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Kodak EasyShare Z990 12 MP Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom, HD Video Capture and 3.0-Inch LCD

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  • Capture the ambience in dimly lit situations with the 12 MP BSI (back side illumination) CMOS sensor and high ISO
  • Zoom in fast, close, and wide with the 30X SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON Optical Zoom Lens with image stabilization
  • The f/2.8 28 mm wide-angle lens captures dramatic shots in tight quarters or in front of spectacular landscapes
  • Kodak's powerful, high-capacity pre-charged Ni-MH rechargeable batteries and charger included
  • SD/SDHC card compatibility allow you to enjoy up to 128 MB of internal memory
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Technical Details

Style: Camera
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • HD Compatible
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Product Details

Style: Camera
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.2 x 6.4 inches ; 2.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004FLL53Q
  • Item model number: 1773662
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,160 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at January 3, 2011

Product Description

Style: Camera

From the Manufacturer



Inspiration at your fingertips. Excitement from your pictures. If you love taking pictures, then the KODAK EASYSHARE MAX Camera is exactly what you’re looking for. When inspiration strikes, whether in direct sunlight or sitting by a campfire, this high-performance camera makes it a breeze to capture what you see. Want to take your photography to the next level? You can count on the KODAK EASYSHARE MAX Camera to deliver crisp, beautiful pictures pictures you’ll want to share proudly. And thanks to Kodak’s Share button, showing off your shots is simple.

Only KODAK Digital Cameras allow you to simultaneously share to multiple social networks and e-mail1.
KODAK Share Button
Kodak’s Share button makes sharing your videos and pictures as simple with One Button Upload:
    • Just press Share when in review mode
    • Choose your favorite sharing destinations: FACEBOOK, e-mail, KODAK Gallery and KODAK PULSE Digital Frames2, and other popular sharing sites
    • Connect your camera to your computer or insert your memory card and your videos or pictures are automatically uploaded to the destination(s)1

Kodak’s exclusive Share Button:
    • Automatically shares when you connect to a PC1
    • Tags to the largest number of socialnetworks3
    • Uploads friend tags to FACEBOOK1



   • Capture the low-light ambience—fast and sharp: Kodak's first BSI CMOS sensor delivers stunning low-light picture quality with less noise and less blur—no flash needed
   • Powerful 30X optical zoom lens: The 30X SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON Optical Zoom Lens (35 mm equivalent: 28–840mm) zooms in faster and closer than ever to deliver crisp, steady shots for extraordinary creative performance
   • Fast f/2.8 28 mm wide-angle lens: Capture dramatic shots in tight quarters or in front of spectacular landscapes
   • Optical image stabilization: camera shake is automatically minimized so you can capture sharp, steady shots when shooting at long zoom ranges
   • Get in on the action without delay: Capture that challenging action shot with fast, click-to-capture speed and auto focus.
   • High ISO mode: Capture the details in low-light conditions and fast-action situations with a powerful, high ISO (up to 6400). Faster shutter speeds mean you can capture scenes in low light and fast action
   • Automatic panorama : Automatic panorama mode captures a 180 degree horizontal view or 120 degree vertical view—pan horizontally or vertically in a continuous burst until the shutter is released
   • Photobooth capture mode stylizes a group of four consecutive photos as if taken inside a photobooth
   • Kodak’s powerful, high-capacity pre-charged Ni-MH rechargeable batteries and charger included

FeaturesModes and Effects
   • Get creative with advanced camera features—PASM, RAW, creative modes, and film effects
   • Program auto mode (P)—camera sets optimal shutter speed and aperture combination
   • Aperture priority mode (A)—you choose aperture, the camera sets shutter speed
   • Shutter priority mode (S)—you choose shutter speed, the camera sets aperture
   • Manual mode (M)—you choose both the aperture and shutter speed

Shoot video with ease
   • Record full 1080 HD video with stereo sound
   • Edit your pictures and add creative borders
   • Make a picture from video and create action prints (9-up)

Scene and color modes

   • Get great shots time after time with multiple scene modes, including auto, sport, portrait, snow, fireworks, and backlight
   • Have fun with five different color modes: vivid, full, and basic color, black & white, and sepia

