dealskodak easyshare max z990 12mp digital camera…

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Great camera, great price.

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This camera takes very good pictures for a very small price. The biggest drawback is that you can not take a lot of pictures in rapid succession, the camera will freeze. Then you have to take the batteries out and put them back in, to use the camera. But you probably would have to spend much more money to buy a camera with a processor that can handle rapid fire shooting. I have been able to take 3 burst shots without freezing the camera. I like this camera so much, that I have bought a second one as a spare or a gift for someone I love. I bought both a refurb and a new camera and the only difference I've found so far between them, is the packaging.

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I would pick up one of these but I just bought a new Canon SX40HS. Gets very good reviews and looks like a great camera to get if you want to move up from a pocket camera. Lots of features for the money.

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What's the shutter speed like?

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@qwerty283: It' has a bit of lag. If you get a good class 10 SD card it helps a little... This is my 4th Kodak and that's been a problem with all of them. The pics come out amazingly so I'm willing to put up with the glitches especially for the price.

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@balletbull: I was wondering if it was just mine doing that. Mine will usually work again if I switch it off for about 10 seconds.

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Bought one a month ago. On the very fist picture the camera froze and needed a hard reboot. Problem is the lens was extended and when I tried to power it back on, it caused an internal error that could not be remedied without sending it back to Kodak (even tried their online help desk). By what I saw several forums, many other folks have had the same issue.

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I have this camera and it takes very nice photos. I highly recommend this camera if you can pick it up for a good price. I'd say anything below $150 is a good price. It's a little slow from shot to shot, but not too bad. The lens is sharp and the colors are great. Here are some sample photos I took with the Kodak Z990:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1011&message=42519914

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1011&message=42466182

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1011&message=42397195

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I am a bit (ok a lot) prejudiced against cameras with AA batteries. Do people prefer these batteries over the Li-ion batteries? Why?

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@k87: I was against AA battery cameras too. My last experience with them was about 5 years ago and my camera just didn't last very long on a set of rechargeable AA's. So I was skeptical about the Z990. But I recently took the Z990 on a vacation and it lasted all day, taking photos and videos. I carried a spare set of AA's in my pocket just in case, but I never needed them. I think new AA rechargeables hold a lot more juice than they did 5 years ago. Also, I think modern computer chips and electronic circuitry uses a lot less juice than they did 5 years ago. The only downside is that NiMh AA's take longer to recharge than a lithium rechargeble battery. But the upside is they are readily available and cheaper than lithiums... even if the manufacturer (Kodak) goes out of business. Oops, they did. :-)