Kodak PIXPRO AZ651 Astro Zoom Review: Impressive Zoom And Decent Stabilisation For The Price

This camera has a lot going for it. A good all rounder, for a more than reasonable price.

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Bridge cameras have been very popular among point & shoot users. The lighter bulk when compared to DSLRs, the super-zoom lens with a fast accompanying aperture, the DSLR like form figure and in some case the ability to shoot RAW frames make the perfect go to camera for travels and everyday photography needs. The Kodak PIXPRO AZ651 is one such camera. Let’s look at its main features.

Main Features

  • 20 MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • 65x optical zoom tantamount to 24-1560mm in 35mm format
  • 5 fps continuous shooting speed
  • 3” articulated LCD screen with a resolution of 460k-dots
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

kodak-pixpro-az651-2Sensor

Powering the Kodak PIXPRO AZ651 is a 20 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. BSI (stands for back-side illuminated) sensors are one of the best in the business when it comes to low light photography. This is because of the very architecture that powers such a sensor. The wirings that carry information from the individual pixels right down to the processing unit are located at the back of the sensor rather on the front. Thus, the clutter that otherwise forms on the light gathering surface of the sensor is reduced. This increases the overall light gathering efficiency and reduces noise.

Lens

The fixed lens on the Kodak PIXPRO AZ651 has an optical zoom range of 65x. In 35mm format equivalent terms that gives a focal length reach of 24-1560mm. On top of that it also has 4x digital zoom, which further extends the reach of the lens to a mind boggling 260x. That is a phenomenal reach considering this is a small sensor camera.

The maximum aperture of the lens is f/2.9 at the wide end and f/6.7 at the tele end. The overall construction of the lens consists of a total of 18 elements that are arranged in 14 groups. The front filer thread specification is 52mm. There is also a built-in macro mode and that works from a close focusing distance of 1 cm.

For a phenomenal focal length such as that the Kodak PIXPRO AZ651 possess, optical image stabilization is a must have. The Kodak PIXPRO AZ651 has OIS built into it.

kodak-pixpro-az651-3LCD screen

The rear LCD screen is an articulating type. It flips out and rotates by 180 ˚. It offers a display resolution of 460k-dots. Articulating screens are a real help when shooting from acute angles such as over the head of a crowd or from a really low angle kissing the grass. This is where traditional optical viewfinders and for that matter electronic viewfinders are helpless.

Viewfinder

A viewfinder has been provided in the camera. The fact there is no flipping mirror inside this means the viewfinder is electronic in nature.

ISO sensitivity

The Kodak PIXPRO AZ651 has an ISO sensitivity range of 100 to 3200.

Built-in flash

A pop-up flash ensures that you can use a bit of light for a crisper shot when the ambient illumination is not enough.

kodak-pixpro-az651-4Movie recording

The Kodak PIXPRO AZ651 is capable of recording full HD movies (1920 x 1080p) at 30 frames per second with stereo sound recording. At 720p HD it can shoot at a much faster frame rate of 60 fps.

Pricing

Priced at £291 the Kodak PIXPRO AZ651 is a decent compact camera with great focal length reach, excellent image stabilization and image quality. The presence of RAW file support means you can retain all of the image information to post-process them the way you want to later on.

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