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KodakEasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.0

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Good image quality (16)
  • Large clear LCD (15)
  • Zoom range/performance (15)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (12)

Cons

  • Short battery life (6)
  • Lag / shutter delay (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (15)
  • Travel (15)
  • Landscape/scenery (14)
  • Low light (14)
  • Wildlife (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Z981 No it's not a Nikon !! So what !!

It's about time Kodak kicked some Nikon, Cannon and Sony you know what. I can't say it in this review but it's four letters and starts with "B" This camera is...Read complete review

It's about time Kodak kicked some Nikon, Cannon and Sony you know what. I can't say it in this review but it's four letters and starts with "B" This camera is more than the average consumer needs for everyday shooting and excellent quality photography. The Z981 is sold at a reasonable price (Around $300 dollar)has an exceptional close up range (shoot a fly on a leaf) or zoom to 676mm (Read a wash tag on a bikini from 100 feet) Well maybe not that close but you'll have fun trying. You can get all this from Nikon for around $3500.00 The image you see is projected through a view finder as in more expensive cameras as well as on a 3" LCD crystal on the back. Check out other reviews. This thing rocks. Enough said, your turn to check it out!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Looks Good and thats about it !!!

I bought this camera thinking it was a step above my Z712IS....WRONG!!!! This thing does not even have auto date stamp, therefore every picture you take needs to be tagged...Read complete review

I bought this camera thinking it was a step above my Z712IS....WRONG!!!! This thing does not even have auto date stamp, therefore every picture you take needs to be tagged with the date if you want the date on it. I take hundreds of pics on vacation and I cannot imagine sitting there and tagging thru the menu just to get the date on all those pics. You woud think they would have kept that feature or put some sort of question on there asking if you would like the date on pics or not. Not make you manually input on each photo. Also, the supposedly 3" LED screen was always shrinking. It never reviewed a pic in full 3". Needless to say I returned it after only one use... :-(

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5.0

Best price, Best Camera, Easy to use.

By Senior becomes techie

from Squamish, BC, Canada

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

    Friends who know cameras say this camera would be in the 4 figure cost a few years ago. Non-tech me finds the instructions easy to understand and learn about the camera. Takes beautiful pictures even picking up the small pieces of blue in an overcast sky. Love it.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Don't judge this camera by it's price

    By Moonshadow

    from Mentor,Ohio

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • EVF saves battery use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

    I use the Z981 for general use, taking it on hikes or to family parties. The telephoto lens is great for indoor and outdoor shots. I love the fact the camera is a little larger than some, it fits a guys hand great and makes it easy to change modes w/o fussing.
    The price is great as well, I would have had to pay over a $100 more for a competeing camera.
    I know it sounds wrong, but I haven't yet found anything I don't like about the Z981. It's easy on batteries, turns on quickly and you can shoot close or distance shots w/o changing lenses.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Pleased...

    By garysgirljo

    from Braselton, GA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

      So far, my only complaint with this camera is a very small one... the fact that if I hit the on button before removing the lens cap (even if I immediately remove it before the camera fully powers up) that it believes that the lens cap is still there. I am pleased with the ease of use and the quality of the pictures. I would recommend this camera.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      A really good deal !

      By tbommywammy

      from Midwest

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

        It is not perfect. BUT it is very close to perfect for a Super Zoom point and shoot. 14MP, light weight, uses AA-batteries as well as SDHC cards. HD720 movies, image stabilization, Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon Optical Zoom Lens (26-676mm), a 3" lcd and shooting features galore, etc, etc, etc.
        No it is not as posh as the other guys, but at 1/3rd to 1/2 the price and image quality nearly as good, all I got to say is WOW ! This one is a no-brainer. I also have a fancy dSLR but this gets used as much or more. If you want to pay a lot for a fancy name brand, go for it. I've tried 'em and I've sold them and I think I will keep this one.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great backup and travel camera.

        By Papa Si

        from Rochester, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

          Easy to comprehend and use.
          Light weight. Vertical shooting - great!
          Power source limited to NiMH batteries.
          Shutter speed limit to 1/2000

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          GREAT CAMERA

          By NONE

          from NEW YORK

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

          EXCELLENT PHOTOS.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Good camera for easy sharing of pics

          By Sato

          from Florida

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

            I needed to find a good compact camera for my parents to use on their vacation trip to Australia.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black)

            By Chris

            from MA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

            Have not had much opportunity to use this camera, as of yet. Waiting for Spring. I don't venture out much in te winter. So far I like the simple operation. I do miss the charging dock that I have with my EasyShare Z650, which also takes excellent photos. I'll just have to wait to judge on the outside photos from this camera. I also like that it starts up much quicker than the 650. Also, has no digital zoom but the zoom is good.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            ,

            By khondingo

            from NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

            .

