Kodak EasyShare Z981 Review

3.5
June 11, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |

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#1 Mike

Ugh! C’mon Kodak, you can do better than this! Barrel distortion, chromatic aberrations, dear oh, dear.

6:20 pm - Friday, June 11, 2010

#2 Richard

I have had kodak Z series for a number of years, the old ones have taken good pictures for me. However one feature I liked was the charging dock, despite kodak telling me the new camera would charge through usb (no dock any more, when I got the camera there is no way to charge the camera. Not happy with setting the date and time everytime I take a picture it went straight back.
Think I should row up and move to a basic SLR!

8:27 pm - Friday, June 11, 2010

#3 Mike

Richard. If you are thinking of moving up to a DSLR I would recommend the Pentax K-x. The reviews are outstanding!

9:21 pm - Friday, June 11, 2010

#4 nintendo ds

I have the previous model the Easyshare Z980, which is pretty similar to the Z981.I did a closeup of a rose and had an 11x14 print and the result is sharp! I am very pleased overall.

12:50 pm - Saturday, June 12, 2010

#5 flo

Poor camera

8:34 am - Sunday, June 13, 2010

#6 canberra photography,canberra photographer

The Z981 has a heck of a lot of zoom in that lens—26x, to be specific. the most notable upgrades being that slightly enlarged zoom (up from 24x) and a slightly bigger sensor.I like this camera it looks beautiful.

7:14 am - Monday, June 14, 2010

#7 zebarnabe

Comparing it to Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38, Nikon Coolpix P100, Olympus SP-590UZ or Fujifilm Finepix HS10, this camera does not look good :(

11:58 am - Monday, June 14, 2010

#8 John H. Maw

Are the prices quoted correct? $330 and £400. I think they have the exchange rate the wrong way round or does Kodak think that we are all stupid in the UK. Seems to me that Big Yellow is taking the little round green vegetables.

4:46 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2010

#9 thethriftyfox

I have used this camera extensively over the past several months and I must differ with some of the comments that the chromatic aberrations and fringing were that noticable.  I find this and excellent camera for its price point and with a background in cinamatography have found the color saturation to be very good. I find that if people take the time to learn about the nuances of a Prosummer camera that they will get the proper results.  I have been capturing pictures for more than 30 years and I find Kodak’s Z981 and excellent addition to your stable. Send me an email if you would like to view sample photos under different “real world” conditions.

Thanks for listening.
“capturing your future today”

3:28 pm - Friday, June 18, 2010

#10 Lary

Thrifyfox, is it true that the picture review cannot be turned off? Because if that’s true then the advertised 1.6 sec shot to shot is wrong, because the review is on the screen for about 5 seconds; or at least I’ve been told that. I’m thinking about buying the camera but I don’t want something with troublesome quirks. I’ve also read that the date stamp has to be turned on everytime you take a picture, if you want it on there. And also that the image stabilization cannot be turned off. Can you help with these items. Thanks much.

1:58 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2010

#11 ce

okay ... help please..i have had kodak easy share for years and it seems the last few ,and the bigger the lens the worse the pictures are.i work at a wild life rehab center..and i either get a few amazing clear shots or all fuzz and wash out.

i’m old…and just want a camera i can take decent photos with…and videos… idont care how large or small the camera is…i normally stick with the smart mode ,that shows my lack of knowledge…and i can not afford a DSLR,nor do i have the time or in all honesty the want to..to learn to use one or have to mess with the settings..if i have a great horned owl in front of me i want to aim and shoot before he moves.

i have the kodak easyshare Z1015 IS and have been completely disappointed in it…i swear my first easyshare years ago took better pictures…

so any help and your time would be deeply appreciated…and please dumb it down ...smile…thanks.


i’d like to stay around 400.00 or less…

2:34 am - Sunday, June 27, 2010

#12 JoanL

Lary, the picture review can be shortened by pushing the shutter button while the review is showing on the screen. Hope this helps. (Don’t know the answer to your question about image stabilization.

