Kodak EasyShare Z981 Review

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Quick Take
Pros
Awesome 26x optical zoom lens
26-676mm focal range
Excellent image quality from Smart Capture
720p videos with Quick Time H.264 codec
EasyShare software allows one touch uploading to several web sites and email
Vertical shooting grip included
4 rechargeable AA batteries and charger included
450 to 500 images on fully charged included batteries (CIPA)
Cons
Weak flash when compared to optical zoom
Noise in darker and lower contrast areas
Poor Program mode image quality at camera default setting
Bottom Line
The Kodak EasyShare Z981 is one of the easiest to use and versatile mega-zoom digicams on the market. Featuring a 14-Megapixel imaging sensor and a 26x optical zoom lens, you have an incredible zoom range and the ability to produce huge prints. You will see some noise in your images, which we have seen in all 14-Megapixel digicams. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Kodak's EasyShare Z981 is an ultra-zoom digicam featuring a 26x Schneider-KREUZNACH Varigon optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization, a 14-Megapixel imaging sensor, vertical shutter, detachable vertical grip, 720p H.264 HD video capture and Kodak's Perfect Touch and EasyShare technologies, just to name a few. As far as a digicams go, there isn't much this one can't do. It gives you the feel of a dSLR, but with the advantage of a full bag of lenses and at a much cheaper price. 

Kodak EasyShare Z981 Features:
  • 14-Megapixel,1/2.33-inch CCD imaging sensor
  • 26x Optical Zoom lens; 35mm equivalent of 26-676mm (f/2.8-f/5.0)
  • Smart Capture auto mode
  • 3-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen
  • Face Detection and Face Recognition
  • 720p HD video capture in Quick Time H.264 codec, AAC LC audio
  • 1,4,9 and 16 up video prints
  • Kodak Perfect Touch Technology
  • Optical Image Stabilization with Blur Reduction
  • Full Manual Exposure controls
  • EasyShare one-touch uploading
  • Second, vertical shutter
  • TTL AF system
  • ISO 64-1600 (3200 and 6400 at 3M and less M,S,A,P modes)
  • ± 1.0 Bracketing in 1/3 EV steps, 3 images
  • Flash Compensation: ± 1.0 EV in 1/3 steps
  • Scene Shooting Modes
  • RAW Capture
  • Share directly to facebook, YouTube, flickr, and Kodak Galleries
  • SD/SDHC compatible
  • 64MB internal memory
  • 4 Ni-MH rechargeable batteries and charger included
  • Detachable Vertical Grip

The Kodak EasyShare Z981 is available with a MSRP of US $329.95.

In the Box:
  • KODAK EASYSHARE Z981 Digital Camera
  • Detachable vertical grip
  • (4) KODAK Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery AA
  • KODAK Ni-MH charging solution
  • USB cable
  • Lens cap with strap
  • Neck strap
  • User Guide

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