Kodak EasyShare Z915 (Blue)
Manufacturer: Kodak Part number: 1699768
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- The pocket megazoom Kodak EasyShare Z915 is a good camera for those looking to step up from a fully automatic compact camera to something with more manual controls and a longer lens.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $196.54
- Reviewed by: Joshua Goldman
- Reviewed on: 08/21/2009
The good: Very good feature-to-price ratio; comfortable, sturdy design; fast performance for its class.
The bad: Photos can look overprocessed and noisy viewed at 100 percent; small LCD.
The bottom line: The pocket megazoom Kodak EasyShare Z915 is a good camera for those looking to step up from a fully automatic compact camera to something with more manual controls and a longer lens.
by michaelvan7 on June 12, 2010
Pros: The zoom on the Z915 is great, and has a crisp clearness.
Cons: It has very poor durability. Breaks way to easily. It is hard to work with Kodak!!!!
Summary: We had this camera for 7 days, and the lens stopped going in and out within 3 days. Returned it to the store and received a new camera, and that ...
Summary: We had this camera for 7 days, and the lens stopped going in and out within 3 days. Returned it to the store and received a new camera, and that camera broke in 24 hours, and they say that there was damage done to the inside of the camera so the store wouldn't replace it this time. My wife had it in a camera case in her purse, so if it took any hits within 24 hours it must not have taken much to damage it. The durability of this camera is absolutely horrible! We've had a Canon camera for 3 yrs with no problem! We went with the Kodak because of the 10x Zoom and great price they were offering. Now we know why they were offering it for $70 off, because they're a piece of trash. I was a little nervous about getting a Kodak camera because I hadn't heard a LOT of good things of either good or bad things about them. We did a lot of checking on line to get input on it's quality. Most of the ratings were good, so we went ahead with it. Now neither the store nor Kodak will replace the camera or refund the money. Now we're out a bunch of money and will definitely NOT purchase a Kodak camera again!!!The
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Easy Camera and Compact, I always have it with me!
by HaBaak on August 1, 2010
Pros: If in a hurry Smart capture takes good "general" pictures!
For the more experienced photographers the P, A, S and Manual controls give you good creative possibilities!
Video is OK even under nightly conditions.
Macro is reasonable
Cons: After 2 years of use and 3000 plus photo's NO Cons!
Summary: You can carry it in your shirt pocket and it's fast operable with one hand. I use it under all conditions, I don't think it's waterproof but ...
Summary: You can carry it in your shirt pocket and it's fast operable with one hand. I use it under all conditions, I don't think it's waterproof but in little rain I had no problems. with only 2 rechargeable batteries I take several hundreds of pictures (I don't use the Flash very often) and I have a set of 2 in reserve.
It's a real point & shoot camera with enough possibilities for the advanced amateur.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great price/feature value!
by aje10 on September 8, 2010
Pros: This is a great camera that bridges the gap between my cellphone or point and shoot and my DSLR. A great 10X zoom captures just about everything - and the price makes me take it places that I couldn't (or wouldn't) take my DSLR.
Cons: The AF takes a bit of time in lowlight conditions - but its not a deal breaker. The design is not as sleek as some others in its class.
Summary: Overall - the perfect camera for a my needs. Great flexibility in manual mode - but auto mode does a good job in most settings. In fact, at the new ...
Summary: Overall - the perfect camera for a my needs. Great flexibility in manual mode - but auto mode does a good job in most settings. In fact, at the new lower prices, I've bought one for my college age son and nephews. For them, this is perfect to capture everything their cell phone can't - including decent video. And at the price, it won't be devastating if it gets lost or damaged in their travels.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Some unique assets but has shortcomings
by xinoc999 on October 17, 2010
Pros: The fast first picture is incredible. From power-on to a photo in no time. Also many of the photos are outstanding and crisp high resolution. Very very low price, on clearance at Target.
Cons: Many photos, more than half, are blurry from motion or focus or lack of flash and are unuseable.
Summary: I took pictures in auto mode the same way as I used my past two Minolta digital cameras, and they never had this many scrapped photos. There is no way ...
Summary: I took pictures in auto mode the same way as I used my past two Minolta digital cameras, and they never had this many scrapped photos. There is no way to force flash to be "on" for every shot in the auto mode. So I tried switching to the "backlit scene" mode which forces a flash, however found that it also overexposes slightly. Also for just snapping pictures of the kids at a petting zoo, the great majority of pictures are out of focus or have blurred motion. Come on. Does the petting zoo require "sport" mode? The portrait pictures are much nicer and the quality I hoped for all the shots. I have been using this camera for two weeks and have taken about 300 pictures. I believe that this camera has potential but requires the user to learn its quirks. I will keep exploring the 12 or so other custom modes. Also maybe I can find a way to force the flash on. I find it hard to believe that a camera with so many manual options doesn't have that. I am disappointed that, after reading so many reviews, nobody mentioned these things. All reviewers seemed to be impressed by the quantity of custom modes, but apparently did not explore them in real use.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very Easy and Great Pictures
by spinitbeats on June 3, 2010
Pros: Picture quality is the best, Shutter speed is fast, 10x zoom is great!
