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Canon SX720 vs Kodak AZ901

The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS and the Kodak PixPro AZ901 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in February 2016 and January 2016. Both the SX720 and the AZ901 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 20.2 megapixels.

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

Headline Specifications
Canon SX720   Kodak AZ901
Canon SX720 Kodak AZ901
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-960mm f/3.3-6.9 22-1980mm f/3.1-6.8
20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/60p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 80-3200 ISO 100-3200
No viewfinder, LCD framing Electronic viewfinder (202k dots)
3.0" LCD, 922k dots 3.0" LCD, 920k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive)
5.9 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
250 shots per battery charge400 shots per battery charge
110 x 64 x 36 mm, 270 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 PowerShot SX720 HS 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

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Canon SX720 and the Kodak AZ901 is provided 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.

The SX720 can be obtained in two different colors (black, red), while the AZ901 is only available in black.

Size Canon SX720 vs Kodak AZ901
Compare SX720 versus AZ901 top
Comparison SX720 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 considerably larger (105 percent) than the Canon SX720. Moreover, the AZ901 is substantially heavier (188 percent) than the SX720. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX720 nor the AZ901 are weather-sealed.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, just use the right or left arrows in the table to switch to the respective camera. Alternatively, you can also navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from the full list of cameras there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX720» 110 mm 64 mm 36 mm 270 g 250 n Feb 2016 379- i Canon SX720
 
Kodak AZ901« 139 mm 104 mm 119 mm 777 g 400 n Jan 2016 499 i i Kodak AZ901
 
Canon SX740« » 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 299 g 265 n Jul 2018 399 i i Canon SX740
 
Canon G9 X Mark II« » 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 206 g 235 n Jan 2017 529 i i Canon G9 X Mark II
 
Canon SX730« » 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399- i Canon SX730
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« » 106 mm 61 mm 42 mm 319 g 265 n Feb 2016 699- i Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon SX420« » 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 195 n Jan 2016 299 i i Canon SX420
 
Canon SX540« » 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 205 n Jan 2016 399 i i Canon SX540
 
Canon G9 X« » 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 209 g 220 n Oct 2015 529- i Canon G9 X
 
Canon SX410« » 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 185 n Feb 2015 279- i Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710« » 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 230 n Jan 2015 349- i Canon SX710
 
Leica Q Typ 116« » 130 mm 80 mm 93 mm 640 g 300 n Jun 2015 4,249- i Leica Q Typ 116
 
Panasonic TZ90« » 112 mm 67 mm 41 mm 322 g 380 n Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic FZ2000« » 138 mm 102 mm 135 mm 915 g 350 n Sep 2016 1,199 i i Panasonic FZ2000
 
Sony HX80« » 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 390 n Mar 2016 349 i i Sony HX80
 
Sony HX350« » 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 652 g 300 n Dec 2016 449 i i Sony HX350
 
Sony HX90V« » 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429 i i Sony HX90V
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. 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 SX720 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 24 percent) than the AZ901, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. 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.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant 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 associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Canon SX720 and Kodak AZ901 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 20.2 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the SX720 and the AZ901 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. Moreover, the two cameras were released in close succession, so that their sensors are from the same technological generation. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the SX720 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 3200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Kodak PixPro AZ901 are ISO 100 to ISO 3200 (no boost).

SX720 versus AZ901 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX720» 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p----Canon SX720
 
Kodak AZ901« 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p----Kodak AZ901
 
Canon SX740« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Canon SX740
 
Canon G9 X Mark II« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.912.552265Canon G9 X Mark II
 
Canon SX730« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p----Canon SX730
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p----Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon SX420« » 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p----Canon SX420
 
Canon SX540« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p----Canon SX540
 
Canon G9 X« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.349563Canon G9 X
 
Canon SX410« » 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p----Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p----Canon SX710
 
Leica Q Typ 116« » Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.312.7222185Leica Q Typ 116
 
Panasonic TZ90« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p19.110.610636Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic FZ2000« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Panasonic FZ2000
 
Sony HX80« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p----Sony HX80
 
Sony HX350« » 1/2.3 19.9 5152 38641080/60p----Sony HX350
 
Sony HX90V« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p----Sony HX90V

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the SX720 provides a higher frame rate than the AZ901. It can shoot video footage at 1080/60p, while the Kodak is limited to 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the AZ901 has an electronic viewfinder (202k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the SX720 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Canon SX720 and Kodak AZ901 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('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
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX720»- n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y Canon SX720
 
Kodak AZ901«202 n 3.0 920 swivel n 1/2000s 5.0 Y Y Kodak AZ901
 
Canon SX740« »- n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 10.0 Y Y Canon SX740
 
Canon G9 X Mark II« »- n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 8.2 Y Y Canon G9 X Mark II
 
Canon SX730« »- n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y Canon SX730
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 8.0 Y Y Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon SX420« »- n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y Canon SX420
 
Canon SX540« »- n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y Canon SX540
 
Canon G9 X« »- n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 6.0 Y Y Canon G9 X
 
Canon SX410« »- n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710« »- n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 6.0 Y Y Canon SX710
 
Leica Q Typ 116« »3680 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 n Y Leica Q Typ 116
 
Panasonic TZ90« »1166 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic FZ2000« »2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y Panasonic FZ2000
 
Sony HX80« »638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX80
 
Sony HX350« »202 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX350
 
Sony HX90V« »638 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX90V
The AZ901 has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies. In contrast, the SX720 does not have a selfie-screen.

