Kodak Z980

Last update (01 March’10):
– Review & Sample Photos @ ePhotozine

Kodak Z980 is a 12 megapixel SLR-like ultrazoom digital camera features 24X optical zoom lens (26–624 mm in 35mm photography) with Image stabilization, Fast (f/2.8-f/8.0) 26mm wide-angle lens, Vertical shutter release, True HD photo & video quality, Enhanced lighting control, Manual controls, ISO 64-6400, Face detection, Flash hot-shoe and a 3 in. type high resolution (201K dots) LCD screen. The camera measures 3.5 × 4.9 × 4.1 in. (90.5 × 123.7 ×105 mm) and weighs 14.6 oz (415 g).
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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Kodak Z980 Reviews

ePhotozine reviews the Kodak Z980 and writes;
“In time and with some work, a descendent of the Z980 could well be a viable alternative but for now, it’s relegated to newcomers to photography who simply want a high resolution, big zoom camera with some funky features.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyReview reviews the Kodak Z980 and writes;
“I truly like its amazing lens, good design, speedy shutter and the accurate Smart Capture shooting mode… But the Z980’s image quality is unacceptable to me. If I only wanted to share photos online and make small prints, I might be able to live with it. However, I do try to make a few dollars selling my images, and the Z980’s excessive noise is noticeable at 8×10 and larger.”
Rating: N/A

GoodGearGuide reviews the Kodak Z980 and writes;
“If you don’t mind the additional weight and size, and you can overlook the slight shortcomings in imaging, the Kodak EasyShare Z980 is a solid buy. Its speed makes it a winner of a camera, even if Kodak isn’t as sexy as other brands.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld reviews the Kodak Z980 and writes;
“In overall image quality, the Z980 scored a bit below average when measured up against 50 other point-and-shoots in the PC World Test Center’s jury evaluations. Its overall image score was Good, and it received above-average marks in sharpness, but it took its knocks in the color and overall exposure categories.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigicamReview reviews the Kodak Z980 and writes;
” I actually found the camera quite enjoyable to use, it’s responded quite quickly, had a screen (and EVF) that updated very quickly, which meant that you were able to capture the moment when photographing moving subjects. The huge optical zoom was also useful and managed to take some nice shots. Images are quite good, and very colourful, but not perfect when using the full zoom. It’s a strange but enjoyable camera that I would probably recommend it if you can live with it’s many quirks. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Kodak Z980 and writes;
“Noise is evident even at the slowest ISO speed of 64, and it will become apparent even in prints at ISO 400 and faster, limiting the Z980 to hand-held use in good lighting conditions only. It also has a tendency to over-saturate the colours, even in the default Natural Light mode – some people may like this effect, but it certainly isn’t accurate.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Kodak Z980 and writes;
“Noise performance doesn’t quite keep up with the competition starting at ISO 200, somewhat limiting the camera’s “sweet spot” with regard to the best quality ISO range. Battery life is relatively short, particularly with pronounced flash and/or monitor use, and flash recycle times with near or full discharges can approach ten seconds.”
Rating: N/A

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User Opinions

Kodak Z980 User Reviews

Very nice camera for the money | Rating: ★★★★★
Could use a little improvement. I have had this camera for about 2 months now. I find when trying to turn camera on without looking I keep switching the high/low shutter button switch instead of the on/off switch. Perhaps these 2 switches should be reversed. Also, it could use a famale shutter jack. The biggest improvement I suggest would be a remote control, this would help with time lapse photography and being included in family photos instead of constantly running back to reset the timer. It is an upgrade from my Z712 which I rate at a five star. I am more a point and shoot photographer in all settings. This camera does a nice job with filling my needs. I will update this review in about a year.

Great value, great features | Rating: ★★★★★
I bought the Kodak Z980 because my previous Kodak digital had only 5.1 MP and I could see a little pixelization in 12 x 18 enlargements. Kodak offers amazing value on their digitals, plus excellent documentation/instructions, plus easy-to-reach unlimited phone tech support. I initiated my new Z980 yesterday at a Hollywood Bowl event, and the full 24X optical zoom used without tripod was impressive, helped by the excellent image stabilization. Also great low-light sensitivity with the correct settings. I took over 300 photos (using eyepiece) and still have about half a battery charge left. E-Z in-camera panoramic stitching is fun. In short, I think it’s a wonderful value. Ignore any friends or store employees who doubt this can be true.

