Kodak Z990 12.0 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

Kodak today announces the EASYSHARE MAX (aka Z990) camera. This new superzoom class camera comes built with a 30x optical zoom lens - perfect for those long range wildlife photography trips. The 30x Schneider Kreuznach Variogon optical zoom Lens (35 mm equivalent: 28-676 mm) comes with the fast f/2.8 28 mm wide-angle capability. The Kodak EasyShare Max features optical image stabilization enables you to capture sharp, steady shots when shooting at long zoom ranges.

At the heart lies a 12 Megapixels BSI CMOS sensor as opposed to a CCD sensor, which is unique as it's something you would normally find on a camcorder. The BSI CMOS sensor should technically be able to product better quality images with low noise at higher ISO settings as compared to CCD sensors. Video recording resolutions go right up to 1080p at 30 fps. The 3-inch display runs on an HVGA (480x320) resolution. The EASYSHARE MAX is said to go on sale early March priced for around $330.

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User Review of the camera - Kodak Easyshare Z990

  • 2013-06-02 07:00
    Good Deal, Willy
    Very nice camera. Kodak no longer supports the sharing so before you by it for sharing google it to read the details
  • 2013-06-02 07:00
    Good Deal, Wilton Renew
    Very nice camera. Kodak no longer supports the sharing so before you by it for sharing google it to read the details
  • 2013-05-29 07:00
    BUYER BEWARE!!!!! Kodak Z990 optical zoom lens does not focus correctly! Had to send the camera to Kodak for repair!, Kong Wei Chow
    Verified Purchase(
    BUYER BEWARE!!!!!! The Kodak Z990 optical zoom lens does not focus correctly. Had to send the camera to Kodak for repair. Bought the used-like new Kodak camera from Amazon Warehouse Deals, Inc. They never bother sending it back to Kodak for repair. Sold it like it is used-like new with a defect. Amazon Warehouse Deals, Inc never inspect the camera to see if it worked properly. Also, bought another Kodak Z990 camera from Amazon.com not from their Amazon Warehouse Deals, Inc. This was my second Kodak Z990 camera. I'm waiting on my first Kodak camera for repair which I won't be getting it back in two or three weeks. Also, have the same issue with the optical zoom lens does not focus correctly when taking pictures from a far distant, but this was a BRAND NEW Kodak Z990 camera. So, I am thinking that all of the first generation batch of Kodak Z990 cameras have the same problem with their optical zoom lens does not focus correctly when taking pictures from a far distant. I'm mentioning this to potential buyer that you should beware if you are buying this sort of defective camera from Amazon or Ebay. If you are buying a use Kodak Z990 camera, and you found out there is something wrong with the optical zoom lens, make sure you have the original sale slip. If you don't have the original sale slip, Kodak won't fix it. You would have to pay to fix the camera.
  • 2013-05-29 07:00
    BUYER BEWARE!!!!! Kodak Z990 optical zoom lens does not focus correctly! Had to send the camera to Kodak for repair!, Kong Wei Chow
    BUYER BEWARE!!!!!! The Kodak Z990 optical zoom lens does not focus correctly. Had to send the camera to Kodak for repair. Bought the used-like new Kodak camera from Amazon Warehouse Deals, Inc. They never bother sending it back to Kodak for repair. Sold it like it is used-like new with a defect. Amazon Warehouse Deals, Inc never inspect the camera to see if it worked properly. Also, bought another Kodak Z990 camera from Amazon.com not from their Amazon Warehouse Deals, Inc. This was my second Kodak Z990 camera. I'm waiting on my first Kodak camera for repair which I won't be getting it back in two or three weeks. Also, have the same issue with the optical zoom lens does not focus correctly when taking pictures from a far distant, but this was a BRAND NEW Kodak Z990 camera. So, I am thinking that all of the first generation batch of Kodak Z990 cameras have the same problem with their optical zoom lens does not focus correctly when taking pictures from a far distant. I'm mentioning this to potential buyer that you should beware if you are buying this sort of defective camera from Amazon or Ebay. If you are buying a use Kodak Z990 camera, and you found out there is something wrong with the optical zoom lens, make sure you have the original sale slip. If you don't have the original sale slip, Kodak won't fix it. You would have to pay out of your pocket to fix the camera.
  • 2013-05-19 07:00
    Worked great for a year, and then......, Sheila the Great
    Verified Purchase(
    The camera worked great for a year, but gradually the zoom wouldn't respond readily. It would not move at all or sometimes just move slightly and stop. New batteries and recharging the present ones didn't make a difference. The camera has just become slow at turning on and off. I really don't know where to send it since Kodak has gone out of business.
    We had a Kodak Easy Share before this with a docking station for recharging and we didn't experience this problem.
