- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 64 - 6400
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 26-624mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
- 445g - 124 x 91 x 105mm
- Announced January 2009
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Kodak Z980 overview
Kodak Z980 is Kodak's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially released on January of 2009. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The Z980 is ranked #199 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #871 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to test our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your custom requirements.
Below is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Kodak Z980 history
The Kodak Z980 is part of a family of products. You can view the complete range underneath.
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Kodak Z980 Gallery
You can check the Z980 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Kodak Z980 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of positives and negatives of the Kodak Z980 based on aspects which are generally viewed as important in a digital camera.
Kodak Z980 Sensor info
The sensor dimension in the Kodak Z980 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 64 - 6400. RAW files are saved therefore you have wider margin for error.
The graphic underneath shows the Z980's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The Z980 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Kodak Z980 dimensions
Kodak Z980 has a weight of 0.98 lb (445 gr / 15.70 ounces) and features exterior size of 124mm x 91mm x 105mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 4.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Kodak Z980 is heavier in comparison with other rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Underneath is a picture of the Kodak Z980 alongside a soda to help you have a feel for its scale.
The top view under will show you the button design on the Z980.
Kodak Z980 Lens info
The Z980 features a fixed lens and it has a focal range of 26-624mm giving it a 24.0 x zoom which is great and would make it easier to zoom all the way in.
At the widest 26mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.8 making it really slow and not ideal in low light situations and you may find it hard to capture good bokeh. You would also have to increase the ISO setting which results in noisy photos. At the tele end, 624mm is excellent zoom and comes to f5.0 making it really sluggish and you may need to go with slower shutter speeds.
Kodak Z980 Connectivity
The Z980 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send files and in some cases change camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.
Many applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.
Kodak Z980 Video info
The maximum video resolution in the Kodak Z980 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low by today's standards. You really should go for at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The camera doesn't feature a mic and headphone jack which means that you get little control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to take a look at another model if you want good audio in your videos.
Kodak Z980 Weather Sealing
Kodak Z980 doesn't include weather proofing so wet conditions can easily ruin the camera.
Kodak Z980 Screen and Viewfinder
The Kodak Z980 is equipped with a 3 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 201 thousand dots.
Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder specs regarding Kodak Z980 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic
In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be pretty valuable.
Kodak Z980 Shutter info
Kodak Z980 has the ability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Kodak Z980 Flash and Hot shoe info
Kodak Z980 includes both built in flash plus external flash ability.
Kodak Z980 Autofocus info
Kodak Z980 includes just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & exact in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing.
It supports 25 focus points to select from. Kodak Z980 includes manual focus if needed for low light situations or you want to have more precise focus control.
Kodak Z980 Battery life
The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the highest possible (600) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Following is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the strongest battery life:
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Kodak Z980 for specific styles of photography
The following graph presents a overview of the Kodak Z980 for specific styles of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Kodak Z980
The Kodak Z980 gets a points tally of 41 which is dreadful, and means the camera is not really appropriate to use for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support together with the ability to utilize external lighting.
Kodak Z980 Street photography features
Coming in at a decent rating of 54, the Kodak Z980 is somewhat suited for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Kodak Z980 Sports photography information
A dreadful sports photography points tally of 34 indicates the Kodak Z980 is not really appropriate for shooting sports. A camera must have very good focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Kodak Z980 Travel photography info
Size is really critical when getting a camera for travel. Overall, the Kodak Z980 gets a decent 51 as a travel camera which is somewhat acceptable for your vacations.
Kodak Z980 Landscape photography information
When you're looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Kodak Z980 with it's dreadful score of 45 as a landscape camera is not really appropriate amongst it's competitors.
Vlogging with Kodak Z980
A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all things, the Kodak Z980 is not really appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a dreadful score of 23.
Kodak Z980 Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the Z980, below is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall within the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The graph down below gives you a summary of the Z980 versus it's top ranking competitors mentioned earlier.
Following are additional cameras you may consider as alternatives. To read through a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.