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Canon 600D vs Kodak AZ901

The Canon EOS 600D (called Canon T3i in some regions) and the Kodak PixPro AZ901 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2011 and January 2016. The 600D is a DSLR, while the AZ901 is a fixed lens compact. The cameras are based on an APS-C (600D) and a 1/2.3-inch (AZ901) sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 17.9 megapixels, whereas the Kodak provides 20.2 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 600D
versus
Kodak AZ901
Canon 600D   Kodak AZ901
Digital single lens reflex Fixed lens compact camera
Canon EF mount lenses 22-1980mm f/3.1-6.8
17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor 20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800) ISO 100-3,200
Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder (202k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 920k dots
Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive) Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive)
3.7 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
440 shots per battery charge400 shots per battery charge
133 x 100 x 80 mm, 570 g 139 x 104 x 119 mm, 777 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 600D and the Kodak PixPro AZ901? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Canon 600D and the Kodak AZ901 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon 600D vs Kodak AZ901
Compare 600D versus AZ901 top
Comparison 600D or AZ901 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Kodak AZ901 is notably larger (9 percent) than the Canon 600D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 600D nor the AZ901 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the AZ901 has a lens built in, whereas the 600D is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the 600D and their specifications in the Canon EF Lens Catalog.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 600D 133 mm 100 mm 80 mm 570 g 440 n Feb 2011 599i
2.
 
Kodak AZ901 139 mm 104 mm 119 mm 777 g 400 n Jan 2016 499 i
3.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
4.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
5.
 
Canon G9 X 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 209 g 220 n Oct 2015 529i
6.
 
Canon 1200D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449i
7.
 
Canon 100D 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549i
8.
 
Canon 700D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649i
9.
 
Canon 650D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849i
10.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599i
11.
 
Canon 1100D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 495 g 700 n Feb 2011 449i
12.
 
Canon 550D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 530 g 440 n Feb 2010 699i
13.
 
Canon 500D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 520 g 400 n Mar 2009 799i
14.
 
Leica Q Typ 116 130 mm 80 mm 93 mm 640 g 300 n Jun 2015 4,249i
15.
 
Nikon B700 125 mm 85 mm 107 mm 565 g 350 n Feb 2016 499 i
16.
 
Sony HX350 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 652 g 300 n Dec 2016 449 i
17.
 
Sony HX90V 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The AZ901 was launched at a lower price than the 600D, despite having a lens built in. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon 600D features an APS-C sensor and the Kodak AZ901 a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The sensor area in the AZ901 is 92 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.6 and 5.6. The sensor in the 600D has a native 3:2 aspect ratio, while the one in the AZ901 offers a 4:3 aspect.

Canon 600D and Kodak AZ901 sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the AZ901 offers a higher resolution of 20.2 megapixels, compared with 17.9 MP of the 600D. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.18μm versus 4.31μm for the 600D). However, it should be noted that the AZ901 is much more recent (by 4 years and 11 months) than the 600D, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently.

The Canon EOS 600D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, which can be extended to ISO 100-12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the Kodak PixPro AZ901 are ISO 100 to ISO 3200 (no boost).

600D versus AZ901 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 600D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.579365
2.
 
Kodak AZ901 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p20.311.780648
3.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
4.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
5.
 
Canon G9 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.349563
6.
 
Canon 1200D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.372463
7.
 
Canon 100D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.384363
8.
 
Canon 700D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.268161
9.
 
Canon 650D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.272262
10.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.282765
11.
 
Canon 1100D APS-C 12.2 4272 2848720/30p21.911.075562
12.
 
Canon 550D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.578466
13.
 
Canon 500D APS-C 15.1 4752 31681080/20p21.711.566363
14.
 
Leica Q Typ 116 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.312.7222185
15.
 
Nikon B700 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p20.411.881848
16.
 
Sony HX350 1/2.3 19.9 5152 38641080/60p20.511.989649
17.
 
Sony HX90V 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p20.211.673847
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the AZ901 has an electronic viewfinder (202k dots), while the 600D has an optical one. Both systems have their advantages, with the electronic viewfinder making it possible to project supplementary shooting information into the framing view, whereas the optical viewfinder offers lag-free viewing and a very clear framing image. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon 600D and Kodak AZ901 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 600Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
2.
 
Kodak AZ901202 n3.0 / 920 swivel n 1/2000s 5.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon G9 Xnone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 6.0 Y Y
6.
 
Canon 1200Doptical n3.0 / 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon 100Doptical n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
8.
 
Canon 700Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon 650Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon Mnone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
11.
 
