Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX vs Kodak EasyShare Z981

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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

High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
5 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Kodak EasyShare Z981

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
370 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital

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Explore our gallery of 44 sample photos taken by the Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Kodak EasyShare Z981.

differences

Advantages of the Kodak Z990 MAX

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 201k dots
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Around 2.5x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 0.9 fps
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More than 5.5x faster continuous shooting
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 2 f-stops better
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
30x vs 26x
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More than 30% more zoom
Size
Slightly smaller
124×86×94 mm vs 124×85×105 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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              Z990 MAX3.7"
              Z9814.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              Z990 MAX589 g
              Z981540 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              Z990 MAX124×86×94 mm
              Z981124×85×105 mm

              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Z990 MAX1/2.5" 6.13x4.51mm
              Z9811/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              Z990 MAX460k dots
              Z981201k dots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              Z990 MAX28 mm
              Z98126 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              Z990 MAX30x
              Z98126x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              Z990 MAX1080p @ 30fps
              Z981720p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $156

              3D Captures 3D images
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Placeholder

              Kodak EasyShare P880

              Pro digicam

              External flash Supports an external flash
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $85 - $180

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW

              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $168

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger

              Kodak EasyShare Z981 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Kodak EasyShare Z980

              Kodak EasyShare Z980

              Super zoom

              $238

              External flash Supports an external flash
              Weight Lighter
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $194

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Kodak PixPro AZ251

              Kodak PixPro AZ251

              Super zoom

              $120 - $211

              Size Smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Compact

              Size Much smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $587

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

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