|Kodak EasyShare Z980 12 MP Megapixel Digital Camera Schneider Lens|
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|Who says you can't have it all? The Kodak EASYSHARE Z980 digital camera blends the latest picture-taking technology with the ultimate in style. And with Kodak's innovative smart capture feature, it's the take-anywhere camera that does it all - automatically.The Z980 allows you to take those versatile and creative shots you crave. So when the perfect picture-taking opportunity arises, you'll be ready. Go from horizontal to vertical shots with ease. And with on-camera features like face detection, multimedia slideshow, text and sound tags, and HD video, taking the shot is just the beginning.|
|Camera Type||Point & Shoot|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP|
|Macro Focus Range||1-300cm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||26 - 624mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||16 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 3200 (3Mpix), ISO 400, ISO 64, ISO 6400 (3Mpix), ISO 800, ISO auto|
|Light Sensitivity Max||6400|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Effective Flash Range||6.2 m|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Red-eye Reduction Flash|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction|
|Memory / Storage|
|Integrated Memory size||64 MB|
|Supported Flash Memory||Built-in, SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X 10.3 or later, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Standard form factor|
|Digital Video Format||H.264, HD (High Definition), MPEG-4|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Additional Features||Audio Recording, Auto Power Save, Automatic Face Tracking, Brightness Control, Built-In Help Guide, Cropping An Image, Histogram Display, Image Stabilization, Not Interchangeable Lenses, Orientation Detection, PictBridge Support, Red-eye Correction, Sharpness Control, USB 2.0 Compatibility|
|Shooting Modes||Frame Movie Mode|
|Shooting Programs||Back light, Beach, Candle, Children, Fireworks, Flower, High sensitivity, Landscape, Museum, Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama assist, Portrait mode, Self-portrait, Snow, Sports mode, Stage, Sunset, Text|
|Special Effects||Black & White, High color, Low color, Natural, Sepia|
|White Balance||Auto, Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Shade (Preset), Tungsten (Preset)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1 frame per second, 5 frames per second|
Good, vibrant color; lots of shooting options, manual controls; hot shoe for add-on flash; includes rechargeable AA batteries.
Clunky design; noisy photos.
The Kodak EasyShare Z980 has a lot to offer--including a wide-angle 24x zoom lens--but you'll have to overlook its clunky design and noisy photos.
Average review score based on 54 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
Nice image sharpness when shooting at "fine" setting and 12MP. Nice creative control with a wide variety of customizable settings. Settings are clearly outlined in the user manual which I found easy to understand. You can go the Kodak website and download pdfs of the standard manual and the advanced settings manual. This camera has amazing zoom like I've never seen on a non-DSLR camera. The price was great and I got lots of extras with it by purchasing on ebay. Overall I'd rate it as a great value for the price.
The neck strap that it came with was kind of a joke. I took a strap from an older camera that I don't use anymore and it works fine. The lens cap does come off easily, however if you keep it attached/connected to the strap it's not a problem. The camera comes with the lens attachment. The batteries it came with don't last very long. None of the cons would have prevented me from buying this camera again as they are all very minor details.
In reading some other reviews before purchasing I found many people claimed the quality of photo shots were sub-par. I don't think anyone who made such claims really adjusted any settings or got to know the different functions. The other thing some complained about was the AA batteries. Many people prefer a different battery, but I'm from a different school of thought on this. I like that they are AA because you can buy good quality rechargeables in many different brands. Also, if you are on the road and forgot your battery, or the ones you have run out of juice, you can walk into any gas station and get replacements in a pinch. To me that is better than having a fancy custom battery and not being able to use the camera if you find yourself in that situation. And finally, the complaint that many have about this camera is simply that it is a Kodak. Kodak has developed a reputation over the years for being at the low end of the camera market. They do cost less than most other brands but the technology has come to a far enough point where they hold their own. This is third digital camera I've owned by Kodak and my experience with all of them has been great. I have a couple of friends who are professional photographers with fancy high end cameras. They have been amazed at some of the pictures I've taken with my low end Kodak. So my advice is, don't let the name brand decide which camera you will buy. I read lots of reviews on similar cameras from Nikon, Pentax, and Canon when I was shopping around which also had mixed reviews. I think the bottom line is that they are all good cameras if you learn the settings and find the one you are comfortable working with.
I have a Kodak P850 and absolutely love it. I wanted to upgrade and I wanted to maintain the Kodak quality. Since the features basically parallel my current camera, the Z980 seemed like a natural transition.
I instantly discovered the transition was wise and the quality is great. I am clicking away with great results.
The camera comes with 4 AA NiMH batteries and charger. The battery charger shows red after 24 hours of charging but the batteries read FULL CHARGE in my camera. That has been the only hitch. I have a portable charger and more batteries that I just purchased already on the way.
I have to give the camera an Excellent and the batteries and charger; Average to Good. Buy a Z980. It is a great personal or family camera with professional results. The image stabilization kicks butt even at 24X Zoom!
This a great camera for an individual that is an intermediate level photographer. It give you plenty of options on how you want to shoot your subject. It has an awesome zoom. The the pictures it takes are awesome. It has a hot shoe for an external flash that comes in handy for interior shooting and low light situations. My favorite feature is the burst setting that lets you take 5 pictures in one second. Very handy for shooting sports shots or wildlife in motion. I recommend going to the Kodak website and downloading the user manual. It will drastically expedite your learning curve on how to operate the camera.
I owned a Kodak 7490 prior to this camera. Here are a few of my dislikes about the 980. The 7490 date stamp was yellow this one is red and in most cases impossible to see. The 7490 had a dock for downloading and recharging.The 980 uses a USB cord to download. To recharge you need to take the 4 AA batteries out to recharge and the charger they send is rediculous. It takes 16 hours and it will also overcharge so you need to keep on it. They tell you to completely discharge before recharging but give you no way of doing it.The battery cover is difficult to close and is very flimsy. The camera itself is very good. It works as described and takes excellent pictures.
I like several things about this camera. The Raw photos are amazing and I love taking Video recordings, It is nice that you can still zoom in and out while recording. The Lense is amazing and take crystal clear images. You can see a lot of detail in the eyes including eyelashes. Is very easy to use and versatile, anybody can pick it up tinker around and figure it out. Great amazing first Camera.