Canon 1100Doptical n2.7 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon 550Doptical n3.0 / 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
13.
 
Canon 500Doptical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.4 Y n
14.
 
Leica Q Typ 1163680 n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 n Y
15.
 
Nikon B700921 n3.0 / 921 swivel n 1/4000s 5.0 Y Y
16.
 
Sony HX350202 n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
17.
 
Sony HX90V638 n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 600D and the AZ901 write their files to SDXC cards.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 600D and Kodak PixPro AZ901 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 600DYmono / monoY-mini2.0---
2.
 
Kodak AZ901-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
3.
 
Canon 77DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon 760DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon G9 X-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon 1200DYmono / mono--mini2.0---
7.
 
Canon 100DYmono / monoY-mini2.0---
8.
 
Canon 700DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
9.
 
Canon 650DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon MYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon 1100DYstereo / mono--mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon 550DYstereo / -Y-mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon 500DYmono / mono--mini2.0---
14.
 
Leica Q Typ 116Ystereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
15.
 
Nikon B700-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
16.
 
Sony HX350-stereo / mono--micro2.0---
17.
 
Sony HX90V-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-

It is notable that the 600D has a hotshoe, while the AZ901 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

The AZ901 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Kodak. In contrast, the 600D has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the 600D was succeeded by the Canon 650D. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and Kodak websites.

Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon 600D and the Kodak AZ901? Which camera is better? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS 600D:

  • Better image quality: Features bigger pixels on a larger sensor for higher quality imaging.
  • Richer colors: The pixel size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger pixels capture a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger pixels means good image quality even under poor lighting.
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Brighter framing: Features an optical viewfinder for clear, lag-free composition.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 920k dots).
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • More flexible: Can take a variety of interchangeable lenses, including specialty optics.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in February 2011).

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Advantages of the Kodak PixPro AZ901:

  • More framing info: Has an electronic viewfinder that displays shooting data.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (5 vs 3.7 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Comes with an integrated lens, while the 600D requires a separate lens.
  • Sharper images: Has stabilization technology built-in to reduce the impact of hand-shake.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More modern: Reflects 4 years and 11 months of technical progress since the 600D launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the 600D is the clear winner of the match-up (11 : 7 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

600D 11:07 AZ901

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 600D and the Kodak AZ901 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Superzoom Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the 600D and the AZ901 in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 600D3/5o..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2011 599i
2.
 
Kodak AZ901........3.5/53/5 Jan 2016 499 i
3.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..4/582/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
4.
 
Canon 760D5/5+..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
5.
 
Canon G9 X3.5/5+ +....4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529i
6.
 
Canon 1200D3/5+....4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449i
7.
 
Canon 100D4/5+..78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549i
8.
 
Canon 700D......76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649i
9.
 
Canon 650D4/5+ +..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849i
10.
 
Canon M3/5+....4/54/5 Jul 2012 599i
11.
 
Canon 1100D..80/100..69/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2011 449i
12.
 
Canon 550D..+ +..77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2010 699i
13.
 
Canon 500D..+ +..74/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2009 799i
14.
 
Leica Q Typ 1165/5....80/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2015 4,249i
15.
 
Nikon B700..+....4/54/5 Feb 2016 499 i
16.
 
Sony HX350..........4/5 Dec 2016 449 i
17.
 
Sony HX90V4/5+ +....4/54.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

Canon 600D:
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Kodak AZ901:
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Other camera comparisons

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    Specifications: Canon 600D vs Kodak AZ901

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 600D Kodak AZ901
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses 22-1980mm f/3.1-6.8
    Launch Date February 2011 January 2016
    Launch Price USD 599 USD 499
    Sensor Specs Canon 600D Kodak AZ901
    Sensor Technology CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 17.9 Megapixels 20.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 5184 x 3888 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.31 μm 1.18 μm
    Pixel Density 5.39 MP/cm2 71.80 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 3,200 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 12,800 ISO no Enhancement
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 65 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 22.1 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.5 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 793 ..
    Screen Specs Canon 600D Kodak AZ901
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.53x
    Viewfinder Resolution 202k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Swivel screen
    Shooting Specs Canon 600D Kodak AZ901
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3.7 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Canon 600D Kodak AZ901
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Body Specs Canon 600D Kodak AZ901
    Battery Type LP-E8 LB-070
    Battery Life (CIPA)440 shots per charge400 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 133 x 100 x 80 mm
    (5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
    139 x 104 x 119 mm
    (5.5 x 4.1 x 4.7 in)
    Camera Weight 570 g (20.1 oz) 777 g (27.4 oz)

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