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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709 user reviews


User Review of the camera - Kodak Easyshare Z990

  • amazon
    amazon 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.
  • amazon
    amazon 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..
  • amazon
    amazon 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..
  • amazon
    amazon 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.
  • amazon
    amazon 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!
  • amazon
    amazon 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.
  • amazon
    amazon 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!
  • amazon
    amazon 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.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-04-17 07:00
    As promised work perfectly., E. Eminikhah
    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.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-04-03 07:00
    Great camera, Nuyorican
    Verified Purchase(
    Very good and easy to use camera,To bad Kodak is not making cameras any more, I have always own Kodak cameras to bad they stopped making them.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-04-03 07:00
    Fantastic camera, Judy Carol Amburgey
    Verified Purchase(
    The z900 takes beautiful sharp,clear pictures. The 30x zoom takes great pictures even at the long end of the zoom.I would recommend this camera to nature lovers.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-04-03 07:00
    Great camera, Nuyorican
    Very good and easy to use camera,To bad Kodak is not making cameras any more, I have always own Kodak cameras to bad they stopped making them.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-04-03 07:00
    Fantastic camera, Judy Carol Amburgey
    The z900 takes beautiful sharp,clear pictures. The 30x zoom takes great pictures even at the long end of the zoom.I would recommend this camera to nature lovers.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-04-02 07:00
    Great Camera, Jopa Werner
    Verified Purchase(
    I love this camera .
    It is easy to use. It takes great pictures. I am no photographer but with this camera, it makes me feel like one and the picture quality is great.
    I highly recommend this camera.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-04-02 07:00
    Great Camera, Jopa Werner
    I love this camera .
    It is easy to use. It takes great pictures. I am no photographer but with this camera, it makes me feel like one and the picture quality is great.
    I highly recommend this camera.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-04-01 07:00
    A great camera for the price., Amazon Customer
    Verified Purchase(
    I bought this as a gift for my wife. We took it on a driving vacation through Canada and New England. To get the maximum out of its features, a tripod would be a necessity. With a tripod, we were able to take some beautiful panoramic shots and use the hue saturation feature. The zoom capacity exceeds our ability to keep distant items in frame easily. This camera serves the vacation and event picture taking amateur photographer very well. I can't justify the added expense of getting a better camera than this for our needs.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-04-01 07:00
    A great camera for the price., Amazon Customer
    I bought this as a gift for my wife. We took it on a driving vacation through Canada and New England. To get the maximum out of its features, a tripod would be a necessity. With a tripod, we were able to take some beautiful panoramic shots and use the hue saturation feature. The zoom capacity exceeds our ability to keep distant items in frame easily. This camera serves the vacation and event picture taking amateur photographer very well. I can't justify the added expense of getting a better camera than this for our needs.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-04-01 07:00
    A great camera for the price., G. H. Pearson
    I bought this as a gift for my wife. We took it on a driving vacation through Canada and New England. To get the maximum out of its features, a tripod would be a necessity. With a tripod, we were able to take some beautiful panoramic shots and use the hue saturation feature. The zoom capacity exceeds our ability to keep distant items in frame easily. This camera serves the vacation and event picture taking amateur photographer very well. I can't justify the added expensive of getting a better camera than this for our needs.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-03-31 07:00
    Could not expect more for the price., Joe
    Verified Purchase(
    This camera goes well beyond the limitations of what a bridge camera would be expected, zoom is amazing even on video, low light ability with almost no grain. If you know how to adjust aperture and ISO you will rarely use the flash. Settings and menu are frustrating. You may miss a shot while trying to get that perfect setting or while the camera is processing high resolutions. Stereo Mic was the deal buster for me as I chose between this and the Fuji bridge.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-03-31 07:00
    Could not expect more for the price., Joe
    This camera goes well beyond the limitations of what a bridge camera would be expected, zoom is amazing even on video, low light ability with almost no grain. If you know how to adjust aperture and ISO you will rarely use the flash. Settings and menu are frustrating. You may miss a shot while trying to get that perfect setting or while the camera is processing high resolutions. Stereo Mic was the deal buster for me as I chose between this and the Fuji bridge.