For those who want to go beyond point-and-shoot, the Kodak Z730 features full exposure flexibility, as well as easy-to-use Scene Modes that automate most of the common picture-taking situations. Movies are captured at 640x480 VGA resolution at 12fps.
The Kodak Z730 takes a lithium ion battery. The battery is said to last up to 350 shots. The battery life is excellent. My mother has been using this camera for 5 months and still has never had a battery die on her during use. I did, however, purchase two extra batteries for her when I bought the camera. On a dolphin watching trip I once went through 2 1/2 lithium ion batteries on my old Kodak (It was a case of extreme picture taking, 2 1/2 hours of near constant clicking and video). Just in case, I made sure Mom had extras too. The down side to having lithium ion is that if your battery dies and you don't have time to charge it, you can't just run to the nearest drug store and pick up a pack of Duracell batteries. The batteries are cheap enough to have an extra on hand; only $29.99 as opposed to all other lithium batteries I've seen for other brands starting at $39.99 (Canon battery replacements, generic brand Digipower) to $89.99 (Sony batteries) at major retail stores. The batteries usually only lose 10-15% of their charge after 2 months of storage in a camera bag so its easy to keep an extra on hand.
For those who like to take night photography, the Kodak Z730 shutter speed goes to a long 64 sec. in Manual mode. The Kodak Z730 claims that by using dual-sensing technologies, its high-speed, low-light, auto-focus system precisely fine tunes and sharply defines subjects in both low-light and bright light situations. Continuous auto-focus provides quick 0.3 seconds click-to-capture time.
The Kodak EasyShare Z730 will appeal to beginner and serious amateur photographers who desire a full-featured and easy-to-use digital camera.