Re: Canon SX30IS or Kodak Kodak EasyShare Max Z990
I started out with Kodak cameras and have to say I didn't have a single complaint with the pictures I got from them. Battery life, well that's something else again. However as I tend to do I always want the newest thing so went from Kodak to Nikon P80 with 18x zoom. Still love that camera too but after a couple years wanted more features so my last purchase what the Canon sx40 HS. I love this camera and one thing I love in particular is the battery life. It just goes and goes like the ever ready bunny! I also purchased 2 extra batteries at a reasonable price from Ebay.
I think I would go with the SX40 though because you can find it on sale for the same, or less probably than you say Sams club wants for the SX30. You most likely will get great pix from the Kodak too. I'm not familiar with that one so don't know what features it has. Only you can decide if paying the extra for the canon is worth it to you. Try to find an online site where you can compare the features side by side and that might help you make up your mind a little easier. For me, I decided the extra cost was worth it to get what I really wanted instead of suffering buyers remorse and wishing I had ...bought the other one.