Summary: I wasn't ready to step up to the slr type camera and I have been informed this is called a bridge camera, not a point and shoot a little time consuming but I like the pics if I take my time. it's different so I am adjusting my thinking.
Summary: I'll keep it simple... I've had this camera for two weeks. It is simple to operate. The menu is not difficult to understand. The pics are great. Loaded with features. Love the wide angle and zoom.
Summary: We bought this camera to replace our Kodak Z612 which had a zoom lens attachment. It was an easy transition because the menus, etc. are very similar to our old camera and very easy to navigate. It has a great zoom lens, and we have been surprised at the level of detail when fully zoomed.
Summary: I have owned this camera for about a month and am very pleased with the quality of the pictures. Do not find it difficult to use the different functions and there is an explanation of what each function is best used for. The only problem I have had is with the charger.
Summary: I just bought the camera and have been trying out some of its features. I wanted a camera with more mp and higher ISO's. My former camera was a Canon Powershot Pro1 that I bought six years ago. That camera had 8mp. The Z981 has 14mp. The old Canon's ISO went to 400.
Summary: I love the camera. I'm shocked at how light weight it is. Almost feels like a piece of plastic! Very pretty lens.
Pros: Gorgeous pictures... but honestly when doesn't the Kodak Easy Shares not have good pics. VERY VERY VERY light weight. LOVE the dual buttons one on top one on the side to take pics. Easy to use, easy to navigate and just as good quality as I've come to expect from Kodak Easy Share Cameras!
Cons: The Battery charger takes FOREVER!!! Best to buy a separate charger. I have one from Powerex that takes at most 3 hours and even comes with a car charger!, I was expecting more shocking quality pictures. Could be I'm just too used to the wonderful quality Kodak produces. I've only played with it ...
Summary: I got this as an upgrade to my z612. I haven't used it much yet, but so far I love it! The zoom is fantastic and so is the flash. I zoomed into a table in a room that was 20 feet away and dark. The flash lit the entire image and worked great!FROM 20 FEET AWAY!
Summary: This camera works well and seems to give good quality pictures. The only problem is that like a lot of these type of cameras it is difficult to use filters (although not impossible with this one it does limit what you can do). I would recommend this to anyone.