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Old May 16, 2009, 4:29 PM   #1
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Default Kodak Z-1012 versus Kodak Z-980

Here is a side by side comparison of two close-up photos.

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Thanks for posting. The results don't seem to be clear cut which I think is good. The 70% logo seems a bit better with the Z1012 but in other areas the results seem to tilt to the Z980 very slightly. I think it is very hard to produce truly comparative photos.

I have been attempting to analyze Steve's sample photos for the Z612, Z1012 and Z980 as well as the comparable Canon, Sony, Panasonic and Olympus products using Alan T's "equal pixel" methodology. Most of the "grunt" work is done and I hope to have time to post results and detail comments shortly. The areas I've attempted to analyze are the high ISO sensor/proccessing capabilities and and the low ISO (daylight) lens performance.

As a teaser for the results it seems that 1) Kodak/Schneider/whoever has done a good job with the Z980 lens. 2) Kodak has not kept pace at high ISOs. 3) The advantage to CMOS in small P&S sensors is speed at the expense of high ISO performance but Kodak seems to have taken that as the standard for high ISO even though they're using a CCD.

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Hello A.C.-

You are correct, it does seem to be something of a toss-up. But then the Z-1012, as you can see from the attached photo, also does well at ISO 800, even at long zoom.This photo was taken at a distance of 140 feet.

The best CMOS based camera, IMO, is the Sony HX-1.

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Hi there, A.C.-

Here is another quick little sharpness test I did between the Z-980 and the Z-1012 today.

The first photo is from the Z-1012. The second photo is from the Z-980. It is not scientific at all, but the Z-1012 seems a bit better to me.

BTW: The Super Macro feature of the Z980 would sure make easy work of your earring photos.

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Sarah:

Really hard to tell but but one thing is easy to tell - the difference between 33mm equiv. above and 26mm equiv. below.

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The Z1012 ISO 800 is pretty amazing as well.
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Frankly, A.C.-

I believe that the Z1012 IS is a more innovative camera than the new Z-980 camera. At $(US) 199.95 it offers you a lot of camera that is indeed very capable while still being a bargain.

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I quite agree on the cost/performance ratio of the Z1012. It's probably the most versatile/highest performance $200 camera available today.

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A.C.-

Many times people give me a funny look when I suggest the Kodak Z-1012. In fact, that experience was the "seed" for my thread about being reluctant to recommend Kodak Cameras.

However, you are exactly correct in your evaluation of the Z-1012. It is a whole lot of camera for LESS THAN $(US) 200.00!

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