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Kodak EasyShare Z981 Digital Camera - Black (14MP, 26x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

by Kodak
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • One-button upload to YouTube™, FACEBOOK, Flickr and KODAK Gallery sites, plus emails too
  • 26X SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON 26mm wide angle zoom lens with optical image stabilisation
  • Fast click-to-capture speed (<0.2 sec.)
  • Better pictures automatically with Kodak Smart Capture technology
  • 14 Megapixels and large 3 inch LCD with face recognition technology
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 517 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: Z981 - Black
  • ASIN: B0037KM7J2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Jan 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,508 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description



Size comparison to an SLR View larger.
The advantages of a Bridge Camera:
A ‘bridge camera’ is a class of camera that fits in the space between Compacts and DSLR’s offering a useful compromise between function and convenience. Bridge cameras deliver greater creative control and have much longer zooms than compact cameras allowing greater versatility in a broader range of photographic situations. While compared to a DSLR, a bridge camera is more compact in size, lighter and delivers much more zoom for the money. Typically a DSLR, with one or more interchangeable lenses to offer the same range of focal length as a bridge camera, will weigh around 4 or 5 times more and be over twice the size of a bridge camera. So for many consumers, especially when travelling, a bridge camera is a great economical, compact option delivering a high level of creative control, a high zoom range than includes wide angle without the need to change lenses, and leaves a little money in your pocket, too.

Vertical shutter release
With around 40% of photos taken in portrait format, the Kodak Z981features a vertical shutter release button and detachable vertical grip for improved comfort and stability so you can switch from horizontal to vertical shots with unbelievable ease.



26x wide angle zoom View larger.
High performance:
Ever been on holiday and wanted more zoom to get in close for detail of distant subjects one day and wide angle to capture pictures in tight quarters or dramatic landscapes the next? The 14 million pixel Kodak Z981 offers the ultimate in versatility with a quality 26X (f/2.8 – f/5.0) SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH Variogon optical zoom lens that allows you to switch seamlessly from 26mm wide angle to an incredible 676 mm. You can even get really close—down to 1 cm--with super macro mode that’s perfect for flower photography. Optical image stabilisation will allow you to capture sharp, steady shots when shooting at long zoom ranges by automatically minimizing camera shake to deliver sharper pictures.



Better pictures - automatically View larger.
The Z981 has many more features than just a great lens. It’s a very responsive camera with fast power up, fast shot-to-shot response (<1.6 sec), and best-in-class* click-to-capture speed (<0.2 sec) plus a high ISO rating, up to 6400 (ISO3200 and 6400 at up to 3.0 MP in PASM modes), so you can capture challenging action shots without shutter delay and also capture fine details in low light conditions. Advanced settings are available in PASM modes: Program, Aperture and Shutter priority as well as full Manual mode that allow you to take as much creative control of your photographic experience as you’d like. You can even shoot RAW files for maximum dynamic range and image quality. The RAW Develop feature allows you to develop, edit (picture size, quality, exposure compensation, colour mode, sharpness and white balance) and save RAW files as well as Fine, Standard or Basic JPEG with the original RAW file preserved.

Smart Capture technology:
Whilst the Z981 will offer you all the creative control you need, it also features Kodak’s advanced Smart Capture mode that adjusts the camera settings automatically so you get better pictures in just about any conditions. This technology does so much more than a basic auto mode. Intelligent Scene Detection detects and analyses the scene conditions, Intelligent Capture Control sets exposure, focus, flash and ISO – this includes face detection, motion detection and macro detection. Finally Intelligent Image Processing reduces noise and clears up dark shadow areas to deliver vibrant, crisp details and true to life colours. If you don’t have time to adjust settings manually, turn the dial to Smart Capture and the camera will analyse the scene and automatically adjust the camera settings for you – the result, better pictures more often!



One button upload View larger.
One-button upload to online sites such as FACEBOOK and FLICKR, and email.
You’re out snapping pictures with friends and want to share them online as soon as you get home. That’s a snap with KODAK’s one-button upload. In review mode just press the Share button and select your sharing destinations--YouTube, FACEBOOK, FLICKR, and KODAK Gallery sites; e-mail, and KODAK PULSE Digital Frame, too. When you connect your camera to your computer with the USB cable provided; your pictures and videos will automatically be transferred to your computer and uploaded to all tagged destinations. It’s that easy. The first time you connect the Z981 Digital Camera to your computer, Kodak’s Share Button app (a small software program) will launch and prompt you to add login information for your online sharing sites. After that one time setup, uploads to your tagged sharing destinations are executed automatically when you connect your camera.



