The Bottom Line
If you are someone who appreciates the stylish, ultra compact models of digital cameras that seem to be available everywhere these days, you probably won't give Kodak's Z950 camera a second look. It's a blocky looking model (1.4 inches in thickness) and weighs nearly double (8.2 ounces) what some point and shoot cameras weigh.
However, if you ignore this camera because of looks, it would be unfortunate.
My Kodak EasyShare Z950 review shows an easy-to-use digital camera that provides an interesting mix of automatic and manual control features that work surprisingly well together ... and all for a $279 MSRP.
- Nice mixture of automatic and manual controls, can help beginners learn about using manual settings
- Despite some intermediate features, Z950 is extremely easy to use
- Image quality is pretty good in all lighting conditions
- Very good value
- 10X optical zoom lens moves quickly and works in video mode
- Shutter lag is poor with flash and in low light
- Shot to shot delays are below average
- LCD can be a little tough to see in sunlight
- No separate charger included; must charge the battery inside the camera
- Chunky camera is not very stylish
- Resolution: 12.0 megapixels
- Optical zoom: 10X (35-350mm)
- LCD: 3.0-inch, 230,000 pixels
- Maximum image size: 4024 x 3012 pixels
- Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion
- Dimensions: 2.6 x 4.3 x 1.4 inches
- Weight: 8.2 ounces (no battery, no memory card)
- Image sensor: CCD 1/2.33 in.
Guide Review - Kodak EasyShare Z950 Review
Its overall image quality is pretty good, with realistic colors and good focus, regardless of the lighting conditions. My Kodak EasyShare Z950 review finds that, most of the time when using the flash, you'll see proper exposures. Rarely is a photo washed out with the Z950.
One of the biggest disappointments with the Z950 is its shutter lag and shot to shot delays. Both measurements are well below average. There's a decent chance that you'll miss some spontaneous photos because of these problems.
On the other hand, the Z950's start-up time is pretty fast, and it's ready to shoot its first photo less than 1 second after pressing the power button. The 10X optical zoom lens moves through its magnification levels pretty quickly, too, which is nice. However, I'd prefer that the lens offer at least some limited wide angle capabilities, which the Z950's lens does not offer.
The Z950 includes some limited manual control features, allowing you to set the shutter speed or aperture, for example. Adjusting the settings manually is extremely easy with the Z950, which makes it great for a beginning photographer looking to learn more about shooting manually. This might be the Z950's best feature.
The Z950 is not a cool looking camera. However, what it sacrifices in style it makes up for in comfort. The Z950 has a nice handgrip and spot for your thumb, making it easy to hold one handed.
As with most EasyShare cameras from Kodak, the Z950 is very easy to use. Its menu structure makes sense, and the camera's buttons all are well marked and in logical positions. On the Z950's LCD, you'll see explanations of each feature as you select it, which is nice.