Both the SX720 and the AZ901 have zoom lenses built in. The SX720 has a 24-960mm f/3.3-6.9 optic and the AZ901 offers a 22-1980mm f/3.1-6.8 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Kodak provides a wider angle of view at the short end, as well as more tele-photo reach at the long end than the Canon. The AZ901 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the SX720 and the AZ901 write their files to SDXC cards. The SX720 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the AZ901 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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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 PowerShot SX720 HS and Kodak PixPro AZ901 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX720»-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon SX720
 
Kodak AZ901«-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Kodak AZ901
 
Canon SX740« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYCanon SX740
 
Canon G9 X Mark II« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYCanon G9 X Mark II
 
Canon SX730« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYCanon SX730
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon SX420« »-monomono---2.0YY-Canon SX420
 
Canon SX540« »-stereomono--mini2.0YY-Canon SX540
 
Canon G9 X« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon G9 X
 
Canon SX410« »-stereomono---2.0---Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon SX710
 
Leica Q Typ 116« »Ystereomono--micro2.0YY-Leica Q Typ 116
 
Panasonic TZ90« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic FZ2000« »YstereomonoYYmicro2.0Y--Panasonic FZ2000
 
Sony HX80« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony HX80
 
Sony HX350« »-stereomono--micro2.0---Sony HX350
 
Sony HX90V« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony HX90V

The AZ901 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Kodak. In contrast, the SX720 has been discontinued (but it can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the SX720 was succeeded by the Canon SX730. 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 is the bottom line? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon SX720 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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Reasons to prefer the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/60p versus 1080/30p).
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/3200s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (5.9 vs 5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (110x64mm vs 139x104mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 507g or 65 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced segment (24 percent cheaper at launch).

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Advantages of the Kodak PixPro AZ901:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/3.1 vs f/3.3).
  • Wider view: Has a wider-angle lens that facilitates landscape or interior shots.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (400 versus 250) out of a single battery charge.

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the SX720 comes out slightly ahead of the AZ901 (9 : 8 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 wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX720 09:08 AZ901

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX720 and the Kodak AZ901 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing 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 SX720 and the AZ901 in practical situations. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, and photographyblog). 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.

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX720»+-4/5-4.5/5 Feb 2016 379- i Canon SX720
 
Kodak AZ901«--3.5/5-3/5 Jan 2016 499 i i Kodak AZ901
 
Canon SX740« »+-4/5-4/5 Jul 2018 399 i i Canon SX740
 
Canon G9 X Mark II« »-75/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 529 i i Canon G9 X Mark II
 
Canon SX730« »+-4/5-4/5 Apr 2017 399- i Canon SX730
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« »+ +81/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Feb 2016 699- i Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon SX420« »----- Jan 2016 299 i i Canon SX420
 
Canon SX540« »----- Jan 2016 399 i i Canon SX540
 
Canon G9 X« »+ +-4.5/54/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529- i Canon G9 X
 
Canon SX410« »o---- Feb 2015 279- i Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710« »+-4/5-3.5/5 Jan 2015 349- i Canon SX710
 
Leica Q Typ 116« »-80/1004.5/5-4.5/5 Jun 2015 4,249- i Leica Q Typ 116
 
Panasonic TZ90« »+ +-4/5-4/5 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic FZ2000« »+82/1004.5/54.5/55/5 Sep 2016 1,199 i i Panasonic FZ2000
 
Sony HX80« »----- Mar 2016 349 i i Sony HX80
 
Sony HX350« »----4/5 Dec 2016 449 i i Sony HX350
 
Sony HX90V« »+ +-4/5-4.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i i Sony HX90V
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (-) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

Canon SX720:
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    Specifications: Canon SX720 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 SX720 Kodak AZ901
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-960mm f/3.3-6.9 22-1980mm f/3.1-6.8
    Launch Date February 2016 January 2016
    Launch Price USD 379 USD 499
    Sensor Specs Canon SX720 Kodak AZ901
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 20.2 Megapixels 20.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3888 pixels 5184 x 3888 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.18 μm 1.18 μm
    Pixel Density 71.80 MP/cm2 71.80 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 80-3200 ISO 100-3200 ISO
    Screen Specs Canon SX720 Kodak AZ901
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification ..x
    Viewfinder Resolution 202k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 922k dots 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Swivel screen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX720 Kodak AZ901
    Autofocus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 5.9 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I no
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX720 Kodak AZ901
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Body Specs Canon SX720 Kodak AZ901
    Battery Type NB-13L LB-070
    Battery Life (CIPA)250 shots per charge400 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 110 x 64 x 36 mm
    (4.3 x 2.5 x 1.4 in)
    139 x 104 x 119 mm
    (5.5 x 4.1 x 4.7 in)
    Camera Weight 270 g (9.5 oz) 777 g (27.4 oz)

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