Kodak EASYSHARE Z915 Digital Camera


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Digital cameras have overtaken old style film cameras, and with good reason, we live in a society where we require instant  gratification and with a digital camera we see our pictures instantly, no waiting for film to be developed etc. On the market you’ll find many, many types of digital cameras and all are not made equal, if you’re looking to purchase one you’ll need to go through quit a bit to find what you need. One common mistake that many people make is buying a camera that is too much for what they need. Many people buy cameras on name value alone, and some think that the higher price is the better camera and some even think that the higher megapixel is what they need. In reality though, most people out there only need a basic, inexpensive camera, after all it’s only going to be used for family pictures, vacations and such.

Today for review I’ve got the Kodak Easyshare Z915 Digital Camera, and it’s a great little product that most people will be able to pick up and use right away to take very good pictures. The Z915 has many features for both the amateur and semi-professional photographer like Image Stabilization, various shooting modes, 10X optical zoom and nice quick capture speed so you don’t miss those action shots. So read on to learn more about the Kodak Z915…


First up is the video unboxing for you, and the still pictures of the Kodak Z915.

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Specifications:

Kodak EASYSHARE Z915 Digital Camera

Powerful zoom, remarkable speed and clarity

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.

10X optical zoom with image stabilization
-The all glass 10X optical zoom lens (35–350 mm) zooms in fast to deliver extraordinary creative performance
-Fast f/3.5–f/4.8

Optical image stabilization
-Capture sharp, steady shots when shooting at long zoom ranges.
-Optical image stabilization automatically minimizes camera shake to deliver sharper pictures

Amazing quality prints with 10 MP
-10 MP means you can make stunning prints up to 30 × 40 in. (76 × 102 cm)
-More megapixels means you can crop and enlarge and still have great picture quality
-However you choose to print—at home, at retail, or online—trust KODAK for picture quality that’s truly exceptional and for memories that will last

Best-in-class click to capture speed
-< 0.3 second click-to-capture speed means you can capture that challenging action shot without delay

Standard features:
Sensor type: 1 / 2.3 type CCD
Effective pixels: 10 MP (3672 × 2748)
Lens: 35–350 mm (35 mm equiv.) f/3.5–4.8
Zoom: 10X optical, 5X advanced digital, total zoom range 50X
Image stabilizer: optical
Shutter speed: 1/8–1/1250 sec. (auto) – 16–1/1000 sec. (S/M mode)
Monitor: 2.5 type high resolution (230K dots), 5 level brightness adjustments
Storage: 32 MB internal memory available, SDHC/SD card expansion slot

Price: $199.95

You can find the full list of specs and features HERE.


As promised in the video, here’s another brief video of the Z915 interface for you to see all of the options and settings.

As you can see there’s plenty of options for you to play with, the Kodak Z915 is a feature rich camera. The choices or modes you have for picture taking, like Museum, Fireworks, Beach, Snow etc are nice to have I guess, but you’ve got to remember these are presets by Kodak for what they think the camera should be set at for those activities, so the results will vary by the situation.

The HD on the camera might be misleading to some, at least for me, I thought when it said HD that also meant the video camera would be recording in HD as well, but it doesn’t it just goes up to 640×480, but that’s more than adequate for most people for quick video recording. I’m not including a sample video for you, it’s just your basic video camera that’s built into a still picture camera, it works, but don’t expect the quality of a dedicated video camera. The microphone does a good job at picking up sounds, you will hear everything, including any extraneous background noises.

One thing though I don’t like about the video mode is that you can’t zoom while filming, you’ve got to zoom in to what you want then start filming, and the zoom level is locked. Though, this is a feature that is lacking on a lot of digital cameras.

The Z915 is very easy to use, and most anyone can just pick it up and take pictures. There are more advanced settings of course for those that wish to have a bit more controls over their picture taking.

So I’ve got quite a few sample pictures for you, and I compared the Z915 to my current camera, which is a Fuji FinePix S5100 4MP Camera, I use it for everything basically.

