Summary: all in all I love this camera it is the best one I've ever had. I've had it for almost 3 yrs and I'm just now starting to have issues with it. Its coming up with a msg that the camera is to hot and shuts off just after I turn it on, just after I started getting this msg. It started switching between modes when I'm not touching the dial and when I try to look through the pictures I've already taken it shuts that off and goes back to the screen to take a picture.
Pros: takes great pictures, manual setting is easy to use and set you can get pictures of the moon and stars with this camera, great portrait photos and macro is great too. All in all well worth the money. Wish more cameras were like this one.
Cons: reds are not natural and way to bright, the battery door is hard to close, sometimes its hard for the camera to focus either in macro (you can't zoom much) or in landscape mode you can't zoom either.
Summary: Just bought and still learning all the Capabilities but I've been able to take pictures of wildlife I never could get before. I just took it to a baseball game and took many wonderful shots of the players. I just wish the time it takes from when you push the button until it actually snaps was faster.But I still find it better than any camera I've ever owned and it allows pictures I could never hope to get before.
Excellent long zoom and all-in-one camera for beginners
15 December 2012
Summary: Initially I was determine to buy Powershot SX500IS, however the retail sales assistant showed me 2 images took by both Powershot SX500IS and EasyShare z981 respectively. I was amazed by how sharp the images from EasyShare z981 turn out to be in zoom mode. The sales assistant told me that it is because of the Schneider-KREUZNACH optical zoom lens, which is often use in DSLR. However, I was reluctant to buy EasyShare z981 after looking at the online reviews.
Pros: Amazing sharpness for zooming capability and macro mode. Flash proves to be outstanding for night mode. EVF mode during daylight. Intuitive and user friendly design with portrait mode capturing. Default settings for p, a, s and fast capture.
Cons: A lot of noise for video mode at night, but it provides very smooth playback. Also, noise in darker and low light conditions are pretty obvious. Camera design (appearance-wise) is really not outstanding.
Great Value - Great Photos - Great portability - Get xtra batteries !
1 November 2012
Summary: It took a little getting used to because I was used to very simple point & shoot camera's but this one has alot more features , so once I learned them , I started taking phenominal shots ! Great camera , easy to carry around , get the quality of a high end Digital Camera without the confusing complexity of a high end Digital Camera. I highly reccomend this camera ! Im very happy with it !
Summary: I have owned several different Kodak digital cameras, starting with the Z612i (6.1 megapixels, 12x optical zoom), and now with the Z981 (14 megapixels, 26x optical zoom). I purchased this after buying a A5010, which is similar to the Z981, EXCEPT it does not have a viewfinder, only an LCD screen. I found that very inconvenient, and went to Z981m which has a viewfinder, which is very useful when using a long zoom.
Summary: Camera works great, wish it came with the usb cable for it and the software, as the usb cable is a special size. In order to upload to facebook and youtube,the camera needs to be connected to the computer via the usb cable that was not included.
Awesome point-and-shoot camera! Great value for the money!
21 May 2012
Summary: I bought this Kodak because I wanted a lightweight camera that takes top quality pictures as a back-up to my DSLR camera. I primarily take sports pictures for high school, weddings, and senior pics. I have owned and used two Kodak point-and-shoots in the past, and loved them, especially for portraits. I used this camera at our high school's graduation, and it took excellent pictures -- sharp, clear, great color, using only the pop-up flash (indoors).
Summary: I was impressed with my Easy Share DX7590 camera. The pictures were sharp and it was so easy to use. I lost the top lens and couldn't find a replacement so bought another Kodak--a z981--thinking it would have the same features only have more zoom power. It is not nearly as good a camera as it's predecessor.
Pros: Cheap for the zoom capability
Cons: The pictures aren't sharp and it takes too long to take second shot. It is several seconds after taking a picture before the next one is available to take. The flash goes off on automatic regardless of the lighting or how I've set it.
Amazing value, though flawed-- great images are possible with care.
27 February 2012
Summary: I bought the Z981 because of the price, the 26x zoom and its famous German manufacturer, the EVF, the RAW feature, the large LCD, and the 14 megapixels. It looks like a semi-professional camera, and it can be, sometimes. In 'Smart Capture' mode, the camera sets itself; you have no control over anything but the zoom. It will choose an ISO, shutter speed, aperture, flash, and then use in-camera JPG compression and noise reduction.
Feature rich camera - great pictures - outstanding value -Kodak gets and A+
20 December 2011
Summary: This camera is an upgrade from a Kodak Z915. I bought it for two reasons: The 26X Zoom feature, and the close-up lens capability. In both cases, I'm very pleased. The camera is feature-loaded, including some I'll never use, but I have difficulty in envisioning anything one would want or need - up to an intermediate photographer - that this does not have. Picture quality is outstanding. The Kodak face recognition feature is very nice.