Telling you some Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 Performance
The EasyShare Max Z990 includes some significant improvements over the Z981, not the least of which is Kodak’s first use of a back-illuminated CMOS sensor, which provides for better low light image quality and increased speed of operation. Kodak EasyShare Camera Charger has reduced the megapixel count to 12, from 14, which should further help the Z990’s low light ability. The new camera also features improved video, full 1080p HD compared to 720pfor the previous camera. Continuous shooting speed has substantially increased as well.
New features include a “sweep” panorama mode, which enables you to create an ultra-wide panoramic image by slowly sweeping the camera, an HDR mode, which takes three shots and combines them into one image with high dynamic range, a one-touch video button and the option to simulate classic Kodak films such as Kodacolor, Kodachrome, Ektachrome, T-Max and Tri-X. Carried over from the Z981 are full manual exposure controls, RAW shooting ability, the use of optical zoom while taking movies, a super macro mode that permits bringing the camera lens to as close as 1cm to the subject, a “smart capture” mode and numerous scene modes. The Easyshare Max Z990 is certainly a feature-packed camera. The EasyShare Max Z990 makes a positive first impression. Its composite body seems well-constructed and it has a comfortable, rubberized right-hand grip. At 1.3 pounds including batteries and memory card, the camera is no lightweight, though the weight is distributed well so the camera does not get tiring to hold. The EasyShare Max has a chunky mode selector dial and various useful buttons and switches that reduce the need to access the camera’s menu system Kodak Camera Charger.
The camera includes an electronic viewfinder which, while not the equivalent in size and brightness to those of the much more expensive mirror less DSLR-like cameras, is nonetheless very useful in sunny weather conditions and for stabilizing the camera by holding it against your face when shooting at the long end of the zoom. Kodak provides four NiMH rechargeable batteries and a charger. Battery life is rated at 500 shots. After two days I’m starting to get comfortable with the EasyShare Max Z990. It is easy to use and has many features I’m looking forward to exploring further. The biggest pluses so far are the camera’s smoothly operating long lens and its image quality. I have had little trouble locking focus and getting a blur-free image even at the extreme long end of the zoom. Images are sharp with strong colors and little apparent distortion.
I’m also pleased to see that very few of my shots have had exposure issues. Initially I was disturbed at what appeared to be the camera’s very slow shot-to-shot speed. After taking a shot, even in good lighting conditions, the LCD did not refresh for at least five seconds. I then realized that, even though the LCD had not refreshed Kodak Battery Charger, I was still able to take successive shots every one to two seconds. This is something I’m going to be examining more closely.