3:36 pm - Sunday, June 27, 2010

#13 Lary

Thanks JoanL. I did read that about the shutter button thing. Seems kind of quirkish to me, along with not being able to shut off the Img Stb, and having to set the date every time you take a picture, as I’ve heard. I bought a Nikon L110 and not sure whether I’m keeping it or not. Long searching led to that one or the Z981. Anyone else had these two cameras, or have input on which one would be best? I need good video for youtube and good macro. Both cameras are good on those items, so naturally I want the one that’s going to be best overall, which comes down to picture quality and ease of shooting. It seems the L110 would be the easiest, being mostly auto, but actually it requires a lot of changing settings around and blurry pictures do show up fairly often even when I’m doing things according to the manual.

9:56 am - Monday, June 28, 2010

#14 Julie

If anyone is still interested here is another review with 391 comments!
http://www.photographyblog.com/news/kodak_easyshare_z981/P300/#comments
which may be of further help.

1:43 am - Monday, July 26, 2010

#15 Alex

Well the nikon l110 only gives you 5 mins of record time

8:32 am - Thursday, July 29, 2010

#16 S Narayanan

hi thethriftyfox
read your comments on Z981.I recently bought camera and yet to play with this.pls let me know how do you tackle battery drain out as this is with Ni-Mh.
I would appreciate your kind response to my email ID
thanks….......SN

3:15 pm - Thursday, September 23, 2010

#17 Julie

give up on rechargables and use Energizer Lithium Ultimates. on my ratty old ZD710 i always get somewhere between 680 to 1200 shots, using both viewfinder as well as the display.  Only takes two batteries and I know the Z981 uses four.
A friend has a Z981 and testing the batteries out at the moment, will let you know how many shots she gets.
I gave up on rechargeables as I was usually only getting about 50 shots, and the “recharged” spares I carried with me always lost their charge and were virtually useless. Probably why I was only getting 50 shots.
However, I have heard of rechargables called Sanyo Eneloop which are supposed to retain 85% of their charge when stored.

3:57 am - Saturday, September 25, 2010

#18 S narayanan

Thanks Julie for your comments.getting In India the lithium batteries are very costly as well as its non availability.
rgds…........SN

6:05 am - Monday, September 27, 2010

#19 Julie

Can you get Duracell Powerpix? They are still better than the ordinary Duracells, although not as good as the Energizers Lithiums. The Duracells will be bright blue, or the same colours as the regular with a blue band on them, most likely.
Can you get the Sanyo eneloops? Even here in Australia we have to look in specialist stores for them, but they are available. Probably I should try them myself, I hate throwing all those batteries away.

2:46 pm - Monday, September 27, 2010

#20 S narayanan

Thanks Julie for your information.Let me try for those mentioned by you.i am yet to take photos with my brand new Z981.Presently I am using Kodak supplied cells only.I would update you.Keep in touch at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

5:11 am - Tuesday, September 28, 2010

#21 Julie

Hi S narayanan, let us know how your battery trials go.  I’d like to be able to go back to rechargeables, but not prepared to spend the money unless I can get them to compare to the Lithiums I’m currently using.
When I get a new camera I start taking photos as soon as it’s out of the box.  The carpet, my feet, my food, the neighbours cat or dog, the flowers in the garden.  I’m afraid I take thousands of photos, and some work and some don’t.

10:23 am - Tuesday, September 28, 2010

#22 ScottishLaddie

Found this on Flea Bay at £139.00 brand new UK supplier Digigood,

9:26 am - Wednesday, October 13, 2010

#23 S Narayanan

Hi thethriftyfox
I have started using my brand new Z981.I find few pictures are redish.skin colour is more reddish.Could you pls let me know if there is setting to be adjusted.I would like have your advice.
Send me your pictures to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) your support

9:53 am - Wednesday, October 13, 2010

#24 rohit

im not a proffesional photographer is just bought de camera ..... after readin de comments i feel a bit diecy bout my decision

9:28 am - Saturday, November 20, 2010

#25 Elly

Hello i am wanting to ask for a DSLR for christmas and i was looking at this one. I am looking for one under £300. After reasing the comments i am not so sure about asking for it.
HELP!

