The Kodak EasyShare Z981 IS Digital Camera gives you pro-like performance that's easy to use. Get outstanding shots in challenging and creative scenarios using Kodak's innovative Smart Capture feature, which automatically adjusts focus, flash, and exposure. But if you want more photographic control the camera offers full manual as well as aperture, and shutter priority. Use the histogram display to make sure your image is perfectly exposed.
Even if your subject is far in the distance, the 26X optical zoom lens with a telephoto setting of 676mm will bring your subject in close. The image stabilization will help you keep steady, sharp images when using this telephoto setting or in low light. But if you need to shoot a large subject in a tight spot, the 26mm wide-angle setting has you covered. The 3" LCD screen makes it easy and fun to frame your images. The screen is large enough for you to see all the details when reviewing the images you just captured.
If your subject is better captured in motion, this is still the perfect camera. Shoot 720p HD video at 30fps with sound. You can then edit your video in the camera and even pick out single frames to print or email. You can tell your story with still photos by creating a multimedia slideshow right on your camera. Select pre-loaded sound themes and insert transitions that will bring your photos to life.
Just press the Share button and tag your photo to YouTube, FaceBook, Flicker, and Kodak Gallery sites, or to e-mail. When you connect your camera to your computer, with the Kodak's Share button application, your pictures are automatically uploaded to the sites. The included EasyShare software also gives you the tools to organize your pictures with tags, star ratings, and date and time stamps. You can also reduce red-eye, improve lighting, remove wrinkles and blemishes, and add text.
|Vertical Shutter Release ||The included detachable vertical grip provides maximum comfort while shooting vertically with a convenient vertical shutter release |
|26X Optical Zoom with Image Stabilization ||The 26X Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon Optical Zoom Lens (26-676mm) zooms in fast to deliver extraordinary creative performance, along with the Optical Image Stabilization which captures sharp, steady shots when shooting at long zoom ranges or in low light |
|Amazing quality prints with 12MP ||14MP means you can make stunning prints up to 30 x 40", you can also crop the image and still have great picture quality |
|Fast Click-to-Capture Speed ||<0.2 second click-to-capture speed means you can capture that challenging action shot without delay |
|Show Off Your Pictures ||Get a good look at your pictures on the big, bright 3" color LCD, whether you shoot your pictures vertically or horizontally, view them right side up with auto picture rotation. In review mode, quickly magnify with pan, fast scroll through pictures, or view multi-up |
|Bring Your Pictures Closer to Perfection ||Great technology like face detection and high ISO mode let you shoot like a pro. But with on-camera features like multimedia slideshow, text and sound tags, and HD video, taking the shot is just the beginning. |
|Beautiful Pictures, More Often - Automatically ||Smart Capture automatically identifies the scene and adjusts camera settings for great pictures in almost any environment. Intelligent scene detection-detects and analyzes scene conditions Intelligent capture control-automatically sets camera settings including exposure, focus and ISO for clear, sharp pictures even in low light and challenging situations Intelligent image processing-reduces noise and clears up dark shadows for vibrant, crisp details and true-to-life colors |
|Multiple Scene Modes || |
- Portrait modes-portrait, night portrait, backlight, self
- Landscape modes-landscape, night landscape, fireworks
- Bright scene modes-sport, beach, snow
- Action modes-sport, children
- Text/Documents mode-ensures sharp text when photographing documents
- Manner/Museum mode-use when sound or flash are not desired
|Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Modes || |
- Program mode (P)-camera sets optimal shutter speed and aperture combination
- Aperture priority mode (A)-you choose aperture, the camera sets shutter speed
- Shutter priority mode (S)-you choose shutter speed, the camera sets aperture
- Manual mode (M)-you choose both the aperture and shutter speed
|True HD Quality: Capture Stunning Pictures and Video || |
- Capture HD quality video at 30 fps with sound and on-camera editing
- Capture more video while using less memory with MPEG-4 compression
- Print multiple frames on a 4 6" prints-4, 9, or 16-up
- Save single frames and e-mail family and friends
- Mark special spots in your video with video bookmarking
|The Simple Way to Share ||The Z981 is part of the Kodak EasyShare System, so sharing your pictures is amazingly simple. Just press the Share button. Upload and share your favorite pictures and videos to YouTube, FaceBook, Flicker, and Kodak Gallery via the Share button and Kodak EasyShare Software. Sharing starts right on the back of the camera. |
|Included Kodak EasyShare Software || |
- Organize your pictures with your own tags and star ratings then use the search feature to quickly find any picture in your collection
- Edit your pictures with ease-select from a variety of simple tools that reduce red-eye, improve lighting, remove wrinkles and blemishes, and add text
- Create personalized photo projects online or at home-choose from hundreds of templates and designs to create photobooks, cards, invitations, and much more
- Manually upload to YouTube, Facebook, Flicker and Kodak Gallery sites, plus e-mail too
When purchasing a digital camera, you must decide on the type of camera that is suitable for how you are using it, the life of the battery, how much memory is required, which type of lenses are needed, and etc. This guide will assist you in buying a digital camera and the necessary accessories.
