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Kodak EasyShare Z915 - Kodak EasyShare Z915

By Cliff Smith

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8

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Most other zoom compacts are relatively simple fully automatic cameras, but the Z915 breaks from this mould by offering a range of manual exposure options, including aperture and shutter priority as well as full manual exposure. The range of shutter speeds is rather limited at 16 seconds to 1/1000th of a second, and the aperture settings even more so, with only three choices, but it does at least offer some creative potential.

Kodak cameras are traditionally designed to be easy to use, and the Z915's manual exposure settings and other general shooting options are controlled via a very simple on-screen interface, while other functions have clearly labelled single-function buttons. The menu is also clear and concise, although it's not exactly overburdened with options. It has the usual features such as spot metering, wide or centre-spot AF, face detection and even adjustable sharpness, but it offers only the most rudimentary colour options, and lacks some other desirable features such as saturation or contrast control.

One thing the Z915 does offer is a reasonably competent video mode. It can shoot at 640 x 480 (VGA) resolution at 30fps with mono audio, so there's no fancy HD here, but film clips can be up to four gigabytes, and the optical zoom can be used while recording. The zoom motor is virtually silent and cannot be heard on the recoded soundtrack.

One noticeable omission is any control over image compression, which is a pity because this is the Z915's biggest problem. Most other 10 megapixel digital cameras generate image files averaging around 4.0 to 4.5 megabytes in size. The Z915 produces files averaging around 2.0MB, with some as small as 1.0MB, and as a result picture quality suffers from unnecessary over-compression.

Noodles

July 17, 2009, 6:26 pm

Umm.. The 10X zoom Canon SX110 IS can be had for £175, and as much as I'd like Kodak to be a big name player again, it completely beats it into submission.. Kodak also needs to hire a new designer, the camera is freakishly ugly. It might not have mattered five years ago, but we all know how consumers really do care about how their gadgets look now..

joose

July 18, 2009, 4:40 am

I'm quite impressed with the iso tests with this camera, it looks really good at 1600. Also, the shadow detail in the dynamic range was good. Looks are important, but I quite like the design of this which just goes to prove that beauty is in the eye of the beholder ;) If they could make the same design but in metal and lower the compression of the images, I'd be interested.

Bertie

November 15, 2009, 10:42 pm

Noodles...the Z915 is available for LESS than £120 now which is substantially lower than the review price. This MUST make a value difference but for me the focussing delay is the downer. I can live with the claimed image deficiencies which certainly do not show (for me anyway) in the samples shown. The high ISO result is particularly impressive. Shame.....this could have been one of the cameras to help Kodak back on their feet.

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