6:28 pm - Tuesday, November 23, 2010

#26 Julie

Hi Elly These types of camera is not a DSLR. They are generally refered to as ultra-zooms or super-zooms. Personally I think you can achieve similar results as a digital single lens reflex camera, without having to cart around all the extra lens. Check the comments as this review (as mentioned above) to see what how people have liked this camera. At time of posting this there are 5 pages of comments.

5:05 am - Wednesday, November 24, 2010

#27 Julie

Now that everyone’s had their Z981s for a while, how is your battery usage going? What brand/type are you using and how many shots do you get to a set of 4 batteries?
Has anyone been keeping count?
Thanks

2:06 pm - Thursday, November 25, 2010

#28 Charlie

I am in a quandary as to which camera to purchase for a Christmas gift for a person best described as a beginner. I have narrowed my choices to the Canon Powershot SX130IS and the Kodak Easyshare Z981. I was leaning toward the Canon until I read about the battery life issues associated with this model. My reason for choosing the Canon was the 12X zoom and picture quality. I liked the Kodak 26X zoom the rechargeable batteries and 14MP. The picture quality is what I am concerned about with the Kodak. Any help would be appreciated as Christmas is just around the corner. Thanks

2:00 am - Monday, December 13, 2010

#29 Julie

I currently use a Kodak ZD710 with a 10x zoom. The original two AA rechargeables were a waste of time and were dead after 50 shots in less than an hour. After trying Duracell Powerpix (pretty good), I discovered Energizer Ultimate Lithium which advertise 600 shots or 680 shots - I religiously get over 1000 shots, and I use a mix of viewfinder, display, zoom, and video and still get that amount. Hate creating waste, but until I can get rechargeables that will give me at least 600-750 shots I won’t be changing over.
My original Kodak Z7590 had its own lithium ion battery which used to give me somewhere over 600 shots, I think. Never checked it but it was heaps.
Have just ordered a Z981 and looking forward to getting it. Okay, it will cost me twice as much in batteries now as it is four AA’s instead of two, but I’m hoping the Energizers will do as well in this new camera.

11:56 am - Tuesday, December 14, 2010

#30 Tina

Julie, I will have to start over on that battery test.  I got a few hundred pictures into it, and let my son use the camera.  He shot a couple of videos, which drains the batteries faster.  So, I will try that again without the video & let you know.

5:20 pm - Wednesday, December 22, 2010

#31 Jim

Hi Julie,
Interested to know how you are getting on with your Kodak Z981, i know nothing whatsoever about cameras/photography etc but thing of taking it up and looking at the Z981 as a starting point.

What about close up work? would like to see some of your photos before i buy…....Jim

12:06 am - Friday, December 31, 2010

#32 Julie

Hi Jim

Keep checking my Flickr site from time to time:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/48734504@N07/
I have posted about 18 pix at time of writing, which have been taken with the Z981. I have a few more to add but might not get around to it for a few days.

I find it’s a great point and shoot camera, at the moment I’m taking most of my shots on automatic, although I have set the SCN to the flower for macro. 

You will need a very steady hand, or find something to lean on (or tripod), for some zoomed shots. I think it does reasonably well in low light.

On the right side of each photo in Flickr you will see the date it was taken, and the name of the camera which took it.  If you click on the camera name it will open with all the details of the picture including time of day it was taken.

I like the controls and think they are better than most other brands on the market, quicker and easier.

11:23 am - Friday, December 31, 2010

#33 Jim

Many Thanks Julie,
Some really great pictures, how is the battery usage going and what do you recommend in batteries?

Liked the sun shining at Christmastime in Australia when its minus 6 here in nthe UK !!

Keep snapping…..........Jim

6:00 pm - Friday, December 31, 2010

#34 Julie

http://www.flickr.com/photos/48734504@N07/
Have added a few more pics taken yesterday and today.

I haven’t bothered with the rechargable batteries, as previous Kodak rechargable AAs were a waste of time. My sister opened the box for me as I was travelling and she didn’t think they were charging properly. have yet to check them out.

I’ve been using Energizer Ultra Lithium’s in the Kodak ZD710 and getting over 1000 images.  So far in the Z981, this afternoon, I have taken 1333 images and still going.

You can set the camera at different megapixels - 14, 12, 10, etc.  I have opted for 12mp as the image dimensions are 3x2, which means I won’t have to crop for 6x4 prints and lose parts of the image.

