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Kodak EasyShare Z5010 review


Kodak Easyshare Z5010 Ultra Zoom Review - We review the newest ultra zoom from Kodak, the Z5010. It features a wide-angle 25mm 21x optical zoom lens.

Kodak Easyshare Z5010 shown above - the shockwave flash rotating view of the camera above was created using EME Digital's 360 photo box, click the magnifying glass to enlarge. 

The Kodak Easyshare Z5010 is Kodak's latest ultra zoom camera, featuring a 21x optical zoom lens, 14 megapixel CCD sensor, manual controls, and Kodak's unique share button for easy uploading to Facebook and other social networks.

Features

The Kodak Easyshare Z5010 features a Schneider Kreuznach branded wide angle 21x optical zoom lens covering a range of 25-525mm equivalent, with image stabilisation, as well as a 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor, a 3 inch screen, and takes 4 AA batteries. A set of alkaline batteries are included with the camera.

Share button options are to share to FACEBOOK, e-mail, KODAK Gallery, FLICKR, YouTube, TWITTER, ORKUT, YANDEX, KAIXIN001, and KODAK PULSE Digital Frames.

Key Features

  • 25mm wide angle 21x optical zoom lens (25-525mm)
  • 14mp CCD sensor
  • 720p video, mono sound, zoom available
  • 3inch screen, 230k
  • ISO sensitivity auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
  • Image stabilization still: optical, video: digital
  • Exposure Lock when shutter button is half pressed
  • Smart Capture (integration of face detection, scene detection, optimized auto ISO, broader dynamic range, auto KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Technology, optimized output)
  • 2-shots, 0.8 fps, up to 8 frames (Smart Capture mode, 14 MP)
  • Face Recognition, Face Detection
  • Colour modes high colour, natural colour, low colour, black & white, sepia
  • Sharpness sharp, normal, soft
  • Orientation senso

Handling

Ergonomics - The Z5010 is a lot like the Z990 Max and is a large chunky camera with a plastic body and rubberised hand grip. There is a traditional spring loaded on/off switch, a recessed screen, no viewfinder, large mode dial, with M (Manual setting), although no A/S individual dial positions, instead the dial is made up of: Scene modes program AE [P], manual exposure [M], portrait, sport, landscape, flower, sunset, backlight, candlelight, children, bright, stage, fireworks, self portrait, night portrait, night landscape, high ISO, panorama. There is a large hand grip and a bumped thumb grip on the back that works well.

Buttons: Dedicated buttons on top: power, shutter, mode dial, flash, focus, drive. On the back: zoom, delete, menu, info, review, 5-way controller, Share.
Menus - The main options are set using the camera's overlay, these are designed to give you quick access to the most commonly changed options such as flash settings, ISO, and exposure, however these obstruct the view of what you want to photograph until you half press the shutter button.

Battery Life - The camera uses 4x AA batteries and is provided with 4 standard alkaline batteries. We were able to take over 380 shots, although using high power rechargeable batteries should give better battery life. The other benefit of AA batteries is that you can very easily find them if you run out, although using rechargeable batteries would be better for the environment and do add extra cost to the camera.


Speed - Switching the camera off to on and taking a photo is slow at 4.9 seconds. Focus is reasonable at 0.35/0.40 seconds (wide-angle), and shutter response after focusing is very quick at 0.05seconds. Shot to shot is quite slow at around 1.5 seconds. Continuous shooting is slightly better at 1.1 seconds between shots.

Kodak Easyshare Z5010 Performance

Here are several sample photos taken in a variety of lighting conditions, click "Hi-Res" to view full size sample photos, there are more sample photos in the equipment database where you can also add your own photos and review:


ManufacturerKodak
Model nameEasyShare Z5010
Date announced2011-09-14
MSRP$229
Street priceN/A
Official siteEasyShare Z5010 Homepage
Camera typeCompact
Sensor size (type)1/2.3" (CCD)
Max still resolution4288 x 3216 (14 Megapixel)
Zoom capability21X optical + 5X digital
Focal length
(35mm equivalent)
25mm - 525mm
Max apertureF3.1 - F5.8
Lens mount
(D-SLR/ILC only)
N/A
Crop factor
(D-SLR/ILC only)
N/A
AutofocusYes
AF-assist lampYes
Image stabilization
(Optical only)
Yes
Macro (min distance)Yes (10 cm)
Built-in flashYes
External flash supportNo
Supports conversion lensesNo
Supports underwater caseNo

LCD size3.0"
LCD resolution230,000 pixels
LCD positionFixed
ViewfinderNone
Viewfinder mag.
(D-SLR only)
N/A
Viewfinder coverageN/A
Manual controlsExposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture
ISO range64/100/200/400/800/1600
RAW/TIFF supportNo
Movie mode (format)Yes (AVI)
Max movie resolution1280 x 720
Sound in moviesYes
Zoom usable in moviesNo
Storage method85MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC card
Storage capacity
(out of the box)
Battery usedAA (4)
Battery life
(CIPA standard)
300 shots
Video outputYes
HDMI outputNo
USB outputYes (2.0)
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
4.6 x 3.2 x 3.1 in (116.8 x 81.3 x 78.7 mm)
Weight (empty)16.7 oz (473 g)
Included softwareKodak EasyShare
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Wrap-Up

The Kodak Easyshare Z5010 is an entry level ultra zoom with a 21x optical zoom lens, 3 inch screen, 14 megapixel sensor and manual controls. Unique to Kodak is the "Share" button on the back designed to let you easily upload your photos to social media sites like facebook and others, as well as giving the ability to share over email or to a Kodak digital photo frame. Other than the share feature there is little else that sets this camera apart from any of the other ultra zooms available, and it's mixed performance when it comes to speed makes it difficult to recommend. There were also concerns about high levels of noise and purple fringing which means you would be better off looking elsewhere if image quality is a high priority.