Excerpt: The Kodak EasyShare Z1085 IS ($249) is a fairly compact camera
with a 10 Megapixel CCD, 5X optical zoom lens with image stabilization, 2.5"
LCD display, and a high definition movie mode. And, like all Kodak cameras,
it's very easy to use.
Pros: Photo quality is good enough for the 4 x 6 crowd, Good value for the money, 5X zoom in a relatively compact body, Optical image stabilization, Some manual controls, Smart Capture mode works as advertised, Easy to use, with help screens for menu items, Handy PerfectTouch, Undo Delete, and Panorama Stitch features, HD (720p) movie mode, with optical zoom and image stabilization available, Very good software bundle
Cons: Noise reduction smudges fine details, mottles the sky, and gives images an overall soft look, Redeye a big problem; countermeasures did not work in my tests, Vignetting was an issue, though it may be specific to my camera, Poor low light focusing, Buffer memory fills quickly when several shots in a row are taken, No optical viewfinder, Zoom cannot be precisely adjusted; just seven steps for a 5X lens, Manual controls need work: only three apertures to choose from at a...
Excerpt: Kodak is rebuilding its empire by delivering dead-simple products, and the Z1085 IS is no exception: It's one of three point-and-shoots pioneering Kodak's Smart Capture Mode, which selects the scene mode and edits the picture before processing it (the other models are the $199 M1033 and the $279 V1273).
Excerpt: It's true that Kodak doesn't always get a lot of love around here: in spite of the company's storied history and early adoption of digital technology, Kodak's recent digital camera offerings have, for one reason or another, often failed to impress reviewers. Strong resources and a great brand name notwithstanding, the historic maker has seemed to focus too much on trying to compete on price in recent years, and not enough on building cameras that really stand out.
Pros: Polished, high-function interface, Solid speed and performance all around, Avoids bloated, useless soft features, Vivid Kodak color reproduction
Cons: Macro mode isn't much, AF requires some finessing for consistent results, Too much intrusive noise reduction, No way to dial back sharpness without losing detail
Summary: Kodak's EasyShare Z1085 is a decent but not outstanding advanced compact camera. It has some nifty features, but the images aren't quite up to scratch and it can get slow when the small buffer fills up.
Pros: Stabilised 5x optical zoom, 720p video recording, Smart Capture mode works well for amateurs
Cons: Noticeable drop in clarity towards the edges of the frame, buffer is small (which causes slow down), no custom white balance