You may be interested to read another review on photographyblog, which has extended into 5 pages of comments of good information.
http://www.photographyblog.com/news/kodak_easyshare_z981/P300/#comments

8:06 am - Saturday, January 1, 2011

#35 Jim

Thanks Julie :-)

6:37 pm - Saturday, January 1, 2011

#36 CC Lee

This camera produce excellent photos under sunny day, and the Aperture & shutter priority mode can produce much better photos than the auto or scene mode. I feel that it is value for money.
You can find many great sample from other Z981 user the photos are excellent.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/kodakz981/pool/with/5187108656/

2:29 pm - Monday, January 3, 2011

#37 BRIAN

JULIE, VERY INTERESTED IN YOUR COMMENTS AND LOVED YOUR PICS. I WAS GIVEN A Z981 FOR XMAS. BATTERY LIFE IS PATHETIC; EVEN WITH ALL FUNCTIONS REDUCED TO MINIMUM. CHECKED ON THE “ENERGIZER ULTIMATE LITHIUMS” YOU RECOMMEND. THESE ARE 1.5 VOLT BATTERIES AS OPPOSED TO THE NI-MH’S 1.2 VOLT. THAT’S A DIFFERENCE OF 25% WHICH IS NORMALLY NOT CONSIDERED ACCEPTABLE FOR PRECISION ELECTRONICS. STILL CHECKING OUT MY CAMERA AND EXPERIMENTING. I HAVE A KODAK P850 AS WELL WHICH HAS A VERY HANDY FUNCTION WHICH FEW OTHER NON-PROFESSIONAL CAMERAS HAVE - NAMELY “TIME LAPSE” (AS OPPOSED TO TIME-DELAY). THIS USES A LITHIUM-ION BATTERY AND LASTS FOR YONKS. I DON’T KNOW WHAT POSSESSED KODAK TO GO FOR NI-MH FOR THE Z981.    CHEERS.

2:00 pm - Monday, January 17, 2011

#38 Julie

Hi Brian - do you mean that the 1.5 volt is too high and I shouldn’t be using the lithium throwaways? I got just over 2000 images out of my first set of four, so guess that works out at around 500 images per battery (they advertise up to 680).
As long as the camera last me for a year to 18months I will be happy.

1:13 am - Tuesday, January 18, 2011

#39 BRIAN

JULIE, HAVING THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BATTERY STUFF A BIT, I FIND IT OBVIOUS THE CAMERA WOULD HAVE BEEN DEIGNED TO TAKE THE 25% HIGHER VOLTAGE THAT THE ALKALINE AND LITHIUM BATTERIES DELIVER. AFTER ALL, THE RECHARGEABLES AND THROW-AWAYS ARE THE SAME SIZE, SHAPE, CONTACTS ETC. AND IT’S INEVITABLE THAT SOMEONE WOULD USE ONE IN PLACE OF THE OTHER AT SOME TIME. IT MAKES GOOD SENSE.

IT MIGHT INTEREST YOU TO KNOW THAT I HAVE RECHARGED ALKALINE BATTERIES SUCCESSFULLY IN THE PAST. I’M JUST CAREFUL TO PUT THE CHARGE AND RECHARGING BATTERIES OUTSIDE DURING THE PROCESS IN CASE SOMETHING GOES BANG. NOTHING HAS GONE WRONG SO FAR AND I’VE HAD AT LEAST 3 LIVES OUT OF ONE SET OF ALKALINES. SO MUCH FOR ALL THEIR WARNINGS.

TRY THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK BUT TAKE PRECAUTIONS. DON’T KNOW HOW/IF THIS WOULD WORK WITH LITHIUM THROW-AWAYS, BUT I’M GOING TO TRY.

