Summary: If you are someone who appreciates the stylish, ultra compact models of digital cameras that seem to be available everywhere these days, you probably won't give Kodak's Z950 camera a second look. It's a blocky looking model (1.4 inches in thickness) and weighs nearly double (8.2 ounces) what some point and shoot cameras weigh.
However, if you ignore this camera because of looks, it would be unfortunate.
Pros: Nice mixture of automatic and manual controls, can help beginners learn about using manual settings, Despite some intermediate features, Z950 is extremely easy to use, Image quality is pretty good in all lighting conditions, Very good value, 10X optical zoom lens moves quickly and works in video mode
Cons: Shutter lag is poor with flash and in low light, Shot to shot delays are below average, LCD can be a little tough to see in sunlight, No separate charger included; must charge the battery inside the camera, Chunky camera is not very stylish
Summary: If you want one of the best consumer-level digital cameras, then consider this one. Not only does it provide quality and performance similar to a professional-level model, but it also supports an easy and convenient picture shooting experience. The 10x optical zoom with automatic image stabilization, plus the high-definition quality video recording capabilities, are the most enticing features on this camera.
Pros: Semi-pro- offers quality and performance similar to professional models, Close- 10x optical zoom with automatic image stabilization, Capable- can easily shoot 12-megapixel stills or HD video within seconds, Flexible- offers a variety of features, such as shooting modes and enhancements, Improved- better than previous models, but more features are needed
Summary: This Kodak takes very good pictures and it has a few unique features. The Smart Capture mode is excellent so it can make a beginner look like an expert. In addition to the good automatic mode, the user can manually set more of the functions than most cameras of this level allow. So it is a good camera for a beginner who wants to test the waters of manual functionality.
It also has a few functions that some will like, and some will hate.
Excerpt: Average photo quality and mid-range features as per its price tag. Relatively narrow lens; a bit frustrating shooting performance. The Kodak EasyShare Z950 is a 12.2-megapixel digital camera with CCD optical sensor. It features 5x digital zoom, face detection, optical image stabilization, and frame movie shooting mode. The minimum shutter speed is 16second and maximum is 1/1250 second. 3-inches LCD display has a format of 230,000 pixels.
Summary: The Kodak Z950 is a surprising camera. Frankly, I never think that much of Kodak’s camera. It’s just not a stand-out brand to me. But the Z950 was a pleasant surprise, especially when you consider the available control that the camera offers. The Z950 is a definitely a camera that you can grow with over time.
Excerpt: (1 items) The 12-megapixel Kodak EasyShare Z950 is an easy-to-use pocket megazoom camera with an impressive list of advanced features. In addition to a 10X-optical-zoom lens, it has exposure bracketing, shutter priority, aperture priority, high ISO, and high-definition 720p video capture. But while the zoom lived up to expectations, the video quality did not.
Pros: 10X optical zoom, Quick shutter on individual shots, Very good still-image quality
Cons: No wide-angle capabilities, Shutter lag between shots, Mediocre video quality
Summary: Overall, I was pleased with the Kodak EasyShare Z950. It has many automatic features that make it easy for beginners along with manual exposure controls for more ambitious users. Its ergonomics are very good, with a couple of minor exceptions. While it's not the fastest camera on the block in starting up and shutting down, it is relatively quick in performing other functions.
Pros: Comfortable shape and rubberized grip, High quality lens, Clear, understandable menus, HD video, Good ISO performance
Cons: Flimsy battery cover, Sound level too low, Pokey start and shutdown time, Colors somewhat bland, Overexposure
Excerpt: Pitching itself at the value end of the market, this Kodak model has plenty of surprises. The sturdily built 12-megapixel Z950 crams an effective 10x optical zoom into a body that will fit in your pocket.