Types of Cameras:
There are many different types of cameras. Depending on how often and for what purpose you are using the camera, there is a camera out there for all users.
For users who are looking to start digital photography, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, this is the type of camera for you. A decent point-and-shoot camera should be suitable for 4”x6” photo prints.
For users that are knowledgeable about digital photography or want a high-quality camera to learn with, this category is best for you. These cameras offer ease of use with very high specification features, but not a large range of controls that you can get from professional cameras. Typically, you can make up to 11”x17” photo prints with these cameras.
These cameras are intended for professionals to use. The lower-end professional cameras have a similar resolution to some high-end amateur cameras. The main difference is that, they have more elaborate setting control, better lenses, and better flash options. Most of the time, you can use lenses from your older SLR (Single Lens Reflex) film cameras. The resolution on these cameras could exceed 21 megapixels (21 million pixels). This type of camera is intended to produce very high quality prints for newspapers, magazines, and books, or for users who like to have control over how their pictures will look.
Power Conservation Tips:
Turn off the LCD:
When you are not using it, turn the LCD off. If you are low on power and want to make some more pictures, turn the LCD off and use the viewfinder instead. Doing so will increase the battery life of the camera, as LCD screens will eat up a lot of power.
Stop the Zoom:
Some cameras automatically release the lens when you turn the camera on. Unfortunately, it drains power significantly. To prevent this from happening you can change the settings to the sleep mode.
Turn off the Flash:
If you think the lighting is adequate for pictures, turn off the flash. Flashes will consume a large amount of energy, which is wasted if not in use.
Plug it in:
Some cameras have power adapter which allows you to plug in your camera to a wall socket. This will allow you to save your battery power when you are using the camera near a power socket.
Accessories to boost your Digital Experience:
Batteries are an important resource to digital cameras because if there is no power left, you can miss a special moment. If your camera uses disposable alkaline batteries, you should get a set of rechargeable batteries, thus saving you a lot of money in the long run, compared to purchasing new disposable batteries each time. For cameras that use Lithium Ion, it is suggested to purchase a backup battery for instances when you will be away from home for a period longer than 2 hours.
Memory card are equivalent to film in digital cameras. Each type of camera will use a different type of card, so make sure to check which card is compatible with your camera. Secure Digital (SD) is currently the most popular because it has become relatively cheap. Capacities of up to 16GB are currently available. Remember, you can never have too much memory, so invest in a larger capacity memory card when you purchase your digital camera. Here is a chart to help you make a decision on the memory card size right for yourself.
If you have problems taking sharp, clear images, it could be because your hands were shaking. In order to solve the problem, you can get a tripod or monopod. It is important to keep the cameras steady if you want perfect pictures. A tripod is also important when you want to tweak the settings and take long exposure shots.
Card readers are essential for any serious digital photographer. Instead of transferring photos directly from the camera, you can use a card reader to transfer them from your memory card straight to your computer. Doing so will conserve the camera’s batteries when transferring pictures.
Cases and Bags:
While digital cameras may be pricey, they can still break if dropped, so be sure to you protect your investment with either a case or bag. Cases make it safer and easier to carry. Cases can also protect your camera from sand, dust, dirt, and water. They are available in all types of sizes and styles. You can even purchase an Underwater Housing Case, allowing you to use your digital camera in water. These cases are more expensive and are only designed for some models. The cases usually come with cameras straps to put the camera around your neck or wrist. This provides an extra layer of protection for your camera, by preventing it from falling to the ground.
Lenses and Flash:
The quality of your photos depends on the quality of your lens. Flashes can help improve the brightness of your pictures. On most cameras, the lenses are built onto the camera, so you don’t have any upgradeability of the lens. But, if you own an SLR camera, you can replace the lens with a higher quality one, with better zoom or a different focal length. Flashes assist you when you are taking photos in low light settings. Most digital cameras have an internal flash that works fine for normal use, but you might want more light for the best possible results.
Important Camera Features:
A photograph is measured in the number of pixels in the picture. A pixel is a tiny dot of color. In digital photography, quality of the photo is megapixels. One-megapixel is the same as one million pixels. Nowadays, most cameras have more than 6 Megapixels, which is more than sufficient for a beginner’s camera.
Zoom is an important factor because it helps you get closer to the subject. There are two types of zoom available in digital cameras, digital and optical zoom. Digital zoom is a way of magnifying the picture by processing techniques. Unfortunately, digital zoom lowers the quality of the image a little. Optical zoom is where the magnification is done by using the camera’s lens. It would be ideal to use the Optical zoom over digital zoom because of the quality difference.