Manual controls
•    Exposure compensation: ± 2.0 EV in ± 1/3 EV step increments
•    Aperture: f/2.8 wide (f/5.6 tele)
•    Shutter speed: ½–1/2000 sec. (auto), 16–1/2000 sec. (manual)
•    ISO equivalents: 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
•    Auto focus: TTL imager AF system
•    Exposure metering: multi-pattern, center-weighted, center-spot
•    White balance: auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, open shade
•    Flash mode: auto, off, fill, red-eye reduction
•    High-speed burst mode: capture up to 60 fps @ 2 MP (max 20)

Artistic effects
•    HDR (high dynamic range)
•    Dramatic
•    Night scene long exposure
•    Intelligent portrait
Film effects
  • TRI-X
  • T-MAX
  • Sepia
Multiple scene modes
•    Portrait modes: portrait, night portrait, self
•    Landscape modes: landscape, night landscape, fireworks, sunset
•    Lighting modes: bright, candlelight, backlight
•    Action modes: sport, children, stage
•    Close-up mode: flower

Kodak's Smart Capture feature
: Beautiful pictures, more often-automatically
Become a better photographer with a smarter camera. Kodak’s innovative Smart Capture feature automatically identifies the scene and adjusts camera settings for a great picture in just about any environment.
    • Intelligent scene detection—analyzes the scene to give you better pictures under various conditions
    • Intelligent capture control—automatically sets camera settings for clear, sharp pictures even in low light and challenging situations
    • Intelligent image processing—reduces noise and clears up dark shadows for vibrant, crisp details and true-to-life colors

What’s In the Box: Everything you need to shoot and share
•    KODAK Ni-MH Pre-charged Rechargeable Digital Camera Batteries AA
•    KODAK USB AC adapter for in-camera charging
•    Charging solution
•    Wrist strap
•    USB cable
•    Lens cap with strap
•    Neck strap
•    User Guide

1 All Kodak digital still and video cameras manufactured in 2011 or later.
2 KODAK PULSE Display and KODAK Gallery support still pictures; video not supported.
3 Sharing sites vary by region


Standard features
Megapixels    12 MP BSI CMOS
Display size     3.0 in. HVGA high-resolution LCD
Face Recognition    Yes
Smart Capture    Yes

System requirements

    • WINDOWS XP SP2, VISTA, WINDOWS 7 or later
    • INTERNET EXPLORER 6.0 or higher

    • MACINTOSH 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 or higher
    • SAFARI 1.1 or higher

    • PENTIUM 4, 2.8 GHz processor or higher
    • 1 GB RAM and 64 MB video RAM
    • 300 MB hard drive space available
    • CD-ROM drive
    • Available USB port (1.1 or higher)
    • 1024 x 768 display resolution

Product Description

An all-glass Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens and high-performance features make this camera perfect for the serious enthusiast. The 28mm wide-angle lens boasts an amazing 30x optical zoom to 840mm. EasyShare features allow you to e-mail or upload your photos to popular sharing sites with the touch of a single button when connected to your computer. High definition 720p video is also just a button away so you can capture those spontaneous moments without stopping to change settings. 300MB internal memory SD/HDSD memory card recommended (sold separately.) Film/Camera Type: Digital Image Sensor (megapixel): 12.0 Focus/Zoom: 5x Digital Exposures: N/A.Unit of Measure : Each

