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Kodak PixPro AZ521 Hands-On Preview

We go hands-on with the new 52x optical zoom lens Kodak PIXPRO AZ521.

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Kodak PixPro AZ521 Hands-On Preview: Kodak Pixpro Az521 (10)

Kodak has announced a new model, the flagship Kodak PIXPRO AZ521 with 52x optical zoom lens, as part of the Astra Zoom Series, it also features a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3inch screen and full HD video recording and has an RRP of £249.

Kodak PixPro AZ521 Key Features:

  • 52x optical zoom lens
  • 24 - 1248mm equivalent lens
  • f/2.9 - f/5.6 aperture lens - production version will feature f/2.8 at wide end
  • 16 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 3inch screen, 460k dots
  • Full HD Video, stereo sound
  • 120fps slow motion VGA video
  • HDR, Panoramic modes
  • 1cm macro mode
  • Image stabilisation
  • Lithium-Ion battery
Kodak PixPro AZ521 Hands-On Preview: Kodak Pixpro Az521 (9)

We had a hands-on look at the new Kodak PIXPRO AZ521 - it has a wide angle 24mm equivalent f/2.9 lens, that zooms to 1248mm equivalent f/5.6 at the telephoto end with optical image stabilisation. Other features include HDR and panoramic shooting. The camera has manual controls, as well as scene modes to make it easy to use for beginers. The Kodak PixPro AZ521 should be available now with an RRP of £249, in Black from Argos and Tesco.

Kodak PixPro AZ521 Hands-On Preview: Kodak Pixpro Az521 (4)

Video options include full HD, with stereo sound, and optical zoom. The camera also records high speed video in VGA resolution at 120fps. The lens will focus at 1cm in macro mode at the wide-angle end of the lens.

Kodak PixPro AZ521 Hands-On Preview: Kodak Pixpro Az521 (7)

The camera is powered by a Lithium-Ion battery and has a battery life rating of 240 shots. Additional photos are available in the Equipment Database.

Kodak PixPro AZ521 Hands-On Preview: Kodak Pixpro Az521 (8)

Kodak PixPro AZ521 Photos of Equipment

Kodak PixPro AZ521 Specifications

Max Aperturef/2.8 - f/5.6
35mm equivalent24mm - 1248mm
Optical Zoom52x
Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (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
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shootingNo Data
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)240shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsRechargeable Li-ion Battery, AC Adapter, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, CD-ROM, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card, Service card

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pablophotographer 11 2.2k 444
11 Jul 2013 8:25PM
The New Adventures of the (Old Brand Name) Kodak.

x52 sounds impressive.
I suspect the viewfinder was eliminated to cut costs down.
I do not know why they had taken the (old) Panasonic's approach on its bridge models
to have a silver, rather than a black, ring around the edge of the lens,
it's not so stealthy in street photography this way.

Looking forward to see how it performs.
joshwa Plus
12 927 1 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2013 2:25PM
Our full review of this camera has now been published:

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