    Sincerely,
    Sadly disappointed and frustrated
  • 2013-05-19 07:00
    Worked great for a year, and then......, Sheila the Great
    The camera worked great for a year, but gradually the zoom wouldn't respond readily. It would not move at all or sometimes just move slightly and stop. New batteries and recharging the present ones didn't make a difference. The camera has just become slow at turning on and off. I really don't know where to send it since Kodak has gone out of business.
    We had a Kodak Easy Share before this with a docking station for recharging and we didn't experience this problem.
    Sincerely,
    Sadly disappointed and frustrated
  • 2013-05-18 07:00
    Spectacular digital camera, jim
    Verified Purchase(
    Firtst...REQUIRED shouild NOT be a word when one is ASKED to write a review.
    The camera at Amazon Marketplace was EXTREMLY inexpensive.Wasdelivered in a short time--was Exactly as described..The pictures taken are quite good.LOTS OF COLOR and great details...I would recomend this camera to anyone..JIM
    Ps I have had and used Many digital cameras over the years..THis is the Best!!!
  • 2013-05-18 07:00
    Spectacular digital camera, jim
    Firtst...REQUIRED shouild NOT be a word when one is ASKED to write a review.
    The camera at Amazon Marketplace was EXTREMLY inexpensive.Wasdelivered in a short time--was Exactly as described..The pictures taken are quite good.LOTS OF COLOR and great details...I would recomend this camera to anyone..JIM
    Ps I have had and used Many digital cameras over the years..THis is the Best!!!
  • 2013-05-16 07:00
    This was a gift, Charles Countryman
    Verified Purchase(
    I have owned the Z990 for a couple of years - so this was a gift for my sister. A great camera with more than adequate zoom and very clear quality photos. For a digital, the battery life is great and the ease of operation made this the perfect gift.
  • 2013-05-16 07:00
    This was a gift, Charles Countryman
    I have owned the Z990 for a couple of years - so this was a gift for my sister. A great camera with more than adequate zoom and very clear quality photos. For a digital, the battery life is great and the ease of operation made this the perfect gift.
  • 2013-05-15 07:00
    Loved my other 2 EasyShare cameras...but not this one!!!, Amazon Customer
    Verified Purchase(
    This is my 3rd Kodak EasyShare camera. Sadly this Z990 has turned out to be a huge disappointment for me. I loved the my other 2 cameras, the most recent being a P712, the dock was great for both transferring photos and recharging the batteries, the cameras were easy to operate, and I got great photos. The camera rested on the Kodak EasyShare dock and was always charged and ready to go. I ESPECIALLY LOVED THE KODAK EASYSHARE SOFTWARE FOR EDITING MY PHOTOS, I used the software on almost every photo. Unfortunately, the P712 quit working and I ordered this camera rather quickly. Since this Z990 comes with rechargeable batteries, I wrongly thought this camera would come with a template to fit the EasyShare dock for recharging the batteries like my other cameras. The batteries are rechargeable, but you have to remove them from the camera, I find the battery cover is not so hard to open, but is very difficult to close again. In my opinion, it is quite inconvenient to have to remove the batteries for charging. Also, this camera is extremely slow when taking more than one photo. I have to wait about 10 seconds between each picture, so obviously I miss a lot of shots. This happens even with brand new batteries. However the worst thing (for me) is that this camera doesn't sync with the Kodak EasyShare software that is installed on my computer (from my other cameras). Although according to the the Kodak website it should sync with the new camera. The Kodak website also states that "EasyShare software is no longer available for download" and "sorry for any inconvenience". If you are considering this camera, I would definitely buy something else.
  • 2013-05-15 07:00
    Loved my other 2 EasyShare cameras...but not this one!!!, Amazon Customer
    This is my 3rd Kodak EasyShare camera. Sadly this Z990 has turned out to be a huge disappointment for me. I loved the my other 2 cameras, the most recent being a P712, the dock was great for both transferring photos and recharging the batteries, the cameras were easy to operate, and I got great photos. The camera rested on the Kodak EasyShare dock and was always charged and ready to go. I ESPECIALLY LOVED THE KODAK EASYSHARE SOFTWARE FOR EDITING MY PHOTOS, I used the software on almost every photo. Unfortunately, the P712 quit working and I ordered this camera rather quickly. Since this Z990 comes with rechargeable batteries, I wrongly thought this camera would come with a template to fit the EasyShare dock for recharging the batteries like my other cameras. The batteries are rechargeable, but you have to remove them from the camera, I find the battery cover is not so hard to open, but is very difficult to close again. In my opinion, it is quite inconvenient to have to remove the batteries for charging. Also, this camera is extremely slow when taking more than one photo. I have to wait about 10 seconds between each picture, so obviously I miss a lot of shots. This happens even with brand new batteries. However the worst thing (for me) is that this camera doesn't sync with the Kodak EasyShare software that is installed on my computer (from my other cameras). Although according to the the Kodak website it should sync with the new camera. The Kodak website also states that "EasyShare software is no longer available for download" and "sorry for any inconvenience". If you are considering this camera, I would definitely buy something else.