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This camera is a very nice product. The photos are very good, and have manual features that allow you customize your photographic work. But the software works a little… Read more ›
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.. Read more ›
I know very little about cameras but bought this to take on my Paris trip. (Oct 15 to 22nd) The pictures are wonderful. Great quality but my composition needs work. Read more ›
I always had a problem taking pictures and then to go upload and copy now I just click and select the ones I like…It is so easy and the quality of the pictures are perfect. Read more ›
I bought it about 3 weeks and the camera look like a DSLR. The night shot are very well with its backlit CMOS and i love this camera. It is enough for family. Read more ›
The image stabilizer is unbelievable when in full zoom and I've taken dozens of perfect shots…Also, as many others have commented, the low-light pictures are freaky good. Read more ›
I really love this camera. The HD mode was excellent. The 30x zoom is what lured me to the camera, but the macro will always have my heart with this camera. Read more ›
This camera worked very well for the first couple of…Outdoor photos and photos in macro mode are great but forget about taking acceptable indoor photos of actual people. Read more ›
The…Following the manufacturer's suggestion I use the P mode which is as fully automatic and I want and does not over correct pictures -- the setting screens can be hidden. Read more ›
While JPEG can be "losy" the fine setting jpeg is the full 3000x4000 (12 megapixels) of a RAW, and as a bonus, can be used by movie maker and slide viewing software without… Read more ›
It is important that they learn to use the Kodak software as for photographs in portrait mode allows you to soften the face which is unbelievable functionality, the other… Read more ›
It took a…Well with the moon at its closest and brightest last night I was happy with the shots I got with the zoom and oddly found the manual mode was the best for it. I… Read more ›
This camera takes great photographs in a variety of situations, the 30x optical zoom is magnificent, and image stabilization is the best in its class. The human… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
If your like me and want to take high quality pictures but…The 30X zoom is great for macro shots, and the 12MP is more than adequate to blow up your pictures for printing. Read more ›
This is the best compromise between a compact & a SLR. The zoom is fantastic and a huge improvement over my 10X kodak zoom, no blurring in optical zoom whatsover. I… Read more ›
And I picked this one out of quite a lot of others. The zoom is amazing; from 150 feet I got close enough to get their tattoos with detail. I can't wait to figure out the… Read more ›
Easy to hold, and not too heavy. The zoom is just amazing, wide to tele. The sensitivity of the CMOS sensor is impressive. Read more ›
dont know why they got out of the camera business, takes beautiful pictures simple to use lots of good features and would buy again. Read more ›
When I told my photographer friend I wanted a not too expensive camera that took great pictures, he recommended this one. It has great features and is very simple to use. Co… Read more ›
This camera is sturdy and easy to use. It has many cool functions like sunset filter and multiple picture taking. Read more ›
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… Read more ›
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. Read more ›
I love this camera . It is easy to use. It takes great pictures. Read more ›
Well, I just got the camera today and at first the pictures were kind of…The video is quite nice as well, 720p or 1080p they're both recorded very well with this camera. Read more ›
Its 1080p HD video is superb and the sharpness and quality of the optics at the maximum and minimum focal lengths are just insane, I'll dare to say, even better than most… Read more ›
I…When you zoom while taking a video it is smooth with no jerking (as with my previous camera) but you can hear the zoom noise in the video which is a minor downside for me. Read more ›
The camera picked up every sound with excellent clarity and the movie was perfecly clear. It's video is a great feature. At family gatherings it comes in handy. Read more ›
The picture and video quality is pretty good to excellent, hence the 2 stars - but the processor lag is really a joke and makes the camera almost unusable unless you shoot… Read more ›
It's features are great. Video is good. I love the panoramic feature. Read more ›
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. Read more ›
But for the price is a great camera. Read more ›
The low light level capability is not great however. Still, for the price, it is good for a digital camera, although SLR enthusiasts will want to look elsewhere. Read more ›
I am very happy with my purchase because this camera has good set of features (tagging, uploading to internet, raw capture and many more) and the price is reasonable… Read more ›
But after my experience with the Panasonic, I'm willing to compromise--especially for the price, which is quite reasonable for the features (did I mention image… Read more ›
The 30x zoom is fantastic. What an excellent price too! Read more ›
Pros: Price was excellent. Color is beautiful in the photos and art prints I've sold in my business. Read more ›
Lots to learn on it yet, but the zoom on it brings you right up to the object of the picture. Color is so bright and clear. Will like it even better when we learn all of… Read more ›
