Kodak EasyShare Z990 Review

May 3, 2011 | Matt Grayson |


Sensor type 1 / 2.33–type BSI CMOS
Effective pixels 12 MP (4000 × 3000)
Zoom 30X SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON Optical Zoom Lens, 5X advanced digital zoom
Focal length 28–840 mm (35 mm equiv.), f/2.8–5.6
Image stabilization still: optical, video: digital
Shutter speed
  • Smart Capture mode: 1/2–1/2000 sec.
  • S/M modes: 1/2000–16 sec.
Viewfinder electronic (EVF)
Display 3.0 in. 460K dots—TFT color LCD with smart display feature
Storage 128 MB internal memory[1]available, SD/SDHC card expansion slot
Focus Type TTL contrast AF system
Focus range
  • Smart Capture mode: (wide) 0.1 m (3.9 ft)–infinity, (tele) 1.8 m (5.9 ft)—infinity
  • macro: (wide) 0.1–0.8 m (3.9 in.–2.6 ft), (tele) 1.8–3.5 m (5.9–11.5 ft)
  • super macro: 0.01–0.2 m (0.4–7.9 in.)
Focus modes normal AF, macro AF, super macro AF, infinity, manual
Auto focus zones multi-zone, center-zone, selectable (25 zones), face priority
AF (Auto Focus) assist light yes
Exposure metering multi-pattern, center-weighted, spot
Face Detection yes
Face Recognition yes
ISO sensitivity auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Exposure compensation ±2.0 EV with 1/3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing ±1.0 EV with 1/3 EV steps, 3 images
AE (Auto Exposure) lock when shutter button is depressed 1/2-way
White balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, open shade
Flash range
  • (wide) 0.5–8.9 m (1.6–29.2 ft) ISO 800
  • (tele) 1.8–4.4 m (5.9–14.4 ft) ISO 800
Flash mode auto, fill, red-eye reduction, off
Flash compensation ±1.0 EV with 1/3 EV steps, 3 images
Shooting modes (still)
Smart Capture yes
Scene modes sport, portrait, children, backlight, high ISO, bright, sunset, self-portrait, night portrait, candlelight, night landscape, landscape, stage, fireworks, flower, panorama
Artistic effects HDR, night scene long exposure, dramatic, intelligent portrait, photo booth
Photobooth yes
Manual exposure control P (programmed AE with access to manual settings), A (aperture priority), S (shutter priority), M (manual exposure)
Self-timer Smart Capture burst–1.1 fps; PASM burst–5 fps, max 5; 10 fps, max 5; 60 fps @ 2 MP, max 20; self-timer (2 sec., 10 sec., 2 shots)
Still capture/review
Still format JPEG/EXIF v2.21 DPOF, KCD RAW
Picture size
  • 12 MP (4000 × 3000)—4:3
  • 11 MP (4000 × 2664)—3:2
  • 9 MP (4000 × 2256)—16:9
  • 6 MP (2832 × 2128)—4:3
  • 3 MP (2048 × 1536)—4:3
Compression level PASM: fine 1:3.2, JPEG normal 1:5.3, JPEG basic 1:6.5, RAW; Smart Capture: standard
Color modes vivid, full, and basic color; black and white; sepia; film effects
Sharpness sharp, normal (default), soft
Orientation sensor yes
Internal Memory yes
Review options viewing: Face Recognition (date, face), single-up, multi-up/ thumbnails, magnify, multi-select, delete, undo delete, slideshow, properties info; tagging: Smart Share, print, e-mail, favorite, keyword, keyboard input
Editing crop, KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Technology (if not applied during capture), RAW file develop, copy, date stamp
Video capture/review
Format H.264 (MP4), AAC stereo
  • HD: 1080p (1920 × 1080 @30 fps); 720p (1280 x 720 @ 30 fps)
  • VGA: 640 × 480 @ 30 fps
  • WVGA: 640 × 352 @ 30 fps
AF (Auto Focus) during video yes
Zoom during video optical
Microphone yes–stereo
Speaker yes–monaural
  • HD: < 4 GB or < 29 min.
  • VGA: < 4 GB
Review options FF, rewind, pause, by frame, volume control
Editing make picture, trim, 9-up action print, bookmarks
Share menu KODAK Gallery, KODAK PULSE Digital Frame[2], FACEBOOK, FLICKR, YouTube, TWITTER, ORKUT, YANDEX, KAIXIN001 Sites[3], and e-mail
Custom settings Share destinations, LCD brightness, camera sounds, people tag, slide show, reset all camera settings, computer connection, safe mode, date & time, video out, language, format, about
Physical specifications
I/O interface A/V output (NTSC or PAL selectable), digital USB 2.0 high speed, micro-HDMI
Power 4 AA Ni-MH batteries (included), single use alkaline
Dedicated buttons power, shutter, video record, zoom switch, burst, macro, self-timer, mode dial, jog dial, EVF/LCD, effect, flash, display, review, delete, Share, 5-way switch
Tripod mount ¼ in. standard
Dimensions W × H × D: 4.9 × 3.4 × 3.7 in.
Weight 1.3 lb with batteries and memory card
Direct printing PictBridge-enabled
Software works with KODAK EASYSHARE Software, includes one-time download of Kodak’s Share button app
Remote Control yes, sold separately
Standard features
Megapixels 12 MP BSI CMOS
Display size 3.0 in. HVGA high-resolution LCD
Face Recognition Yes
Smart Capture Yes