Kodak Easyshare Z981

January 6, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras | 514 Comments | |
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Kodak has quietly introduced a new superzoom camera, the Kodak EasyShare Z981, featuring a 26x Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon zoom. The Kodak Z981 appeared in Kodak’s online store without much fanfare, and can also be pre-ordered from Amazon for $329.95. Apart from the 26x zoom lens that spans a focal range of 26-676mm in 35mm equivalency, the other main ingredient of the Z981 is a new, 14-megapixel imager. In most other respects, the Kodak Z981 is not really different from its predecessor the Z980. Just like that camera, the Z981 has a 3” rear screen, can shoot 720p HD video, features Kodak’s exclusive Smart Capture technology, and comes bundled with a detachable vertical grip. It also retains its forebear’s ability to capture raw image data, though Kodak warns that raw image editing is not supported on Mac OS. The flash hot shoe of the Z980 is, apparently, gone. Kodak claims a shutter lag of less than 0.2 seconds foir the Z981, though this is probably without focusing time. Like camera that preceded it, the Kodak EasyShare Z981 runs on AA batteries and comes bundled with four pre-charged Kodak Ni-MH rechargeables.

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#501 Gregg

Ive had my Z981 for a year now and really like it,but I am considering the Z990 as I am really interested in the capabilities of the BSI CMOS Color Science chip. I really like things that fly(birds and aircraft) and am thinking that faster collection of light might help me get some crisper photographs. I wonder...Or perhaps I should wait until the January CES and see what Kodak introduces as its next gen top end camera.

5:50 am - Monday, August 1, 2011

#502 Gene Essman

Julie - to crop in Gimp, there's no automatic presets available for pre-defined sizes. To manually crop, after loading the image you want to crop, in "Tools," select the rectangle marking tool - the first tool in the upper left hand corner. Using the rulers up top and down the left side, mark the size rectangle you want to crop to. Then under "Image" select "Crop to Selection," and then save the image. I recommend that you give the cropped image a new name so you're original image remains intact in the event you want to work with it later. You can automate the process somewhat by selecting "Image" and "Scale the Image" to a size you want. You might want to read up on that in the help section. I've not used Gimp extensively because I have Photoshop but I have loaded it to see what it allows and so I can recommend it to those who need a powerful graphics program but choose to not buy an expensive program. A good inexpensive program is Photoshop Elements 9, normally around $100. An earlier, say Ver 8, has gone on ebay for around $15.00, a much better deal.

7:43 pm - Tuesday, August 2, 2011

#503 julie

Thanks for that Gene. Was hoping Gimp had an auto preset for predefined sizes, and that I'd missed it somehow. I'm terrible at using those rulers. I may end up getting photoshop elements yet.

6:03 am - Wednesday, August 3, 2011

#504 Felicia Woods

I Love My Z980....So Does Everyone That I Take a Picture Of. Ask Me and I Will Share!

12:18 am - Friday, October 14, 2011

#505 DGuertin

I've had the Z981 for a couple of years and last night I caught Jupiter and all four Galilean moons which I thought was pretty good for this camera! See http://guertin.com/transfer/Sharpened-59.jpg

Has anyone else tried this? Success? Settings?

Also, I've used GIMP for years so if I can help anyone, let me know.

5:49 pm - Sunday, December 18, 2011

#506 Tina

DGuertin - Your shot of Jupiter looks good. I have one on Flickr I did last year. You can click on the option to see exif data. I don't know if my settings were the best ones, but they worked for me. I was just excited to get the pictue. Here is the link:

6:17 pm - Saturday, January 7, 2012

#507 Larry Kortuem

I have had it with Kodak. I bought two printers and two cameras and they all failed just after the warranty was up. Luckily I had extended warranties on the printers but I got skunked on the cameras. My best one the Z981 suffered the usual kiss of death when all the latch clips on the battery door popped off and the camera became useless because I couldn't hold the door shut. The bottom cover cracked and some of the screws fell out. I discovered the mount lug was cracked when I dissembled it. I could fix it but when I looked for parts I found that everything that was broken on mine was broken on others and only the parts that never brake were offered for sale. The picture capabilities were only average. the HD movies were not that good. My wife has a chippie camera and it does just as well as this thing. The only advantage the Z981 has is the zoom.

12:47 am - Thursday, October 31, 2013

#508 Ken

Well, I've had my '981 now for a few years and I'm pretty happy with it.I've taken a few thousand foto's with this camera, and I'm very pleased. When I bought it, I'd heard that Kodak wasn't going to continue making cameras..Does anyone know if that is true?

4:52 am - Sunday, February 8, 2015

#509 Julie

I wish I'd never sold mine. Yes Kodak stopped making cameras, and I really miss them. Love the colour reproduction, no other camera I've tried can match it for Australian Outback brilliant blue skies.
However, Kodak cameras are now being manufactured under licence by JK Imaging.
They have a couple models that I'd be interested in trying out.
Don't know whether they just got the name, or the design specs to go with it.
Often when a brand name is purchased, they change the design/ingredients/whatever thinking they can make it better but they actually make it worse.
Still, if Kodak becomes available here I will try one out.

10:37 am - Sunday, February 8, 2015

#510 Ken

Thanks Julie..I was kinda doubtful that anyone would respond to my comment here since the blog stream was so old. Yur an Aussie?..That's cool! I'm from Northern Ca. not far from San Franciso. Sounds like maybe yur an older lady. I just turned 65 yrs. old a few days ago. I won't make any assumptions as to your actual age..it's not really important. You-all had a great blog going with the z981. What are you shooting with these days? 'Went to your "Flicker" page but couldn't see anything but yur wallpaper . Are you still active there? I recently joined, but my file is set to "private" right now. I set it there because I don't like the idea of just anyone downloading any or all of my images. If you are active on Flicker, I would love to see your foto's, and would be happy to share mine. I'm sorry if I'm rambling, I don't do much blogging & I'm rather injoying this. Ciao for now..

P/s It's about 4pm here..What time is it there?

12:03 am - Monday, February 9, 2015

#511 Tina

I'm surprised to hear from this thread! Julie's already answered the question, so I won't repeat it. I have to say, my first attempt at an upgrade left me pretty disappointed. When I finally got a decent upgrade, I gave my Kodak to my husband so he could learn, and he's still using it. It has been a good camera.

1:17 am - Monday, February 9, 2015

#512 DGuertin

Still using mine! Original batteries still re-charging, too (tho' not as long-lasting)! Probably 10,000 images shot with it.

2:12 am - Monday, February 9, 2015

#513 Julie

Hi @Ken - oops, old email address, just found your comment. This is my Flickr account now. https://www.flickr.com/photos/97378991@N04/sets/ The other got compromised. Don't know whether I've got any Kodak pics on the new account or not. Couple of my favourite pics were taken with a cheap $79 Huawei phone.... Bit slack about visiting & uploading photos lately. Mine are public, just happy if people enjoy them. I'm weird I don't have a problem with people downloading my pix.

6:57 am - Thursday, April 9, 2015

#514 Lenard Myers


I am trying to locate a remote shudder release device for my wife's kodak z981. can anyone advise me on such a device. Like company name and where i can get it. Thanks.

8:02 pm - Friday, April 24, 2015