- Focal Length: 4.3mm - 107.5mm
- Resolution: 16 MP
- Screen size: 3 inches
- Sensor type: CCD
- Optical Zoom: 25x
- Digital Zoom: 4x
- Type: Point & Shoot
- Built-in Flash: Yes
- Battery Type: AA
Kodak introduces all kinds of cameras. But, one of the key ingredients to its success is the introduction of plenty of affordable cameras. The PIXPRO series of cameras are famous for their decent feature inclusion and delight to entry level photographers. Here is a review on the PIXPRO AZ251 camera:
The Kodak PIXPRO AZ251 is an entry-level bridge camera - the AZ stands for Astro Zoom!
Feature wise, this camera has a 16 megapixel CCD sensor and 25x optical zoom lens which is a 35mm equivalent of 24-600mm, with optical image stabilization to reduce the effects of camera shake. There is an auto mode which adjusts the camera settings automatically, as well as PSAM modes for more control. You'll also find a panorama mode as well as a number of scene modes. There are also a number of digital filters as well as the option to record HDR's where the camera combines three shots. Videos are recorded in 720p HD with optical zoom available. You can apply one of three filters to your videos from vivid, sepia and black & white.
This camera has has an Asphereic High Definition Zoom Lens that extends when capturing an object faraway. It takes 25x wide images via a 24-600mm lens, which is the equivalent of a 1:3.7 -6.2 ratios. The best feature of this camera is that it is a great alternative to an SLR camera which would require the purchase of additional lenses as this camera comes with settings that auto adjusts for the various categories of subjects you’d shoot. Feature wise, this camera has an ISO ranging from 80 to 3200. The camera also features a Panorama mode to shoot beautiful landscapes in an entire picture. If that isn’t enough, the HDR mode should definitely work its wonders over the images.
Design and Display:
The Kodak PIXPRO AZ 251 has the look and feel of a small DSLR, although it wouldn't really be small enough to carry in your pocket - unless you have rather large ones. The grip is rubberized to help the user hold the camera, with a rubberized patch on the rear for the users right thumb. The camera has a mode dial that sits on the top. This dial gives access to PSAM and auto modes, as well as panorama, landscape and face beautifier modes. The top also has buttons for continuous shooting and video recording, as well as the zoom rocker, shutter release and on / off slider.
The exposure compensation button on the rear also gives access to ISO, aperture and shutter speed, depending on what mode you're using. The i button gives access to the filters; there are also menu, playback and display buttons. Lastly, there is a d-pad with a set button in the middle. The directional buttons can be used to access focus, macro, flash and self-timer. In terms of display, this camera has a 3-inch screen that has 230-k dot resolution that is usual with a budget camera, but nonetheless it can be easily viewed under bright light. The battery life of this camera is rated at respectable 280 shots according to CIPA test results.
There isn’t too much to boast about the camera. Simply put, it makes for a great budget travel camera.