REGARDS,      BRIAN

1:41 pm - Tuesday, January 18, 2011

#40 Nguyen Huu Thoi

Thanks for all the comments on Kodak Z 981 I have read on this site- for my information as I just got a Z 981 as a present from my nephew who brought it back to Vietnam from the Sates. Surprisingly, Z 981 was made in Vietnam ( my country )
I have not sufficiently tried taking shots with it but a few first photos I have taken with it prevails the fact that Z 981 is an average super zoom camera at a very cheap price…this is among the factors you should consider pondering over what to buy…
With Z 981, you will sure get what you pay for !
Thanks for reading and sharing…

11:15 am - Wednesday, January 19, 2011

#41 Sarah

I’ve owned a cannon rebel I loved it but had to take it back because it was broke and they had no other ones . My daughters 3rd birthday was just a day away so I grabbed what I thought looked the best which happen to be a kodak easyshare. Cheap and easy to use. Foe years now I have owned about 5 kodaks and gave only kodaks as gifts. This year I decided to buy the z981 because I want to start taking landscape pics again. It was 200 at staples and 400+ at raido shack so I went to staples and snatched it. Needless to say I LOVE this camera it is a whole lot easier to use then Major name brands that I won’t mention. All and All I think this Camera is wonderful, takes Awesome pics and I love the bulk of it because it makes it easy for my hands which have arthritis in them , able to grip better which ends with a nicer picture. I’ll recomend this to anyone!!

12:16 am - Saturday, February 26, 2011

#42 Recordo

This is a junk camera. The CCD does NOT take great or even good pictures; the controls are awkward and not responsive; the real flaw is the power supply. In 2011 use of short-life AA batteries, even rechargeable is unacceptable. There is no way to recharge these without removing all batteries—you can’t use the USB slot or the power port so charging on the fly is out. Battery life is miserably short, so all the features are worthless if you have to carry 2 or 3 sets of batteries around. The shutter is noisy; the zoom is ok but doesn’t compare in pixel quality to Nikon, Canon or even Olympus.

11:06 pm - Sunday, March 6, 2011

#43 sarah

For those of you who do not like the shutter noise you can turn it off ;)...I am useing kodak and Duracell batteries,,,no problems with mine. I guess i got lucky and didn’t get a “lemon”.

11:29 pm - Sunday, March 6, 2011

#44 mike

love my z981. have been using it for alost a year. no battery problems. i only shoot in the manual mode and most times i get amazing shots

12:12 am - Friday, April 1, 2011

#45 julie

I’ve had my Z981 since Christmas and have taken just over 5,000 images. I still love it. And of course Kodak still has the best colour reproduction!

9:31 am - Friday, April 1, 2011

#46 Jennifer

I have been researching for a better camera - I have had Canon Powershot & Nikon Coolpix in the past.  I figure if I go ‘up a notch’ on price, I would get better results…..so, I’ve narrowed choices down to Kodak Z981, Samsung HZ30W, & Canon Powershot SX130. (although kinda leary about the Canon.  Any advice from experience out there?

8:01 pm - Friday, April 1, 2011

#47 Sarah

Jennifer,

Hi, I have the Kodak Z981 and love, love,love it. Its simple to use and you can figure things out on it pretty easy. I also ask Julie on here some questions when I was lost lol;) But it is a wonderful camera.
I have alot of pics up at http://kodakmommysphotography.blogspot.com if you want to go on and look.

10:24 pm - Friday, April 1, 2011

#48 kw

anybody knows if adjustments for the electronic view finder are possible for the ones who have to use glasses?? Or is there really NO adjustment possible?

7:18 am - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

#49 Ian McRae

Having had two Kodak bridge cameras before, the DX7590 and the Z1012IS, I upgraded yet again to the Z981 for the extra pixels.  When the camera came I was a bit disappointed in it.  With my other Kodaks I have been stunned at the quality of the images I could take with them, and I suppose the Z981 with its superb Schneider Kreuznach lens will be as good.  However there are a couple of things that are annoying about this Z981.

First of all, the superb Schneider auxiliary lenses to extend the telephoto end, and widen the wide end, which I bought to make my Z1012IS more versatile, will not fit on the Z981.  I just cannot imagine why Kodak would do this.  People upgrading are left with two redundant lenses when they could extend the range of the Z981 easily.

