Kodak Easyshare Z915 Digital Camera (Black)
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179 of 186 found the following review helpful:
Surprisingly pleased Nov 07, 2009
By Kari S. Campos
"Kari Silva Photography"
I have had probably ten different digital cameras over the last ten years, mostly Kodak, although the most recent ones were Canon. I was spoiled with the 12x optical zoom on my Kodak Z1012 and the clear, sharp images it produced. I don't want to carry it in my purse every day though! I recently purchased a Canon SX110, which is small enough to carry daily and takes great photos; however, it doesn't allow for a date stamp except at 1600x1200 resolution. After researching for several days online, I purchased a Kodak Z915 today. Took it straight to the park and played with it. Got some fantastic photos today. I mean, I was surprisingly truly impressed by the clear, sharp images I got today for a relatively inexpensive camera. I love the 10x zoom -- can't even imagine owning a camera with less after having that feature for a couple of years now. This one does all that I need and does it well. The movie mode seemed to have tiny shifts in focus while recording, but I don't use the video features on my cameras too often, so not a concern for me. I may play with it some more and see if some tweaking of settings will allow for a smoother playback. Again, can't say enough how happy I am with the image quality and that's my main requirement.
112 of 115 found the following review helpful:
Under Priced Quality Camera Sep 12, 2009
By Michael E. Moreira
After a bad experience with another brand, I decided to go back to a consistant favorite of mine; Kodak.
This Z915 model is exceptional for the price. I compared features across other brands, and this came out as the lowest price for the same features.
10MP means you can crop the heck out of your pictures and they won't turn grainy. The 10x optical zoom is a deal-sealer for me, since you have the option of getting in close to a subject when you want, without using the 'digital zoom' feature thats on digital cameras (which isnt really a zoom, and cuts down on picture quality).
Optical Image Stabilization helps clear up shakey shots, lots of options for both the beginner/casual shooter, and more in depth choices for the experienced photog round out this awesome deal.
Choice of colors is a nice touch, the icing on the cake.
160 of 168 found the following review helpful:
Clear, detailed pictures Oct 03, 2009
By K. Borah
I bought the camera for the 10X optical zoom, because I'd like to get closer up pictures at concerts and I'm looking forward to taking pictures in the mountains this year with it. I already had a good Kodak camera, but with less zoom and less megapixels. So far, I haven't gotten to check out the zoom for things like that, but I've taken some close up pictures of a butterfly and gotten clear, detailed pictures. You can even see the barbs on its legs. It's easy to use, I like being able to crop my pictures on the camera, you can even add a sound tag onto your picture. I like that you can put it on smart capture and the camera does the work for you. Its a good, sturdy camera and even though I had read reviews that it was a little bulky, it is smaller than my last digital camera and doesn't feel bulky to me at all. So far, loving this camera!
85 of 87 found the following review helpful:
Fantastic photos for bargain price Jan 04, 2010
I bought this to replace a Kodak z740 which also had 10X optical zoom and an eye finder, and took beautiful photos, but it was too clunky to fit in my pocket, and only 5mp with small screen so went in search of another camera. I first tried the Canon sx120IS, which was a major disappointment and you can see my review on it's product page. The Z915 on the other hand takes fantastic pictures. However, I must note that first camera I got was defective in that the outer edges of every photo were a bit blurry. I took a chance and exchanged for same camera as I loved the features and the great Kodak exposure. Well I'm glad I did because the new camera takes incredible shots.
Here's what's BEST about camera:
1) Sharp pictures with that wonderful Kodak vibrant exposure -- every one looks so warm and healthy.
2) 10X optical zoom is incredible
3) Camera has a "stage" scene that takes incredible photos of people on stage (I took some in off Broadway play) and camera makes no noise and no flash so no bother to the performers. If you have a kid in plays -- this camera is worth the price for that alone.
4) Has a completely manual setting where you can independently set shutter speed, aperture, ISO, exposure and it will warn you in yellow if your settings do not jive with eachother
5) Has a "High ISO" scene that takes incredible photos indoors in low light. I took some wonderful shots at an indoor basketball game where I was sitting 20 rows up off floor and zoomed in close to the foul shooter and pictures were great. (Note disable the flash or you'll miss an action shot - flash won't reach that far anyway).
6) In display mode, has an "i" information button that tells you all the settings the camera chose even in scene or auto mode, so you can see what the shutter speed, aperture, iso, and exposure was for a particular shot and learn from it.
7) Takes AA batteries which is super convenient. Batteries last days as long as you use good rechargeable batteries. Alkalines will work but not last as long. I bought a 15 minute Energizer charger with batteries.
8) Super easy to operate. Very intuitive - you won't need to open the manual.
9) Camera has does very well in minimizing noise. Check the online professional reviews and you will see the difference between this and the competition.
Here's what could be better:
1) This is not a sexy camera. A little clunky looking but fits well in your hand. Size tradeoff worth it for the 10x zoom
2) Wish it had an eye finder for two reasons. Can be tough to see in bright sun. You may have to use one hand to shield the screen and the other to shoot. Also would be nice to have eye finder for the stage setting so audience at the play don't have to be bothered by the glowing screen as you take the pic (even though no flash or noise on that setting).
