The Kodak EasyShare Z885 might be called an avantgarde consumer compact digital. With light sensitivity modes up to ISO 8000 it is one of the "fastest" consumer digicams ever made (until 2007). Combined with its 5× Kodak zoom lens it's a versatile item for a budget. Surprisingly it is in the lower price category of Kodak's product palette. That might be a result of Kodak's outsourced production of cameras in Singapore and China. The Z885 is made in China. Low price, fast sensor, and 5× zoom are the basic ingredients for setting new standards in the entry level camera category.


  • Type: digital compact camera
  • Manufacturer: made by Chinese manufacturer for Kodak
  • Year of launch: 2007
  • Image sensor: 8.1 megapixels CCD, light sensitivity up to ISO 3200 at max. resolution 3275×2459 pixels, upto ISO 8000 at lower resolutions
  • Lens: KODAK AF 5× Optical Aspherical Lens f2.8 to f5.1, focus range like a 36-180mm zoom lens for 35mm film
  • Metering: multi-zone, center-weighted, or spot TTL-AE metering
  • Exposure: 8 sec. to 1/2000 sec.
  • Focusing: TTL-autofocus
  • Display: 115,000 pixel color LCD serves as viewfinder, image review display and menu screen
  • Programs:
    • general modes: manual setting mode, fully automatic mode High ISO mode, shake-reduction mode, special programs mode
    • special programs: portrait, sports, landscape, macro, night portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text, fireworks, flowers, museum, self portrait, children, frontlighting, freeze, candle light, sunset, panorama
    • other modes: video mode, image review mode
  • Memory: 32 MB, plus SD Card slot
  • Interface: USB, Kodak EasyShare, IMAGELINK and Pictbridge functionality for direct printing
  • Dimensions: 9×6×3cm
  • Weight: 161g without two AA rechargeables.

The general and other modes are selectable via the mode selection wheel around the shutter release button on top of the camera. The special exposure programs are selectable from a symbols menu. Of course such an entry level camera can't be the best in all categories. Sometimes its autofocus shows weaknesses, for example when it focuses dark scenes, or light objects in macro mode. Or the sunset program doesn't support sunset exposures too well. But a few weaknesses are allowed in an avantgarde product. Is this the return of Kodak at the leading edge of the consumer market?