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The Kodak Z980 digital camera combines a whopping 24x optical zoom Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon-branded lens with a 26mm to 624mm equivalent zoom range, and a twelve megapixel image sensor. Given the power of the zoom lens, image stabilization is pretty much a must, as is an electronic viewfinder - and the Kodak Z980 includes both.

The Z980's styling is reminiscent of a single-lens reflex camera, and includes a portrait grip with a secondary shutter release button. The SLR-like features continue with a hot shoe, capable of accepting Kodak's optional P20 flash strobe. Other features include a 3.0" LCD display, 720p movie mode, Kodak's "Smart Capture" mode which automatically adjusts the camera's settings, plus SD / SDHC card storage, and power from four AA batteries.

The Kodak Z980 will ship this spring, priced at US$399.95. The product bundle includes a set of 4 Kodak NiMH Pre-charged rechargeable AA batteries, Kodak NiMH charging solution, detachable vertical grip, USB cable, lens cap with strap and neck strap.