Here’s a few with the Z915, they’re close up pics in macro mode:

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Not bad, but you’re not going to get very close up shots.

So now I’ve got the comparison shots, on the Left is the picture taken with the Fuji S5100 camera and the right is the picture taken with the Kodak Z915. I tried to take the exact pictures, from the same angles etc, both cameras were set to Auto for general picture taking just to get an idea of how the pictures come out. The close up ones are zoomed in on both cameras, from the same distance away.

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The pictures taken with the Z915 do seem to be a bit crisper and clearer than with my Fuji, though at times they seem dark, and at most other times they seem a be too bright, that’s the effect of the automatic settings of the camera, a bit too much overcompensation I’m guessing. The pictures though are nice and the colors are correct, though they can be a bit too dark or too light at times. For general picture taking, the Kodak Z915 should  fine, the average person will be more than happy with the results.

As you can see with the last set of pictures the image stabilization feature is nice, the one I took with the Fuji is a bit blurred, but the Kodak pictures is clear. Those pictures were taken from far away and zoomed in with both cameras, and one of the main features of the Z915 is the ability to take steady shots while zoomed from a distance.

One small problem I ran across is with the display, it can be difficult to see in direct sunlight, though many cameras have that problem as well.

Another problem I have with the Z915 is the placement of the memory card slot, personally I don’t use a USB cable to transfer my pictures, I take the memory card out and stick it right in my card reader, the Z915 has the memory card slot located in the battery compartment, so when you open it out, out pops the batteries as well.

The Z915 can use regular alkaline batteries or rechargeable ones, which to me is a great feature, I much prefer being able to just throw any batteries into my camera, than having to use a special, expensive battery pack.

The pictures taken with the Kodak Z915 are great for general purpose uses, like family gatherings and such, it’s a great little all around camera and for the price you can’t beat the features of it.


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Conclusion:

The Kodak Z915 is a great little point and shoot camera, that has features even a semi-professional can appreciate. It’s inexpensive and easy to use for most anyone, you can just pick up the Z915 and start taking decent pictures in a matter of seconds.

The picture quality is decent for general usage, but don’t expect professional quality pictures, unless you’re going to spend the time to learn to use the camera and play with the manual settings.

8

Pros:
+Easy to use, point and shoot
+Inexpensive for a 10MP camera
+Image stabilization works very well
+Decent quality pictures for general usage
+Lots of different features and shooting modes

Cons:
-Pictures can be too white or too dark at times
-No zoom while recording video

Grades:  
Overall score-8-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-8-10
  • thomasxstewart

    heres one for $120:

    Recertified: FUJIFILM FinePix S1000fd Black 10.0 MP 2.7″ 230K LCD 12X Optical Zoom Digital Camera.

    there are bunch of revisions over time, might have benn much more. some quirks, reported however,

    Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART von DRASHEK M.D.

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  • Betty

    I am having trouble transferring my pictures to my hard drive. I also did not receive a disc to install the camera. When I start the softward program to transfer my pictures, I am confused as to what to do next.

  • Aquamaquisha

    I want this camera…

  • nikos almp;ano

    @ Betty: I had the same problem and had to return item to be replaced. Even that second one needed extra strength when pushing the usb cable into the camera side, to work properly. Other than that, a nice cheap digi-camera so far.

  • fuzziemom

    Received the 915Z from HSN. Takes beautiful pics, but the video sound does not work on the camera at all. Am returning to have replaced as the quality of the pictures was great and also has a lot of nice features. Hopefully the replacement camera will have better video sound.

  • Kartik Gharat

    Your review is really good. But i am pretty sure the zoom level is not locked once you start recording. I just confirmed it with my camera. might be some defect in the one you have used for the review maybe?

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  • Sandy

    You did not say if this camera can be used with the Kodak docking port system. Thanks.

