Since I started blogging I have mostly used my mobile phone for my photography. I know a camera is better in many ways but I just never could justify the cost when I wasn’t sure what to get or how much better I would find it.
When Kodak asked me to review their Kodak Pixpro AZ652 I must say I was so excited. It looks great and the description sounded brilliant so I couldn’t wait to try it out.
If like me, you are a bit unsure what to look for in a camera but want something a bit better than the standard point-and-shoot digital cameras then this may be the one for you.
With an RRP of £349.99, it is not as expensive as many cameras out there but gives the good quality of Kodak in a perfect bridge camera which could well be what you need.
The bonus is that this is currently available for just £256.13 on Amazon. That is almost £100 off so if that doesn’t tempt you then read on to see what I think of it and if it is the camera for you.
What is a bridge camera?
Think of a bridge camera as a bit of an in-between between a basic point-and-shoot compact camera and a DSLR camera.
A bridge camera does not have removable and interchangeable lenses. It has plenty of manual controls and unless you are a real photography genius it could well be all you actually need. It helps to make good photography easy.
If you have a passion for photography but you’re not quite seeing that in photos from your phone and you’re not ready to step up to a DSLR then this could be for you.
Why the Kodak Pixpro AZ652?
Kodak is a brand that is well known for photography so knowing this I knew that the camera would be great.
There are so many features to the camera that I can’t possibly list them all but what I can say is that it was really easy to set up and use.
It has 65x Optical Zoom which is pretty good as it means you can photograph things at distance quite clearly.
Generally, a standard point-and-click camera or a mobile phone camera has a digital zoom of maybe 10x so already you can see the amazing power this camera has.
The Kodak Pixpro AZ652 can also record videos in full HD which I thought was pretty cool because so many memories are better in HD video than photographs aren’t they?
The fact that it is an all-in-one device makes it easy to change too. I recently took it to my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding and was very impressed with the photo quality. I might make a calendar with pictures I took.
I found the camera comfortable and easy to hold, very robust and clearly well-made. Everything I need in a camera is here in AZ652.
It feels the part and looks the part. There is no reason I think I will ever need to change it as it feels well-made and as it will last well.
Saving your photos
Whilst you can still use a wire to transfer all your photos over to your computer if you prefer there is an easier way. This camera can send them over WiFi too, how useful is that?
Don’t worry though if you are not great at taking photos yet you can put whatever size SD card in it you fancy so can take photo after photo without worrying about your memory filling up like it easily does on your mobile!
Would I recommend it?
I most definitely would! I absolutely love this camera and it is great for someone like me who doesn’t really want to jump to a DSLR with all the expense and complications of interchangeable lenses.
If you think you want something with a bit more oomph to it than a basic compact camera within a reasonable budget then maybe this is the one for you.
Pop over to check it out on Amazon and see if it fits what you are looking for.
Look how beautifully it captured my sister-in-law’s bouquet.