Cons: Not that many options but for the price and the 10x zoom its well worth it.
Summary: Great buy for beginner photographers.
Summary: Great buy for beginner photographers.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Outstanding camera for the price-point
by tallDee on April 7, 2011
Pros: Absolutely great photos, every time, all the time!
Cons: None, if you know how to use this camera.
Summary: So many reviewers bad-mouthed this camera that I am forced to upload my positive review. At its price-point the Z915 is a fabulous camera. I got mine on August 9, ...
Summary: So many reviewers bad-mouthed this camera that I am forced to upload my positive review. At its price-point the Z915 is a fabulous camera. I got mine on August 9, 2010 and have taken 640 photos to date. I've tried every setting and have NEVER taken a "bad" photo. I use this camera as a back-up for my Pentax KX DSLR when I go on photo shoots. Here's my advice, MEMORIZE the user's manual and try every combination of features before you shoot off your mouth about how bad a camera this is! It will take you quite a while to completely conquer any camera that has manual settings. This camera is about the best buy for your dollar that you can get.
by whuds1 on March 20, 2011
Pros: 10X optical Zoom
Many scene choices
Many levels of MP
Cons: A littlebit bulky
Summary: I found this camera to be excellent. I have had other easy share cameras and found this camera to take excellent Pictures.
I read the complaints about the Easy Share ...
Summary: I found this camera to be excellent. I have had other easy share cameras and found this camera to take excellent Pictures.
I read the complaints about the Easy Share software and have to say the truth, All camera software does not work with all computers so I rarely use them.
I just take out the SD card and copy my pictures.
IF you are like me and need to take point and shoot or at times program your camera for the shot then this is a great camera.
10X optical zoom is sharp too.
Very flexible camera.
by jobycom on August 31, 2010
Pros: 10X optical zoom, up to 15x with digital zoom, lots of useful preset modes for everything from portrait to fireworks, panorama function, full and partial manual controls.
Cons: Auto function overexposes and makes pictures too bright and washed out at times.
Summary: This is a hard camera to beat if you can get it for less than $150. It has full manual controls so you can set the shutter speed and opening ...
Summary: This is a hard camera to beat if you can get it for less than $150. It has full manual controls so you can set the shutter speed and opening manually, or set one and let it adjust the other, or you can use one of the many preset modes--everything from portraits, night portraits, fireworks, sunset, back lighting, landscapes, sports, and even a kids setting for faster snaps of active kids. It's great as a point-and-shoot, or to learn all the options. The 10x zoom works great.
It does a good job, but not a perfect job. The flash on the auto setting is so bright it overexposes pictures when you are close to the subject, and just turning the flash off creates blurry photos. I have a very good camera phone (Nokia N95) that takes beautiful, color-correct pictures in auto mode, but at times it takes so long from shutter click to actual photo that I miss a lot of shots. I think this camera goes for fast picture over perfect color and exposure, because the photos are fast but a little too bright. You can fix some of these with photo editing, of course.
The auto mode is good for pictures at Disney World, maybe, but if you want close-ups of the family cat you may need to play with the preset modes to get a perfect picture. Still, the preset modes are very good, and the manual settings make you want to pull out an Ansel Adams folio and start experimenting. It gives you a lot of options for the price, and a lot of zoom for the price, so it's well worth the price, especially if you can get it on sale.
Auto mode pictures often unusable
by TheGirlsMom on July 15, 2010
Pros: 10x zoom works well.
Cons: Automatic mode is awful. Many pictures overexposed, many just completely black, majority unusable - this seems to be getting worse over time. No option to force flash in Auto mode (only Off, Auto or Red-Eye Reduction).
Summary: I bought this for the 10x zoom at a great price. I wanted video capability and a decent Auto mode. Since my kids are always on the go, I don'...
Summary: I bought this for the 10x zoom at a great price. I wanted video capability and a decent Auto mode. Since my kids are always on the go, I don't generally have time to adjust settings manually. All the 'professional' reviews I found said this had a good Auto mode, so I went for it. They were so wrong and I am SO sorry! By the time we got back from a trip to visit family, it was too late to return this to Office Depot (way sorry I bought it there - BIG MISTAKE as they have a strict 14-day return/exchange policy). The Auto mode is heinous. I've tried pretty much all the other modes (there are a lot), without much luck. I've never had a camera where so _many_ pictures are just blackness, or almost purely white, or faded/fuzzy-looking. The camera is pretty much useless to me, as the majority of the photos are unusable and you don't get a lot of chances to get a good shot with two busy kids. I'm out the $$, but will have to buy another camera. Maybe back to Olympus - I have a 7-yr-old one that my 5 year old daughter now uses as a toy, and it still works great (no video and like 2x zoom, or I'd take it back from her!) - even with the beating she and her friends give it.
