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Kodak Z980: 24x superzoom Jack Bauer-style

The clock is ticking. Crave has dispatched agents to CES 2009 and already the announcements have started, with the Jack Bauer-approved 24x optical zoom of the Z980

The countdown has begun. CTU has dispatched agents Morris, Reid and Trenholm to Las Vegas, Nevada, from headquarters. That's Crave Technology Undercover, of course, and your gadget-crazed superspies are heading for CES 2009, the world's largest Consumer Electronics Show. We reckon Jack Bauer would approve of the Kodak Z980, a superzoom camera with a 24x optical zoom lens.

This 12-megapixel superzoom boasts a 26mm wide-angle lens. Optical image stabilisation is baked in to keep the shakes at bay. It also boasts a 76mm (3-inch) screen, and shoots high-definition video.

The Z980 gives more than the usual stylistic nod to SLRs. Not only is it SLR-shaped, it also features a hotshoe and, perhaps uniquely, a detachable vertical grip. That means when you turn the camera on its side, it has a comfy grip and a second shutter button to make portrait shooting easy.

Jack and his friends can pick up the Kodak Z980 in spring 2009 for $400 (£275). We're off to torture a Kodak employee for UK details. Hey, the end justifies the means, right Jack?