Summary: The Kodak Z981 comes across as a rather odd fit. It is sort of a “Jack of all trades, master of none” kind of camera. Many features seem squarely aimed at an entry-level consumer market with primary goal of convenience and ease of use, while some features appear targeted more toward advanced users. While some cameras may pull this off, I have a tough time finding a way to recommend the Z981 to either group.
Summary: Kodak's EasyShare Z981 is an ultra-zoom digicam featuring a 26x Schneider-KREUZNACH Varigon optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization, a 14-Megapixel imaging sensor, vertical shutter, detachable vertical grip, 720p H.264 HD video capture and Kodak's Perfect Touch and EasyShare technologies, just to name a few. As far as a digicams go, there isn't much this one can't do.
Pros: 14-Megapixel,1/2.33-inch CCD imaging sensor, 26x Optical Zoom lens; 35mm equivalent of 26-676mm (f/2.8-f/5.0), Smart Capture auto mode, 3-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen, Face Detection and Face Recognition, 720p HD video capture in Quick Time H.264 codec, AAC LC audio, 1,4,9 and 16 up video prints, Kodak Perfect Touch Technology, Optical Image Stabilization with Blur Reduction, Full Manual Exposure controls, EasyShare one-touch uploading, Second, vertical shutter, TTL A...
Cons: 14-Megapixel,1/2.33-inch CCD imaging sensor, 26x Optical Zoom lens; 35mm equivalent of 26-676mm (f/2.8-f/5.0), Smart Capture auto mode, 3-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen, Face Detection and Face Recognition, 720p HD video capture in Quick Time H.264 codec, AAC LC audio, 1,4,9 and 16 up video prints, Kodak Perfect Touch Technology, Optical Image Stabilization with Blur Reduction, Full Manual Exposure controls, EasyShare one-touch uploading, Second, vertical shutter, TTL A...
Summary: This article is a review of the Kodak EasyShare Z981 digital camera, which is Kodak's latest superzoom camera. This review will help camera buyers who are considering buying a superzoom digital camera.
Conclusion: Perhaps the Kodak Easyshare Z981 does not match up to other cameras with long lenses in all areas, but it is worth noting it is around half the price of some of them. Therefore if a long lens is of great importance to you and you are willing to accept some of the limitations when it comes to picture quality then this camera is one for your shortlist.
Pros: Long lens - general features - lower price
Cons: Macro shot - Noise in lowlight - Build quality
Excerpt: When the first proper consumer level digital cameras started emerging in 1998 or thereabouts, film stalwart Kodak was at the forefront of the charge - and, incredibly, charging around £1,000 for a one megapixel camera with it. Times change though, the company failed to maintain its early lead and promise, and nowadays Kodak is probably fairly low down your list when weighing up which digital camera to buy.
Conclusion: Delivering overly-bright colours at times, plus some quite pronounced barrel distortion and overall softness, results from the Z981 seem somehow to add up to less than the sum of its individual parts, more impressive on paper than in practice. Build quality is chunky and robust and its spacious layout will appeal to those with larger hands.
Pros: The expansive zoom range, and the fact the full optical reach is accessible when shooting HD movies as well as 14- megapixel stills
Cons: Sluggish writing times, over exposed and over saturated images, chunky size comparable to a baby DSLR
Conclusion: Es ideal para quienes quieren cruzar la línea de la fotografía para aficionados a la profesional. Con las funciones automáticas y escenas preestablecidas no necesitarás más que encuadrar y disparar. Ahora que, si lo que necesitas es ajustar la configuración y liberar al creativo que llevas dentro, también podrás hacerlo con la Z981.
Pros: Enorme alcance del zoom, usa baterías AA, graba video en Alta Definición y facilidad para tomar fotos en posición vertical y horizontal.
Cons: Es muy pesada y las fotos tomadas con el máximo acercamiento pierden calidad.