Kodak Pixpro AZ425 review

Why pack a DSLR or mirrorless body with a big telephoto lens when this all-in-one Kodak AZ425 offers a 42x optical zoom reach all day, every day?

Kodak Pixpro AZ425 review
(Image: © Gavin Stoker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

While the Kodak Astro Zoom 425’s 42x optical reach is impressive, it’s saddled with a small 1/2.3-inch sensor which means that the output we’re getting is strictly of point-and-shoot quality. Still, having more framing opportunities at our fingertips courtesy of its extensive focal range is always better than having less. So, if we don’t mind the fact that results aren’t going to match the DSLR it resembles, and can live without an EVF or tilting LCD screen, then the AZ425 is a very affordable means of bringing the faraway closer without us having to move an inch.


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    Huge zoom without need to switch lenses

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    Built-in pop-up flash

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    Optical image stabilization

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    Reasonably priced


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    Smaller sensor

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    Results aren’t always pinsharp handheld, especially at maximum zoom

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    Fixed LCD and no touchscreen

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    No eyelevel viewfinder

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We reviewed the 52x optical zoom incorporating Kodak Pixpro AZ528 a while ago – an all-in-one point-and-shoot that was something of an anomaly amidst high-ticket-price mirrorless camera launches. The latest Kodak-branded addition to our test bench similarly feels like an exception in the present climate. The Kodak Pixpro AZ425 offers a more modest 42x optical reach compared with its sibling snapper.

Rather than offering updated innovations, both cameras are throwbacks to the bridge cameras and superzooms of the early 2000. At the time these plastic-y leviathans plugged a gap between pocket snapshots with 3x optical zooms and more fully featured digital SLRs. But now nobody except Kodak, or rather its current license holder JK Imaging, is making models like the AZ425 any more. Rather grandly the ‘AZ’ stands for ‘Astro Zoom’. Equipped with a steady tripod, there is the potential to frame the moon, for sure.

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.