Kodak PIXPRO AZ528 review

A mighty 52x optical zoom offers an affordable all-in-one for photo enthusiasts who don’t want to lug around a camera and telephoto lens

Kodak PIXPRO AZ528 superzoom digital camera
(Image: © Gavin Stoker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Kodak continues to play to a niche but potentially still a sizeable audience of photographers who competing brands have moved on from, with the Pixpro AZ528 all-in-one ‘superzoom’, the kind of camera that was commonplace 15 years ago. It may be old-school thinking, but conceivably a whopping 52x zoom could still come in handy not just for budding wildlife photographers but also for casual sports photography fans. However, it’s still saddled with a small-ish sensor and any camera like this means softer results when shooting handheld the further we creep towards its maximum zoom setting.


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    The convenience of one ‘does it all’ camera body and lens combination

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    Built-in pop-up flash

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    Optical image stabilization

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    Huge(ish) focal length


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    Smaller sensor than a DSLR or mirrorless camera

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    Superzoom lens means results aren’t quite as pin sharp as lesser focal lengths

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    Fixed, non-angle adjustable LCD

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    No eye-level optical viewfinder or EVF

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    Plastic-y build

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Fifteen years ago every manufacturer worth their salt offered a handful of cameras very similar in looks, appearance, and specification to the Kodak Pixpro AZ528. Known at the time either as ‘superzooms’, all-in-ones, or bridge cameras – so called because they formed a ‘bridge’ between the ease of use of a pocket compact and a more fully featured DSLR – these chunky devices boasted just about every feature a photo enthusiast would need, including a generous focus range, all within the one camera body. 

OK, so the sensor size was smaller than that of a DSLR, while, for those looking to achieve pin-sharp results, their single jack-of-all-trades lenses proved no match for a prime telephoto lens. But for photographers wanting to shoot a broad range of subject matters without having to change either lens or camera to best suit the job, these bridge models were certainly good enough… at the time.

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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.