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Kodak EasyShare Z1285
Kodak EasyShare Z1285

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Kodak EasyShare Z1285

Kodak EasyShare Z1285

We've given the Z1285 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Kodak EasyShare Z1285 features a big 12-megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom/ 5x digital zoom. With Auto focus and a 2.5-inch LCD display, the Kodak EasyShare Z1285 is easy and intuitive to use. Movie mode with sound allows you to make your own home movies.


  • 12 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom / 5x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Secure Digital memory storage (64MB internal)
  • 2 AA Batteries
  • Part Number: 8060006
  • UPC: 718122208425
  • Release Date: Apr 30, 2008

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Kodak EasyShare Z1285 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare Z1285 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
L03 error.... and another Brick (James — 12/20/2010)
When first purchased (refurbished) I seemed to get reasonable pictures (as most have already commented, with good light conditions). But the camera is like most other Kodak (and most likely other companies dealing with small electronic devices) cameras, you don't want to drop them. Mine dropped from about 1 1/2 feet high, but hit the corner just right to put a hair line crack in the screen. It still took pictures for 2 months, but just a few minutes ago, I went to plug the USB adapter in to transfer some of my last pics, and the display started showing lines, then the screen went blue with "Error L03." I've tried reloading batteries and a whole gammit of other things but I think I've got another brick. Similar things have happened now with 3 cameras in as many years (and the cost to repair is always as much as buying a new one with Kodak..... I think I'm going back to the "Instamatic"....... or better yet the Polaroid "One Touch."
  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery Life (lori — 05/22/2010)
The battery life is horrible. I put in new batties every time I use it. It's a waste and I don't recommend the cammera. The more batties I purchase by now, I could of bought a better camera.
  • 4.0 out of 5
got a good one (james griffin — 02/10/2010)
We purchased the camera in Feb 09,and spent two weeks in Australia in March.During our trip I took about 2700 pictures in all kinds of travel conditions,from the plane,from the bus,from photography platforms,and just walking down the street.I was learning on the go,as we bought the camera only a week before take off.Some of my pics on the go are great,some are keepers,and I deleted down to 1894 pics.The only problem I had was battery life was not as good as I expected,but not as bad as some I've read about.I had one of my pictures enlarged to 30x40,on canvas,framed it and donated it to the hospital where I work.It has had excellent reviews,so don't give up on Kodak just yet.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Camera!! (Payal — 02/06/2010)
I got this Z1285 for my HS grad gift and i love it. The only problem i have was that it didn't come with rechargeable batteries, and it eats up regular batteries faster than Homer Simpson eats donuts. Before this one i had a Canon (forgot the model number) but i hated it, because it was the same price but had none of the features that this one does. If you read the instructions and learn a little about the different modes, it IS possible to take EXCELLENT pictures. For example, my cousin plays soccer. I went to one of his games and i got some really cool (NOT BLURRY) action shots while facing the sun. Also, this is a rather amateur camera so don't buy it thinking to take extreme professional pictures. It's not going to work out that way, but with some know-how you can still manage impress your friends.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Not so bright of an Idea (J. White — 11/20/2009)

I feel the people that sold us this camera LIED THEIR FREAKING TAILS OFF IT'S JUST JUNK

  • 4.0 out of 5
amazing for the money!!! but all compacts are annoying (nathan — 09/17/2009)

i got a 'jessops' battery pack for it in the UK and its totally fine with that i can take hours of 720 film or hundreds of pics on a 8gig card no probs sounds oki too
tbh getting a 12mp carmera over a year ago for as cheap as i got this was nothing short of a miricle!
as far as pics go in good lighting its awsome close and at distance. it can be poor in low lighting and the redeye preflash doesnt want to turn off on mine no matter what its set on it it flashes away :( its good for snapping people in a club or pub in the dark the flash is a bit too powerfull you just have to learn the correct distance to get it right which comes with time using it! if you want to start taking low light pics of all sorts of objects buy a proper camera (ive not come across a compact that does?)!
The case is a bit flimsy and build quaility of buttons is not the greatest but mines still working and i've took some excellent pics with it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Don't buy this camera (Amy Smith — 08/30/2009)

I've finally had enough of dealing with this camera. I have never been happy with the quality of pictures. If this lighting is great, the pictures are fantastic but anything other than great lighting, forget it. Don't even think about taking a picture of something that is moving, it won't happen. The last straw is the draining of batteries. It has been gradually getting worse with the length of time it takes batteries to drain but yesterday, I took 6 pictures and my camera turned off. I replaced the batteries with brand new fully charged battteries and the camera went dead after only 4 pictures. Guess I need to go shopping!

  • 1.0 out of 5
batteries (etienne — 08/21/2009)

the bateries suck

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't Buy this crap (M Ali — 07/31/2009)

Horrible on batteries, once you change the batteries it will take a few pictures and than will freeze, you won't even turn it off. Remove the batteris put the new ones in and it will take a few more and than all over.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Contented (Lyle Newton — 05/31/2009)

Not one problem with the operating system. Easy to use and reliable. Only issue in the beginning was battery life: once I started using the Kodak batteries I got far more shots and all in all I would buy this camera again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not worth it!! (MsYang86 — 04/02/2009)

this camera seems to be a good catch due to the cheap pricing and its 12 mp! but dont be fooled because this camera is pretty much crap. it takes too long to review the pics. i doubt that its my 1gb memory card thats causing the issue because 1gb doesnt store alot of pics. maybe if with a bigger memory card storing ALOT of pics, id understand the slow loading of pictures. but i had problems with it a few weeks after purchase. what a peice of crap it was! then i finally beat it up a few times and got it to work again. but now its completely dead. i dont know whats wrong with it. and i havent been using it much anyway. now i have to go buy a new camera. 7 months of crap and a continuous headache. im kind of glad its dead once and for all. i dont have to worry about that junk anymore.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Eats batteries poor LCD quality (Owen — 03/21/2009)

Horrible on batteries and viewing pictures through view finder are impossible to determine if eyes are open or closed.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not very good (Omar Khan — 03/09/2009)

The quality of the image is great when the lighting conditions are good but really bad when its a bit dark or when your in a large room. Nearly all the pictures will be blurry unless you use the flash. The flash tends to change the colours of what is actually there. However I did get some decent pics out of it.

