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91 reviews | 4.4 out of 5
Ordered online from Walmart (best price around) last Thursday after 5 pm and delivered to my doorstep by Fedex Ground Monday before 2 pm for a negligible shipping charge of $1.97.
It's been raining in the NYC Metro area since Sunday so I haven't had a chance to use the camera outdoors much and not at all in the sun. Here are 2 of the first pictures I took. The first one, of my dog in the yard, was taken with completely gray skies and no sun during a lull in the rainfall on "smart" mode with a flash, F 4.0 shutter speed 1/60.
Low light pics are really amazing with this camera. The second pic is of my family room taken at 8:34 pm in smart mode with no flash F 2.8, shutter speed 0.3 in a 13x20 room lit by only the light coming through the doorway from the kitchen and the TV. While I realize you wouldn't want to take pics of people at that shutter speed the potential seems amazing to me, with the room appearing as though it was 2 pm on a sunny day.
The other review here says you can't save settings when you shut off the camera but that is not completely true. If you shoot in PASM modes it will save your settings in those modes even if you switch modes or shut off the cameral. While it may not save settings in "scenes" and special features (like shooting fireworks or sunsets) those are preset anyway as soon as you dial to them.
I am no photo expert but the menus seem very intuitive and easy to navigate.
The main reason I bought this camera is that it gives me a lot of versatility with its zoom and low light capacity. I hate flash photography and I like a lot of sports and outdoor action shots of family and friends.
The zoom is 30X optical while in smart mode and another 5x when shooting in PASM modes (which allow you to override a host of presets that you can't do (except to shut off the flash) in smart mode. Though you cannot zoom manually, the toggle for the zoom is on a ring surrounding the shutter button and very easy to use without taking your eyes off the subject of your pictures. It responds instantly and does not require you to zoom in and out to get where you want like my old digital camera (Sony Cybershot DSC-S70).
Very little lag between pushing the shutter button and the pic being taken imo, especially in low light where you'd expect the camera to think about it for a while before shooting. As for complaints that you have to wait until the preview pic goes away you can easily overcome that by pushing the shutter button half way which clears the screen and allows you to take another pic right away.
One other thing. I would never buy a camera without a view finder in addition to the lcd screen and the z990, besides having a very bright 3" lcd which is excellent, has an EVR (electronic view finder) with all the same info you get on the lcd and which is very useful in bright sun when you cannot see the lcd. If you want to use the EVR instead you just hit a button to the top left of the lcd and the lcd turns off and the EVR on.
Though I am no expert at photography I have taken thousands of pics over the years with my trusty Konica Autospeed TC SLR and my Sony point and shoot. But from what I can see this new Kodak offering beats them by far. I really think I am going to enjoy this camera.
I got this camera to replace my Kodak z981 (still available, similar model). This camera blows the old one away!
1. The zoom is amazing!
2. Low light pictures are the best I have ever taken (this is my first camera with a CMOS
3. The date stamp is automatic if you want it to be!!! Hallelujah! The date had to be individually added during editing with the z981 Kodak camera.
4. Everything is intuitive. It is just plain easy to use.
1. The battery door is a vast improvement over the z981, but still a little tricky.
2. It still does not use a rechargeable lithium battery like competative Nikons and Canons use,
really my only complaint.
I am sooo not a pro at taking pictures. My older digital was a point and shoot though, and I wanted to be able to take some good shots of my kids at baseball and our soon-to-be-newborn girl. I ordered this camera after checking out a zillion reviews and visiting a store to hold this one and some competitors. This one felt more substantial in my hand, not cheap like the others.
And now that I own it, I find the specs were right. It does take amazing zoom pics and it really helps with low-light situations, because I have no idea what settings to change manually in that case, but the camera, in its easy mode, does it for me. I am so impressed, and highly recommend this camera.
The battery door takes some getting used to - it is a little snug, but I like that. I don't want it coming open easily. I do lke that I can buy batteries whenever I need them instead of the kind you have to charge. I carry an extra 4-pack of rechargeables and load them when I need.
I have spent the last three weeks getting use to my new Kodak EasyShare z990. Overall it is a fun camera! But it seems that every fun new feature I find is met with the annoyance of another feature lost or not quite perfected to meet my expectations.
Things I like:
* Best low-light no-flash pictures I have ever seen from a digital camera.
* Good video image quality, decent video sound.
* Ability to take pictures while recording video is a nice feature! (Even if the images are lower quality and resolution.)
