I also have a Kodak Z710, and it does have 10x zoom, but the pictures are not nearly as sharp as what I could get with my Rebel if it had a good lens.
So, buy a new lens you say? Well I can't. I've been looking, and nothing worth buying falls in my price range. I've looked on craigslist and found a lens for a mere fraction of what it would cost new, along with a lot of other gear being thrown in with it, but my husband informed me that we still can not afford it.
So, I guess I am limited in the kind of pictures I can take. I can get some very nice shots of certain types, so its not the quality of my work that suffers as much as the type of work I can do. I guess I'll have to express my artistic side in some other way.
Speaking of wildlife shots, I did get some halfway decent shots of a coyote in my yard a few weeks ago, I had to use the Kodak, because the 18-55mm lens just can't do the job. I'm sure that my results would have been much better with a true telephoto lens on my rebel, but at any rate, here is what I got.
This last one is a crop of the first one.
So you see that the Kodak gets decent shots, but certainly not professional quality at a distance. If you click on the picture to see it larger, you can tell how it is lacking in sharpness, I mean, it is good for a point and shoot picture, but the results I could have gotten with a real telephoto lens would have been awesome.
So I guess for now I just wait and keep working with I have, maybe some day I'll be able to get myself one telephoto and one macro.