"Poor durability"on by michaelvan7
Pros The zoom on the Z915 is great, and has a crisp clearness.
Cons It has very poor durability. Breaks way to easily. It is hard to work with Kodak!!!!
Summary We had this camera for 7 days, and the lens stopped going in and out within 3 days. Returned it to the store and received a new camera, and that camera broke in 24 hours, and they say that there was damage done to the inside of the camera so the store wouldn't replace it this time. My wife had it in a camera case in her purse, so if it took any hits within 24 hours it must not have taken much to damage it. The durability of this camera is absolutely horrible! We've had a Canon camera for 3 yrs with no problem! We went with the Kodak because of the 10x Zoom and great price they were offering. Now we know why they were offering it for $70 off, because they're a piece of trash. I was a little nervous about getting a Kodak camera because I hadn't heard a LOT of good things of either good or bad things about them. We did a lot of checking on line to get input on it's quality. Most of the ratings were good, so we went ahead with it. Now neither the store nor Kodak will replace the camera or refund the money. Now we're out a bunch of money and will definitely NOT purchase a Kodak camera again!!!The
Pros If in a hurry Smart capture takes good "general" pictures!
For the more experienced photographers the P, A, S and Manual controls give you good creative possibilities!
Video is OK even under nightly conditions.
Macro is reasonable
Cons After 2 years of use and 3000 plus photo's NO Cons!
Summary You can carry it in your shirt pocket and it's fast operable with one hand. I use it under all conditions, I don't think it's waterproof but in little rain I had no problems. with only 2 rechargeable batteries I take several hundreds of pictures (I don't use the Flash very often) and I have a set of 2 in reserve.
It's a real point & shoot camera with enough possibilities for the advanced amateur.
Pros This is a great camera that bridges the gap between my cellphone or point and shoot and my DSLR. A great 10X zoom captures just about everything - and the price makes me take it places that I couldn't (or wouldn't) take my DSLR.
Cons The AF takes a bit of time in lowlight conditions - but its not a deal breaker. The design is not as sleek as some others in its class.
Summary Overall - the perfect camera for a my needs. Great flexibility in manual mode - but auto mode does a good job in most settings. In fact, at the new lower prices, I've bought one for my college age son and nephews. For them, this is perfect to capture everything their cell phone can't - including decent video. And at the price, it won't be devastating if it gets lost or damaged in their travels.
Pros The fast first picture is incredible. From power-on to a photo in no time. Also many of the photos are outstanding and crisp high resolution. Very very low price, on clearance at Target.
Cons Many photos, more than half, are blurry from motion or focus or lack of flash and are unuseable.
Summary I took pictures in auto mode the same way as I used my past two Minolta digital cameras, and they never had this many scrapped photos. There is no way to force flash to be "on" for every shot in the auto mode. So I tried switching to the "backlit scene" mode which forces a flash, however found that it also overexposes slightly. Also for just snapping pictures of the kids at a petting zoo, the great majority of pictures are out of focus or have blurred motion. Come on. Does the petting zoo require "sport" mode? The portrait pictures are much nicer and the quality I hoped for all the shots. I have been using this camera for two weeks and have taken about 300 pictures. I believe that this camera has potential but requires the user to learn its quirks. I will keep exploring the 12 or so other custom modes. Also maybe I can find a way to force the flash on. I find it hard to believe that a camera with so many manual options doesn't have that. I am disappointed that, after reading so many reviews, nobody mentioned these things. All reviewers seemed to be impressed by the quantity of custom modes, but apparently did not explore them in real use.
Pros Picture quality is the best, Shutter speed is fast, 10x zoom is great!
Cons Not that many options but for the price and the 10x zoom its well worth it.
Summary Great buy for beginner photographers.