Kodak Z950

 
Kodak EasyShare Z950 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 3200)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-350mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 243g - 110 x 67 x 36mm
  • Released June 2010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
89
Imaging
36
Features
29
Overall
33

Kodak Z950 summary

Kodak Z950 is Kodak's Small Sensor Compact camera initially revealed on June of 2010. It has a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The Z950 stands at #143 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #993 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. Please use our Smart camera search to see camera rankings based on your personalized factors.

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Kodak Z950 family

The Kodak Z950 is part of a family of products. You can read the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Kodak-EasyShare-Z950 front thumbnailKodak Z95035-350mm
F3.5-4.8
12MP1/2.3"2010
Kodak-EasyShare-Z915 front thumbnailKodak Z915
Z950 vs Z915
35-350mm
F3.5-4.8
10MP1/2.3"2009
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Kodak-EasyShare-Z980 front thumbnailKodak Z980
Z950 vs Z980
26-624mm
F2.8-5.0
12MP1/2.3"2009

Kodak Z950 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Kodak Z950 based on features which are normally regarded as important in a camera.

flash built-in
good sized screen (3")
great minimum ISO (100)
has HDMI out
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built zoom lens (35-350mm 10.0 x zoom)
long zoom (350mm)
manual focus
can't use external flash
doesn't have external microphone support
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not posses selfie friendly display
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,250s)
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
more heavy than average (243 grams)
screen is fixed
slow at tele end (f4.8)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small sensor (1/2.3")
wide angle not great (35mm)
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Kodak Z950 Sensor details

The size of the sensor on the Kodak Z950 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 12 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. This ISO can be widened digitally to a high of 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the Z950's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The Z950 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Kodak Z950 dimensions

Kodak Z950 is 0.54 lbs (243 grams or 8.57 oz) & has exterior measurements of 110mm x 67mm x 36mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.4"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Kodak Z950 is heavier compared with its rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Kodak Z950 alongside a soda so you can get a feel for its scale.

Kodak EasyShare Z950 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button design on the Z950.

Kodak EasyShare Z950 topview buttons dials

Kodak Z950 Lens specs

The Z950 features a built-in lens and a focal range of 35-350mm making it a 10.0 x zoom which is not exceptional but it will surely be valuable in certain cases.

At the widest 35mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.5 and that's really slow and not very good for low light circumstances and you may find it difficult to get good bokeh. You could also need to increase the ISO causing noisy files. At the tele end, 350mm is excellent zoom and comes with f4.8 making it pretty sluggish and you might need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Kodak Z950 Connectivity

The Z950 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy pictures and in some cases change settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Kodak Z950 Video specs

The highest possible video resolution on the Kodak Z950 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You really should aim for a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The camera does not offer a microphone and headphone port which means that you get no control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to look at a different model should you require decent audio for your video clips.

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Kodak Z950 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Kodak Z950 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Kodak Z950 Display and Viewfinder

The Kodak Z950 has a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the display screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications for Kodak Z950 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders will be quite valuable.

Kodak Z950 Shutter specs

The maximum shutter speed is 1/1250 seconds.

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Kodak Z950 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Kodak Z950 comes with only in-built flash without external flash support.

Kodak Z950 Autofocusing specs

Kodak Z950 comes with just Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and precise compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Kodak Z950 has the ability to use manual focus in case it is required in low light occasions or you want to have more precise control on focus.

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Kodak Z950 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the best (470) battery life in this kind of cameras.

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Kodak Z950 for various forms of photography

The following illustration presents a rundown of the Kodak Z950 for various forms of photography. To read more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Kodak Z950 Portrait photography advice

The Kodak Z950 receives a score of 29 which is awful, meaning that it is just not very good to use for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos plus the potential to work with off-camera lighting.

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manual focus
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Kodak Z950 Street photography factors

Getting a reasonable points total of 52, the Kodak Z950 is relatively adequate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
heavier than competition in class (243 grams)

Kodak Z950 Sports photography details

A awful sports photography points total of 28 suggests the Kodak Z950 is just not very good for shooting sports. A camera really should have great autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,250s)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF

Kodak Z950 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is extremely critical when picking a camera for travel. Overall, the Kodak Z950 gets a average 52 as a travelling camera which is reasonably acceptable to buy for your trips.

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has built in flash
great zoom (350mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than average (243g)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)

Kodak Z950 Landscape photography details

For anybody planning to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Kodak Z950 and it's awful rating of 38 for a landscape camera is just not very good within the current market.

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manual focus
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
lack of Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Kodak Z950

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a articulating display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Kodak Z950 is just not very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a awful score of 24.

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image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have mic jack
heavier than others in class (243g)

Kodak Z950 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the Z950, here is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph underneath provides you a summary of the Z950 compared to it's top rated rivals listed previously.

Here are a few more cameras you may consider as alternatives. To see a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Kodak
Model
Kodak EasyShare Z950
Type
Small Sensor Compact
Released
2010-06-16
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW format
Max native ISO
1600
Max enhanced ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35-350mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.5-4.8
Macro focus range
6cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3"
Resolution of display
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
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
Features
Minimum shutter speed
1/8s
Fastest shutter speed
1/1250s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.40 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
243 gr (0.54 pounds)
Dimensions
110 x 67 x 36mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.4")
Other
Battery model
KLIC-7003
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
One
Retail price
$250