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Kodak AZ901 vs Nikon B700

The Kodak PixPro AZ901 and the Nikon Coolpix B700 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in January 2016 and February 2016. Both the AZ901 and the B700 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
Kodak AZ901 versus Nikon B700
Kodak AZ901 Nikon B700
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
22-1980mm f/3.1-6.8 24-1440mm f/3.3-6.5
20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/30p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 100-3,200 ISO 100-3,200
Electronic viewfinder (202k dots) Electronic viewfinder (921k dots)
3.0 LCD, 920k dots 3.0 LCD, 921k dots
Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive) Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive)
5 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
400 shots per battery charge350 shots per battery charge
139 x 104 x 119 mm, 777 g 125 x 85 x 107 mm, 565 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Kodak PixPro AZ901 and the Nikon Coolpix B700? 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 Kodak AZ901 and the Nikon B700 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The B700 can be obtained in two different colors (black, red), while the AZ901 is only available in black.

Size Kodak AZ901 vs Nikon B700
Compare AZ901 versus B700 top
Comparison AZ901 or B700 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon B700 is notably smaller (27 percent) than the Kodak AZ901. Moreover, the B700 is markedly lighter (27 percent) than the AZ901. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the AZ901 nor the B700 are weather-sealed.

The power pack in the B700 can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera 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.
 
Nikon B700 125 mm 85 mm 107 mm 565 g 350 n Feb 2016 499 i
3.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 206 g 235 n Jan 2017 529 i
4.
 
Canon G9 X 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 209 g 220 n Oct 2015 529i
5.
 
Fujifilm X100F 127 mm 75 mm 52 mm 469 g 390 n Jan 2017 1,299i
6.
 
Leica Q Typ 116 130 mm 80 mm 93 mm 640 g 300 n Jun 2015 4,249i
7.
 
Nikon D5600 124 mm 97 mm 70 mm 465 g 970 n Nov 2016 699 i
8.
 
Nikon D3400 124 mm 98 mm 76 mm 445 g 1200 n Aug 2016 499i
9.
 
Nikon P900 140 mm 103 mm 137 mm 899 g 360 n Mar 2015 599i
10.
 
Panasonic TZ90 112 mm 67 mm 41 mm 322 g 380 n Apr 2017 449i
11.
 
Panasonic FZ2000 138 mm 102 mm 135 mm 915 g 350 n Sep 2016 1,199 i
12.
 
Sony HX350 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 652 g 300 n Dec 2016 449 i
13.
 
Sony HX90V 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429 i
14.
 
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 price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The two cameras under review were launched at the same price and fall into the same market segment. 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

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors 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.

Kodak AZ901 and Nikon B700 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 AZ901 and the B700 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 B700 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The Kodak PixPro AZ901 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200. The Nikon Coolpix B700 offers exactly the same ISO settings.

AZ901 versus B700 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 table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar 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.
 
Kodak AZ901 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p........
2.
 
Nikon B700 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
3.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.912.552265
4.
 
Canon G9 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.349563
5.
 
Fujifilm X100F APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
6.
 
Leica Q Typ 116 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.312.7222185
7.
 
Nikon D5600 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.114.0130684
8.
 
Nikon D3400 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.813.9119286
9.
 
Nikon P900 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
10.
 
Panasonic TZ90 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p19.110.610636
11.
 
Panasonic FZ2000 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........
12.
 
Sony HX350 1/2.3 19.9 5152 38641080/60p........
13.
 
Sony HX90V 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........
14.
 
Sony HX400V 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the B700 provides a better video resolution than the AZ901. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, 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 variety of features. The two cameras under review are similar with respect to both having an electronic viewfinder. However, the one in the B700 offers a substantially higher resolution than the one in the AZ901 (921k vs 202k dots). The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Kodak AZ901 and Nikon B700 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
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
1.
 
Kodak AZ901202 n 3.0 920 swivel n 1/2000s 5.0 Y Y
2.
 
Nikon B700921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 5.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon G9 X Mark IInone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 8.2 Y Y
4.
 
Canon G9 Xnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 6.0 Y Y
5.
 
Fujifilm X100F2360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
6.
 
Leica Q Typ 1163680 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 n Y
7.
 
Nikon D5600optical n 3.2 1037 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
8.
 
