Searching for a digital camera can be fun, but also time consuming and confusing. After much research and many stores, we finally decided on the two we wanted (one for me and one for my husband). For myself, I purchased the Kodak Easyshare Z700 and for him, the Kodak Easyshare C340. We found the Easyshare models to be the most appealing both in price and quality, and they both hook up to the universal Easyshare printing dock so we can just print our pictures at home. Following I will detail the differences between the two for you.
The Z700 has 4.0 megapixels and the C340, 5.0 megapixels. The difference of quality between the pictures when printed, however, is very minimal at best and if you did not know which camera took the picture, you would not be able to decipher between the two. The biggest issue we have had has been with printing: The Z700 battery will not charge on the EZ printer so we have to charge the battery for it in the C340; those who only have the Kodak Easyshare Z700 may have to purchase disposable batteries or a separate battery charger. We have sent the camera in for repair (to solve this problem) but no problem was ‘detected.’ Other than that, both cameras print to the Easyshare printer with ease.
The Easyshare Z700 is not as compact as the Easyshare C340 is. The C340 is very slim and streamlined and easy to carry or store. Both cameras have a comparable zoom (5x for the Z700 and 3x optical and 5x digital zoom for the C340) and video features, including sound (although the video quality on the C340 is a tad sharper, image-wise, than the Z700). They both also have multiple features (thirteen separate modes) for taking pictures in various situations, such as in low light, outside, fireworks, etc. and various functions that allow for personalized picture taking, such as the portrait, close-up or landscape settings, and both cameras have a self-timer that has proven quite handy, most especially when the photographer would like to include his or herself in a group photo. The Z700 Both cameras feature a nice-sized window to view your pictures in and are easy to delete or save. Review of the photos can be done singularly or in grid feature (which allows you to view several photographs at once). The flash capabilities are numerous in both cameras, allowing for red-eye, auto, fill, or no flash at all options. Exposure and focus on both cameras is automatic, or you can choose delayed on the latter to do it yourself (with the delayed shutter action). Both cameras have the option where you can purchase a memory card that will increase your photograph storage capacity drastically: the memory cards come in handy for printing directly from a computer or a store printer and keep you in the action, as far as taking pictures go (we’ve all been there, where the memory was full and we were instantly out of commission).
The best thing about either one of these camera choices is that they are truly good to go, straight out of the box and although the two cameras are very similar to one another, I would recommend the C340 over the Z700 simply because of price. When you have two products that are so very similar, but one costs approximately $299 (the Z700) and the other approximately $115 (the C340), it just makes sense to purchase the one that costs less. In either case though, you will be getting a high quality photograph, a camera that is super easy to use, and a product with a reputable brand name (Kodak) that you can trust.