The Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 is a good ultrazoom that could have been a great ultrazoom. Its build quality is solid and its ergonomics are good (with a couple of minor exceptions). It has a wide array of features, including an ultra-quick continuous shooting mode. It includes a high quality lens and provides quick and accurate focusing. It offers very good image quality with especially nice looking colors and its low light image quality is impressive. It has an excellent flash.
But the EasyShare Max falls short in few significant ways. One is that its shot-to-shot speed is much too slow, especially after the flash has been fired. Another is that actual battery life is much shorter than the 500 shots claimed by Kodak. Finally, the camera’s auto panorama mode is virtually useless because it’s not possible to predict what part of the scene will be in the final image.
- Good image quality
- Good in low light
- Fast continuous shooting
- Excellent flash
- Slow shot-to-shot time
- Actual battery life shorter than claimed
- Poorly implemented auto panorama mode