Compared to... Olympus SP-500UZ

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Kodak Z650 and the similarly specified Olympus SP-500UZ. We have included samples for the lowest and highest standard ISO settings for each camera (ISO 80 and 400). We have not included the Z650's ISO 800 mode as this is only available at the 1.7MP setting.

Note: The Z650 doesn't have a custom (measured) white balance function, so these are the most neutral results we could get (after trying the various presets), using Auto White Balance. The color cast in these shots is purely down to the white balance being unable to correct completely our studio lighting.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 80)

  • Kodak EasyShare Z650 : Aperture Priority mode (F5.0), ISO 80, Default Image Parameters, Auto white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Olympus SP-500UZ: Aperture Priority mode (F5.0), ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Kodak EasyShare Z650
Olympus SP-500UZ
ISO 80, 1/60 sec, F5.0
ISO 80, 1/50 sec, F5
1,089 KB JPEG
3,221 KB JPEG

Ignoring the white balance differences it's obvious that there isn't a lot between these two similarly specified - and similarly priced - cameras. Both look a little over-processed, and particularly over-sharpened, but the amount of real detail being captured is roughly the same. As noted elsewhere the Kodak lens suffers from a little corner softness as you move up the focal length range, but I personally prefer the Z650's output, which - though a little softer, has richer colours and less obvious artefacts.