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Kodak Easyshare Max Z990 review

Verdict

A great choice if your budget is limited, the Z990 is easy to use and produces great photos

Review Date: 18 Jul 2011

Reviewed By: Jim Martin

Price when reviewed: £212 (£254 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Performance
4 stars out of 6

Image Quality
4 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

The name may sound a little low-end, but this camera’s specifications are up there with the best: the Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 has a 30x zoom, a 12-megapixel sensor, RAW capture and 1080p Full HD video recording.

The area where it looks deficient is its pixel count, but a lower resolution can be a good thing, especially since the sensor is the same size as its competitors. Each photo receptor receives more light, which should lead to better quality photos, particularly in low light.

Kodak Easyshare Max Z990

The theory wasn’t borne out in tests, as shots looked blotchy in dim light. However, in better conditions, the Z990 produced excellent shots that wouldn’t embarrass cameras costing £100 more.

The 28-840mm lens has some barrel distortion at the wide end of the zoom but with a maximum aperture of f/2.8, plenty of light gets in. At the telephoto end images look crisp, and in good light the optical stabilisation works to reduce shake. Video performance wasn’t as impressive: colours were fine, as was sharpness, but highlights were blown out and shadows lacked detail.

The Z990 is easy to use, too. Controls have been kept to a minimum and common settings are a few clicks away. There are separate shutter and video-recording buttons, plus command and jog dials. You can tag photos to upload to Facebook, Flickr and the Kodak Gallery, and we liked thoughtful touches like the prompt to transfer images when you insert an SD card.

Kodak Easyshare Max Z990

There are also fun features, including HDR and both manual and sweep panorama modes, but none were particularly successful in our tests.

But with full manual control and RAW capture, it would be churlish to come down too hard on these shortcomings, as the Z990 is undoubtedly good value.

Author: Jim Martin

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User comments

Stick a 18mp full frame sensor in it and a sealed Mag alloy body on this and you'd have a winner.Even at £900.

By Jaberwocky on 18 Jul 2011

Thank you...

for putting the actual range of lens in this review (as compared to the Nikon review).

30x is fairly meaningless without any reference.

By big_D on 18 Jul 2011

One for the studio

At 445.000kg - this is a camera for the enthusiast!?

By mnfisherfi on 19 Jul 2011

445kg...

No, we just weighed a hundred of them.

Regards
David Bayon

(Now fixed!)

By davidb_pro on 20 Jul 2011

Or a thousand...

Not my morning!

David

By davidb_pro on 20 Jul 2011

A hundred cameras.

Should have stuck with a hundred... ;0)

By TisSmee on 29 Sep 2011

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