Kodak Z5120

Kodak EasyShare Z5120 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-676mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 445g - 124 x 91 x 105mm
  • Revealed January 2012
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Kodak Z5120 summary

Kodak Z5120 is Kodak's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first introduced on January of 2012. The camera uses a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 2456.

The Z5120 is positioned #135 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #706 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should look at our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your personalized factors.

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The following is a chart of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Kodak Z5120 family

The Kodak Z5120 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Kodak-EasyShare-Z5120 front thumbnailKodak Z512026-676mm
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Z5120 vs Z980

Kodak Z5120 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Kodak Z5120 based on criterias which are generally considered important in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
excellent zoom range (26-676mm 26.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (26mm)
features face detect focusing
has built in flash
has HDMI out
manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
supports RAW files
very long zoom (676mm)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
continuous shooting slow (6.0 frames/s)
does not have a selfie friendly display
lack of headphone support
lack of mic support
lack of Time Lapse function
lacks phase detect AF
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
no external flash support
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (230 k dots)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Kodak Z5120 Sensor details

The sensor dimension in the Kodak Z5120 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 2456 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 16 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 125 - 6400. RAW format is saved which means that the user has wider margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the Z5120's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The Z5120 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Kodak Z5120 dimensions

Kodak Z5120 weighs about 0.98 lb (445g or 15.70 oz) & has outside dimensions of 124mm x 91mm x 105mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 4.1"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Kodak Z5120 is heavier compared with other rivals.

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Down below is a shot of the Kodak Z5120 next to a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Kodak EasyShare Z5120 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button design on the Z5120.

Kodak EasyShare Z5120 topview buttons dials

Kodak Z5120 Lens specs

The Z5120 has a built in lens and a focal range of 26-676mm making it a 26.0 x zoom which is exceptional and would enable you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 26mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.8 and that's fairly slow and not good for low light circumstances and you may find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You might also need to boost the ISO giving you noisy pictures. At the tele end, 676mm is terrific zoom and comes with f5.6 which is really slow and you might need to choose slow shutter speeds.

Photography Glossary

Kodak Z5120 Connectivity

The Z5120 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can send photos and at times change settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Kodak Z5120 Video specs

The max video quality in the Kodak Z5120 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in H.264 format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You really should strive for at least 1080p quality for decent video. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone port which means you have got no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to buy an alternative model should you require better audio for your video clips.

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Kodak Z5120 Weather Sealing

Kodak Z5120 does not include environment sealing so damp conditions can ruin the camera.

Kodak Z5120 Display and Viewfinder

The Kodak Z5120 houses a 3" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the display has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs for Kodak Z5120 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty useful in sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Kodak Z5120 Shutter specs

Kodak Z5120 has the capability to shoot continuously at 6.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Kodak Z5120 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Kodak Z5120 features only built in flash without external flash support.

Kodak Z5120 Autofocus specs

Kodak Z5120 features just Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and precise compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detect which is useful for people photography.

Kodak Z5120 has the ability to use manual focus in case it is required in low light occasions or you want more precise control on focus.

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Kodak Z5120 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the maximum (600) battery life in this range of cameras.

Below is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the best battery life:

Kodak Z5120 for specific types of photography

The following diagram gives a summary of the Kodak Z5120 for specific types of photography. To read more, check out the specific section underneath.

Kodak Z5120 as a Portrait photography camera

The Kodak Z5120 gets a score of 50 which is average, and means the camera is fairly adequate for portraits. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the option to use external flash.

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has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
features face detect focusing
supports RAW files
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")

Kodak Z5120 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a average points total of 55, the Kodak Z5120 is fairly adequate to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")

Kodak Z5120 Sports photography advice

A terrible sports photography points total of 44 indicates the Kodak Z5120 is just not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera needs to have very good focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (26-676mm 26.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
slow frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus

Kodak Z5120 Travel photography highlights

Portability is super crucial in buying a camera for travel. In general, the Kodak Z5120 gets a moderate 57 for a travelling camera which makes it relatively appropriate to take on your holidays.

Photography Glossary
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (26mm)
long zoom (676mm)
no Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Kodak Z5120 Landscape photography factors

If you're planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most important factor will be image quality. The Kodak Z5120 with it's reasonable rating of 52 as a landscape camera is somewhat acceptable among its competition.

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focusing manually
rather wide (26mm)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Kodak Z5120

A vlogging camera ought to come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Kodak Z5120 is just not appropriate for vlogging as it comes to a terrible score of 26.

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decently wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone jack

Kodak Z5120 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the Z5120, here is a collection of the top scored cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart here provides you an overview of the Z5120 compared to it's top rated competitors shown earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you might look into as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Kodak EasyShare Z5120
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 2456
RAW data
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-676mm (26.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
16 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
8.90 m
Flash modes
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Mic support
Headphone support
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
445g (0.98 lb)
124 x 91 x 105mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 4.1")
Battery model
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
Pricing at release