Face recognition View larger.
Face Recognition makes finding pictures easy
If you’ve ever scrolled through hundreds of pictures on your camera looking for just one picture in particular, Kodak’s face recognition feature is just what you need. It’s powerful and easy to use. Using the on-camera keyboard, enter the name of any face detected during picture taking—up to 5 different people in a single picture. The next time a picture of a tagged person is taken; the camera will automatically recognize their face and assign the right name to it. A maximum of 20 different people can be added to the on-camera face registry, and up to five different poses of each person are used to increase the accuracy of their facial recognition. Once a person is recognized by facial recognition, its super quick and easy to search by name to find all the pictures of that person whenever you want.

HD Video:
The Z981 doubles as a camcorder recording HD 720p video at 30fps in MOV format with stereo sound. You can edit video on screen and even create stills from video footage, great for sharing by email or for making prints up to 4x6”.

Box Contains

  • 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


  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera.... 2 Oct 2010
    I bought two Kodak Z981. the quality is superb, will highly recommend to any one... worth buying and perfect for family use and also, if you interested in photography... Will give 9 out of 10.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect for the money 6 Sep 2010
    All the auto settings on this camera help to achieve a very satisfactory result. Point and click with some very high class pics.
    I never anticipated using the video much, but the times I have the outcome has been good. The zoom is a little noisy, and you definitely need a good quality SD card to get the best from it r there will be a touch of lag. Class 4 or above seems fine.
    I was a little disappointed not to have received a charger with the outfit, especially as there is no dock for this model, but as I already have one this wasn't of major concern.
    I could not find a better quality camera for this money (Currently under £160) that comes equipped to start shooting instantly. Very happy with Kodak, who seem to be back on track with this sort of easy consumer camera that makes me look good when taking photos.
    Super zoom is excellent but try and retain a steady hand or surface to take shots, especially video. The zoom also works whilst videoing which is often overlooked in bridge cameras.
    Also RAW photo able which opens up a whole world for those who like to edit before compression or have prints done.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars much more than I expected 15 Sep 2010
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    I have been watching write ups and prices and thought myself very clever when the price dropped to just under£200 so went for it....imagine 2 days later it was down to £158 hey ho! This does not detract from the fact it is a very very good camera.I had been seriously considering a mega expensive DSLR but was never happy with all the comments,my wife has the z1012 which is brill so I went for this one.It has some amazing features and does hd video aswell,its small enough and light as I need to carry a Canon HG10 around at the same time so all I need now is one large or two small holsters to wear on a belt and I'm well away. If you need a good camera get one quick before they are all gone!
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    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Kodak easyshare 30 Jun 2010
    I like this camera which I got as an upgrade to an earlier easyshare model. It is easy to use. Bigger than I expected, not one you could put in your pocket or handbag. Great zoom, great clarity.
    It takes a long time to charge the batteries but it does seem to work with my other rechargable batteries so I guess ordinary batteries would work ok also. The earlier model had a special battery which could only be replaced by one the same so this is a better feature. Also only came with an American battery charger which I had to add an adapter to. This was also supplied but I feel they could have supplied a UK battery charger. I hope I can use an ordinary charger which would be easier.
    My son-in-law tells me it is not slr and I should have asked his advice........... oh well I'm sure I can manage without it lol.
    It can also do other things like send images straight to facebook etc., haven't tried this yet. Also doesn't need special software which the other one did.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Kodak Z981 31 Mar 2011
    It is a very easy to use, point & click camera. My only criticism is that the battery compartment can be a pain to close when all the batteries in - but a little thing really. Overall - very good.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    Having had two Kodak bridge cameras before, the DX7590 and the Z1012IS, I upgraded yet again to the Z981 for the extra pixels. When the camera came I was a bit disappointed in it. With my other Kodaks I have been stunned at the quality of the images I could take with them, and I suppose the Z981 with its superb Schneider Kreuznach lens will be as good. However there are a couple of things that are annoying about this Z981.

    First of all, the superb Schneider auxiliary lenses to extend the telephoto end, and widen the wide end, which I bought to make my Z1012IS more versatile, will not fit on the Z981. I just cannot imagine why Kodak would do this. People upgrading are left with two redundant lenses when they could extend the range of the Z981 easily.

    Next is the build quality. The previous Z models I have had felt well made. They felt like quality instruments. Sadly the Z981 does not. Highlighting this is a battery compartment which is difficult to close. The whole camera seems "plasticky" compared to previous Kodak offerings. And mentioning the batteries .... why have they changed to 4 x AA batteries instad of the excellent L-Ion batteries in other Kodak cameras. The extra space taken up by the four AAs makes the whole camera much more bulky than the 1012IS. I'm no fan of tiny cameras .. I find them hard to handle ... but the Z981 just feels big and clumsy compared to my Z1012IS.

    As to performance, I would say the actual picture quality is about the same as the 1012IS, which is excellent, but the lens suffers from quite severe barrel distortion at the wide angle end, which would have been a good reason to limit the wide angle on this camera and continue with the matched extra wide auxiliary screw on lens.
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