In today’s review I’m taking a look at the Kodak EasyShare Z1085IS Digital Camera. This 10 megapixel digital camera is yet another Kodak model that has hit the closeout and refurb market rather quickly. Is it like other Kodak digital cameras I’ve tried out and found them disappointing? Read more to find out…
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The Kodak Z1085 has the standard features you would expect on a digital camera today: 5x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, scene specific photo modes and scene detection and capture modes. The camera is capable of taking HD video in the 16:9 format for viewing on HDTVs. It also features a high ISO mode, up to 12,800, and onboard panorama photo stitching. Some of the interesting bells-and-whistles this camera has are a multimedia slideshow mode, voice and text picture tagging and a ’share’ button to flag favorite photos for sharing later. It only has 32mb of onboard memory so buying a memory card with it is necessary. The camera’s power can be provided by the included CR-V3 battery pack or by regular AA batteries. The LCD is 2.5 inches which is on the smaller side of average with today’s cameras.
Stylistically, the Kodak EasyShare Z1085IS doesn’t win any prizes. Due to its support of AA batteries and the lens it’s bulky as compared to the more popular slim cameras. You won’t be slipping this camera in and out of your pocket. The user interface of the camera is good and easy to understand. Some advanced features take a look work to find but most people won’t be using them anyway. The camera has a bit of a cheap feel to it although I think it would be durable as long as it was handled with decent care.
Taking photos with the Z1085 in its automatic mode is pretty simple and, like most point-and-shoot digital cameras in this price range, it’s hard to take a bad picture. The 5x zoom is nice, considering that most similarly priced cameras only have 3x. The high ISO modes sound good on paper but are pretty useless. Back in my film photography days I often used 800 and 1600 ISO films and even at 800 ISO this camera fails miserably. If you’re wanting this kind of low light photography in a digital package, this isn’t the camera for you. The photos taken with the EasyShare Z1085IS in good lighting where the auto features are there to help are generally good. The colors, contrast and balance were as good as other cameras in this price range. The video, which is 720p HD, is OK. Sometimes its automatic adjustments get in the way. You won’t be filming the next Cloverfield on it but it will do for putting a friend’s silly antics on YouTube.
Now we get to the bad things about this camera and I found two.
First, the battery life seemed awfully short. Granted, I was working with a returned unit but I did try it out with a new CR-V3 battery and AAs. In both cases, I only got about 30 pictures before the camera died with the fully charged battery pack and only 17 from the AA batteries. Should you buy this camera I recommend buying an extra battery pack or two for it. The other problem I encountered with the Kodak Z1085 was sluggish performance. It took nearly 5 seconds for the camera to boot up, which I found annoying. The lag time between shots was also annoying, reminding me of an early digital camera I had 10 years ago. It does have a burst photo mode but this isn’t as good as other cameras I’ve used in the same price range.
The bottom line on the Kodak EasyShare Z1085IS Digital Camera is that it’s a decent, average, digital camera for average photo taking that has a lot of questionable features shoehorned into it for marketing purposes. Given the performance problems, I’d be hesitant to recommend buying this camera unless you found a great deal, under $90, and the seller offering it had a good return policy.