* Photobooth feature is so much fun!
* My 8 year old's favorite feature is automatic panorama
* decent battery life
Things I do not like:
* You cannot set your favorite "film effect" as default. ... Default setting has oversaturated color.
* You cannot turn off picture preview
* Several of my flower pictures have come out horrible. Petal edges blurred together, highlighted areas that my eye cannot even see become almost white, bad overall color representation.
* poor quality action shots (as compared to my kodak z1012)
* Larger, more descriptive icons look nice. But they also make it harder to navigate settings.
* Included charger is very slow. ... 7 hours and my batteries were only half charged!
* Several of the special new features want things to be a certain way. If their expectations are not met (example, if there is too much motion in the background) , it will not capture an image.
I have had this camera for about 2 weeks now and I absolutely love it!
I am a professional photographer and I purchased this so that I have two cameras, the other one I have is the Kodak Z981 which is a great camera also. The main differences is the Z990 has the Automatic Panorama and longer focal length so this will be my main camera and the Z981 will be my backup.
The shutter speed on this Z990 is great, the picture quality is great and the auto panoramic mode is great! Everything is GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!
To clear up a few questions I have seen other people ask, the grip on the front does not turn in any way, but it does act as an excellent grip to hold onto the camera. Also, the Automatic panorama mode has 4 settings, left to right, right to left, up to down and down to up. You have 5 seconds to pan in the direction you set, and you can't move it to fast or you will get an error message. It may take a few times to "swing" it correct, but once you do, it works like a charm!
Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have about this camera, I recommend it 100%.
After having bad luck with a Canon and Nikon camera. They were too hard to understand and my pictures came blurry with action shots. I went with this one. So far I'm very happy. The pictures come clear and crispy. The video quality is excellent! I took it to a concert and was very impressed with the videos and pics. The zoom is excellent and the action pictures are great!
I'm glad I made a good choice!
I purchased this camera after reading many positive reviews. Most people were thrilled with their new camera so I was expecting the same. Unfortunately, I am very disappointed with Kodak on this camera. I have been a loyal customer since I was a teen and purchased my first Kodak. I have always been very happy with every camera as far back as my last Z612, which I still love it btw.
Here are the issues that are my main concern. First, as others have stated, the battery door feels very flimsy, almost like they are begging you to break it. Second, horrible blur for everyday use. Most of the pictures I take are of still objects. It seems that the best mode to avoid the blur for inanimate objects is the mode for objects in movement. Third, I have compared side by side with my z612 and have found that indoor color is extremely dull compared with my good 'ol stand by. Forth and lastly, the delay of waiting to take a new picture is longer than I am used to. Even when you tap the button that you are ready for the next picture, the camera is slow to prepare itself for the next snap. Also, this isn't a huge complaint though worthy of mentioning, it is somewhat heavy. My old camera takes better everyday shots and is far lighter. You would think that considering the weight, it would be a heftier performer.
On the positive side, the super macro mode is a wow factor. It blew me away as my little cam has never taken such crisp pictures with indoor low light. I used a tripod and normal light from the ceiling fan for some jewelry. The picture was crisp and clear. I also had very good luck with pictures of images outdoors in daylight.
I really expected more from this camera. If you are wanting to be able to snap crisp pictures with bright colors, you might want to look elsewhere. This camera did not deliver to my needs and is going back to walmart.
I will post the super macro ring and the average shot this camera displays.
It takes great pictures and has more features than i will ever use.It is fairly compact for a DSLR I only wish the batteries would charge off from USB.
This is one of the best Kodak cameras I have used, but I think It needs a couple of software firmware fixes to make it 5 stars. I would recommend this camera for anyone, but Kodak needs to review the software in the camera, a couple of small issues with raw files, panoramic sweeping and mode changing.
What an awesome camera! There are so many options and settings available on Kodak z990. So far, I love mine! The photos I've taken thus far have been fabulous. The zoom capabilities are unbelievable. This is without a doubt the best camera I've ever had. Not to mention, what a bargain! Great price and fast, low cost shipping. However, I do believe the description provided by Walmart is a little misleading. This camera is not "DSLR". However, I was aware of this before purchasing the camera and I am 100% satisfied. I have read several reviews claiming the camera needs "firmware updates/ upgrades". So far, I have not encountered this issue.
