Kodak enters the "hyperzoom" arena with the brand new Z1015-IS (press release at Insider), making this the first Kodak superzoom to jump further than a 12X optical zoom ratio. This camera uses a 15X superzoom lens, branded as Schneider-Kreuznach Variagon And if you forget the specs, they are in the model name, 10 for 10-megapixels 15 for 15X zoom lens, and IS for image stabilization. It follows up on the Z1012-IS which was announced at PMA 2008.
Update August 4, 2008: Surprise! A dpreview forum user points out that Kodak Z1015-IS actually has RAW.
What is also nice is that the Z1015-IS starts at 28mm wide, adding itself to the list of superzooms that start at 28mm or wider. Good job in the specs, since going from 28-420mm is a lot more versatile than 35-525mm. The Z1015-IS has been added to the list of 120+ new cameras in 2008.
Amazon wasted no time and made these available for pre-orders. The Easyshare Z1015 IS goes for $350 and Amazon's very conservative estimate has a release date of October 15.
Some of the other specs of interest in the Z1015-IS:
- PSAM (or as most people call it, PASM), meaning manual exposure control as well as shutter and aperture priority and program mode. Good!
- histogram (live view, quick view, and review). Good!
- lens start at f2.8 at wide end, f4.8 at tele end
- three metering modes, which is more than you'll find on a Digital Rebel (zing!). Good!
- Click to capture is 0.22 seconds (or 22 milliseconds)
- Smart Capture: The Auto-mode-Emperor has new clothes
- ISO to the moon: 6400 at 3-megapixels. As if!
- five color modes (natural, high, low, b+w, sepia)
- mpeg-4 HD video
- scene modes galore
- face detection (holding out for "hungry cat face detection mode")
- compatible with new (optional) G610 printer dock
- SD/MMC support with a "generous" 64MB on-board (because a 2gb SD card is about $10)
- battery: The press release mentions nothing, but looking at the Kodak page for the Z1015 IS we can deduce that it uses the KLIC-800 LiIon
Coverage of the new Z1015 IS on the net
- Three giant pictures at Engadget
- Press release at the Imaging Insider
- Summary specs at CameraTown
- From the horse's mouth, detailed page at Kodak USA
- Pictures and text at Let's Go Analog
- Practice your German-camera-speak by reading PhotoScala
- More of the above at Gizmodo
- as you can see we are in gadget blog week so we are featuring more gadget blogs
PS> Be careful when spelling Kreuznach, if you go by phonetic spelling, you may receive letter's from Tom Cruise's scientologist lawyers :) PS2: This joke is part of the gadget blog week, we wouldn't have posted it regularly :)
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