Kodak Z981 vs Panasonic ZS70

Kodak EasyShare Z981 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front

Kodak Z981 vs Panasonic ZS70 Key Specs

Kodak Z981
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-676mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 540g - 124 x 85 x 105mm
  • Announced July 2010
Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 322g - 112 x 67 x 41mm
  • Released April 2017
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Previous Model is Panasonic ZS60
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS80
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Kodak Z981 vs Panasonic ZS70 Overview

Below, we are reviewing the Kodak Z981 and Panasonic ZS70, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by competitors Kodak and Panasonic. There exists a large gap between the resolutions of the Z981 (14MP) and ZS70 (20MP) but they come with the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The Z981 was released 7 years before the ZS70 which is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Kodak Z981 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS70 being a Compact camera.

Before going through a more detailed comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the Z981 matches up versus the ZS70 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Kodak Z981 over the Panasonic ZS70

 Z981 ZS70 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Kodak Z981

 ZS70 Z981 
ReleasedApril 2017July 2010Newer by 82 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k201kSharper display (+839k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Kodak Z981 and Panasonic ZS70

 Z981 ZS70 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size

Kodak Z981 vs Panasonic ZS70 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to travel with your camera often, you should factor its weight and measurements. The Kodak Z981 enjoys external measurements of 124mm x 85mm x 105mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.1") along with a weight of 540 grams (1.19 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS70 has proportions of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") along with a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are employing at that time. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the Z981 compared to the ZS70.

Kodak Z981 vs Panasonic ZS70 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the Z981 and ZS70 is 66 and 87 respectively.

Kodak Z981 vs Panasonic ZS70 top view buttons comparison

Kodak Z981 vs Panasonic ZS70 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's tough to see the difference between sensor dimensions only by reading specifications. The picture below will give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the Z981 and ZS70.

Plainly, each of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Panasonic ZS70 to offer extra detail as a result of its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics much more aggressively. The more aged Z981 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Kodak Z981 vs Panasonic ZS70 sensor size comparison

Kodak Z981 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and ViewFinder

Kodak Z981 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Kodak Z981 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Portrait photography highlights
focusing manually
good resolution (14 megapixels)
exports RAW files
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
focusing manually
decent MP (20MP)
features face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Kodak Z981 Street photography details
Panasonic ZS70 Street photography details
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than others in class (540 grams)
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
has focus by touch
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Kodak Z981 Sports photography information
Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography information
amazing zoom range (26-676mm 26.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
max fps low (1.0 fps)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
features tracking autofocus
good battery life (380 CIPA)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Kodak Z981 Travel photography info
Panasonic ZS70 Travel photography info
good resolution (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (26mm)
great zoom (676mm)
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than others in class (540 grams)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
good battery life (380 shots)
has focus by touch
decent MP (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (24mm)
long reach (720mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Kodak Z981 Landscape photography information
Panasonic ZS70 Landscape photography information
focusing manually
quite wide (26mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
exports RAW files
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse recording
focusing manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (380 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Kodak Z981 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS70 as a Vlogging camera
quite wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic port
heavier than others in class (540g)
reasonably wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of external mic port
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Kodak Z981 vs Panasonic ZS70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Kodak Z981 and Panasonic ZS70
 Kodak EasyShare Z981Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
General Information
Brand Name Kodak Panasonic
Model type Kodak EasyShare Z981 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
Also called - Lumix DMC-TZ90
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2010-07-06 2017-04-19
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 64 80
RAW images
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 49
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-676mm (26.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.0 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing distance 10cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 201k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Minimum shutter speed 16 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.20 m 5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 540g (1.19 lb) 322g (0.71 lb)
Dimensions 124 x 85 x 105mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.1") 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Battery life - 380 images
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $299 $450