  • 2013-05-15 07:00
    Loved my other 2 EasyShare cameras...but not this one!!!, Lottie Bibza
    This is my 3rd Kodak EasyShare camera. Sadly this Z990 has turned out to be a huge disappointment for me. I loved the my other 2 cameras, the most recent being a P712, the dock was great for both transferring photos and recharging the batteries, the cameras were easy to operate, and I got great photos. The camera rested on the Kodak EasyShare dock and was always charged and ready to go. I ESPECIALLY LOVED THE KODAK EASYSHARE SOFTWARE FOR EDITING MY PHOTOS, I used the software on almost every photo. Unfortunately, the P712 quit working and I ordered this camera rather quickly. Since this Z990 comes with rechargeable batteries, I wrongly thought this camera would come with a template to fit the EasyShare dock for recharging the batteries like my other cameras. The batteries are rechargeable, but you have to remove them from the camera, I find the battery cover is not so hard to open, but is very difficult to close again. In my opinion, it is quite inconvenient to have to remove the batteries for charging. Also, this camera is extremely slow when taking more than one photo. I have to wait about 10 seconds between each picture, so obviously I miss a lot of shots. This happens even with brand new batteries. However the worst thing (for me) is that this camera doesn't sync with the Kodak EasyShare software that is installed on my computer (from my other cameras). Although according to the the Kodak website it should sync with the new camera. The Kodak website also states that "EasyShare software is no longer available for download" and "sorry for any inconvenience". If you are considering this camera, I would definitely buy something else.
  • 2013-05-07 07:00
    Really great camera for starters!, Ernesto A. Jimenez B
    Verified Purchase(
    Well im not an expert on cameras or anything, but this one i have to say, is really amazing
    the pictures in low light are incredible!
    the zoom is amazing!
    the fact that you can set on manual mode and play with all the different options of a pro camera like shutter speed, aperture, etc.. is really great to start learning how each aspect works and affects pictures!
    if you'r an already profesional photographer you might not need a camera like this, since the sensor is much more smaller than DSLRs.. but if you want to start and experiment all the greatness of a huge optical zoom and nice picture quality, this is the way to go!
    ps: i did notice it goes slow sometimes when writting pictures hence the 4 stars!!
    i'd also suggest you get a tripod if you plan on using zoom a lot.. without one it could be very annoying taking fully zoomed pictures, even tho the stabilization improves it a LOT, it stills moves when u have high zoom..
  • 2013-05-07 07:00
    Really great camera for starters!, Ernesto A. Jimenez B
    Well im not an expert on cameras or anything, but this one i have to say, is really amazing
    the pictures in low light are incredible!
    the zoom is amazing!
    the fact that you can set on manual mode and play with all the different options of a pro camera like shutter speed, aperture, etc.. is really great to start learning how each aspect works and affects pictures!
    if you'r an already profesional photographer you might not need a camera like this, since the sensor is much more smaller than DSLRs.. but if you want to start and experiment all the greatness of a huge optical zoom and nice picture quality, this is the way to go!
    ps: i did notice it goes slow sometimes when writting pictures hence the 4 stars!!
    i'd also suggest you get a tripod if you plan on using zoom a lot.. without one it could be very annoying taking fully zoomed pictures, even tho the stabilization improves it a LOT, it stills moves when u have high zoom..
  • 2013-05-01 07:00
    Frustration with batteries, dalouv
    Believe this is the best all-around digital camaera
    avaiable for the novice photographer.
    Primary frustration is the longevity of the batteries.
    Make sure you always carry an extra set of fully charged
    batteries.
  • 2013-05-01 07:00
    DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA, bb4au
    In a years time, I've had to send this camera to the Kodak repair center twice for the zoom lens...It just stopped working..Now I have issues with the camera wanting to change the settings around without me prompting to do so..Bad news is it is no longer in warranty. Paid way too much for this camera to somewhat work like I want it to for no longer than a year..Ive had 3 Kodak products prior to this one that worked just fine..This one not so much!
  • 2013-05-01 07:00
    Frustration with batteries, dalouv
    Believe this is the best all-around digital camaera
    avaiable for the novice photographer.
    Primary frustration is the longevity of the batteries.
    Make sure you always carry an extra set of fully charged
    batteries.
  • 2013-05-01 07:00
    DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA, bb4au
    In a years time, I've had to send this camera to the Kodak repair center twice for the zoom lens...It just stopped working..Now I have issues with the camera wanting to change the settings around without me prompting to do so..Bad news is it is no longer in warranty. Paid way too much for this camera to somewhat work like I want it to for no longer than a year..Ive had 3 Kodak products prior to this one that worked just fine..This one not so much!
  • 2013-04-17 07:00
    As promised work perfectly., E. Eminikhah
    Verified Purchase(
    As promised work perfectly.
    I will buy again, price is great also.
    I am using it for more than 9 months and steel believe it was a good purchase.