Almost every Superzoom feature worth having has been bundled into this affordable model. Kodak's Z712 IS has the requisite reach, with a 36-432mm (equivalent) optical zoom that's fairly fast at f/2.8-4.8. It has the means to steady the picture at those long focal lengths, with optical image stabilization via shifting lens elements. It has fine ergonomics -- the Kodak-signature, square-SLR shape that lets you get your whole hand on the camera. And it has a substantial, print-worthy resolution of 7.1 megapixels.
The Z712 IS also has a generous 2.5-inch LCD monitor (which can show you a live histogram), fast click-to-capture speed (a quarter of a second), and speed settings up to ISO 1600 (to 3200 at 1.2 megapixels). You can shoot Quicktime (MPEG-4) movies up to the capacity of the SD card; there's 32MB of backup onboard memory. Our favorite of the Z712's many scene modes is panorama-stitch assist. And you can plunk the camera on a Kodak Printer Dock for fast 4x6 prints.