I submitted a couple of photos to the gallery…The colors are great and the images are sharp, even though I took both of them in "program" mode and only adjusted the focus. Read more ›
The quality of the pictures IS…The color IS great but the CLARITY ISN'T I'm able to take 25 pictures before I have to change the NIMH [2400 mAH KODAK batteries]. The… Read more ›
It is a shame Kodak is no longer in the camera business. I love the rich, natural colors this camera captures. They did a great job emulating the colors we are all used to… Read more ›
So easy to use. Manual settings like on DSLR but most important is next: great photos, true colors and lights. Eos 600D can hide it self compering with this camera. Read more ›
This is not the point-and-shoot ease of my old V570, but the Schnieder-kreuznach lens is a plus for digital capture. Read more ›
The image quality is excellent, I toned…Of course the 30X zoom to wide-angle lens is amazing; the built-in camera steadying helped when zoomed out but keep a tripod handy. Read more ›
Excellent in low light conditions, even without a flash! Awesome zoom and pic quality even when lens is fully extended. The menu and settings selections use icons and… Read more ›
On the plus side, it has a relatively fast lens (2.8 I think) and the backlight sensor should in theory improve low light performance. The zoom is massive and the camera… Read more ›
Excellent little camera, more features than I expected. Easy to use menu and great lens sure beats my previous digital point and shoot. Read more ›
While the Kodak Z990 Max isn't perfect it is an affordable bridge camera that takes excellent pictures day or night with an extremely powerful zoom lens, a host of useful… Read more ›
The lens is also relatively good for a bridge camera, going all the way down to 2.8 aperture. The ISO range is big and the 3" screen is nice a bright. Also, you get a TON… Read more ›
The lens is fast & the zoom action is smooth. The 3" LCD display is gorgeous offering a 460,000 dot display, Great for composing the shot. I don't understand why these… Read more ›
This camera is undoubtedly one of the…Its menu system requires some getting used to, since it is displayed on top of the screen in pictorial form, rather than full screen. Read more ›
So far, so good. Incredible colors, a very good resolution screen and amazing optical zoom. Its great for landscapes. Read more ›
Super zoom, you cant get by 180 US. Perfect in low light conditions, fast, easy, and great screen. Very satisfied. Read more ›
As for complaints that you have to wait until the preview pic goes away you can easily overcome that by pushing the shutter button half way which clears the screen and… Read more ›
Its pictures are much better than my Panasonic Lumix ZS3. Flash is excellent. The down side is it is very slow to start and slow between pictures. Read more ›
I found the menu interface functional, if not exactly intuitive. The flash is good, and the LCD screen doesn't leave much to be desired. Overall, due to its faux SLR body,… Read more ›
You can definitely capture a lot with the wide angle lens. INSIDE pictures, WITHOUT flash are FANTASTIC! Super clear and NOT blurry! Read more ›
The panoramic picture mode (The one that stitches 3 pictures together, not…The pop up flash does a great job and the camera does a great job balancing the colors for it. Read more ›
- One of the reviews mentioned they were…- Great non-flash photography: Though it has a really awesome flash, but this camera gives give superb performance in low light. Read more ›
It does a good job with flash on indoor low light shots, but the stunning performance of this camera at full zoom is amazing and well worth the price for that alone. A… Read more ›
I'm sure the Canon Powershot SX40 HS or the Nikon Coolpix L810 are much better digital bridge cameras but I can't afford them and I like Z990's Nostalgic color modes and… Read more ›
Not always correct the first time though, and you can change it. Picture taking speed is super fast if you half-click the shutter button and get your target in frame first. G… Read more ›
So after over an hour he finally was able to dowload me new software or…Me camera speed was improved however is still extremely slow especially compared to my old Canon. Read more ›
Same process. You have to start at the fastest shutter speed of 1/2000 sec and click your way all the way down to the one you want. If you are trying to take a… Read more ›
If you mess around with the different settings,…For me, I wanted a fast camera and was even considering spending the major bucks on a DSLR for the fast shutter speed. B… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
The Z990 does all the calculations for you if you match up the choices given with your photo…All the buttons, levers, are much easier to use than my 1st Kodak camera. T… Read more ›
Low light performance is better than any other camera I've…I like the feature that allows you to turn flash on or off with a convenient button, no fishing thru the menu. Read more ›
Having used the camera on a trip to italy, I can say that the photos are truly breathtaking. Also, there are quick buttons like 'self-timer' and 'multi-shot'. In other… Read more ›
A nice rotary jogging button (Like Nikon's have). This rotary can be used to glide through the settings menus. Read more ›
Once on, the indicator light comes on and it is also the light that…- The screen on back is bigh and bright and the buttons and arrow switch is easy to use and understand. Read more ›
o Plastic shutter and zoom ring. I just don't like important buttons to be plastic. o When the camera is setup to take RAW pictures in a continuous mode - the camera can… Read more ›

