Kodak Easyshare Z981

January 6, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras | 507 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:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/50375326@N03/5017087859/

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