Pros This camera has an amazing 26x optical zoom capability, HD movie (720p) w/ optical zoom. The photos are great in RAW format. Manual, semi auto and full auto controls. Vertical shutter. 3'' LCD & Viewfinder. See others in review below...
Cons Some noise when set on JPEG fine setting even at low ISO, but RAW is great. Nothing else really.
Summary This Camera has a Quick Shutter speed, it has almost no lag on a class 2, 4GB, SD card,it has a <0.2 shutter speed. It also runs on NiMH 2000 maH rechargeable AA batteries which last a long, long time for a camera this size. There is only one con that i have found, same as above, but all is well with RAW format. It has OIS for anti shakeAlso I have found that the color is accurate, a big thing that Kodak does quite well. The only things that can be a problem is the "burst mode". It will take continuous pictures but its pic 1,2, pic 1,2 seconds. Kodak has promised a firmware upgrade that will fix these problems. All is well with this camera and it is a very affordable bridge camera, i got mine at office depot for $299. Hope this helps...
Updated on May 7, 2010
Updated on Aug 9, 2010I have been having same problem as "billtaylorsac ", and I've been able to link it to the firmware update, 1.01. If you you have this camera please don't update unless you want reds to be blotchy w/ no detail or anything. The camera is great without it, i may be sending my z981 in for repair soon so as to get this problem fixed but again , great camera for the more than average user!
Pros "The zoom, picture quality,user friendly,light, LCD,and viewfinder works great" ! Buy it !!!
Cons You have to remove the re-chargable batteries and that is pretty much it, if you want to call this a negative.
Summary I researched many zooms,megazooms,and a few dslr's online, and at the stores. I needed a camera that has all the features. This Kodak Z981camera is getting an average C- comments by some website editors. I purchased a Nikon P-100 and it takes great pictures but does not take good action sports at night and I even went to a camera store where the sales guy had a hard time working the Nikon P-100. I returned the camera and went against my instincts and bought the "so call average camera" , the Kodak Z981. I would never figure Kodak as a major competitor. The Kodak Z981camera is great and easy for anyone else that wants a no hassle camera that works great and can probably stand with the best of them.
Pros Lens is good, offers manual over rides, colour response is good (very close to natural), portrait shutter release button is handy.
Cons Red and pink saturates 'n details are lost as a result, auto focusing in macro+ does not work well, jpeg compression creates noise, the battery door catch needs improvement, li-ion batteries could reduce its weight and make it appear less bulky.
Summary It's a recommended buy for the amateur photo enthusiast
Pros pretty much every thing. I have had it since May 2010. So far have done about 6,000 photos. Shooting mostly macro and closeup (there is a difference). Did a ton of landscapes at the beach and in the redwood forests.
Cons Do not like the kind of batteries.
I find the BRIGHT Pink and Deep Red in bright light can get blown out...so used lower on color mode.
Does not take filters or adapters, or shade, etc and that is important.
Summary Price is good, actually on sale recently was 199.
the 14 mp is great to get close up and personal with macros. It has quick focusing on critters, even bees on flowers. So far I am Very Pleased.
It is not as heavy as many cameras so can come with me everywhere. I have several cameras, point and shoot through DSLR and this is the one I carry most.
Pros The optical lens is a beautiful thing.
Cons Battery door could us improvement.
Summary I find this to be the perfect companion to a small digital without the need to carry around cumbersome lenses. I have had a camera in my hands for fifty years, and know that eighty percent of good photography is in composition. For a camera that is for the enjoyment of taking good quality images this one fits the bill, if you need to impress others with waving around a long lens mounted on a SLR at birthday parties then it's not for you.