  • adithya reddy

    really want this camera…….

    does it have a socket to attach a tripod?
    is the IS really good?

    please reply at

    reddynos@gmail.com

    thanks bye

  • http://www.danielbrunod.com Daniel

    Hi there,

    The information,

    “One thing though I don’t like about the video mode is that you can’t zoom while filming, you’ve got to zoom in to what you want then start filming, and the zoom level is locked. Though, this is a feature that is lacking on a lot of digital cameras”

    is not correct! The camera has the abilty touse zoom while recording. It also has tripod sockets and the best is the panoramic function not listed in your review. But thanks for sharing all of this, it was deciseve for me to buy this camera!

  • Aeikesh

    @Aditya Reddy,

    Yes, the camera can be mounted on a tripod.

  • Nancy

    I am looking to get this camera. My question is: if you are saying: “you’re not going to get very good close-up shots”, does that mean that if I want good close-up shots, I need to be looking at a different camera? Or is there a manual setting that I would be able to use? Thanks!

  • Lynsey

    This is a terrible camera in my opinion. I’m not sure if my box was dropped or otherwise before it came to be in my possession but it is one of the worst cameras I have ever owned. The picture on the screen is fuzzy, and the pictures turn out very grainy. Also, when I downloaded the pictures onto my computer the graininess got worse.

  • http://youtube.com/user/ahavah8ahavah sandra

    @nikos almp;ano :

    What is the deal with the usb port or cable?
    Am I looking in the right place?
    I should be able to connect the cable to the top right side – correct?
    I’ve never seen a connection site so small…
    I wonder if I lost the cable they sent with it…I have a few items from Xmas that had usb cables and maybe I lost the one for this camera?
    HELP!

  • Ellen

    The video sound is very very faint. The volume does fluctuate with the arrow keys but the loudest is still so very faint. Kodak customer service said this was normal, when you transfer it to the computer adjust the volume then. Seems strange. This is the second Z915 I have come across with same problem. Also if I hold this camera up to my ear I can hear a continuous faint buzzing sound, this is in all modes. Other than that the camera is perfect for the price. Can someone just confirm that their camera does or does not have these same issues? Thanks.

  • Rick

    My wife just purchased for me the Z915 and I’m somewhat confused. The camera came with two sets of NI-MH batteries. One set is 1.2V and the other is 1.5V. Normal alkalines are 1.5V so I’m wondering if I can safely use the 1.2V batteries.

  • Rick

    I submitted this question earlier but it never appeared. My new Z915 has two sets of NI-MH batteries, one set is 1.5V and the other 1.2V. Can I use both?

  • Chantelle

    I just bought the camera today. And after great research it’s not a bad little camera for the price. It has it’s flaws, but I’m sure once I play with it more I’ll discover new things about it

  • Jo

    You said ” I’m not including a sample video for you, it’s just your basic video camera that’s built into a still picture camera, it works, but don’t expect the quality of a dedicated video camera. The microphone does a good job at picking up sounds, you will hear everything, including any extraneous background noises. ” I hope that you are right, because I just got this camera and the video sound SUCKS!!! I called Kodak and the guy said as long as I could hear anything at all, then it is okay. I have to put my ear to the speaker to hear anything audible – and yes, I have the volume all the way up. I am writing Kodak. I hope that I just got a lemon and can get a good one because I cannot abide the almost inaudible video sound. Did the one you tested actually have a decent video sound as you stated above?

  • Candy

    I have had this camera for about 6 months now and am still having problems with the pictures. They are very grainy and pixeled. I have contacted Kodak and they keep telling me to test it in a perfect lighting condition. In the perfect light the pictures are beautiful and outside too. I tried using it at a bowling birthday party and the pictures are grainy,blurry and yellowish. I don’t understand it because most of the reviews say the pictures are great.

  • Andrew

    the sound on the camera sucks period.

  • Pamela

    Purchased this camera on the 19th February. Like it. Pictures are great. Only thing that I have found since loading the software is that many file names on my computer have change colour from black to blue! I did a restore point to the day prior to loading the software and it took the software off but the coloured file names still remained blue. I undid the restore point and all the software was reloaded, but the coloured file names still remain. Why is this. I have never had this happen before.

