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: 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.
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.
Excerpt: I bought my Z981 a few months ago. I'm still learning to exploit its many resources. However, the results I got did not disappoint me. Sure, I knew I was getting a non-professional camera ... So, my assessment is favorable. The Z981 offers interesting results and has many nice features for a machine of this price range. I pointed out 4 stars.
Excerpt: The camera has many options and it may put off some people by getting acquainted with it, I know you got used to your old camera and its settings !!!.... I'm still learning about it's full functions and the more time i spent the more I love my Kodak Z ! My most intentions were to use it for panoramas and occasional HDR, well I'm not disappointed at all ! I love the fact that I can charge my batteries and easily shoot over 500 pics with them or record 2gb of videos.
Good camera for the casual hobbyist, learning curve, before best results.
14 August 2011
Summary: This camera (Kodak Easyshare Z981) is wonderful! I really like it. However, if you need/want a point and shoot I would not suggest this one. It has a bit of a 'learning curve' to get used to which settings to use and when, much like a D-SLR, it does have many higher end features that must be understood and correctly set before 'excellent' quality can be obtained using t hem.
Summary: I was most impressed with the 26x zoom. That was the main reason I bought this camera. I have only used it for a few weeks and have yet to print any photos, but I can say I have a nice selection on my computer so far. I had a Kodak before that produced vivid, beautiful pictures, but just couldn't zoom in tightly. So, if this one also proves to hold up in color production in printing, I will be pleased. The video funtion works well, you can zoom in and out while filming.