The video could not focus on lights in the night which was a shame as i wanted to video some fireworks. 11 months in and the video statred to get these shadow spots. Then the video started making this ticking noise which was very prominant when the video was played.

I sent the cam for repairs as it was still under warranty. They returned it within 2 weeks but it still didnt work. I gave it to the store to get it fixed again and they just gave me store credit. I bought Kodak Z1012 and have to say that it is much much better. In fact I have nothing bad to say about it. And since it comes with rechargable Li-ion battery and charger it is only 20 pounds more expensive.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't Buy (Jennifer Gee — 01/28/2009)

I purchesed my z1285 march of last year. It worked ok at first. I never was happy about the quality of picture it took, and it did take a lot of batteries. About 4 months after owning it my lenz started to freez wether or not I had new batteries. I called and they had me send it in for repaires. they have sent it back twice now saying there is nothing wrong with it. I asked for a refund and they said they could give me a referbished camera that had been on display in a store. I'm sorry but I did not pay for a camera that was on display in a store. Another nurse I work with is having the exact same problem and Kodak is also refusing to give her her money back. Don't buy this camera it has been nothing but a big headach.

  • 3.0 out of 5
video problem (jacqui — 12/30/2008)

the time on the video keeps changing if I leave it alone it turns off.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Worth it (Lewis — 12/23/2008)

The thing that really attracted me to this camera was the price tag. It's relatively cheap for what it does, and it performs to a certain degree of quality. I've had no problems using it in pool areas, sports arenas, outdoors, or indoors. The only real problem I have with the camera is that it doesn't take nighttime shots very well. It's worth your money.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor LCD and Battery Life (Ted Beasley — 11/16/2008)

When using the camera in low light you cannot see through the LCD screen so you are just hoping you pick the right spot to aim to. With no viewfinder that alone make this useless to me. Add the terrible battery life ( lithium batteries dead in 2 days and about 15 pictures ) and back this one goes.

On the plus side, the pictures are fine and the features are good as well.

Other issues are Red Eye is Bad, digital image stab is a seperate setting, it does not work on all settings.

  • 1.0 out of 5
I'll Never buy Kodak again! (Brooke Leonard — 10/20/2008)

The Z185 was the third Kodak camera that I bought in one year! The first two broke and they were cheaper. So I thought if I spent more money($200) then I'd get a better camera. It was working fine and I had no problems with it until today. I had been taking pictures with it, put it down still on for no more than 2 seconds and I tried to take a picture and it wouldn't take one. I can't even get it turned off either. I still have the receipt and the box it came in so I hope I can take it back to the store and get a different camera that's not Kodak. This is a warning to everyone even considering this Kodak camera or any other Kodak camera-Don't Buy It!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Handy Camera (Tammy — 10/19/2008)

I have had this camera for about a 1 year now, it is a very handy camera to use, excellent for the quick shots and not to bulky so you can put it in your pocket or purse with no problem. Would recommend.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Verry upset (Terry L — 10/14/2008)

I did all the research and I thought this was the camera. Verry disapointed with both the photos and the vids. I would say 1 in 4 pictures were not focused, in vid mode the camera always was trying to adjust to different lighting and was never clear. I took it to my kids football/softball games again verry disapointed half turned out, photo and vids. I also took it to Martina McBride concert again photo and vids skd.
I need an action camera and this is not it, I have had Kodak cameras for about 20 years and this one is by all means the worst. for the last 4 or 5 yrs we have had the DK7590 a great camera, but too big for me on the sidelines at a game to use that's why I chose the Z1285 small seemed like a lot of bang for the bucks.

  • 2.0 out of 5
This model has a lot of lemons on the market (Karla Jackson — 09/27/2008)

I bought the Z1285 because I'd been very happy with its predecessor. The Z1285 worked great for 6 months, then went on the fritz. The zoom lens extended and froze and the camera shut off and wouldn't come back on, no matter what batteries I put in it or what else I tried. I sent it off to the Kodak repair subcontractor (at my own expense) got it back in 2 weeks - but it wasn't fixed. It did the same thing within 5 minutes of turning it on. So I shipped it back again and didn't hear anything for 3 weeks. When I contacted them, they sat on it for another 2 weeks and sent it back. The initial problem was fixed, but now there's a shadow/spot on the zoom lens. Apparently many people are having random problems with this model. I'm thoroughly disgusted with it and I don't plan to buy any more Kodak products.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I had a problem with the first Z1285 (Bill — 07/30/2008)

Over all we really like the camera and were not turned off by the first experience. We took our first one back as the auto focus would make a clunk sound every time it focused. With the second Z1285 it does not do that.
A little disappointed with how long it takes between shots to process but we were spoiled with our other camera we bought five years ago for six times the price. There is a burst 3 frame feature to help this, but you have to wait for about 10 seconds for them to process. You should be very happy with this camera for this price range. It is a newer model than the Z1275 for those who may have wondered as I. No macro past 8 inches, but you can get as low as four inches by going into the program manually and work the af.