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Kodak EasyShare Z950 Review

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Kodak EasyShare Z950 Review

This Kodak EasyShare Z950 review shows a blocky camera that offers some nice manual control features.

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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.

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Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Description

  • 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.

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Image Quality

With 12.0 megapixels of resolution, Kodak has created a camera that can make large prints. You can choose to shoot at a variety of resolutions and ratios, including 16:9.

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.

Performance

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.

Design

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.

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User Reviews

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 3 out of 5
fix issues and I would recommend, Member 8461

Like the previous review I owned a Z915 but lost it. I am sending the 950 back and getting a new 915. The pic quality at school plays/etc were good at best. My main issues are the short battery life, shutter to shutter speed and button to shutter speed. The throw away lithium batteries for the 915 lasted a good amount of time- at least 200 pics and many videos. The 950 is getting less than 100 and few minutes of video. It's also hot. It felt like teh heat from an HD TV.

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