Next is the build quality.  The previous Z models I have had felt well made.  They felt like quality instruments.  Sadly the Z981 does not.  Highlighting this is a battery compartment which is difficult to close.  The whole camera seems “plasticky” compared to previous Kodak offerings.  And mentioning the batteries .... why have they changed to 4 x AA batteries instad of the excellent L-Ion batteries in other Kodak cameras.  The extra space taken up by the four AAs makes the whole camera much more bulky than the 1012IS.  I’m no fan of tiny cameras .. I find them hard to handle ... but the Z981 just feels big and clumsy compared to my Z1012IS.

As to performance, I would say the actual picture quality is about the same as the 1012IS, which is excellent, but the lens suffers from quite severe barrel distortion at the wide angle end, which would have been a good reason to limit the wide angle on this camera and continue with the matched extra wide auxiliary screw on lens.  Using that on my 1012IS does not give barrel distortion like I experience on the Z981.

And why do Kodak persist in not giving a hot shoe on their cameras for a proper flash, instead of the underpowered in camera flash.  These Z series cameras have great potential and tremendous picture quality in terms of sharpness and colour rendition, especially the Z1012IS.  Sadly this latest offering, the Z981, is a huge disappointment.

I think this camera will be spending a lot of time in the cupboard while the Z1012IS continues to be used despite its lesser megapixel count.  I feel I have wasted my money on this model.

12:37 pm - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

#50 Sven Huttenhouse

I nedd some help please.
When taking a movie with my Z981 the noise that comes with zooming in and out is recorded in the movie. Moreover, even if I don’t try to zome in and out while taking the movie, there is noise recorded coming from the camera while trying to adjust the focus.
any feed back is highly appreciated.

Thanks

6:24 pm - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

#51 julie

The next model should be released shortly, I think it’s already available in the UK, Kodak Easyshare MAX Z990.

Having owned and loved a Z7590, I have always sworn by Li-ion batteries - until I discovered Energizer Lithium Ultimates which see to go for almost ever. I think it’s the same old argument. You may be stuck without power and run out of battery charge with Lil-ions, but you can usually manage to beg borrow or steal AA’s. I’ve become a convert, and unless a new model’s Li-ion can do around 1000-1500 images to a charge I’m not interested (I swear the old Z7590 used to get that many).

A hot shoe would be wasted on someone like me. My camera, even this one, lives in my handbag! I prefer bridge cameras/superzooms because I’m not into carting around the heaps of stuff you have if you’ve got a DSLR. If you are going to carry accessories all the time, then you might as well have an SLR.

11:58 pm - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

#52 Nguyen Huu Thoi

Dear Sven;

The noise recorded and heard during taking / playing a movie with Kodak Z 981 is something we have to live with; I believe, simply because the device is too sensitive. I think it is not a problem with Z 981. What we can consider a deficiency is that the flash unit can not be operated during movie taking, hence we have under-exposed images of a movie if taken at night whether outdoor or indoor.
I do not know much about the use of my own Z 981 but would like to share some ideas to say.
Thanks for reading

Nguyen Huu Thoi ( Vietnam )

2:52 am - Wednesday, April 6, 2011

#53 Mitch

This camera will take beautiful pictures if you know what you are doing. I feel that this and other reviews I have read are quite biased. I won’t really complain though because it has brought the price down on great hidden gem of a camera!

1:27 am - Monday, April 11, 2011

#54 melvin

KODAK EASYSHARE Z981 IS GOOD?

5:41 am - Wednesday, October 26, 2011

#55 zipper

Not sure what the author is talking about,but this camera is very nice.  Many of you are sheep and just know after reading the review.  Very one sided.

7:23 pm - Friday, November 4, 2011

#56 Amanda

I just got this camera for Christmas (2011) and so far I love it. Last year I got a kodak easyshare m580 and was very pleased with it until this morning when I went to charge the Li-ion battery and it wouldnt do anything! My boyfriend handed me a gift because I was in tears and he saved the day with this camera! I always swore by Li-ion rechargables until today. I can’t wait to play around with the different settings. The video quality was superior to my m580. Anyone have any pointers about this camera?

4:50 am - Monday, December 26, 2011

#57 Tina

Amanda - It’s worth it to learn to use the manual & semi-manual settings.  I have been learning, and find I prefer that to auto most of the time.  Also, if you plan on using the zoom, get a tripod.  There is another review for this camera on this site, it has over 500 comments.  There is a lot of useful info on there.  I especially like the posts left by Gene.  I learned a lot reading those.