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181 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Mayberry Mitch on June 11, 2011
Style Name: Camera
As a mechanical engineer I particularly appreciate good design. This camera is loaded with it. It can be used easily as a "point and shoot" camera, or maually by a more experienced photographer.

The 30X OPTICAL zoom lens is spectacular. Sure, it might not be quite up to SLR standards, but the pictures I get while SLR owners are struggling changing lenses make a big difference. I have been taking photos for decades, and virtually any lens with the name Schneider has always been a good one.

Important to me, since I take lots of photos of kids and animals, is the short time between shutter push and the photo being taken. It adapts well to changing situations.

Many cameras have no eyepiece viewer, and in bright sunlight can hardly be used because the viewing screen appears so dim. Not so with this camera. Although the direct view could be of better quality and include a diopter admustment, it is so much better than trying to compose a photo in the bright sunlight using an almost invisible viewing screen.

I love to do available light photography. I have never seen a camera with such great low light ability. Sometimes it is almost as though it had "night vision." I normally set the camera to the "No flash" setting.

I think this camera might be a little too technical for first time users unless they are willing to get to know the camera and its capabilities as they go.

I read a review of a comparable Canon offering, and they criticized the lens for purple fringing -- NOT a problem with my camera.

I still carry a small "point and shoot" camera, but when I get serious about taking photos, I lean on this camera.
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288 of 299 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on April 29, 2011
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A little background: I have been using Kodak's high-end EasyShares since 2002. I got the EasyShare Max z990 on April 11, 2011. I have been putting this camera to the test for 18 days.

There are a lot of things I love about my z990. But I have had enough disappointments to make me wonder what Kodak was thinking, and to question if this camera is worth its original $300+ price tag.

My first z990 was very buggy. It kept becoming unresponsive for several seconds or even freezing up. It helped to reformat the SD card and internal memory and to reset the camera. But I ended up having to get a replacement. My new z990 works much better!

Things I love:
* Best low-light no-flash pictures I have EVER seen from a digital camera!
* Very nice image quality.
* 1080p video! ... Good image quality. Acceptable sound quality.
* Snap pictures WHILE recording a video! They are lowish quality, but still decent enough for a 4x6 or maybe even a 5x7 print.
* Photobooth is so much fun! I just wish you could use the timer to add an extra 10 seconds before it starts snapping. ... The camera does give you a few seconds to get into position, but sometimes I need a little more.
* My 8 year old LOVES automatic panorama! ... But it can be a bit sensitive if you sweep at the wrong speed or if your subjects are moving. (like tree tops on a windy day)

* Automatic panorama does not always capture the whole image. - Sometimes it saves less than half of the image.
* You cannot set your favorite film effect to be the default. (I prefer more natural colors, but every time I turn the dial or power off my camera, it resets to oversaturated)
* Several vividly colored flowers just won't record right on this camera.
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158 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Thomas J. Cimicata on May 21, 2011
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Low light pics are really amazing with this camera. I took a pic in my family room taken at 8:30 at night in smart mode with no flash and the room lit by only the light coming through the doorway from the kitchen and the TV. While I realize you wouldn't want to take pics of people at the shutter speed selected by smart mode (.3), the pic came out with the room appearing as though it was 2 pm on a sunny day.

Some reviews have said you can't save settings when you shut off the camera but that is not completely true. If you shoot in PASM modes it will save your settings in those modes even if you switch modes or shut off the camera. While it may not save settings in "scenes" and special features (like shooting fireworks or sunsets) those are preset anyway as soon as you dial to them.

I am no photo expert but the menus seem very intuitive and easy to navigate.

The main reason I bought this camera is that it gives me a lot of versatility with its zoom and low light capacity. I hate flash photography and I like a lot of sports and outdoor action shots of family and friends.

The zoom is 30X optical while in smart mode and another 5x digital zoom when shooting in PASM modes (which allow you to override a host of presets that you can't do (except to shut off the flash) in smart mode. Though you cannot zoom manually, the toggle for the zoom is on a ring surrounding the shutter button and very easy to use without taking your eyes off the subject of your pictures. It responds instantly and does not require you to zoom in and out to get where you want like my old digital camera (Sony Cybershot DSC-S70).
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