Summary: Let me start by saying that you will never ever get another camera like this one for this price, period. Cameras with these features cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars. I thinks this was Kodak's way of saying thanks to consumers for their over 130 years of loyalty, before closing its doors. I guess the release of the Z990 leaves similar cameras made by other manufacturers begging for mercy.
Great camera if you want to move up from a point-and-shoot without investing in a dSLR!
Erin E. Turowski, Amazon
3 June 2012
Summary: I bought this camera because I was looking for something with manual settings for great macro shots. I was definitely not disappointed! I love it! Until now, I had been a point-and-shoot girl, and this is a great camera for you to get if you want to: a) move up from a point-and-shoot camera, b) learn to use manual camera settings without spending a fortune on a dSLR and lenses, and c) still own a camera that lets you take awesome point-and-shoot pictures.
Summary: I have read a lot about this camera before purchasing it and the price I paid of 167 led me to go ahead and take a chance. The next cameras I was considering was the Fuji film 25exr, 30exr, Canon SX40 HS, but this camera was half the price of the others. The reviews that I read are fairly correct. The battery door is thin and wiggles when opened and the battery door is fairly hard to close, but not rocket science, just patience.
Summary: Got this for chaperoning a jr. hi trip to NY. My old camera is a Panasonic Lumix 6mp with only 6x optical zoom. It took some very nice shots, but I wanted more zoom. Very easy to set up. Lots of settings to play around with, still playing with it. The zoom is great, but as others say, if you are using maximum zoom, it's best to be using a tripod for a steady shot. Also shot some HD video with it. Very nice and okay audio quality.
Summary: Two years ago, I took a photo of the moon while I was flying on a plane. That camera had 10x zoom, and I got a massive moon that filled the whole image, showing me the mountains and cracks of the moon. Today, 5/6/12, is the moon day in Asian culture; it is said that of all 365 days, the moon is brightest today. And unfortunately, I am in the midst of a final exams hazard and cannot hop on a plane. However, I decide to try my new Kodak Z990 anyway.
Summary: My experience is mostly with a pentax k1000 35mm in high school. Once a year I use a very nice digimax? 8x zoom which has always worked well. But the vast majority of my experience is with an SLR that uses real film. I even did my own developing and printing. This camera is a good "bridge" camera. It's Not a DSLR, it's a digital, and it comes with some slr like settings. what I tested: ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and zoom- just like in college.
Summary: I have had this camera for a few months, and it is for the most just as advertised (and reviewed by folks here). If you want to use it for the video side, you should just leave it stationary, as it can not keep up with moving objects. I almost exclusively use it for filming musical acts at my radio station or at festivals, and it is great. The ONE issue I have with it is it automatically turns off 28:31 every single time.
Summary: This camera is pretty good. I've seen people complain about the menus but they don't seem too bad to navigate (the one on my DSLR is rather intensive as well). I use it mostly without the display and use the viewfinder. For now I just have regular lithium batteries in it. I'm still getting used to the viewfinder outside as I'd only had optical viewfinders before (even in my old 3.1 MP), but at least I can see out of this one (a previous one I got in 2009 I returned then...
Summary: I've used digital cameras since 1998 and currently own 6 or 7 Canon cameras from pocket to semi-pro DSLR (5D), I went off brand to try this Kodak camera because of the phenomenal optical zoom range of 30x, equivalent to over 800mm on a 35mm camera. The camera has the typical small sized sensor of its ilk which creates a tendency to noise at low light levels.
Summary: I use my camera daily for work, also lots of travel and family photography. This camera has exceeded the need by a wide margin. The "no stitch" panorama feature, AMAZING Schneider lens, 1080P videos, color rendition, light weight, common batteries (AAs), intuitive menu system, etc., really put this over the top. Get one while you can!