Kodak EasyShare Z981 Review

3.5
June 11, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Kodak EasyShare Z981.

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

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The Canon PowerShot SX210 IS camera is the latest travel-zoom model to hit the market, sporting a 14x lens and a 14 megapixel image sensor. Other key features of the Canon SX210 include a 3 inch LCD screen, 720p HD movies with stereo sound, a range of hand-holding modes for beginners, and full manual controls for experienced snappers. Gavin Stoker finds out if this is all the camera that you need in our Canon PowerShot SX210 IS in-depth review.

Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD

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While Fujifilm's new HS10 camera with its 30x lens has been grabbing the recent super-zoom headlines, the less flashy but much cheaper S2500HD model certainly shouldn't be overlooked. Competitively priced at less than £200 / $225, the 12 megapixel S2500HD offers a still-versatile 18x lens, 3 inch LCD screen, full manual control and, as the name suggests, 720p HD movie recording. Read the World's first online Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD review now.

Nikon Coolpix P100

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The Coolpix P100 is Nikon's new super-zoom compact camera for 2010, offering a 26x zoom lens with a massive focal range of 26-678mm. The 10 megapixel bridge-style Nikon P100 also features the ability to capture full 1080p high-definition movies in stereo sound, back illuminated CMOS sensor, 3-inch 460,000-dot rear screen, and fast 10fps burst shooting mode. Priced at £349.99 / $399.99, read our Nikon Coolpix P100 review to find out if it can challenge the likes of the Fujifilm Finepix HS10 and Panasonic DMC-FZ38.

Olympus SP-590UZ

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The Olympus SP-590UZ is officially the World's most far-reaching ultra-zoom, featuring an incredible 26x zoom lens that provides a focal range of 26-676mm. Everything from wide-angle landscapes up to close up nature and action shots is within easy reach of the 12 megapixel SP590 UZ, all within a compact body that can easily fit into a small camera bag. Other key features offered by the SP-590 UZ include Dual Image Stabilisation, 2.7 inch LCD screen, macro mode of 1cm, 10fps shooting (at 3 megapixels), and PASM creative shooting modes. Priced at $449.99 / £360 and available in black, we find out if the Olympus SP-590UZ is all the camera you'll ever need...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 (also known as the DMC-FZ35) is a new super-zoom camera that builds on the considerable success of the FZ28 and FZ18 models. Offering a high-definition video mode with stereo sound, faster autofocus and startup, new Power O.I.S anti-shake system and longer battery life, the Panasonic FZ38 concentrates on behind-the-scenes improvements whilst retaining the intuitive handling, Intelligent Auto mode, manual shooting modes and RAW support of the FZ28. Priced at £329.99 / $399.95, we bring you the World's first ever review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.

Pentax Optio X90

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The Pentax Optio X90 is a brand new super-zoom compact camera featuring a 26x image-stabilized zoom lens with a focal range of 26-676mm. Successor to the X70 model, the X90 has a 12 megapixel sensor, 2.7 inch screen, full range of creative shooting modes and can record 720p HD movies. Retailing for £329.99 / $399.95, does the Pentax Optio X90 offer enough to match its super-zoom rivals? Gavin Stoker finds out in our Pentax Optio X90 review.

Samsung WB5000

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The WB5000 / HZ25W is Samsung's first entry into the big boy world of all-in-one super-zoom cameras. Offering a 24x zoom lens with 26mm wide-angle setting, the WB5000 literally has most photographic subjects covered, for both 12 megapixel stills and 720p movies. Throw in a range of hand-holding smart modes for beginners and RAW format and Manual mode for advanced users, and Samsung could be onto a winner at their very first attempt. Read our expert Samsung WB5000 / HZ25W review to find out if Panasonic, Olympus et al have anything to fear...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is a super-zoom camera with some rather unique features up its proverbial sleeve. These include a 20x zoom lens and 9 megapixel CMOS sensor, both of which utilise Sony's DSLR technology, 3 inch tiltable LCD screen, and fast 10fps burst shooting mode. Going up against the likes of the Canon Powershot SX20 IS, Panasonic FZ38 and Olympus SP-590UZ, we find out if the £480 / $500 Sony HX1 hits the right spot...

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