Kodak AZ421 Review: A Great Choice If You Are On A Budget

Lacks some of the features of the more expensive bridge cameras, but if you're looking for a reasonably priced shooter that won't let you down, it's a good choice.

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Bridge cameras had been popular among photographers for two main reasons. These have a DSLR styled body design and the second is the long optical zoom lens. Optical zoom lenses allow you to make a tighter composition of a subject that is far away. A DSLR styled body design ensures that the camera handles well, much like the bigger brother DSLRs. The Kodak AZ421 is a bridge camera that has many of the features that are standard on a DSLR camera. Let’s look at some of them:

Main Features

  • 16 megapixels CCD sensor
  • 3 inch LCD screen
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 42x optical zoom
  • Optical image stabilization

kodak-az421-2Sensor

The sensor of the Kodak AZ421 is a 1/2.3″ CCD sensor that produces a total effective resolution of 16.15 megapixels. It can produce images of the resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels.

Lens

The fixed lens on the Kodak AZ421 has a focal length range of 4.3mm to 180.6mm. On a 35mm format that is the equivalent of 24mm to 1008mm. on top of that there is a 4x digital zoom that further extends the reach of the lens.
The maximum aperture of the lens is f/2.6 (at the wide end) and f/6 (at the tele end). The construction of the lens includes 15 elements arranged in a total of 11 groups. Super tele zoom lenses are extremely difficult to work with if they are not stabilized. Thankfully the Kodak AZ421 comes with optical image stabilization. This basically allow you to handhold the camera and shoot at a slower than optimum shutter speed without inducing image blur.

kodak-az421-3LCD screen

The back of the camera is dominated by a 3” LCD screen. The resolution of the screen is 230k-dots.

Viewfinder

There is no viewfinder on the Kodak AZ421. Optical or otherwise.

ISO sensitivity

The native ISO sensitivity of the Kodak AZ421 is 80 to 3200.

Built-in flash

There is a built-in pop-up flash on the Kodak AZ421.

Movie recording

The movie recording feature of the Kodak AZ421 lacks the higher resolution of some of the other cameras that we had reviewed earlier. It shoots at 720p HD only and at 30 fps.

kodak-az421-4Pricing

At £ 138 the Kodak AZ421 is an inexpensive choice when it comes to choosing a compact camera for everyday photography requirements. It lacks some of the essential features that you would come to expect from a mid-range compact system, including the ability to shoot full HD videos.

It lacks many of the other pro features such as an electronic viewfinder as well as RAW support. Having said that it compensates the lack of these with features such as a bunch of photo retouching options, several AF modes, an internal memory and a super tele zoom lens.

The Kodak AZ421 supports eye-fi cards and is compatible with PictBridge. Overall this is a good enough choice if you are on a tight budget. If you are willing to pay a bit more there are better choices available in the market.

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