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Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 Review

Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 Review - Daniel Bell reviews Kodak's updated 36x optical zoom camera, the PIXPRO AZ362.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Kodak PixPro AZ362
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The Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 is an update to the 36x optical zoom AZ361. It is a bridge camera that offers plenty of optical zoom amongst other features at a very reasonable price. The AZ362 is available in red or black for £159.99 from Currys.

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Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 Features

The Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 has a 16.4 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 36x optical zoom, a 35mm equivalent of 24-864mm. To help keep your images as sharp as possible there is optical image stabilisation and the camera can shoot at 5 fps in full resolution.

There is an auto mode where the camera changes the camera settings depending on the detected scene. There are also a number of scene modes to choose from, panorama mode, face beautifier and full manual controls. You can also set the camera to shoot HDR images.

Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD and you can also use the optical zoom during recording.

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Key Features

  • 16.4 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 36x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 24-864mm)
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3.0 inch, 460k dot LCD screen
  • Full manual controls
  • Full 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 5cm minimum focusing distance
  • HDR mode
  • Panorama mode
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • Full manual controls
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Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 Handling

The Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 has the look and feel of a small DSLR, although it wouldn't really be small enough to carry in your pocket. The grip is rubberised to help you to hold the camera, with a rubberised 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 exposure compensation, the latter gives access to ISO, aperture and shutter speed, depending on the mode you're using. 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 movie record buttonsLastly, 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 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.

Battery life is rated at quite a low 210 shots according to CIPA test results. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response   0.2 secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response   0.4 secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response   1.5 - 2.0 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   3.2 secs
Shot to Shot without Flash   1.0 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash   2.7 secs
Continuous Shooting   5.4 fps
Continuous Shooting High Speed VGA   57.0 fps
Continuous Shooting Fast 4 megapixels   26.2 fps

When focusing with the zoom at its longest, speeds varied, but you need to press the shutter half way to focus then take your shot as otherwise your shots are out of focus.

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Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Kodak PixPro AZ362 Sample Photos


Sample Photos - Colour reproduction is decent and images are well exposed. Portrait shots are OK, the face beautifier mode produces much softer portraits, but skin tones are a little better. The HDR mode does a good job of combining images at different exposures. 

Kodak PixPro AZ362 Lens test images


Lens Performance - Image detail is OK at the centre of the images, but they are much softer on the edges and in the corners. There is also some purple fringing and clearly barrel distortion can be seen. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm which allows for a decent macro shot to be taken.

Kodak PixPro AZ362 ISO test images


ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100 and 200, but there is detail lost at ISO 400. At ISO 800 image quality decreases significantly, with very soft, blurry looking photos produced. Very noisy images are produced at ISO 1600 and 3200, these settings are best avoided if possible.

Kodak PixPro AZ362 White-balance test images


White Balance PerformanceUnder the incandescent lights the Auto White Balance (AWB) takes a picture with a very slight orange cast, with the incandescent preset performing well. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB and fluorescent preset both perform well.

Panorama | 1/850 sec | f/2.9 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100
Panorama | 1/850 sec | f/2.9 | 4.3 mm | ISO 100

Panorama mode - Panorama shots have a decent amount of detail and are well stitched together - this is a significant improvement on the AZ361.

Kodak PixPro AZ362 Digital filters


Digital Filters - There are a number of filters available when shooting, with examples of each above.

Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Quality is OK, when you are using the zoom during recording it is noisy, but the focusing is able to keep up.



Value For Money

The Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 is available for £159.99. Other similar bridge cameras include the Pentax X-5 with 26x zoom at £155Fujfilm FinePix S4800 with 30x zoom at £109.00Sony CyberShot H200 with 26x zoom at £133.36 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 with 35x optical zoom at £119.99. If you have a bigger budget, you can get the Canon PowerShot SX50 at £319.00 and Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 at £225.45 which both have 50x optical zoom, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 which has 60x optical zoom at £287.00.

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 Verdict

The main upgrade on the Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 is the BSI CMOS sensor, which replaces the CCD sensor from the AZ361, but unfortunately this doesn't offer much more in terms of image quality. Videos can now be recorded in full 1080p HD and panoramas can shoot to 360º. The body of the camera is almost identical, the exposure compensation and movie record buttons have been switched.

For the amount of zoom on offer, the AZ362 is more likely to appeal to users who like to share their images on social network sites. The camera is also an ideal introduction to using full manual controls, you can shoot HDR images handheld and is decent value for money at just £159.99.

Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 Pros

Lots of optical zoom
Good value for money
Optical image stabilisation
Screen has a decent resolution
HDR mode
Rubberised grip
Panoramas have improved on the previous version

Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 Cons

Image quality is poor
Noise is an issue from ISO 400
Battery life isn't great
Focusing issue when zooming in

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Kodak PixPro AZ362 Specifications

ManufacturerKodak
Lens
Max Aperturef/2.9 - f/5.7
35mm equivalent24mm - 864mm
Optical Zoom36x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16.4Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
    ISO sensitivity100 - 3200
    White balance
    • Auto
    • Manual
    • Outdoors/Daylight
    • Cloudy
    • Incandescent
    • Fluorescent
    Exposure Comp+/-3
    Shooting Options
    Continuous shooting5fps
    Video
    Movie modeYes
    Video Resolution
    • 1920x1080
    • 1280x720 720p
    • 640x480 VGA
    • 320x240 QVGA
    Video FPS30
    Stereo SoundNo
    Optical Zoom with VideoYes
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationYes
    Interface
    HDMIYes
    USBUSB 2
    Wi-FiNo
    Storage
    Card Type
    • SD
    • SDHC
    File Type
    • JPG
    Power Source
    Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LB-060
    CIPA Rating210
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsRechargeable li-ion battery, neck strap, AC adapter, service card, CD-ROM, USB cable, warranty card, quick start guide, lens cap with strap
    Dimensions
    Weight416g
    Width112.7mm
    Height81.6mm
    Depth76.7mm

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