Kodak 12MP 30X Digital Camera

Not that bad of a deal considering its New.


This is a good price. I picked this up on Amazon a couple months back for around $160. I’ve been very happy with it. The zoom is great. I’m impressed with the quality of the pictures. It’s fast enough to catch my two year old in action. My old camera only caught a toddler-shaped blur, this one catches clear pictures of him.

The video quality is good too. I ditched my two year old mini Sanyo camcorder that is supposedly 1080 HD. The video from this camera is much better.

One thing to note is that it comes with rechargeable AA batteries, not a lithium rechargeable battery. The battery life is good, it comes with a 4 battery AA/AAA wall charger. You could pick up some extra batters and use them for other devices and use the charger from this.

TECH woot, eh? Wow.

It’s just branding/categorization but for some reason, I like.

Shoot, I had the wrong camera. Fixing that now TT.


Here is a video review with over 25k views and 100 likes.

If samples are more your thing check this one out

LOL. I knew you would figure it out at some point. :tongue:

:wink: I only have one contact in and the other one is kinda blury, I saw easyshare and 30x zoom. What can I say?

I brought the manualto make up for my mistake.
As always uploaded to google docs for easy viewing.

Before buying this camera, or any home imaging or video product by Kodak, keep in mind that the company has discontinued those product lines. In fact, it’s constantly teetering on bankruptcy. Kodak has promised to continue supporting its products, however. Still, the future probably isn’t bright. I bought a Polaroid digital photo printer just before they stepped out of the business and support became non-existent soon afterward. Luckily, unlike my printer, cameras are standalone products that don’t rely on drivers and aren’t affected by OS changes. So you can feel somewhat safe buying this camera.

i own 3 of these and this is hands down the best thing out there for 150$ it is useable up to iso 800 pretty cleanly video is very nice honestly better than my older panny dvd camcorder i used to use a while back. im considering picking up one more just for a spare knock around one at this price its well worth it. i paid less at staples for mine but these are far and few between to find anywhere right now.

there is also a newer firmware on kodak’s site for those that buy check which yours comes with the newest one made shot to shot times a LOT better.

I own this camera and I have written about it here in the woot! forums as an alternative to the Kodak 5000 series cameras that appear for sale on woot! frequently. This is IMO, the absolute best consumer digital camera Kodak ever made and one of the finest consumer digital cameras you can own for less than $150.00 (bear in mind it is a large footprint consumer digital camera, there are other much smaller cameras I own and use for shooting images from “the camera in your pocket”). The firmware update available from Kodak makes this an even BETTER camera than what you begin with out of the box!

The price here is fair for a z990 NIB, you may find it NIB from select brick-and-mortar retailers for a little less, but it will be a search to find one - Office Depot cleaned their (rather large) stock of these at $125.00 and they went fast.

This is the only consumer digital camera woot! has sold that I would recommend to a friend.

Buy one, you’ll be happy you did.

The SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH name is not merely stamped onto generic lenses. These are the real deal. I have a Samsung camera whose lens are also made by SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH and dpreviews.com lauded the the optics for being virtually free of geometric and chromatic aberrations.

Does it have a view finder? I looked in the features but didn’t see a reference.

The camera has an ELECTRONIC viewfinder (EVF).

Here are the specs:

Sensor type 1 / 2.33–type BSI CMOS
Effective pixels 12 MP (4000 × 3000)
Zoom 30X SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON Optical Zoom Lens, 5X advanced digital zoom
Focal length 28–840 mm (35 mm equiv.), f/2.8–5.6
Image stabilization still: optical, video: digital
Shutter speed

Smart Capture mode: 1/2–1/2000 sec.
S/M modes: 1/2000–16 sec.

Viewfinder electronic (EVF)
Display 3.0 in. 460K dots—TFT color LCD with smart display feature
Storage 128 MB internal memory[1]available, SD/SDHC card expansion slot
Focus Type TTL contrast AF system
Focus range

Smart Capture mode: (wide) 0.1 m (3.9 ft)–infinity, (tele) 1.8 m (5.9 ft)—infinity
macro: (wide) 0.1–0.8 m (3.9 in.–2.6 ft), (tele) 1.8–3.5 m (5.9–11.5 ft)
super macro: 0.01–0.2 m (0.4–7.9 in.)

Focus modes normal AF, macro AF, super macro AF, infinity, manual
Auto focus zones multi-zone, center-zone, selectable (25 zones), face priority
AF (Auto Focus) assist light yes
Exposure metering multi-pattern, center-weighted, spot
Face Detection yes
Face Recognition yes
ISO sensitivity auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Exposure compensation ±2.0 EV with 1/3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing ±1.0 EV with 1/3 EV steps, 3 images
AE (Auto Exposure) lock when shutter button is depressed 1/2-way
White balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, open shade
Flash range

