The Kodak EasyShare Z1285 is a relatively compact camera; it’s small enough to fit into your pocket. The stunning 12.1MP picture is taken from a 35-175 mm (35 mm equiv.), f/2.8-f/5.1SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON Lens which also records HD Quality Video. The lens, only sticking out a few millimeters from the base, is surrounded by a black finish which covers the rest of the camera. Above the lens you’ll find the flash which is relatively small compared to the last Kodak camera I reviewed. To the left of the lens are the words “HD Video” and 5X. Slightly to the left of those words is a thing piece of chrome which is slightly raised off of the base of the camera; probably to allow a better grip when taking pictures.
Moving on to the side of the camera is a flip open cover. To open you need to slide the panel towards the rear of the camera. It will then spring open. Underneath the cover is the USB port and SDHC card slot.
On the rear of the camera is the 2.5in LCD screen along with a set of buttons found to the right of the screen. Starting at the top of the rear is the zoom in/out button, delete, display change, directional pad with center button, menu, review, and finally the share button. The buttons are fairly self explanatory so it makes this camera easy to use right out of the box.
The top of the camera provides four more buttons and an additional selection wheel. Starting from left is the drive mode button, flash adjustment, and the power button. The actual button for taking pictures is found in the center of the wheel, which has seven different selections. The seven different shooting modes are: Smart scene, SCN, P (program), M (manual), video capture, high ISO, digital image stabilization.
While in operation the lens sticks out rather far for the 5X zoom.
The screen display is nice in that it only supplies minimal information. Along the top are your image options for a quick view of which mode you’re in.