Kodak Z990

 
Kodak EasyShare Z990 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-840mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 445g - 124 x 91 x 105mm
  • Launched January 2011
  • Alternate Name is EasyShare Max
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
68
Imaging
37
Features
42
Overall
39

Kodak Z990 summary

Kodak Z990 is Kodak's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially launched on January of 2011. The camera comes with a 12MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000. It is also known as "EasyShare Max" in some regions.

The Z990 is ranked #165 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #743 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your customized criteria.

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Kodak Z990 history

The Kodak Z990 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can view all past and current models along with key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Kodak-EasyShare-Z5120 front thumbnailKodak Z5120
Z990 vs Z5120
26-676mm
F2.8-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2012
Kodak-EasyShare-Z990 front thumbnailKodak Z99028-840mm
F2.8-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2011
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Kodak-EasyShare-Z981 front thumbnailKodak Z981
Z990 vs Z981
26-676mm
F2.8-5.0
14MP1/2.3"2010
Kodak-EasyShare-Z980 front thumbnailKodak Z980
Z990 vs Z980
26-624mm
F2.8-5.0
12MP1/2.3"2009

Kodak Z990 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Kodak Z990 based on factors which are typically regarded as important in a digital camera.

amazing zoom range (28-840mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with HDMI port
delivers RAW files
flash built-in
has manual focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes face detect focusing
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3")
very long zoom (840mm)
cannot use external flash
does not have headphone port
does not have mic port
does not have selfie friendly screen
does not have Time Lapse function
lack of phase detect AF
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
max frames per second very slow (6.0 fps)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
screen has low resolution (460 k dot)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Kodak Z990 Sensor specs

The measurement of the sensor on the Kodak Z990 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and gives a standard ISO range of 125 to 6400. RAW photos are saved which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the Z990's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The Z990 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Kodak Z990 dimensions

Kodak Z990 weighs 0.98 lbs (445 grams or 15.70 ounces) and features external dimensions of 124mm x 91mm x 105mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 4.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Kodak Z990 is more heavy as compared with its competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Kodak Z990 alongside a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Kodak EasyShare Z990 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button design on the Z990.

Kodak EasyShare Z990 topview buttons dials

Kodak Z990 Lens details

The Z990 has got a built in lens having a focal range of 28-840mm giving it a 30.0 x zoom which is significant and can allow you to zoom all the way in.

At it's widest 28mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 and that is fairly sluggish and not the best in low light circumstances and you will find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also need to up your ISO giving you noisy photos. With the long end, 840mm is amazing zoom and comes to f5.6 making it pretty sluggish and you may have to use slower shutter speeds.

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Kodak Z990 Connectivity

The Z990 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily send images and at times adjust settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Some apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external display. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Kodak Z990 Video details

The highest possible video quality on the Kodak Z990 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives a great balance for video quality versus file size but 1080p won't give you much room to crop. The body does not offer a mic or headphone jack which means you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to shop for another model in case you require good audio in your videos.

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Kodak Z990 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Kodak Z990 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Kodak Z990 Screen and Viewfinder

The Kodak Z990 comes with a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 460k dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Kodak Z990 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders will be quite valuable.

Kodak Z990 Shutter details

Kodak Z990 has the capability to shoot continuously at 6.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Kodak Z990 Flash and Hot shoe details

Kodak Z990 includes just built-in flash without external flash support.

Kodak Z990 Autofocus details

Kodak Z990 includes only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and exact as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which can be useful for people photography.

Kodak Z990 features manual focus when needed for low light occasions or you need more precise control on focus.

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Kodak Z990 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the best (600) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Following is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the best battery life:

Kodak Z990 for specific categories of photography

The following graph presents a outline of the Kodak Z990 for specific categories of photography. To view more, check out the specific section underneath.

Kodak Z990 Portrait photography advice

The Kodak Z990 receives a rating of 42 which is lousy, meaning that it is not really acceptable for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support along with the potential to work with external flash.

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manual focus
provides face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
no external flash support
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")

Street photography with Kodak Z990

With a modest points tally of 55, the Kodak Z990 is reasonably adequate to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")

Kodak Z990 Sports photography factors

A lousy sports photography points total of 35 indicates the Kodak Z990 is not really acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs fantastic tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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incredible zoom range (28-840mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (6.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus

Kodak Z990 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is really crucial when picking a travel camera. Over-all, the Kodak Z990 gets a moderate 51 as a travelling camera which is relatively acceptable to purchase for your journeys.

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has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
long reach (840mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
low MP (12 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)

Kodak Z990 Landscape photography info

If you are looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Kodak Z990 and it's modest score of 46 for a landscape camera is fairly acceptable within the current market.

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you can focus manually
relatively wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of Timelapse recording

Kodak Z990 Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera should posses a moving display, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Kodak Z990 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a lousy rating of 28.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
lack of external mic support

Kodak Z990 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the Z990, below is a list of the top rated cameras which fall within the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph below offers you an overview of the Z990 compared to it's highest scoring competitors suggested above.

Following are several cameras you might have a look at as alternative options. To read a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Kodak
Model
Kodak EasyShare Z990
Also Known as
EasyShare Max
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched
2011-01-04
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Max native ISO
6400
Min native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-840mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/2.8-5.6
Macro focus range
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.9
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3"
Screen resolution
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
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
16 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
8.90 m
Flash options
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
445 gr (0.98 lbs)
Physical dimensions
124 x 91 x 105mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 4.1")
Other
Battery model
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
One
Launch cost
$299