1 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
picky about your photos?the z915's not what you want.
by Ryan_Rayner on December 14, 2010
Pros: between powering on and the1st pic, FAST!
manual mode is above average in options and ease of use at this price range
live view histogram is useful
long battery life
pressing the info button displays detailed explanations
picture quality at 10x zoom
Cons: image sensor is, put simply, a piece of crap. this is the reason why the price is so low.
no option for manual focus in any mode. AF is atrocious and unpredictable.
scene settings are completely useless if you know how to get results in manual mode
Summary: did i mention the sensor is just absolutely horrendous? after investing quite some time with this camera ive come to the following conclusions. you must always shoot at ISO 100, ...
Summary: did i mention the sensor is just absolutely horrendous? after investing quite some time with this camera ive come to the following conclusions. you must always shoot at ISO 100, in any lighting,at any time of day, any subject at any distance. ISO 100 is the only way to capture the maximum amount of detail. ive also started shooting with the smallest aperture available almost all the time. if i need a fast shot than i'll sooner open up the aperture before cranking the volume on ISO. as far as shutter speed goes, this is the setting i change most often when going through the trial and error process in hopes of finding a sweet spot. but eventually it became clear that im never gonna have detail in both the shadows and highlights. so i get it as close as possible by experimenting with shutter speeds, than i turn on exposure bracketing so i have 3 versions of the picture, each one maximizing detail in one third of the histogram .this technique is called HDR (high dynamic range) and it takes quite a bit of time and photoshop skill to complete just one single image. thats the only way i can manage to get the quality i desire from this camera. if anyone is interested in seeing some of my work, just let me know.
i can go on for days about how much this camera pisses me off, but if i do that i'll never finish writing this review... but...last complaint goes to the exposure metering settings ( inconsistent. like a box of chocolates, you never really know what your gonna get.) bottom line: this camera, even when you tell it exactly what you want it to do, it will still have largely inconsistent, unpredictable, interpretations of the images you expect to capture.
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Kodak
- Part number: 1699768
- Description: Take photography to the next level. Whether you're zooming in on fast action shots or taking a picture of your grand surroundings, the Z915 is the camera that can handle it. And it's surprisingly simple to use. Become a better photographer with a smarter camera. The Kodak EASYSHARE Z915 digital camera blends the latest picture-taking technology with the ultimate in style - and with Kodak's innovative smart capture feature, it's the take-anywhere camera that does it all - automatically.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Enclosure Color Blue
- Resolution 10 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Effective Sensor Resolution 10,000,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
- Optical Zoom 10 x
- Digital Zoom 5 x
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Face Detection Face-priority AF function
- Digital Video Format QuickTime
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- AV Interfaces Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 400,
- Exposure Metering Multi-segment,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Candle,
- Special Effects Black & White,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Fluorescent,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/1250 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 16 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/3 EV step
- Type Kodak,
10 x x Zoom lens - F/3.5-4.8
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 35 - 350 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Min Focus Range 19.7 in
- Macro Focus Range 0.4 ft - 4.3 ft
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Features Aspherical lens,
Built-in lens shield
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator,
Flash +/- compensation
- Effective Flash Range 17.7 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 1.5 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
Display brightness control,
Scene Detection Technology,
YouTube capture mode,
Auto power save,
Cropping an image,
Camera orientation detection,
Built-in help guide,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 2.5 in LCD display
- Resolution 230,000 pixels
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Connector Type 1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x USB,
1 x DC power input
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows XP,
Apple Mac OS X 10.3 or later,
MS Windows Vista
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Included Accessories Wrist strap,
- Supported Battery AA
- Supported Battery 2 x AA Alkaline battery ( Included ),
2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( Optional )
Memory / Storage
- RAM Installed 32 MB
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card
- Included Memory Card 32 MB Integrated
- Image Storage JPEG 3648 x 2736,
JPEG 3648 x 2432,
JPEG 3648 x 2048,
JPEG 2592 x 1936,
JPEG 2048 x 1536,
JPEG 1824 x 1216,
JPEG 1920 x 1080,
JPEG 1280 x 960
- Video Capture QuickTime - 640 x 480,
QuickTime - 320 x 240
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.2 in
- Depth 1.4 in
- Height 2.8 in
- Weight 7.8 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.