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.
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.
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
5cm minimum focusing distance
5 fps continuous shooting
Full manual controls
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 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.
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.
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response
1.5 - 2.0 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo
Shot to Shot without Flash
Shot to Shot with Flash
Continuous Shooting High Speed VGA
Continuous Shooting Fast 4 megapixels
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.
Kodak PIXPRO AZ362 Performance
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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 Performance - Under 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 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.
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