Kodak EasyShare Z980

Winner
Kodak EasyShare Z980

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Samsung HZ30W

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Samsung HZ30W

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Reasons to buy the Kodak EasyShare Z980

Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung HZ30W

Size
Really small
Compact 107x61x28 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
 

differences

Advantages of the Kodak Z980

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the Z980's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Zoom
More zoom
24x vs 15x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Samsung HZ30W

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Size
Much smaller
107x61x28 mm vs 91x124x105 mm
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6.5x smaller
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Thickness
Much thinner
1.1" vs 4.1"
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3.7x thinner
Weight
Lighter
245 g vs 445 g
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More than 40% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The HZ30W's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              Z980:6,400 ISO
              HZ30W:None
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Z980:1,600 ISO
              HZ30W:3,200 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Kodak EasyShare Z980 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Kodak EasyShare Z981

              Kodak EasyShare Z981

              Super zoom

              $290

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              External flash No external flash support
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $700 body only

              $590 - $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Weight Heavier
              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

              Super zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              External flash No external flash support
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

              Samsung HZ30W Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung WB800F

              Samsung WB800F

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Samsung WB250F

              Samsung WB250F

              Travel zoom

              $165

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Samsung HZ15W

              Samsung HZ15W

              Travel zoom

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Ultra compact

              $112

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen

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