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Kodak EasyShare Z915 - Kodak EasyShare Z915

By Cliff Smith



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The Z915's overall performance is exceptionally good, remarkably so in fact for such a low cost camera. It starts up in approximately 3.5 seconds, and shuts down again in about 3 seconds, which isn't too quick, but in single-shot mode it has a shot-to-shot time, including focusing, of a consistent 1.2 seconds, which very quick indeed. It also has a three-shot 1fps burst mode.

The silly part is that it could be even faster, but it is held back by the autofocus system, which is actually quite slow. Even in good light it takes almost a second to focus, and it's slower in lower lighting conditions. The Z915 does have a very bright white AF lamp, but even so its low light focussing is very hit-or-miss at any range longer than about a metre.

The Z915's image quality follows this same Curate's Egg pattern. I've already mentioned the detail-crushing compression, but it is good in parts. For example the lens quality is excellent, with a minimum of barrel distortion and excellent edge to edge sharpness. Dynamic range is also surprisingly good, although it is rather prone to image noise in the shadow areas. Image noise is well controlled, with good image quality at 800 ISO and grainy but usable images even at 1600 ISO. However despite all these qualities the resulting images still look over-processed and over compressed. I wonder if Kodak would consider a firmware upgrade to reduce the default compression ratio? The Z915 is that close to being a much better camera.


The Kodak EasyShare Z915 offers a lot more than its price would lead you to expect, with good design and easy handling, outstanding performance and a useful range of manual exposure options, but it is let down by over-compressed image files and mediocre low-light performance.


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..


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.


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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