Nikon D3400optical n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
9.
 
Nikon P900921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
10.
 
Panasonic TZ901166 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
11.
 
Panasonic FZ20002360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
12.
 
Sony HX350202 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
13.
 
Sony HX90V638 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
14.
 
Sony HX400V210 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 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.

The Nikon B700 has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Both the AZ901 and the B700 have zoom lenses built in. The AZ901 has a 22-1980mm f/3.1-6.8 optic and the B700 offers a 24-1440mm f/3.3-6.5 (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 Nikon. The AZ901 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the AZ901 and the B700 write their files to SDXC 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 Kodak PixPro AZ901 and Nikon Coolpix B700 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
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Kodak AZ901-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
2.
 
Nikon B700-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
3.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon G9 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
5.
 
Fujifilm X100FYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
6.
 
Leica Q Typ 116Ystereomono--micro2.0YY-
7.
 
Nikon D5600YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
8.
 
Nikon D3400Ymonomono--mini2.0--Y
9.
 
Nikon P900-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Panasonic TZ90-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
11.
 
Panasonic FZ2000YstereomonoYYmicro2.0Y--
12.
 
Sony HX350-stereomono--micro2.0---
13.
 
Sony HX90V-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
14.
 
Sony HX400VYstereomono--micro2.0YY-

Both the AZ901 and the B700 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The AZ901 replaced the earlier Kodak AZ651, while the B700 followed on from the Nikon P610. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Kodak and Nikon websites.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Kodak AZ901 and the Nikon B700? Which camera is better? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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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.
  • 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: Can take more shots (400 versus 350) on a single battery charge.

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Reasons to prefer the Nikon Coolpix B700:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/30p).
  • More detailed viewfinder: Has higher resolution electronic viewfinder (921k vs 202k dots).
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • More compact: Is smaller (125x85mm vs 139x104mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 212g or 27 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the B700 is the clear winner of the contest (10 : 5 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. 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.

AZ901 05:10 B700

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Kodak AZ901 and the Nikon B700 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 specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the AZ901 or the B700. 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 table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], 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 
 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.
 
Nikon B700..+..4/54/5 Feb 2016 499 i
3.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II4/5..75/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 529 i
4.
 
Canon G9 X3.5/5+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529i
5.
 
Fujifilm X100F5/5+83/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 1,299i
6.
 
Leica Q Typ 1165/5..80/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2015 4,249i
7.
 
Nikon D56004/5..79/1004.5/54/5 Nov 2016 699 i
8.
 
Nikon D34004/5+76/1004/54.5/5 Aug 2016 499i
9.
 
Nikon P900....77/1004/54/5 Mar 2015 599i
10.
 
Panasonic TZ90..+ +..4/54/5 Apr 2017 449i
11.
 
Panasonic FZ2000..+82/1004.5/55/5 Sep 2016 1,199 i
12.
 
Sony HX350........4/5 Dec 2016 449 i
13.
 
Sony HX90V4/5+ +..4/54.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i
14.
 
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 assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, 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.

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    Specifications: Kodak AZ901 vs Nikon B700

    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 Kodak AZ901 Nikon B700
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 22-1980mm f/3.1-6.8 24-1440mm f/3.3-6.5
    Launch Date January 2016 February 2016
    Launch Price USD 499 USD 499
    Sensor Specs Kodak AZ901 Nikon B700
    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 Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 3,200 ISO 100 - 3,200 ISO
    Screen Specs Kodak AZ901 Nikon B700
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification
    Viewfinder Resolution 202k dots 921k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 920k dots 921k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Swivel screen
    Shooting Specs Kodak AZ901 Nikon B700
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking FeatureFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/2000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 5 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse Photographyno IntervalometerIntervalometer built-in
    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 no no
    Connectivity Specs Kodak AZ901 Nikon B700
    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 no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Kodak AZ901 Nikon B700
    Battery Type LB-070 EN-EL23
    Battery Life (CIPA)400 shots per charge350 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 139 x 104 x 119 mm
    (5.5 x 4.1 x 4.7 in)
    125 x 85 x 107 mm
    (4.9 x 3.3 x 4.2 in)
    Camera Weight 777 g (27.4 oz) 565 g (19.9 oz)

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