Excerpt: If only camera manufacturers focused as much on quality, as they did with cramping up spec sheets with as many useless features as possible, life would be so much better for everyone. Kodak's gone down a similar path with the feature-rich Easyshare Z980. Build Quality The camera's dimensions are 91 x 124 x 105 mm and it weights 445 grams, making it of average weight and size.
Pros: Phenomenal 24x 26-624mm wide-angle zoom lens., Well-designed user interface., Compact and lightweight., Mechanical image stabilization., Numerous exposure settings, including Smart Capture, scene modes and full manual control., ISO range from 64 to 6400., Flash hot shoe., Fast click-to-capture speed (less than 0.2 second)., Phenomenal 24x 26-624mm wide-angle zoom lens., Well-designed user interface., Compact and lightweight., Mechanical image stabilization., Numerous ...
Cons: Image quality isn’t great., Lens cap doesn’t stay on., Short battery life., RAW file format is virtually useless., Short maximum shutter speed of 16 seconds., Image quality isn’t great., Lens cap doesn’t stay on., Short battery life., RAW file format is virtually useless., Short maximum shutter speed of 16 seconds.
Summary: If you don't mind the additional weight and size, and you can overlook the slight shortcomings in imaging, the Kodak EasyShare Z980 is a solid buy. Its speed makes it a winner of a camera, even if Kodak isn't as sexy as other brands.
Excerpt: One of the fastest growing segments in digital photography is the "super zoom" category. These cameras, with lenses greater han 18X, offer an incredible zoom range in fairly compact bodies. If you even could, an equivalent lens for a digital SLR would not only be very expensive, it would weight a ton. Other common features on super zoom cameras include large LCDs, manual controls, and all the usual point-and-shoot features (face detection, scene modes, etc.).
Summary: It's been decades since I've shot a Kodak camera, but with the feature-rich Z980 Kodak has produced a viable contender in the ultrazoom compact digital class. Image quality and color fidelity are generally good, and shutter lag is first-rate. AF acquisition times are good at wide angle, and competitive with others in the field at the telephoto end.
Pros: Good image and color quality, Good shutter response, 720p HD video, Manual controls, RAW
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Summary: As manufacturers produce more megazoom cameras with similarly astounding capabilities (the 26mm-to-624mm-equivalent lens that's now de rigueur comes to mind), pinpointing the features that make a camera unique becomes more difficult. For the Kodak EasyShare Z980, the standouts are ergonomics and battery life.
Summary: : The Kodak Easyshare Z980 has quite a few quirks and peculiarities, for example, it provides full manual controls, plus RAW support, but no manual white balance! The video mode is great on paper letting you use the optical zoom and record in 720p HD, however there is a constantly flashing red light that shows up in videos.
Pros: Very easy to use, Good build quality, Good image quality - very bright colour, Wide angle 24x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, Good 3" screen, Excellent 1cm macro mode, Focus assist lamp, Good video mode (HD 16:9 aspect ratio, allows use of the optical zoom, 30fps etc), EVF useful in bright sunlight, Rechargable AA batteries included - decent battery life, Screen refreshes very quickly when focused - good for tracking subjects, Full manual mode, RAW...
Cons: Noise visible at ISO64, Strong purple fringing when using full zoom, Vignetting when using full zoom, Lacks Manual White Balance!, Handgrip makes camera quite bulky, Shutter switch slows down operation, Flashing red light when recording videos, Poor lens cap pops off