review helpful
Not True Kodak and Zoom Is Difficult To Use
FIRST, AND VERY IMPORTANT:
Kodak no longer makes digital cameras and they're not giving customer support for older models either. If you go to their website and try to get support for ANY digital camera you won't get anything other than "knowledge base" stuff to read. They won't give support by chat, email, or phone. Nothing for digital cameras old or new. They're now farming out all digital camera manufacturing and support to another company - that's what the "Jk Imaging Ltd" is - this new company makes so-called "Kodak" cameras. On Kodak's website, if you look really hard, you can find this statement: "Through a Global Licensing agreement with Kodak, JK Imaging is proud to manufacture and sell Kodak branded digital imaging products." Read closely, "Kodak branded" means they have the right to use the Kodak name, but you aren't getting true Kodak quality. They're Kodak cameras in NAME ONLY.
I love love love my older Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS and Z730 cameras so I thought I’d love this AZ251 just as much or more. I bought this for two reasons - this model had better zoom (25x vs. 12x of my Z712 IS) and because this model can run on AA batteries. I like having the option of having a camera that uses batteries that you can get just about anywhere, cheap.
I admit I bought this AZ251 as a back up camera, but I really thought I’d be getting a camera I liked better. I didn’t. My biggest complaint is the zoom. When zooming in for stills you have to use a tripod otherwise your photos are out of focus. I understand that’s what tends to happen when you use ultra high zoom, but it was marketed (on a home shopping channel) in a way that made you feel you could use the zoom freehand. And the zoom in video mode is very annoying too; the camera constantly goes in and out of focus and makes a clicking noise. Very annoying when you play back your video, the clicking noise is constant (every few seconds) and loud.
I’m going to continue to use my Z712 IS but with an attachable zoom lens. Haven’t bought the zoon lens yet but reviews here on Amazon are good so I’m sure that’s how I’ll get better zoom with my old camera, then I won’t have to use the AZ251 for the zoom.
Opteka 2.2x HD Telephoto Lens for Kodak EasyShare Z612, Z712, Z812, Z1012, & Z8612 IS Digital Camera
They make zoom lenses for many cameras so keep that in mind before you buy a new camera just to get better zoom.
So, would I buy the AZ251 again? Only if used or super cheap (I would not pay more than $50). And it surely would only be a back up camera, for when and if I need a second camera (to use two cameras at once), or one that ran on regular AA batteries or if the rechargeable batteries on my other digital cameras are not charged. I would not have paid the over $150 I did had I known it would be this annoying to use, and have so much trouble with focusing the zoom.
You will not see this as a verified purchase for me because I bought it from a TV home shopping channel. But I kind of wish I did buy it on Amazon because I would have had no trouble returning it. I’ve posted photos to prove I own it, because I know there are so many fake reviews online these days.