Kodak Pixpro FZ55 review

Is this point-and-shoot camera a brave throwback to simpler times, or has Kodak’s licensee spotted a new niche now others have exited the compact market?

Kodak PIXPRO FZ55 point and shoot compact camera
(Image: © Gavin Stoker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Does a point-and-shoot camera not much larger than a credit card still have a place in our pocket or purse in the smartphone era? If answering yes, then you’ll find the 5x optical zoom lens incorporating Kodak Pixpro FZ55 is one of the very few options on the table from a recognizable brand. A 16-megapixel resolution is about as high as its small 1/2.3-inch chip can sensibly justify, but otherwise, this auto-everything device is as basic as they come. Still, that makes it an option for gifting to younger members of the family starting out on their photographic journey, or someone looking for a very slender and portable everyday snapper.

Pros

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    Credit card sized dimensions

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    Easy point-and-shoot operation

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    Good starter option for the young and inexperienced or alternatively the very old

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    Colorful images

Cons

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    Basic, frill free controls and feature set

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    Operationally this is like turning back the clock to 15+ years ago

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    Small-ish image sensor and lens means results are adequate rather than awe-inspiring

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Conventional wisdom has it that placing cameras in mobile phones has led to a gradual decimation of the traditional camera market. And that basic point-and-shooters like the Kodak Pixpro FZ55 have been the hardest hit by the smartphone’s rise. 

As a result, the vast majority of new camera releases are now high-end interchangeable lens models, and it’s been a fair while since we’ve seen a fresh batch of entry-level digital compacts suitable for absolute beginners. So the question is, is there still a market for this type of camera? Kodak’s brand licensee JK Imaging obviously thinks so, and, with most other manufacturers having exited this portion of the market, perhaps there is a new niche to be carved?

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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.