Kodak EasyShare Z980 Review

June 15, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |


Standard features
Sensor type 1 / 2.33 type
Effective pixels 12 MP (4112 × 3032)
Lens 26–624 mm (35 mm equiv.) f/2.8–5.0 SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON Lens
Zoom 24X optical, 5X advanced digital, total zoom range 120X
Image stabilizer optical
Shutter speed 1/2–1/2000 sec. (auto)
16–1/2000 sec. (manual)
Monitor 3 in. type high resolution (201K dots), 5 level brightness adjustments
Storage 64 MB internal memory* available, SDHC/SD card expansion slot
Auto focus
Type TTL imager AF system
Modes normal, macro, infinity, manual
Focus range wide standard: 0.7 m–infinity
tele standard: 2.5 m–infinity
wide macro: 0.1–1.0 m
tele macro: 1.7–3.0 m
super macro: 0.01–0.3 m
Auto focus control single, continuous
Auto focus zones TTL multi-zone, center zone AF, selectable zone AF (25 zones)
Face-priority AF yes
AF assist light yes
Exposure control
ISO sensitivity Smart Capture mode: auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
PASM mode: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200**, 6400**
Metering modes multi-pattern, center-weighted, spot
Compensation ±2.0 EV with 1/3 EV steps
Bracketing ±1.0 EV with 1/3 EV steps, 3 images
White balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, open shade
Range 6.2 m (@ wide, ISO 400)
3.5 m (@ tele, ISO 400)
Modes auto, off, fill, red-eye reduction
Compensation ±1.0 EV in 1/3 steps
Shooting specifications
Drive modes single shot, normal burst (1 fps up to 6 frames), fast burst (5 fps up to 9 frames)
Shooting modes Smart Capture, sport, P (program mode), A (aperture priority mode), S (shutter priority mode), M (manual mode), portrait, panorama (left–right, right–left), video, SCN (scene modes)
Scene modes high ISO, night portrait, landscape, night landscape, flower, sunset, backlight, candlelight, manner/museum, text, beach, snow, fireworks, children, self-portrait, stage
Click to capture < 0.2 sec.
Shot to shot < 1.5 sec
Still capture
Still format JPEG/EXIF v2.21, KDC RAW image file format
Picture size 12.0 MP (4000 × 3000)—4:3
10.7 MP (4000 × 2264)—3:2
9.0 MP (4000 × 2256)—16:9
6.0 MP (2832 × 2128)—4:3
3.1 MP (2048 × 1536)—4:3
2.2 MP (1800 × 1200)—3:2
2.1 MP (1920 × 1080)—16:9
1.2 MP (1280 × 960)—4:3
Compression level PASM: fine standard, basic, RAW***
Smart Capture: standard
Color modes high color, natural color, low color, sepia, black and white
Sharpness high, normal, low
Review options single, magnification with navigation box, multi-up, multi-field search, slideshow, multimedia slideshow, histogram, view by
Editing on-camera crop, KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Technology, voice annotation, RAW*** file development
File management delete, undo delete, copy, protect, text tagging, one-button upload
Video capture
Format H. 264 AAC LC .MOV with stereo sound, QUICKTIME MPEG-4 with stereo sound
Quality HDV (1280 × 720) at 30 fps
VGA (640 × 480) at 30 fps
QVGA (320 × 240) at 30 fps
Length HDV: continuous up to 29 min. based on memory card capacity
VGA/QVGA: continuous up to 80 min. based on memory card capacity
Review options play, rewind, pause, fast-forward and rewind, forward and rewind by frame, multi-up, multimedia slideshow, multi-field search bookmarks
Editing make a picture from video, action print (1, 4, 9, 16-up), trim
File management delete, undo delete, copy, protect, text tagging, one-button upload
Custom settings LCD brightness (5 levels), date stamp (on/off), image storage, capture frame grid (on/off), image stabilizer control, red-eye preflash (on/off), quick view (on/off), advanced digital zoom, orientation sensor, sound, volume, date & time, auto power off, video out, language, reset camera
Share button yes
Physical specifications
I/O interface digital (USB 2.0 high speed) connector for data and video
Power KODAK Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable / Ni-MH Rechargeable Digital Camera Batteries (4 AA), optional AC adapter
Tripod mount ¼ in. standard
Dimensions W × H × D: 3.5 × 4.9 × 4.1 in. (90.5 × 123.7 ×105 mm)
Weight 14.6 oz (415 g) (without SD card and batteries)
Direct printing PictBridge-enabled
Software works with KODAK EASYSHARE Software
Warranty one year