Kodak PIXPRO AZ901 Review

The new Kodak PixPro AZ901 is a superzoom compact camera with an astounding 90x optical zoom lens and an effective focal range extending from 22 to 1980mm.

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), five frames-per-second burst shooting, 3.0″ articulating LCD screen, VGA dioptre adjust electronic viewfinder, support for JPEG and RAW file formats, 1080p Full-HD video capture, Wi-Fi connectivity, and wireless control with your iOS or Android device are also included in the AZ901’s feature set. The Kodak PixPro AZ901 may be purchased right now for something in the neighborhood of £400 or $450.

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Kodak PIXPRO AZ901 Build Quality

The Kodak license holder JK Imaging has recently released the PixPro AZ901, a bridge camera in the form of a DSLR with a resolution of 20 megapixels and a massive 90x optical zoom as its primary selling feature. This camera was initially revealed more than a year ago.

It comes with a launch price tag of £449.99 at the time of writing, which puts the Kodak branded model into close competition with the likes of Nikon’s 83x optical zoom CoolPix P900 for a similar price and Canon’s PowerShot SX540 HS, the latter of which offers a more modest but in some ways more manageable 50x zoom.

Higher priced alternatives for those in the market for a photo enthusiast-targeted all-in-ones also include the Panasonic DMC-FZ2000, a higher-end bridge camera with a higher-end price tag – yet relatively modest 20x optical reach by comparison – as well as Sony’s well-received RX10 IV, a 25x visual zoom behemoth of a camera at almost twice the price again of the Panasonic. Both of these cameras have received positive reviews.

The optically image-stabilized lens of the Kodak begins at an ultra-wide setting comparable to 22mm in terms of 35mm film. It goes up to 1980mm equivalent at the telephoto end of the zoom, with selectable apertures ranging from f/3.1 to f/6.8.

The Nikon P900 comes near to matching this, with a range that begins at a respectably broad equivalent of 24mm and extends to 2000In addition, the LCD screens on the back of both cameras measure 3 inches and can be tilted. When it comes to taking still photos and watching videos, the Kodak furthermore provides an eye-level electronic viewfinder; nonetheless, we failed to notice that it does not come equipped with an eye sensor that is placed beside it.

As things are, to switch between the LCD and the eye-level finder, you need to hit the dedicated button that is located next to it. This caused a disruption for us in what could have otherwise been a continuous flow of compositional ideas.

Kodak PIXPRO AZ901 Image Quality

Even if the lighting and environment were ideal, the Kodak Pixpro AZ901 did not provide consistently positive pictures for us, and we have to admit that this is the however. It did make it possible for us to obtain some photographs that we would never have attempted to take in any other circumstance, such as a close-up of a skittish squirrel perched on the trunk of a tree, which is one of our favorites; however, far too frequently, there is an apparent fall off of focus towards the edges of the frame, making it appear as if someone has smeared Vaseline around the lens’s periphery.

Forgivable if your attention is on the subject in the center, but for wide vista-style landscape shots, it’s a little frustrating to witness the corner details blurred at the maximum wide-angle setting. This is visible not only when zooming in and checking closely for any aberration but also when viewing the image. Forgivable if your attention is on the subject in the center. For wide vista-style landscape shots.

Kodak PIXPRO AZ901 Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 21.14 Megapixel
Effective: 20.68 Megapixel (5184 x 3888)
Sensor Type1/2.3″-Type CMOS
Image StabilizationOptical in Integrated Lens


Focal Length3.9 to 351mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 22 to 1980mm)
Optical Zoom90x
Digital Zoom4x Maximum (360x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperturef/3.1 to 6.8
Focus RangeNormal
1.64′ to Infinity / 49.99 cm to Infinity (Wide)
16.4′ to Infinity / 5 m to Infinity (Telephoto)
1.97″ to Infinity / 5 cm to Infinity (Wide)
Optical Design18 Elements in 14 Groups

Exposure Control

Shutter Speed1/2000 to 30 Seconds
ISO Sensitivity100 to 3200 in Auto Mode
Metering MethodArtificial Intelligence AE, Center-Weighted Average, Face Detection, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent CWF, Incandescent, Manual
Continuous ShootingUp to 5 fps at 20 MP
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Special OptionsFireworks, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Panorama, Party/Indoor, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset

Still Image Capture

Aspect Ratio3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw

Video Capture

Internal Recording ModesMOV/H.264
1920 x 1080p at 29.97 fps
1280 x 720 at 29.97/59.94 fps
640 x 480p at 29.97/119.88 fps
Broadcast OutputNTSC
Audio Recording2-Channel LPCM Audio


Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC
Internal Memory8 MB
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/ONone
Other I/O1 x Micro-USB (USB 2.0) Data Output
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None


Resolution920,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating LCD


Diopter Adjustment-3 to +1


Built-In FlashYes
Flash ModesAuto, Fill In, Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
External Flash ConnectionNone


Battery Type1 x LB-070 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1020 mAh

Packaging Info

Package Weight2.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9 x 7 x 5.6″

Kodak PIXPRO AZ901 Conclusion

The fact that Kodak is still one of the most well-known names in the photographic industry is undoubtedly a positive for the company. But, sadly, that’s probably not going to be the case if the company’s reputation was initially built on cameras like the AZ901. Despite the long wait between the model’s announcement in early 2017 and its eventual appearance for review in 2018, our impression is that it is not quite “ready” yet, or at the very least, leaves something to be desired in terms of the overall image quality.

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