As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Kodak EasyShare Z981 is also often compared to travel zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Kodak EasyShare Z981's top rivals come from Kodak (such as the Easyshare Z990 MAX and the EasyShare Z915) and Nikon (such as the D40)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Kodak Z981 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 38 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second).

However, on average it has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), lacks and external mic jack, is older (january 2010 vs may 2010) and doesn't support an external flash.

Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the Z990 MAX (vs the Z981)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 201k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Z990 MAX (vs the Z981)

  • None found

common strengths of the Z990 MAX and Z981

  • Fairly small: Professional size (124×86×94 mm) vs Professional size (124×85×105 mm)
  • Light weight: 589 g vs 540 g
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 4.1"

Fujifilm FinePix S2900HD

Fujifilm FinePix S2900HD
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the S2900HD (vs the Z981)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S2900HD (vs the Z981)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the S2900HD and Z981

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×73×81 mm) vs Professional size (124×85×105 mm)
  • Light weight: 437 g vs 540 g
  • Thin: 3.2" vs 4.1"

Olympus SP-510 UZ

Olympus SP-510 UZ
3 years older

Significant advantages of the SP-510 UZ (vs the Z981)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SP-510 UZ (vs the Z981)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 26 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the SP-510 UZ and Z981

  • Fairly small: Standard size (106×75×70 mm) vs Professional size (124×85×105 mm)
  • Light weight: 410 g vs 540 g
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 4.1"

Kodak EasyShare Z980

Kodak EasyShare Z980
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Z980 (vs the Z981)

  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the Z980 (vs the Z981)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the Z980 and Z981

  • Fairly small: Professional size (91×124×105 mm) vs Professional size (124×85×105 mm)
  • Light weight: 445 g vs 540 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 4.1"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
4 years newer
$244

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the Z981)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 201k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the Z981)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and Z981

  • Light weight: 628 g vs 540 g

Samsung HZ50W

Samsung HZ50W
3 months newer

Significant advantages of the HZ50W (vs the Z981)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the HZ50W (vs the Z981)

  • None found

common strengths of the HZ50W and Z981

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (116×83×91 mm) vs Professional size (124×85×105 mm)
  • Light weight: 426 g vs 540 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 4.1"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Kodak Z981 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 35 mm), has a significantly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), is newer (january 2010 vs january 2009) and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it is slightly larger (professional size (124×85×105 mm) vs compact (90×64×39 mm)), is thicker (4.1" vs 1.5") and is slightly heavier (540 g vs 194 g).

Kodak EasyShare Z915

Kodak EasyShare Z915
1 year older
$197

Significant advantages of the Z915 (vs the Z981)

  • Smaller: Compact (90×64×39 mm) vs Professional size (124×85×105 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.5" vs 4.1"
  • Lighter: 194 g vs 540 g

Significant disadvantages of the Z915 (vs the Z981)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 26 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the Z915 and Z981

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
7 months newer
$320

Significant advantages of the SX130 IS (vs the Z981)

  • Significantly thinner: 1.8" vs 4.1"

Significant disadvantages of the SX130 IS (vs the Z981)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the SX130 IS and Z981

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Nikon D40

Nikon D40
3 years older
$975 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D40 (vs the Z981)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D40 (vs the Z981)

  • None found

common strengths of the D40 and Z981

  • None found