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Great Product

            By Baller

            from Corinth, MS

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

            Great pics from all angles for all levels of photography

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Great for the non pro

            By Jimmie

            from Victoria, Texas

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

            The 26 zoom makes it awesome.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Works fantastic!

            By pzzytat

            from Eureka, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

            We researched cameras for a while and decided on the Kodac Easyshare Z981. It's everything we wanted and more! Especially the zoom! We haven't quite figured out the low-light situations entirely yet, but online there is a really good manual. The zoom is very quiet, and the AUTO-mode is more than sufficient for most situations. Would like to see it a bit more stable when pushing the button for the shots...have several out-of-focus pics, that just means I need to beef up my skills. Lastly, excellent battery life!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            1.0

            Looks Good and thats about it !!!

            By Sophie the not impressed

            from New Orleans, La

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Not a Smart Buy

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

              I bought this camera thinking it was a step above my Z712IS....WRONG!!!! This thing does not even have auto date stamp, therefore every picture you take needs to be tagged with the date if you want the date on it. I take hundreds of pics on vacation and I cannot imagine sitting there and tagging thru the menu just to get the date on all those pics. You woud think they would have kept that feature or put some sort of question on there asking if you would like the date on pics or not. Not make you manually input on each photo. Also, the supposedly 3" LED screen was always shrinking. It never reviewed a pic in full 3". Needless to say I returned it after only one use... :-(

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 6
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Simple and sophisticated!

              By Photobug Ernie

              from Jackson, Tennessee

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                I shoot many photos a day, some with DSLRs, many with a simple point-and-shoot, and this Kodak Z981 model is perfect. It has superb megapixel clarity, more-than-decent Schneider-Kreuznach optics, a phenomenal zoom range (which DOES require camera support), numerous shooting modes, automatic setting overrides, and many other bells and whistles one hopes for in a point-and-shoot. I'm pleased and got a very good deal from my long-time trusted friends at B&H. Ernie Pedersen.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                wow, great camera

                By Marketgal

                from Zephyrhills Fl

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                  Find this camera very easy to use. being a Kodak fan is always a plus.I have had 2 other Kodak cameras and never even thought of looking at any other brand. I like the zoom lens, something across the room comes in as if it was sitting in front of you. I use this camera to take pictures for a website that I have and am very happy with the results.The only thing I found annoying is that you have to date stamp every picture individually. The other cameras I had did that automatically. BUT if that is the only thing wrong with this camera, I can handle it.It is light to carry and looks like a [$]camera. Took it to a craft show and was taking pictures when a lady came to me and said what a great camera.[...]Thanks BH PHoto

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Great Deal and Great Camera

                  By r3volutionchurchmp

                  from Mount Pleasant NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                  • Poor Flash
                  • Poor Image Stabilization
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                  The camera is really easy to use but it takes amazing pictures.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Love this Camera

                  By Margaret

                  from Cincinnati

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                  I use this Camara for My kids sports activities. I can get great action shots. It is easy to use and very portable. The zoom capabilties are incredible. I would recommend this camera to anyone.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  1.0

                  stinky camera

                  By terpee

                  from isreal

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Nice Body Color

                  Cons

                  • Bulky
                  • Heavy
                  • Horrible indoors
                  • Lens cover comes off easy
                  • Limited Zoom
                  • Poor Flash
                  • Poor Image Stabilization
                  • Short Battery Life
                  • Terrible in low light

                  Best Uses

                  • Flowers
                  • Greenery
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                  i recently got this camera and i am hoping to resell it. i got it because of the zoom and the "good"features it is hard to use and heavy

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 4
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  This is like a '60s Kodak Retina Reflex

                  By Heart beet of Retina

                  from Tochigi, Japan

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Colors
                  • Zoom

                  Cons

                  • Non diopter
                  • Non filter

                  Best Uses

                  • Kodak film user
                  • Schnider lens user

                  Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                  I have Kodak Retina Reflex lens. I love its major tone colors, specially blue called The Kodak Blue. The color of Z981 is like a color of '60s Kodak retina with Ektar. The Blue is best in the world, green leaves are very beautiful and brightness is good, specially a sunny day. And I am interested in its brown for trees and red rock. And The SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON lens have a stereoscopic effect at 26mm.

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                  5.0

                  Great alternative to SLR for fun camera

                  By Dianne

                  from Charlotte, NC

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Comments about Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                  I bought this Kodak Z981 after having been pleased with a previous Kodak purchased in 2005. Kodak still uses the wonderful quality lens I enjoyed in '05 and has more pixels to boot. Great camera to have with you at all times. I have larger cameras but prefer to have this little guy beside me in the car.

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