Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

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Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

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Kodak EasyShare Z981

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Reasons to buy the Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Kodak EasyShare Z981

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
 

differences

Advantages of the Kodak Z990 MAX

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 201k dots
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Around 2.5x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The Z990 MAX's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 0.9 fps
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More than 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
30x vs 26x
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More than 30% more zoom
Size
Slightly smaller
124x86x93 mm vs 124x85x105 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
3.7" vs 4.1"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Kodak Z981

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Weight
Slightly lighter
540 g vs 589 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              Z990 MAX:589 g
              Z981:540 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              Z990 MAX:3.7"
              Z981:4.1"
              Size Large Help
              Z990 MAX:124x86x93 mm
              Z981:124x85x105 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              Z990 MAX:30x
              Z981:26x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              Z990 MAX:460k dots
              Z981:201k dots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              Z990 MAX:28 mm
              Z981:26 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS

              Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS

              Super zoom

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $239

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Kodak PixPro AZ521

              Kodak PixPro AZ521

              Super zoom

              $199 - $220

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $420

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $239

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Kodak PixPro AZ361

              Kodak PixPro AZ361

              Super zoom

              $179

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

              Kodak EasyShare Z981 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Kodak EasyShare Z980

              Kodak EasyShare Z980

              Super zoom

              $350

              External flash Supports an external flash
              Weight Lighter
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Fujifilm FinePix S9200

              Fujifilm FinePix S9200

              Super zoom

              $175 - $300

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

              Entry-level DSLR

              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $250 - $329

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support

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