posted on Jun 26, 2009 at 9:12PM
Head-2-Head Review: Fujifilm FinePix S2000HD vs. Kodak EasyShare Z1015 IS
LCD & ViewfinderBy Emily Raymond
The Fujifilm S2000 comes with a 2.7-inch LCD screen while the Kodak Z1015 has a bigger 3-inch LCD. Both have 230,000 pixels. The edge in resolution goes to the Fuji because it doesn’t spread its pixels quite as thin. The Kodak Z1015 is 100 percent accurate, and the Fuji has 97 percent accuracy. Perhaps this doesn’t matter to you – what’s three percent anyhow? But there will undoubtedly be a few photographers who line up their family portraits just so – only to have the tops of heads chopped off in the real deal.
The Kodak Z1015’s LCD looks almost like a television with its glossy frame and neatly rectangular buttons to its right side. There is better dynamic range and the colors look more realistic too – unlike the strangely toned and over-saturated colors on the screen of the Fuji S2000. The fault isn’t all the LCD though: colors look better in the playback mode than they do on the live view.
Both LCD screens are nice and bright. Both have brightness adjustments: the Kodak has five levels and the Fuji has 11 levels, but they have essentially the same brightness levels at the top and bottom of their respective scales.
The LCD screens on both cameras can be viewed even when they are held to the side – so you and your friends can watch movies in the playback mode without anyone complaining about the screen. The Fuji has a slight advantage, as its screen can be viewed at the most extreme angles to the sides. The Kodak, however, has the advantage when held above or below eye-level.
The two cameras have the same 0.2-inch-size of electronic viewfinder that protrudes subtly from the back. The Kodak fills the space with more resolution at 230,000 pixels and a 100 percent accurate view. The Fuji S2000 is only 97 percent accurate on its live view and has 200,000 pixels. To its credit, the Fuji shows more details in low light and seems to be a bit brighter than its counterpart.
The cameras have EVF/LCD buttons, but they are located on different sides of the viewfinder. The Fuji’s is located to the right of the viewfinder, while the Kodak’s is in an odd position on the left side of the viewfinder. On the Fuji, you can reach the button with your right thumb. But on the Kodak, you either have to really stretch your left thumb or bend your index finger at the strangest angle possible to push the button.
Neither of the viewfinders has a diopter adjustment, so if you wear glasses and are counting on that contraption you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Head-to-head, the Kodak’s viewfinder has better resolution and accuracy. It is also easier to use with the control dial; it is more difficult to change the Fuji’s settings in the menus with the multi-selector while staring into the viewfinder.