(wide) 0.5–8.9 m (1.6–29.2 ft) ISO 800
(tele) 1.8–4.4 m (5.9–14.4 ft) ISO 800

Flash mode auto, fill, red-eye reduction, off
Flash compensation ±1.0 EV with 1/3 EV steps, 3 images
Shooting modes (still)
Smart Capture yes
Scene modes sport, portrait, children, backlight, high ISO, bright, sunset, self-portrait, night portrait, candlelight, night landscape, landscape, stage, fireworks, flower, panorama
Artistic effects HDR, night scene long exposure, dramatic, intelligent portrait, photo booth
Photobooth yes
Manual exposure control P (programmed AE with access to manual settings), A (aperture priority), S (shutter priority), M (manual exposure)
Self-timer Smart Capture burst–1.1 fps; PASM burst–5 fps, max 5; 10 fps, max 5; 60 fps @ 2 MP, max 20; self-timer (2 sec., 10 sec., 2 shots)
Still capture/review
Still format JPEG/EXIF v2.21 DPOF, KCD RAW
Picture size

12 MP (4000 × 3000)—4:3
11 MP (4000 × 2664)—3:2
9 MP (4000 × 2256)—16:9
6 MP (2832 × 2128)—4:3
3 MP (2048 × 1536)—4:3

Compression level PASM: fine 1:3.2, JPEG normal 1:5.3, JPEG basic 1:6.5, RAW; Smart Capture: standard
Color modes vivid, full, and basic color; black and white; sepia; film effects
Sharpness sharp, normal (default), soft
Orientation sensor yes
Internal Memory yes
Review options viewing: Face Recognition (date, face), single-up, multi-up/ thumbnails, magnify, multi-select, delete, undo delete, slideshow, properties info; tagging: Smart Share, print, e-mail, favorite, keyword, keyboard input
Editing crop, KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Technology (if not applied during capture), RAW file develop, copy, date stamp
Video capture/review
Format H.264 (MP4), AAC stereo

HD: 1080p (1920 × 1080 @30 fps); 720p (1280 x 720 @ 30 fps)
VGA: 640 × 480 @ 30 fps
WVGA: 640 × 352 @ 30 fps

AF (Auto Focus) during video yes
Zoom during video optical
Microphone yes–stereo
Speaker yes–monaural

HD: < 4 GB or < 29 min.
VGA: < 4 GB

Review options FF, rewind, pause, by frame, volume control
Editing make picture, trim, 9-up action print, bookmarks
Share menu KODAK Gallery, KODAK PULSE Digital Frame[2], FACEBOOK, FLICKR, YouTube, TWITTER, ORKUT, YANDEX, KAIXIN001 Sites[3], and e-mail
Custom settings Share destinations, LCD brightness, camera sounds, people tag, slide show, reset all camera settings, computer connection, safe mode, date & time, video out, language, format, about
Physical specifications
I/O interface A/V output (NTSC or PAL selectable), digital USB 2.0 high speed, micro-HDMI
Power 4 AA Ni-MH batteries (included), single use alkaline
Dedicated buttons power, shutter, video record, zoom switch, burst, macro, self-timer, mode dial, jog dial, EVF/LCD, effect, flash, display, review, delete, Share, 5-way switch
Tripod mount ¼ in. standard
Dimensions W × H × D: 4.9 × 3.4 × 3.7 in.
Weight 1.3 lb with batteries and memory card
Direct printing PictBridge-enabled
Software works with KODAK EASYSHARE Software, includes one-time download of Kodak’s Share button app
Remote Control yes, sold separately
Standard features
Megapixels 12 MP BSI CMOS
Display size 3.0 in. HVGA high-resolution LCD
Face Recognition Yes
Smart Capture Yes

Yes, it has an electronic viewfinder.

From the updated review at photographyblog.com (after the application of the firmware update):

*"It’s easy to say that the Z990 is arguably one of the best digital compact cameras that Kodak have released. The picture quality is excellent, we were extremely impressed with the tonal rendition and accuracy of colours [sic]. The new sensor seems to be doing its job by reducing noise very well at the low to mid-range ISO settings. It’s great to see that Kodak are getting into the back illuminated sensor market simply because it means a better quality image for the consumer.


"There’s lots of features packed into the Z990 and the long zoom just adds to it. The image stabiliser [sic] seems to work well and the range is enough to contend with the latest 30x optical megazoom cameras. For the price, you get a lot of camera. It would be nice to see past innovations such as the vertical grip, but it’s not detrimental to the camera. The Z990 certainly has enough going on it to keep a photographer interested. "

*The negative comments about button unresponsiveness were deleted in the subsequent review after the firmware update.

This little camera is a GEM - and if you’re not buying it, you should be.

Kudos to woot! for offering the camera for sale (NEW) at such an affordable price.

I just bought one of the Z5120 units and am wondering why now - this looks much nicer.

Maybe I could get a decent Macro shot from it? Does anyone have first-hand experience comparing this to the Z5120?

Sample images (including RAW images and a sample video capture) may be found here:

I do, and the 5120 is a great camera also, but IMHO, the 990 beats it hands down - it is just better. The CMOS sensor does an amazing job in the 990 and the macro is better than the 5120 (which I returned). The optics on the 990 are superior IMHO also.

Many people including myself touted the 990 over the 5000 series when they were for sale here at woot! - I’m delighted that woot! has offered the 990!

**I posted a link above to some samples which include macro (warning - the images take a long time to load - even on fast broadband). **

The manual.

Yay! My first “First sucker”!

Is this the Z990’s first Woot appearance? I did grab a Z5120 (16MP, 26X, no EVF, same $) here recently and like it a lot.