- 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
- Revealed July 2010
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Kodak Z981 overview
Kodak Z981 is Kodak's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally announced on July of 2010. It has got a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4288 x 3216.
The Z981 is ranked #196 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all round #866 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can test our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personal factors.
The following is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Kodak Z981 history
The Kodak Z981 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can find all previous and brand new models along with key specifications.
Z981 vs Z512026-676mm
Z981 vs Z99028-840mm
Z981 vs Z98026-624mm
Kodak Z981 Gallery
You can check the Z981 from various angles in the gallery below.
Kodak Z981 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Kodak Z981 based on aspects that are typically seen as crucial in a digital camera.
Kodak Z981 Sensor details
The sensor spec on the Kodak Z981 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CCD sensor has 14MP and provides a standard ISO range of 64 to 6400. RAW format is saved which means that the user has wider margin for error.
The picture below shows the Z981's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The Z981 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is pointed out in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Kodak Z981 dimensions
Kodak Z981 weighs in at 1.19 lbs (540 grams or 19.05 ounces) & the volume of the camera is 124mm x 85mm x 105mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.1"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Kodak Z981 is more heavy in comparison with other competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The following is a visual of the Kodak Z981 alongside a soda to help you get a sense of its scale.
The top view below will show the button layout on the Z981.
Kodak Z981 Lens specs
The Z981 provides a fixed lens and it has a focal range of 26-676mm giving it a 26.0 x zoom which is huge and is going to let you zoom right in.
At the widest 26mm, it comes with an aperture of f2.8 making it kind of slow and not good for low light occasions and you may find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will also have to boost the ISO setting resulting in noisy shots. With the tele end, 676mm is exceptional zoom and comes at f5.0 which is quite slow and you might need to set slower shutter speeds.
Kodak Z981 Connectivity
The Z981 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send files and in some cases change camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Some applications even stream a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.
Kodak Z981 Video specs
The highest video resolution on the Kodak Z981 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in H.264 file format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You should try to get at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera doesn't include a microphone or headphone port which means you get little control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for another camera in case you require better sound for your videos.
Kodak Z981 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing in the Kodak Z981 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.
Kodak Z981 Screen and Viewfinder
The Kodak Z981 has got a 3" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 201k dots.
Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The View Finder specifications for Kodak Z981 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
For bright outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders can be rather helpful.
Kodak Z981 Shutter specs
Kodak Z981 has the ability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Kodak Z981 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Kodak Z981 comes with only integrated flash without external flash ability.
Kodak Z981 Autofocus specs
Kodak Z981 comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and accurate in comparison with Contrast Based focusing.
Kodak Z981 has the ability to use manual focusing when needed in low light or you need more precise focusing control.
Kodak Z981 Battery life
The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest (600) battery life in this category of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the highest battery life:
Z981 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
Z981 vs B500600 nonoyes
Z981 vs L840590 noyesno
Z981 vs FZ200540 yesnono
Z981 vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Kodak Z981 for different kinds of photography
The following diagram shows a analysis of the Kodak Z981 for different kinds of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section below.
Kodak Z981 Portrait photography highlights
The Kodak Z981 receives a points total of 46 which is modest, and means the camera is reasonably adequate to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support in addition to the potential to use off-camera flash.
Kodak Z981 Street photography details
Coming in at a moderate points tally of 50, the Kodak Z981 is somewhat suitable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Kodak Z981 as a Sports photography camera
A terrible sports photography points total of 43 suggests the Kodak Z981 is just not acceptable for shooting sports. A camera should have fantastic focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Kodak Z981 as a Travel photography camera
Weight is super crucial in selecting a travel camera. On the whole, the Kodak Z981 gets a decent 53 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably acceptable to take with you on your vacations.
Landscape photography with Kodak Z981
When you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Kodak Z981 and it's decent score of 51 for a landscape camera is reasonably adequate amongst its competition.
Kodak Z981 Vlogging factors
A vlogging camera ought to come with a moving display screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Kodak Z981 is just not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a terrible rating of 22.
Kodak Z981 Alternatives
If you are trying to find alternatives to the Z981, here is a range of the top placed cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line chart underneath will give you a summary of the Z981 vs it's highest ranked competitors suggested above.
Here are a few more cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To see a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.