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Kodak today updated its EasyShare line with a new ultra-zoom offering: the 10-megapixel EasyShare Z1015 IS. The Z1050 IS features an optically stabilized, 15x optical zoom lens, with a 28-420mm (35mm equivalent) focal range. The camera packs an array of features that help automate performance, including face detection autofocus and auto exposure, and Smart Capture Technology. The Z1015IS will begin shipping in September for $349.95.
The main selling point of this camera is its long, versatile optic. The lens has a nice 28mm wide angle, which stretches out to 420mm at full extension. It is supported by optical image stabilization, which will be helpful with a max aperture of f/3.5, falling to f/5.4 in telephoto. An expansive sensitivity range of up to ISO 6400 is also included to help minimize blur when noise is less of a concern.
The EasyShare Z1015 IS offers more than an advanced lens. It also strives for speed, specifically targeting shutter lag, Kodak claims a “best-in-class” click-to-shot time of less than 0.22 sec. Further, as is en vogue among current feature-laden point-and-shoots, Kodak has placed an emphasis on High-Definition compatibility for both still and video footage with the Z1015 IS. One notable HD feature is a setting for capturing still images in a 16:9 aspect ratio, providing full-screen display on a wide-screen television. HD video can be captured with the Z1015 IS at 720p at 30 frames per second (fps). Footage is compressed in MPEG-4 format to optimize storage space on the memory card. Users can save and e-mail single frames from the video footage, or print multiple frames on a 4x6 print. A video bookmarking feature is also included to mark specific points in the video footage for a quick return.
The Kodak EasyShare Z1015 IS stocks a range of features tailored to automatic shooters. Face Detection technology, now nearly expected on point-and-shoots, will automatically find, focus, and expose on visible faces in the frame. This feature is ideal for “people pictures,” particularly in a quick fleeting moment when all you can do is point towards the subject and try to power down the shutter button. If you fear snapping a blurry subject and sharp background, Face Detection is a must.
Kodak also fitted this EasyShare with Smart Capture Technology, a complex system that senses and analyzes the scenario (light, movement, etc.) and sets the exposure, focus, ISO to optimize for the type of shot and scene. The camera then processes the files accordingly, adjusting noise, shadow detail, sharpness, and color for the scene determined.
If that doesn't do it, the EasyShare Z1015 IS offers Kodak's Perfect Touch Technology, which supplies quick corrections to images post-capture. After viewing the recorded image, users can render one-push adjustments for color, brightness and detail, and remove red-eye from photos. Other manufacturers also offer adjustment sets like this, so it is not unique, but it is certainly useful for point-and-shooters who prefer to stay away from PC-based adjustment applications such as Kodak EasyShare software or Photoshop.
While the Z1015 IS plays up its automation, the 10-megapixel ultra-zoom also offers a handful of manual controls for hands-on shooters. Users can set the aperture, metering mode, ISO, exposure compensation, and white balance, though shutter speed settings are controlled exclusively by the camera.
Other notable settings include a multimedia slideshow for image review with prerecorded music and selectable transitions, a sound and text tagging feature, a histogram, and selectable color modes.
The camera accepts SD and SDHC media and includes 64MB of internal memory.
- Smart capture technology
- Kodak perfect touch
- Face detection
- Image stabilization
- Captures 720p 30fps video
- 28mm wide angle
- Best-in-class click-to-capture speed (<0.22 sec.)
- Full manual controls