- Focal Length: 4.3mm - 154.6mm
- Resolution: 16 MP
- Screen size: 3 inches
- Sensor type: CCD
- Optical Zoom: 36x
- Digital Zoom: 4x
- Type: Point & Shoot
- Built-in Flash: Yes
The Kodak PIXPRO camera series has been one of the most budget friendly and feature friendly camera range. Here is a review of the AZ361 PIX PRO camera from Kodak.
The Kodak PIXPRO AZ361 has a 16.15 megapixel CCD sensor and 36x optical zoom lens which is a 35mm equivalent of 24-864mm, with optical image stabilization to reduce the effects of camera shake. The lens also has a minimum focus of 5cm when shooting wide for macro shots. The camera has an auto mode which adjusts the camera settings automatically, as well as PASM modes for more control.
There is also a panorama mode as well as a number of scene modes. There are also a number of digital filters (including vivid, sepia, vignetting and more) as well as the option to record HDR images where the camera combines three shots. Videos are recorded in 720p HD with optical zoom available and you can apply one of three digital filters, vivid, sepia or black and white. The best part is a 36x optical zoom lens that is equivalent to 24-864 mm and enjoys the benefits of a DSLR. The camera has 180º panorama mode that is fun to use. It also has an HDR mode that makes photo-shooting fun to use.
Design and Display:
The Kodak PIXPRO AZ361 has the look and feel of a small DSLR, although it wouldn't really be small enough to carry in the users pocket. The grip is rubberized to help the user to hold the camera, with a rubberized patch on the rear for your right thumb. There is a mode dial on the top, this gives access to PSAM and auto modes, as well as panorama and face beautifier modes. The top has the zoom rocker and shutter release and also has buttons for continuous shooting, on / off, and movie record. The flash also has a button to pop it up. On the rear the i button gives access to the filters, there are also menu, playback, display and exposure compensation buttons, the latter gives access to ISO, aperture and shutter speed, depending on the mode you're using.
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. The menu system on this camera is fairly easy to navigate, but one or two things are a little different to most cameras - access of shutter speed and aperture settings via the exposure compensation, as well as using the set button to change the white balance. The 3.0-inch screen has a decent 460k-dot resolution and is easy to see in bright light. The battery life of this camera is rated 200 shots according to CIPA test results. The camera a little slow between shots, but doesn't get slower when using the flash. Continuous shooting is fairly quick. When shooting HDR's it is nearer the 0.6 fps, but is quick enough to shoot handheld.
The Kodak PIXPRO AZ361 happens to be a great camera that comes for a great price. It carries basic features that comes for a decent price.