Kodak EasyShare MAX Z990

Consumer-grade still camera with video capability.

Recording formats:

  • 1080p, 29.97fps, 20 Mbits
  • 720p, 29.97fps, 17.9 MBits
  • 480p 4:3, 29.97fps, 10 MBits
  • 352p 16:9, 29.97fps, 10 MBits ("Wide VGA")

Rated as having the best still image quality of all the low-cost digital cameras Kodak ever produced. Kodak has discontinued all their cameras, but you can still occasionally find this one on clearance sale (typically under USD$150.00).

While the Z990 can record video, it was designed as an low-end still camera, and the available video features reflect this. The sole user interface for recording video is a single, dedicated red button. Press it, video recording begins; press it again, video recording stops. It takes the camera about five seconds to begin recording after the button is pressed. While recording, auto-focus runs continuously, and you can zoom in and out. No other settings (exposure, white balance, etc.) are adjustable. Built-in stereo microphones on either side of the lens capture sound.

Camera accepts SD and SDHC cards formatted with the FAT-32 (vfat) filesystem. SDHC Class 6 or better should be used to record 1080p.

Uses 4 AA cells. NiMH cells peter out comparatively quickly. (The camera is occasionally sold bundled with four NiMH cells and a charger.)

Video files are encoded with H.264 in an MP4 container. Kdenlive 0.9.2 loads and recognizes the files without difficulty.