There are two standard modes for taking pictures from very close by or from very far away and they are ready for use at one touch of the button. All settings needed for taking individual shots can be changed quickly and easily. As well as the program choice, you can adjust shutter speed series, exposure control and a fully M (manual) mode. This allows you total control over the Kodak EasyShare Z650.
To acquire sufficient storage capacity you would have to consider buying at least a 256MB flash memory card. That would allow you to take about 133 shots in the highest resolution and more than 415 shots in the lowest resolution. Naturally, these improvements in storage also apply to the video: without an extra Secure Digital memory card, you can only take just under 3.5 minutes of video (this resembles the old Super 8) but extending it to 256MB will allow you to record for up to half an hour. In practice, you could also choose a 512MB Secure Digital card. It would give you more storage and allow you to save 266 pictures in the highest resolution - now there’s something you could really work with! Furthermore, you should always choose to work in a high (or highest) resolution, as this will only be good for the results of the Kodak EasyShare Z650. Naturally you will need some reserves concerning the actually number of shots: using the Favourites setting takes up a lot of storage space.
The lens gives great results. You will have to decide on the sharpness and colour setting by at least checking them via the LCD on the body, as the viewfinder is simply too limited to allow this. That Kodak is convinced of the quality of the mounted lens can be seen in the fact that they routinely supply a lens sun hood. Hardly any differences could be discovered in the reproduction of the different focal ranges. Distortions are fairly constant both in wide-angle and tele setting (not much distortion). The colour saturation is good and the white balance in the automatic setting is excellent. One exception to this can be seen in some shots taken in artificial light where a strong colour cast makes it necessary to use a manual setting. Funnily enough, the Kodak Z650 doesn’t have a manual white balance setting, and you really miss it.
With a weight of around 300 gram, depending upon the choice of battery, the camera is not too light and because the lens is proportionally large, there is a well balanced combination of form, weight and lens. The Kodak Z650 camera doesn't fall over easily, which is useful if you don’t have a tripod. If you touch the shutter release a green AF illuminator is turned on, that is actually less disturbing than a red one. After pressing in the shutter release, you hear the sound of a shutter and because the LCD display is turned off it is obvious that a shot is being made. The camera is ready for the next shot straight afterwards. Simple, clear, and fast.