The Kodak EasyShare Z980 is a compact, 12-megapixel digital camera with an industry-leading 24x optical zoom lens – equal to a 35mm range of 26mm to 624mm. The Z980 features a unique detachable vertical grip with a vertical shutter release. Other highlights are a vivid 3-inch LCD monitor, HD video capacity, mechanical image stabilization and Kodak’s Smart Capture, which combines scene recognition, automatic exposure and noise reduction. The Kodak EasyShare Z980 retails for $399.95.
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Before I started writing camera reviews for PhotographyREVIEW.com, I owned two Kodak compact digital cameras and was an unabashed fan. I even encouraged a few friends and family members to purchase Kodak cameras because of their good quality and value. For this reason, and because I’m also an aficionado of superzoom digital cameras, I was really looking forward to trying out the Kodak EasyShare Z980. With a zoom range of 26-624mm, the Z980′s lens length is surpassed only by the 26x Olympus SP-590 (26-676mm).
I used the camera around my home in Missoula, Montana, to photograph flowers, birds and deer, as well as on a trip to “Butte, America,” where I shot fireworks and a Fourth of July parade. I’m satisfied with most of my photographs, although a few situations left me wanting more from the Z980. Now a veteran of half a dozen reviews of various brands and types of cameras, I have higher expectations. I’m still a Kodak fan – but with qualifications.
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