  • Michael Phillips

    Hi, I just bought this camera and was about to call Kodak about my being unable to transfer pictures to my computer. Then I figured out the problem based on a comment above where someone took their first camera back and even the second one needed to have the camera-end of its usb cable pushed hard into the camera. If you’re having trouble transferring pics to your comp, and your comp isn’t even detecting the camera, it could be because the floppy thing that covers where you connect the cord to your camera is getting in the way of pushing the plug all the way into the camera. If it’s not every millimetre of the way into the camera, it won’t work and your comp wont even detect it. You have to spin the covering around so it’s edge is parallel to the plug so its not overlapping at all, silly design flaw.

    • Vicky-is

      I can get the pics on my computer but then I can’t do anything with them. I mean nothing. I can’t even move them elsewhere. Any advice on what is going on. I am stuck.

  • adam

    I just bought this camera. It is really great and the features are amazing for a point-and-shoot with some extras. One correction though, you can use the ZOOM option while recording a video. You can look at other reviews and all of them mention that you can zoom while recording a video. Check Cnet.com or Pcworld.com reviews for that.

  • Audrey

    I bought this camera today. The first thing I noticed was there was no sound on the video. After reading the reviews I tried it again. You have to hold the camera right next to your ear to hear anything (and it was turned all the way up)! Pictures seem grainy on the screen but I did not print any. I had a Z885 and loved it (broke it sledding) so I thought this would be a step up but the quality just doesn’t seem to be there. I think I am going to return it but the price was right 129.00.

  • Neuromama

    I recently purchased this camera and I hate it with a passion. No matter what I do, the photos are grainy and there is motion artifact in almost all of them. It’s beyond frustrating. What am I doing wrong (if anything)?

    • IRA

      What you did wrong, is, as I did; bought a name brand camera designed to sell for over $200, for less than $100. A bargain? No, just a discontinued, inferior model dumped on the market for suckers like us!

      Ira

  • mikeE

    I plan on purchasing this camera this weekend on sale foe 99 bucks +tax. but the reviews seem pretty misleading some are good and some are really bad. but im going to take a chance with it as i cant really afford more than 100 bucks.
    (p.s) its also my first digital camera. i guess im a bit behind the times, and also as poor as poor can be.

  • Geoff

    I bought the Z915 camera after reading another review, which was careful to point out the video quality was not necessarily great. I’m not particularly interested in the video feature, although I may use it once I have it, occasionally. I essentially want a semi-professional camera to support a number of projects I have. I am thrilled with the camera. The review I read harped on the fact that the camera is a mix of plastic and metal rather than all metal, but I like the result, personally. The only feature which seems a little fragile is the cover for the usb cable connection on the camera, and if it breaks off (and maybe it won’t), it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I had a problem with the transfer of images from the camera to my Mac – I found that the surest method was to plug in the cable to the camera after everything else was running, and it seemed to work fine. Great little camera which will last me a while, until the next generation of cameras come along!

  • http://prairiebluestem.blogspot.com/ Genevieve

    This was a great review — thanks. I am thinking of purchasing this camera for my son to take to Germany this summer on a college trip. It sounds like it should be simple enough that a tech-savvy 20-year-old could master its operation and take some decent photos.

  • Brandon Atkinson

    I just ordered the black version of this camera from Kodak’s Canadian site, it was on sale for $130 CAD… I hope it’s worth it, my 3 month old GE A1250 ($100) sure wasn’t…

  • Ashish Garg

    Review say its good camera. So I have ordered one from the dell usa store for $100. They are offering $100 discount on this camera.

  • g e sims

    internal memory is full..cam is locked up,and won’t do anything ! !

    • Jon and Dia

      how do i unlock it out of internal memory is full

      • Vicky-is

        i am having the same problem

  • Markus

    Can anyone give me the exact dimensions of the box? L x W x H. Inches or CM, doesn’t matter.

