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World's First 52x Optical Zoom Camera Released

Kodak has announced the new Kodak PixPro AZ521 with a 52x optical zoom lens.

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Kodak Pixpro Az521 (1)

Kodak has released a new range of digital cameras, released under license and setup as a new company called JK Imaging Ltd, the range is to be made available in a number of UK stores over the coming weeks.

Read our Kodak PixPro AZ521 Hands-On Preview.

The range is said to give you more zoom, better low light performance, and remove limitations such as improved macro performance compared to smartphones. JK Imaging Ltd has partnered with ASIA Optical, an expert in optical products that manufacturers for a number of other manufacturers, with strengths in zoom, lens variety and integration.

Kodak has signed up to the Micro Four Thirds standard and plans to release a Micro Four Thirds compact system camera.

Kodak digital cameras aim to target the long zoom, action, creative and entry level markets, with the first model being the flagship AZ521 with 52x optical zoom lens, as part of the Astra Zoom Series:

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
  • Full HD Video, stereo sound
  • 120fps slow motion VGA video
  • HDR, Panoramic modes
  • 1cm macro mode
  • Image stabilisation
  • Lithium-Ion battery
The Kodak PixPro AZ521 should be available now with an RRP of £249, in Black from Argos and Tesco.

Read our Kodak PixPro AZ521 Hands-On Preview.

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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12 Jul 2013 9:31AM
For me, no EVF = no sale however cheap it is.

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