Kodak Z980 Review
By Mike Flacy
Record Mode Screens & Menus
'Smart' record mode is designed for effortless shooting. This is an intelligent, fully automatic, exposure mode that analyzes the subject that is framed, then determines what is the best mode to use; like Macro shown above. It accomplishes this by using these three tasks: Intelligent scene detection, capture control and image processing.
When you half-press the shutter to achieve focus and exposure lock, the AF marks will shrink and turn green around the area of intended focus.
'Program' record mode is also automatic, but now you have access to more advanced controls over the exposure process. This includes ISO sensitivity, White balance, focus mode, etc. Here you can see icons for the exposure mode being used (P for Program), flash is On, number of images remaining (431), aperture setting (f/2.8), shutter speed (1/30), exposure compensation (0.0), flash output compensation (0.0), and the ISO setting (64).
Manual mode allows you to have complete control over the exposure process. You choose the shutter speed and aperture values but rotating and pressing the control dial. For those who need a little assistance, the Z980 also offers both Shutter Speed and Aperture priority modes. Here you choose one value, while the camera selects the proper corresponding value.
The SCN position on the mode dial gives you access to these modes: high ISO, night portrait, landscape, night landscape, flower, sunset, backlight, candlelight, manner/museum, text, beach, snow, fireworks, children, self-portrait, stage. As you navigate the menu, a description of each mode and hints for using it are presented; like children shown above.
Program Capture menu options:
Picture Quality - Fine, Standard, and Basic JEPG as well as RAW
Contrast - High, Normal or Low
Color Mode - High, Natural, Low, Black&White, and Sepia
AF Control (Still) - Continuous or Single AF
White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, or Open shade
Face Detect Capture - On or Off
Exposure metering - Multi-pattern, center-weight or Spot (not available when Face Detect is On)
AF Zone - Multi, center, selectable (not available when Face Detect in On)
Exposure Bracketing - Off, �1EV in 1/3EV steps
Sharpness - Normal, Sharp or Soft
Liveview Histogram - On or Off
Movie mode allows you to choose from several recording size choices. There's the standard 4:3 Aspect modes (640x480 or 320x240) as well a HD (720p) 16:9 aspect mode (1280x720), each with audio and a frame rate of 30fps. The length of the movies is dependent on available space on your memory card, up to a max clip size of 2GB. Unlike most digicams, the optical zoom is operational while recording, but you can hear a slight motor whine from it on audio.
Video Record menu options:
AF Control (Video) - Continuous AF, Single AF
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