1 to7 seconds MAX recycle time between shots. The Batteries could last longer. So far I run about 60 shots. Charging time:6-8Hrs. Get extra Batteries. If you shoot raw be sure to get software. The real camera manual is on the net. Get SD 8gig card or more. Video is great. About 275megs memory per minute for video. Use tripod to stop jiggle. Camera can be ran totally manual but can be slow, especially focus. Manual focus only on tripod or just macro only. My 2nd Kodak. Am using it to go to photography school, wish me luck.
With this camera I get an excellent lens, great programming which I can choose which things I want in whatever setting I choose. I don't have to cary a lot of equipment. This camera has all I need, and more!
I started taking pictures using a homemade pin hole camera and my first "store bought" camera was a Kodak Brownie.
More that 50 years later, after owing some of the finest cameras in the world I find Kodak to be just the right choice for me again.
I got this camera as a gift. A Kodak Z990 is very cool with all the rich features. The ISO is outstanding at up to 6400!! The lens is SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON, which I read is superior!! Takes very very nice low light pictures. It also features a view finder alotta camera's don’t offer that! Shooting a video in HD looks to be very nice too.
Keep in mind that I have only had the camera for a day. I am willing to put a review out there. I have been the proud owner if the Kodak Z915 for a year! The Z990 is a "slr style" not my favorite since I can’t just put it in my purse and go. It uses 4AA (rechargeable & they did come with the camera) batteries, instead of 2 like my older camera. Also it does not seem to have an "auto power saver" feature.
There is however a very big drawback is the macro, while the Z915 has a range of 4inches to 4.3 feet; the Z990 is ONLY 4inches to 8 inches. I had to read it over and over since I didn’t believe it. I love to take flower and bug pictures, and on a nature walk I could not take a clear crisp picture of a butterfly, all the pictures taken in macro seemed to be a bit blurry. Then when I looked up the macro feature I found out why! So I must now keep both of my Kodak cameras so I have all the bases covered! I love the Kodak brand and will always own at least 1, now I have the pleasure of owning 2!
Great camera. Great value. Kodak makes the best camera's for all ages. You do not have to be a professional to take excellent quality pictures. It does all the work for you. If you take time to really study this camera it can do so many things. I will leave that job to my husband. I prefer to just point and shoot. With that said we are both very satisfied and did not need to buy two different camera's.
I like an SLR... Since I can't justify the cost of an SLR again, I have to say that this is as close as I can get. Lots of control over settings, focus, exposure etc. Can't say enough good things about this camera. Just an awesome piece of equipment, good price and excellent results.
If you're looking for an SLR that isn't... Buy this camera!
I bought the Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 and it is a very nice point and shoot camera ..
I have had a cannon sx30 and its good to but I think the Kodak Z990 is just as good there are a few things about the Kodak ..like its just a bit slower and a few other small things but its about the photos and price right? so go spend all that extra you got falling out of your pockits on a high price camera ...but remember Kodak was one of the first cameras ever made...they have been around for more then 100 years ...thank about that...
I had this camera now for about 3 weeks and i am very happy with it. love the burst-option, love the fantastic zoom. i took pics off my kids with the sun behind them and the faces where not dark (as with my old camera). with all those different options i love playing around and taking tons of pics. only con is that it does take a while for the camera to be ready to take the next picture (especially after you use the burst). but that is not a big deal for me. all in all i am very happy with it!!
This is a great camera for my use. I was in the market for a camera that would take baby pictures fast and capture good outside ones. It is everything I shopped so hard for. I had tried the Canon SX2101S and Olympus Stylus 7000. Neither one worked for me. After one day with Kodak Z990, I knew I had found what I was looking for. It is a little bulkier, but well worth the discomfort to get great pictures.
I have had my camera now for two weeks and IM still learning how to use some of it. The pixels are great the zoom is fantastic! Love it Love it!!! Its easy to hold and not heavy like some of them. It takes fantastic shots in the sun or outdoors. I do wish the flash would be alittle bit stronger but that is ok.
It takes nice action shots and nice close ups. I would recommend anyone wanting a first time camera to buy this. Has great potenial and fun to use.
When I tried to take a sequence of pictures with this camera, it would freeze up and wouldn't do anything. I would have to remove the batteries to get it working again. It didn't matter if the batteries were fully charged or not, it would continually freeze up and have to have the batteries removed to get it to working again. Maybe I just got hold of a lemon. I returned it to my local Wal-Mart and have since bought another camera. I would not recommend this camera.