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Kodak Z980 Samples

– Kodak Z980 Sample Photos: ISO 100 | ISO 400 @ PhotographyReview
Kodak Z980 Sample Photos @ DigicamReview
Kodak Z980 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog


Kodak Z980 User Manual (PDF)

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– Download Kodak Z980 User Manual (PDF – 2.5 MB)


Kodak Z980 Press Release

London, January 5, 2009 — Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today announced new additions to its digital camera line, led by the high-zoom KODAK Z980 Digital Camera, featuring outstanding control and Kodak’s innovative Smart Capture feature that consistently delivers high quality images.

Featuring a wealth of power and versatility, the KODAK Z980 Digital Camera offers a 26 mm wide angle, professional quality, 24X image stabilised optical zoom lens, a vertical shutter release and a hot shoe, all at an affordable price.

The Z980 enables serious photographers to easily handle both long-distance and wide-angle shots, and boasts Kodak’s innovative Smart Capture feature, which adjusts the camera’s settings to deliver brilliant images automatically.

“The Z980 is an ideal camera for photographers looking to do more and get more from their digital camera,” said Matthew Yarrow, Country Business Manager, for the Consumer Digital Imaging Group (CDG) and the Film & Photofinishing Systems Group (FPG), UK and Ireland, Eastman Kodak Company. “The versatile lens, combined with our exclusive Smart Capture feature, lets consumers shoot great pictures in any setting – from daylight to night or from close-ups to landscapes, the camera makes adjustments automatically.”

The new KODAK Z980 Digital Camera offers:

* Kodak’s exclusive Smart Capture feature, which analyses scenes and adjusts camera settings to deliver beautiful pictures more often;
* 26 mm wide angle/24X Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon Image Stabilised Optical Zoom Lens;
* HD picture and video capture;
* Vertical shutter release and detachable vertical grip, for greater comfort and control when shooting scenes vertically;
* Hot shoe for the optional KODAK P20 flash;
* 12 MP for prints up to 30”x40”;
* Bright and detail-rich 3-inch indoor/outdoor colour display;
* Compatible with new KODAK WI-FI Memory Cards and KODAK SDHC/SD Memory Cards;
* Pricing and availability for the KODAK Z980 TBC

Kodak also introduced new models to its M-Series Digital Camera line, led by the KODAK EASYSHARE M380 Digital Camera. A sleek but powerful digital camera for style-savvy consumers, the M380 delivers an innovative feature package led by Kodak’s Smart Capture feature, and also boasts a 10MP sensor, 5x optical zoom, and 2.7” LCD. The M380 will be available in black, red and teal, with pricing and availability TBC

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7 Responses to “Kodak Z980”

  1. The manual is a good thing to know what you are buying. Many products do not make manuals available on internet. Z980-

    Robert Shibe

  2. vgk says:

    i an using the z980 for past 1 month.
    i observe that in video shooting its zoom very good but when a 8 gb card inserted its observed that the audio and video (lip movement) do not match when connected to tv -av cord connection.
    its sound pickup is very sharp

  3. Duke says:

    It’s not clear what you mean here. Does it work better with a larger (16 or 32gb) card? Does that clear up the audio / video mismatch?

  4. Smyth says:

    I enjoyed the way some of the “professional reviewers” predictably trashed a Kodak digital camera in the Z980. They will predictably not care to explain why the camera is unavailable on the Kodak web site and selling for almost double its introduction price at Amazon and other online retailers. Wish I had picked one up at the introduction time.

  5. SHINOD says:

    I am Shinod from Kerala India,Photography is my passion.I am also a member of my shutter space I have own 2 Kodak cameras I like Kodak`s user friendly features.My new camera is Kodak Easy Share Z 980 24X Zoom, the camera is value for money past one month I am using the camera I thing I can shoot more beautiful photos with this camera. Here I am waiting 4 Kodak`s 18Mp cameras.

  6. Pami says:

    I am not a professional and I love my Z980. I got it because of the zoom lens and price. I took it with me on a cruise to the Mediterranean last January and took some amazing pictures. Same with a road trip I took to Vegas this summer. I don’t have an “eye” for all the noise that everyone’s mentioned…neither have people who have commented on my great pictures!
    I just have a bit of a problem with settings in a “concert”…using the stage setting overexposes the people (washed out faces) and when I switch it to manual setting, (I have no idea what to set it on) it’s always too dark. Maybe some of the pro’s here can tell me what to set it on…?

  7. Jamy says:

    Its arround one year since I am using this camera and I am really very happy with the performance of this camera. optical zoom is amazing with great picture clarity. only thing I feel missing is low light shooting capability. Camera performance during night /Low light is not good.

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