As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Kodak PixPro AZ521 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and travel zooms. The Kodak PixPro AZ521's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix P900 and the Coolpix B500) and Kodak (such as the PixPro AZ251)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Kodak AZ521 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 36 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2"), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (july 2013 vs january 2012) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack, has a much shorter battery life (240 shots vs 500 shots), doesn't have a built-in GPS and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
1 year newer
$458 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the AZ521)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • More zoom: 83.3x vs 52x
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the AZ521)

  • Significantly larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Prosumer size (119×86×98 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 899 g vs 551 g

common strengths of the P900 and AZ521

  • Inexpensive: $458.00 vs $235.06

Kodak PixPro AZ251

Kodak PixPro AZ251
similar age
$211

Significant advantages of the AZ251 (vs the AZ521)

  • Much longer battery life: 500 shots vs 240 shots

Significant disadvantages of the AZ251 (vs the AZ521)

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 30 seconds vs 1/2000 of a second
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/2.9
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the AZ251 and AZ521

  • Fairly small: Standard size (115×74×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (119×86×98 mm)
  • Light weight: 354 g vs 551 g
  • Thin: 2.7" vs 3.8"

Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR
1 year older

Significant advantages of the HS30 EXR (vs the AZ521)

  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 240 shots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the HS30 EXR (vs the AZ521)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the HS30 EXR and AZ521

  • Light weight: 687 g vs 551 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

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9 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ20 (vs the AZ521)

  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ20 (vs the AZ521)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the DMC-FZ20 and AZ521

  • Fairly small: Professional size (87×128×106 mm) vs Prosumer size (119×86×98 mm)
  • Light weight: 556 g vs 551 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 3.8"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
7 months newer
$140 - $178

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the AZ521)

  • Much longer battery life: 350 shots vs 240 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the AZ521)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and AZ521

  • Light weight: 590 g vs 551 g
  • Very inexpensive: $139.98 vs $235.06

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
2 years newer
$242 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the AZ521)

  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 240 shots
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the AZ521)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 1 seconds vs 30 seconds

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and AZ521

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Prosumer size (119×86×98 mm)
  • Light weight: 541 g vs 551 g
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 3.8"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Kodak AZ521 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records high-speed movies (120 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), is newer (july 2013 vs march 2012) and is significantly less expensive ($235.06 vs $549.95).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the AZ521)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the AZ521)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps

common strengths of the D3200 and AZ521

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Kodak AZ521 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has way more more zoom (52x vs 21x), is newer (july 2013 vs january 2013) and slightly longer exposures (30 seconds vs 16 seconds).

However, on average it is much larger (prosumer size (119×86×98 mm) vs compact (111×65×22 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, is thicker (3.8" vs 0.9") and is much heavier (551 g vs 218 g).

Samsung WB800F

Samsung WB800F
6 months older

Significant advantages of the WB800F (vs the AZ521)

  • Much smaller: Compact (111×65×22 mm) vs Prosumer size (119×86×98 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 3.8"
  • Much lighter: 218 g vs 551 g

Significant disadvantages of the WB800F (vs the AZ521)

  • Much less zoom: 21x vs 52x

common strengths of the WB800F and AZ521

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.9