Sunday, February 16, 2014

Making Memories Last With Kodak Digital Cameras - Review

The past year has been simply unforgettable!  So much has happened and so much has changed.  There have been so many amazing moments that I wish could last a lifetime.  Moments in life that I want to be sure to capture and keep close to our hearts.

Our world is changing every second and one thing that seems to be constantly changing, is the way we document our lives.  Especially through photography.  These days, so many of life's moments are being captured on smart phones and devices that seem to hold onto our lives like a tiny fragile time capsule.  But how often do we unexpectedly lose those captured moments when our devices fail us?   We seem to be developing less photos these days and when our computers or our phones fail, those images are lost forever.

That's why our digital cameras are with us at all times!  There is nothing like capturing a real photo, printing it out and keeping it safe in our memory books and on our walls in our home.  I love coming home and being surrounded by the faces of the people I love more than anything.   There are so many amazing moments were sharing as a family and not only do I want to be able to open that photo album years and years from now when I'm an old grandmother and look back on these memories of my baby girl's first steps, but I want Emma to be able to look back on these memories too.  And who knows, maybe someday, a long time after I'm gone, my great great grandchildren might be sitting together with their momma, looking at that same photo album, enjoying those special moments I shared with my baby.  Its so important not to miss out on these moments. We can't get them back once they're gone.


I remember Kodak from when I was little.  My first memories of Kodak are from 1988.  I actually have a VHS tape that my mother taped off of the television that has an old Kodak commercial on it.  For some reason I always liked that commercial.  And to this day, we still pop in that VHS tape (yes we still have a VCR hooked up) and watch that video and I'm amused at how much cameras have changed over the years and how film has changed.  Film seems to be a somewhat lost art form and digital cameras have allowed us to do so much with photography at the same time.  My husband studied photography as his emphasis in college.  He still takes all of his photos with his 35mm film camera.  And yes, its Kodak film. 

Today, JK Imaging Ltd. is the worldwide licensee for Kodak PIXPRO Digital Cameras and devices.  I had the opportunity to try 2 of Kodak's PIXPRO Digital Cameras and I have to say, I'm equally impressed with both!  They have similar features but are still very different and unique.  Each has its own benefits!


The first is the Kodak PIXPRO AZ251 Digital Camera.  This camera has some great features for a great price!  Plus, even with its high tech features, its not overly complicated.  Its very user friendly and if you're not too camera savvy, its easy to just pick up this camera and start shooting!  It got great zoom capabilities with 25x optical zoom and 16mp.  The view screen on the back of the camera is large so you can go back and easily view your photos.   


Plus, its very comfortable in your hands.  The shape of the camera is contoured to fit perfectly in your hands while you're taking your photos and featured a textured grip around the side and front near the shutter button and a textured thumb rest on the back right hand side.  I'm not a fan of digital cameras that look like a deck of playing cards.  They uncomfortable to hold and I've found myself dropping those constantly. 


This camera does operate on 4 AA batteries but I got a lot of use out of this camera by the time the batteries died.  I would recommend using rechargeable AA batteries as it will save you some money in the long run.


My favorite extra feature is the HD video!  This camera is great to quickly grab at a moments notice to capture something on video.  Its simple to start and the video quality is great!


Kodak PIXPRO AZ251 Digital Camera Product Features:
  • 25x Optical Zoom
  • 24mm Wide Angle
  • 16MP
  • 3 Inch Viewing Screen
  • HD Video
  • Panorama Capture
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
Includes:
  • Kodak PIXPRO AZ251 Digital Camera
  • 4 AA Batteries
  • Lens Cap with Strap
  • Neck Strap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Service Card


The other Kodak camera we tried was the Kodak PIXPRO AZ521.  This one has a few more bells and whistles but it was still very user friendly.  I didn't have to take much time going through the manual and learning how to use the camera.   


The AZ521 has a significantly larger lens than the AZ251 but its still not overly bulky.  Again, this camera is also contoured for hand comfort with textured grip on the side and front near the shutter button and textured thumb rest.   The view screen is also large on this camera is well for detail viewing of your photos.


The AZ521 however, has 52x optical zoom which is amazing!  The zoom on the AZ251 was great but the AZ521 is just spectacular.  You can capture some amazing long distance shots with this one!   This camera also has video capabilities with great video quality. 


My favorite extra feature of the AZ521 is the Image Stabilization feature!  This enables the camera to fixate on the subject of your photo and stabilize so that you don't end up with a blurred image if you have shaky hands.  I don't have very steady hands so for me, this is a must-have feature!  This digital camera functions on a rechargable Li-Ion battery which is great because you dont have to keep purchasing batteries or have a stock of rechargable AAs on hand.  The camera comes with a battery charger that is compact and you can just plug it right into the camera to charge the battery.


Kodak PIXPRO AZ521 Digital Camera Product Features:
  • 52x Optical Zoom
  • 24mm Wide Angle
  • 16mp CMOS
  • 360 Degree Panorama Capture
  • Continuous Shooting Mode
  • Optical Image Stabilization
Includes:
  • Kodak PIXPRO AZ521 Digital Camera
  • Rechargeable LI-ion Battery
  • Lens Cap with Strap
  • Neck Strap
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Service Card

So between the two, I cant say one or the other is my favorite because I loved them both.  If you're looking for a lower priced camera that you can learn to use in minutes and is more compact, with great features and great video potential, then the AZ251 is perfect!  If you're looking for something with superb zoom capabilities, amazing video quality and a rechargeable battery included, then the AZ521 would be the way to go.   Either way, which ever you choose, well always be fans of Kodak and Ill always recommend Kodak products to my friends and family.  We've used Kodak products since as long as I can remember.  And they've had a reputation for quality.  They've been around for over 120 years!

People always say, "if these walls could talk...."  Well our walls are covered with Kodak images and they always will be.   So if our walls could talk, they'd tell some pretty amazing stories!

Let Kodak help you capture your family's life and memories.  Check out Kodak online to learn more about their cameras and devices.  You can also LIKE Kodak on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!



Disclosure:
I was provided samples free of charge to facilitate this review.    I was not compensated for this review. 
All of the photos taken for this post, were taken with Kodak PIXPRO Digital Cameras.  All opinions expressed in this review are my true and honest opinions.  Cross my heart!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. I am actually looking to buy a new camera this helped.

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  2. I'd love to have a camera like that! Memories are important.

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