6:02 pm - Saturday, January 7, 2012

#58 Lloyd

Bought the Z981 almost a year ago for $170 CND, a bargain for any camera that has a 26x zoom, and RAW capability.  Yes it has its limits like any bride camera (have a Canon bride as well), especially at low light levels, so you may have to use a flash. You have to experiment with the settings for the type of pictures you take.  I take a lot of pictures of my grandchildren and have had some excellent results. F\or example, using the A setting in 8 burst modes where I use the zoom to get in close.  The pictures are at 3meg pixel, but require no cropping. The results are excellent as I have been able to capture the exact perfect moment of expression that children have. I have also used the panorama feature to take some outdoor scenes and blew them up to 36 inches wide, also with excellent results.  I have compared both the quality and the ability to actually take the shot against that of a Canon T2.  For the most part (except in low light) the quality is very similar but the Z981 camera excels in taking the candid shots from a distance with the zoom lens - you take the shot while the guy with the Canons is still mounting his telephone lens (if he has one. I typically shoot at 10-12 meg in jpeg with good framing rather than the 14 meg supported for size and speed issues.  In RAW mode size depends on shot type.  RAW is around 25 meg image.  I use a 16GB Pro class 10 SD card. All in all for the price, the camera is very good if you know what you are doing and how to manage framing and taking your photos.

8:28 pm - Saturday, February 25, 2012

#59 Bill Erhardt

I got my Z981 before I went to McMurdo Station Antarctica and as an amateur I had a blast learning with it on the ICE.  I used it on some of the wild land fires where I do communications in the summer and love its portability as a run and gun camera.  I am learning and plan on a SLR for my travels around the U.S.A starting next year. Overall, I take it with me everywhere I go and it is just been a great camera ! Some pictures on my web page with my older Z740 and the Z981. Cheers Bill Enjoy life! It does have an expiration date.

3:56 am - Thursday, March 8, 2012

#60 Julie

I would love to read comments from anyone who has been successful in taking macro shots from a distance, which were always successful with my old 10x zoom Kodaks. I just can’t master them on the Z981. It’s only just adequate for what I want to use it, and wish I still had the old Z7590 or even the ZD710.
I’ve seen lots of good general shots, but no macros. Part of the problem is that maybe I like to leave it on Auto, Scene, or Sport, and don’t want to play with adjustments every time I take a shot.

10:56 am - Thursday, March 8, 2012

#61 Bill Erhardt

I read over the battery reviews and would like to add the following.  I used 12 Duracell 1.5 re-chargeables at McMurdo Station Antartica.  I always carried an extra 4 with me out on the ICE road to the runway etc.  They held up well over the two summer seasons I was on the Ice even in the cold cold weather.  I still use them today after three years and so far so good!! I never kept a record of shots per battery set as I just shot and shot till they gave out !!! Amateur point and shoot for sure !! Cheers Bill

2:44 am - Friday, March 9, 2012

#62 Kathy

This camera is the worst piece of junk I have ever owned. I need a simple, reliable camera for multiple purposes and this is certainly not it. It’s been in the Kodak repair facility more than it’s been in my office!!  The lense had a black crescent on it and had to be repaired twice. The zoom feature ruins the pictures with grainy pictures.  And now all pictures are grainy.  It’s less than a year old and it’s going in the trash.  I just bought a Nikon. Kodak - never again.

9:58 pm - Wednesday, December 19, 2012

#63 woodster

Please can anyone help. It seems every time I insert my memory card into my laptop to download my photos, half of them seem to be jpegs and the others KDC or something else.. Can anyone advise? I am not, knowingly making any changes whilst taking the pictures…

4:06 pm - Monday, May 27, 2013

#64 M ramsey

i have had this camera for several years and have no problems. but today it has decided not to turn on. I have changed batteries several times and everything else I could think of. Any suggestions on how to fix my problem.

2:44 am - Thursday, July 18, 2013

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hd video, hd, 3 inch LCD, 720p, 14 megapixel, super-zoom, manual, RAW, 26mm, 26x zoom, kodak, z981, Kodak EasyShare Z981 Review

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