Kodak Z981

Kodak EasyShare Z981 front
  • 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
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #191 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all round #861 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can test our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personal factors.

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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.

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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.

above average min ISO (64)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
excellent zoom range (26-676mm 26.0 x zoom)
exports RAW formats
great reach (676mm)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus
pretty good screen size (3")
really wide (26mm)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have microphone socket
does not have Timelapse mode
external flash not possible
has no phase detect autofocus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
more heavy than competition in class (540 grams)
pixelated screen (201 k dots)
screen is fixed
slow at full zoom (f5.0)
small sensor (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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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.

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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.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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The following is a visual of the Kodak Z981 alongside a soda to help you get a sense of its scale.

Kodak EasyShare Z981 dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button layout on the Z981.

Kodak EasyShare Z981 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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.

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focusing manually
good resolution (14 megapixels)
supports RAW files
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")

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.

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image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than average (540g)

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.

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incredible zoom range (26-676mm 26.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
max frames per second very slow (1.0 frames per second)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

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.

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good megapixels (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (26mm)
long reach (676mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (540 grams)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)

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.

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you can focus manually
reasonably wide (26mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
saves RAW files
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have Timelapse recording

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.

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pretty wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone jack
more heavy than competitors in class (540g)

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.

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General Information
Model type
Kodak EasyShare Z981
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
26-676mm (26.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
Resolution of screen
201k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
6.20 m
Flash options
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
540 gr (1.19 lb)
Physical dimensions
124 x 85 x 105mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.1")
Battery ID
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
Cost at launch