3) I find putting the camera in P mode takes better photos than the smart capture mode, where the camera chooses a scene or settings based on what it sees. I took a picture of my kids playing wii video game in basement on both settings and the smart capture had some noise, whereas in the P mode where I left ISO in auto and let the camera choose everything else was noise free.
4) The camera's find faces function is just so so, sometimes finding a few faces and not all. I found that if I want everyone pin point sharp in a group photo, hit the macro flower button on top of the camera to select Landscape (mountains icon appears), which gave me the most depth of field and everyone came out sharp - a must do for shots of people at a table where some close, some far.
Note: The Kodak Z950 is the same camera, but a little smaller in size, 12mp as opposed to 10mp, same 10x opticle zoom, but proprietary lithium battery, and Schneider lens. It is a bit more expensive so if you want smaller size and proprietary battery (plan another $30 for extra battery and $40 is you want external charger), then try that one.
Bottom line this is a great camera with stupendous optical zoom for a bargain basement price compared to the competetion. I gave it only a 3 star for portability as it is a little clunky compared to say the Panasonic Lumix with similar zoom. It's super easy to operate, but allows you many manual controls and a stage scene I've never seen on another camera. Can't wait for the kids' plays!
110 of 118 found the following review helpful:
Pro says: Exceptional camera at a ridiculous price!! Jul 09, 2010
By Larry D Blumenthal
Please read carefully: this is from a 35-year veteran Hollywood photographic professional who is both a still photographer and cinematographer. I carefully read the many reviews of the Kodak Z915, a very inexpensive digital camera. I noted comments of both those who raved about, as well as those who panned, this camera's performance. In fact, some of the criticisms gave me pause when deciding to buy my wife this model as a new camera for her birthday. She loves to shoot, but has no interest in a Canon D5 or such style of photographic gear. But quick photos from her cell phone were becoming a liability, especially considering her rather keen photographic eye and sense. So, without wanting to overwhelm her positive natural and artistic instincts with new gear of such professional level that she would be stifled by HAVING to control too much minutia, I decided to get her something viable for good results, yet not a fortune to buy or too complicated to learn! I am happy to report this gift was a huge hit! And here's why:
1) First, fully ignore the complaints or bad reviews - either they know nothing about cameras or photography, can't follow instructions, or are simply too effing stupid or lazy to read the VERY CLEAR manual included. But mostly, these are people who go to taco bell expecting elegant epicurean dining. All my fears were allayed when I saw the Z915 in person.
2) The camera functions as described and has exceeded ALL my possible expectations.
3) The photos it produces, and the available functions to produce them, stagger the mind at this price!!!!!!
4) The Schneider optics on this optical 10:1 zoom tracks well, has sparkling crisp resolution and is beautifully color corrected for achromatic distortion - very important for longer lens shooting - especially when combined with ...
5) ...the amazing 10.5 megapixel resolution of this extraordinary consumer level camera system! There is plenty of room for up to even a another 5x digital zoom-in beyond the optical zoom limits to keep the image moderately clean on a 5x8 printed photograph. Bravo. In other words, if you were to crop an image to include only the words THIS IS ALL I WANT IN MY PIC from this review, it would still be a clear clean image.
6) The features are perfect and all work well, from the SmartCam all-auto-point-and-shoot setting, to the many options for backlit subjects, intentional far or near focus even while auto-focus is working, to a setting which is fully manual wherein you must tell the camera what to do in every way just like a pro upscale still SLR camera. Plenty of shutter flexibility for sports, very fast turn around time for quick shots, quality for portraits and nature photography, lotsa special stuff for things like fireworks, red-eye, even document archiving! The only drawback I had was the lack of through-the-lens occular viewfinder for the eye. But most folks will prefer the wonderful LCD imager on the camera viewfinder anyway, which is set at half brightness from the factory and can be turned up for fair viewing even in sunshine! A viewfinder shroud can help this along for quite satisfactory results.
7) And if all this isn't enough, the camera does amazing 3-panel digitally stiched panorama shots, and will video record image and sound in crisp Standard Definition video quite nicely. How fun. I noticed a couple folks bitched that the sound recorded was way down and therefore a big problem. As I said before, those morons are the problem. If they had simply looked at the diagram in the manual which tells you where the microphone is located (holes just at 10 0'clock of the lens housing), then they would have realized they had put their finger over the mic holes while they were video recording. Normally their forefinger should be on the zoom control anyway!
In closing, let me just say that as a Hollywood photography professional there was no way was I going to just toss mama this camera, say "have fun" and then walk away. I did what all us camera and cinema geeks do - and that is take this little model through its paces. I am frankly shocked that Kodak pulled all this off for $120. No, it's not a high end professional replacement by any means, but my honey will no doubt take some amazing shots which might rival anything I would have"planned" to do with my Canon or Nikon. Eat your heart out Canon and Sony! Simply amazing.
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