    Looks like it’s about 27 cm x 23 cm x 9 cm.

    Thanks

  • JESSICA HOVER

    I GOT THIS CAMERA FROM DELL FOR 129.00 AND I LOVE IT. I HAVE A P850 AS WELL AND THIS CAMERA IS AS GOOD. HAVENT TRIED THE VIDEO YET SO I AM UNSURE OF THE QUALITY, BUT IT TAKES BEAUTIFUL PICS.

  • Tamie

    Okay… read great reviews on this camera.. so I bought it… So far… it is the WORST camera I EVER OWNED!!!!!! I have had better $30 camera’s than this. I have used other Easyshare camera’s and loved them. My problem is the screen looks fuzzy and so do the pictures. DO NOT BUY IT!!!!! REPEAT… WARNING… DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!!!!!

    • IRA

      Tamie:

      You may be right. I find the indoor pictures taken with flash ARE FUZZY. The outdoor shots using available light seem to be a little better. This appears to be a discontinued model that appeals to people because it’s CHEAP! The performance IS questionable.
      Ira

  • Buster

    The video sound on the camera won’t be loud, but once you transfer the video to your computer it will be as loud as you want and then some.

  • Debby

    Those of you complaining about the sounds, the camera isn’t meant to be a substitute for your PC or TV for viewing a movie! Download your movie and burn a CD and watch it through the TV. Or just buy an A/V cable and plug the camera directly into your TV set. Geez!

  • Ira

    Just bought this camera as a replacement for my Kodak DX7440. Has anyone noticed that YOU CAN’T USE the fill-in flash feature on the most popular “Smart Capture Mode.”? On the 7440, you could use it ANYTIME!

  • Adela

    Thank you Kristofer Brozio for the very thorough review of the EasyShare Z915, and thank you commenters too. I never had a digital camera; in fact, I used nothing but “throw away” cameras! :o)

    Now, I’m looking for a digital camera without knowing anything about it; hence this site has enlightened me and will think about buying it when I can find a better price.

    However…I’m puzzled as to why the so called “Point and Shoot” digital cameras aren’t shown anywhere in the internet with the large square windows with which one can take pictures without having close contact with one of my eyes. You know, you can “shoot” holding it at arm’s length or so. They show most cameras with a protruding spout-like part.

    Also, I read somewhere that a digital camera must match the computer. Then it’s necessary to be more cautious when buying a camera, no?

    Thanks ever so much for a reply! :o) Adela

  • eugene l bowden

    great camera great price. but a little disappointed with the color and sharpness i am getting,,it could be me,,have a lot to learn.battery life is real good but always have fresh ones with me..maybe some one could help me as to why i get a lot of orange pictures when i take them in doors?

    glbow@yahoo.com

  • Miltonch76

    I just bought it for 100 USD! I did a comprehensive research before buying it and believe me. No other camera out there offer such a pack of features for such cost. I haven’t had enough time to test it properly but I can say it does show some noise at low light conditions in both pictures and display. I’ll add more comments as I have more time to test it

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  • Mesaguy

    “One small problem I ran across is with the display, it can be difficult to see in direct sunlight, though many cameras have that problem as well.”

    Many cameras have that problem is no excuse. All they have to do is include a view finder for those times when the sunlight restricts seeing the display. It is serious enough that Kodak recommends installing an sunshade.
    Adjusting the “White Balance” to daylight is also recommended.

  • Kaitlin

    I love this camera. It works really good. I got for 200. I dont regret getting it one bit. I’m 15 and learning to a photographer and this is the perfect camera to get me started.

  • Gizmoz

    Wow you have described the specification of product so well . I like it many thanks for sharing it with us.

  • tf

    The camera works great with correct light and setting. However, I am now using it for video. The videos work well for me, but I have tried to use the AV cable on my Insigna 46: TV and nothing comes up. What am I doing wrong? I admit to being non techie. Please respond to tforslund@netzero.net. Thank you

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