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NOT PERFECT BUT TRULY GREAT,
This review is from: Kodak EasyShare Z990 12 MP Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom, HD Video Capture and 3.0-Inch LCD (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.
This camera seems to have the ability to do just about anything I want it to, including making HD video.
If you take a photo at the wide angle setting (28mm equivalent) and then take one at the highest telephoto setting (840mm equivalent) you will likely be amazed.
I recommend this camera highly.
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 12:49:56 PM PST
If you have trouble with th 5 second recording, switch to a clall 4 or higher chip. Sounds like you are using a class 2 chip.
Posted on Dec 11, 2012 10:45:18 AM PST
Can it use an external mic?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2013 1:49:47 PM PDT
No external mic port present, just the usb and hdmi out ports.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2014 12:27:02 PM PST
If i'm not mistaken the frame buffer is good for 5 seconds. It sounds like a write error on your card. You will want a Class 10 SD card for this camera if you are taking video.
Posted on Apr 10, 2014 7:07:02 PM PDT
mitch adams says:
At the end are you saing the wide angle is better or the full setting is better?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2014 7:27:54 PM PDT
Mayberry states that you will likely be amazed at both settings. This implies that if you were to take a picture at the wide angle then zoom in to focus on a specific object in the same area you will see how well this camera can capture both. It's a great camera all in all, I would recommend having a monopod or tripod for using the full zoom.