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Kodak AZ901 Comparison Review

The Kodak PixPro AZ901 is a fixed lens compact camera that was announced in January 2016 and is equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. It offers a resolution of 20.2 megapixel.

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Is the Kodak AZ901 a good camera? The AZ901 has a Camera Elo of 1753. This rating puts the AZ901 below average of all superzoom compact cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (small sensor cameras), the AZ901 ranks among the top 50 percent. Based on its within category standings, the camera earns a 3-star performance rating.

Headline Specifications
Kodak AZ901
Fixed lens compact camera
22-1980mm f/3.1-6.8
20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/30p Video
ISO 100 - 3 200
Electronic viewfinder (202k dots)
3.0 LCD, 920k dots
Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive)
5 shutter flaps per second
400 shots per battery charge
139 x 104 x 119 mm, 777 g


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Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

Body comparison with a credit card

An illustration of the physical dimensions of the Kodak AZ901 vis-à-vis a credit card is provided in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Kodak AZ901 vs credit card front
AZ901 versus credit card top view
AZ901 and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Kodak AZ901 alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

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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.
 
Kodak AZ901 139 mm 104 mm 119 mm 777 g 400 n Jan 2016 499 i
2.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 206 g 235 n Jan 2017 529 i
3.
 
Canon G9 X 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 209 g 220 n Oct 2015 529i
4.
 
Leica Q Typ 116 130 mm 80 mm 93 mm 640 g 300 n Jun 2015 4,249i
5.
 
Nikon B700 125 mm 85 mm 107 mm 565 g 350 n Feb 2016 499 i
6.
 
Nikon P900 140 mm 103 mm 137 mm 899 g 360 n Mar 2015 599i
7.
 
Panasonic TZ90 112 mm 67 mm 41 mm 322 g 380 n Apr 2017 449i
8.
 
Panasonic FZ2000 138 mm 102 mm 135 mm 915 g 350 n Sep 2016 1,199 i
9.
 
Sony HX350 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 652 g 300 n Dec 2016 449 i
10.
 
Sony HX90V 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429 i
11.
 
Sony HX400V 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 660 g 300 n Feb 2014 499 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Kodak AZ901 was launched in the US market at a price of $499. 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. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

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.

The Kodak AZ901 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Kodak AZ901 among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design.

Kodak AZ901 sensor measures

For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of alternative 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
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Kodak AZ901 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p........
2.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.912.552265
3.
 
Canon G9 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.349563
4.
 
Leica Q Typ 116 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.312.7222185
5.
 
Nikon B700 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
6.
 
Nikon P900 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
7.
 
Panasonic TZ90 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p19.110.610636
8.
 
Panasonic FZ2000 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........
9.
 
Sony HX350 1/2.3 19.9 5152 38641080/60p........
10.
 
Sony HX90V 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........
11.
 
Sony HX400V 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The AZ901 indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the AZ901 can use is 1080/30p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The tables below summarize some of the other core capabilities of the Kodak AZ901 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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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.
 
Kodak AZ901202 n3.0 / 920 swivel n 1/2000s 5.0 Y Y
2.
 
Canon G9 X Mark IInone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 8.2 Y Y
3.
 
Canon G9 Xnone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 6.0 Y Y
4.
 
Leica Q Typ 1163680 n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 n Y
5.
 
Nikon B700921 n3.0 / 921 swivel n 1/4000s 5.0 Y Y
6.
 
Nikon P900921 n3.0 / 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
7.
 
Panasonic TZ901166 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
8.
 
Panasonic FZ20002360 n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
9.
 
Sony HX350202 n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
10.
 
Sony HX90V638 n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
11.
 
Sony HX400V210 n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y

The LCD screen on the Kodak PixPro AZ901 is flexibly attached to the body. In particular, the LCD is hinged on the side and can be flipped out for odd-angle shots in both portrait and landscape orientation. Also, this fully articulated, swivel type of LCD attachment is often appreciated by videographers for its flexibility. Moreover, v-loggers like the design because the screen can be turned to be front-facing.

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Flexible screen on the AZ901

One convenient feature of the AZ901 is the presence of an on-board flash. While this built-in flash is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light to brighten deep shadow areas.

Connection 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 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.
 
Kodak AZ901-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
2.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
3.
 
Canon G9 X-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
4.
 
Leica Q Typ 116Ystereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
5.
 
Nikon B700-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
6.
 
Nikon P900-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
7.
 
Panasonic TZ90-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
8.
 
Panasonic FZ2000Ystereo / monoYYmicro2.0Y--
9.
 
Sony HX350-stereo / mono--micro2.0---
10.
 
Sony HX90V-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
11.
 
Sony HX400VYstereo / mono--micro2.0YY-

It is notable that the AZ901 offers wifi support. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

The AZ901 has a zoom lens built in (3.9-351.0mm f/3.1-6.8), which, in full frame equivalent terms, provides a focal length range from 22 to 1980mm. The camera is, hence, ready to shoot, while remaining more compact in size than an interchangeable lens camera with an optic that offers similar focal length and aperture specifications.

Expert reviews

While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says nothing about, for example, the handling, responsiveness, and overall imaging quality of 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. This is why expert reviews are important. The table below summarizes the assessments of some of the best known camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).

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Review Scores
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Kodak AZ901........3.5/53/5 Jan 2016 499 i
2.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II4/5..4/575/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 529 i
3.
 
Canon G9 X3.5/5+ +....4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529i
4.
 
Leica Q Typ 1165/5....80/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2015 4,249i
5.
 
Nikon B700..+....4/54/5 Feb 2016 499 i
6.
 
Nikon P900......77/1004/54/5 Mar 2015 599i
7.
 
Panasonic TZ90..+ +....4/54/5 Apr 2017 449i
8.
 
Panasonic FZ2000..+..82/1004.5/55/5 Sep 2016 1,199 i
9.
 
Sony HX350..........4/5 Dec 2016 449 i
10.
 
Sony HX90V4/5+ +....4/54.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i
11.
 
Sony HX400V4/5+ +....4/54/5 Feb 2014 499 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, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

Kodak AZ901 FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the AZ901.

What technology is the imaging sensor in the AZ901 based on?

The camera features a BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the AZ901?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200.

Does the camera have a selfie-friendly screen?

Yes, the LCD-screen of the AZ901 is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.

Does the Kodak AZ901 feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

Which battery does the AZ901 use?

The camera gets its power from the LB-070, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Camera to camera comparisons

If you would like to see a side-by-side review of this and another camera, just use the search menu below. Alternatively, you can follow any of the listed hyperlinks for comparisons that others found interesting.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Kodak AZ901
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 22-1980mm f/3.1-6.8
    Launch Date January 2016
    Launch Price USD 499
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 20.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5 184 x 3 888 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.18 μm
    Pixel Density 71.80 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 3 200 ISO
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Resolution 202k dots
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen
    V-logging Friendliness Front-flip possible
    Touch Input No touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Continuous Shooting 5 shutter flaps/s
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot
    UHS card support no
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Body Specs
    Battery Type LB-070 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)400 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 139 x 104 x 119 mm
    (5.5 x 4.1 x 4.7 in)
    Camera Weight 777 g (27.4 oz)

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