Kodak Astro AZ901 90x zoom camera spotted at CES

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JK Imaging (I think) quietly introduced a new Kodak Astro Zoom AZ901 camera with a 90x optical zoom (FIY: the Nikon Coolpix P900 camera has "only" 83x zoom). This is all the information we have so far:

"The AZ901 features a 90X optical zoom that can be used to capture RAW as well as JPEG images and there's also a 5fps burst shooting mode built-in. Inside the camera, which is Wi-Fi enabled, you'll find a 16MP CMOS sensor and the Astro Zoom can also be controlled via an iOS / Android device. Other features include a 360º scan panorama mode and there's a 3" articulating LCD screen that makes viewing easier."

Via Ephotozine

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  • Jeffry De Meyer

    Does the camera save the images on the long side as 8bit vga gif files?

  • James Donahue

    “Only”

  • Paco Ignacio

    I wanted a 91x zoom camera… Not buying it.

  • AYWY

    It overcomes Nikon management’s core incompetence of excluding RAW capture, so it already wins by a far margin on paper.

    • Spy Black

      I don’t think having RAW is really going to do much for you when you consider the amazing amount of post-processing Nikon puts the P900 images through. Where this camera can really differentiate itself is tackling the P900’s Achilles’s Heel, speed. More precisely, lack thereof. The P900 is a very sluggish camera. If this camera is snappier in response and still has IQ and stabilization similar to the P900, then you have a winner in this category of cameras.

      • Zos Xavius

        You can always get more from raw. Once it goes to 8-bit jpeg you start throwing away lots of data. Even on a tiny sensor. When I started out with a panny bridge camera years ago, the value of raw was quite apparent. Nikon took a pretty heavy hand with NR on the P900. That’s one area raw would improve on alone.

        • Spy Black

          I know where you’re coming from, but in the case of the P900, I’m not so sure. There’s a A LOT of proprietary image processing going on there. I don’t see the RAW processing software available to us at this time giving us the ability to eek out of the P900 RAW files like what the internal image processor in the camera is creating. Let’s face it, Nikon would’ve given people a RAW option if that had been the case.

          • Zos Xavius

            They pass on raw on many enthusiast oriented cameras. I think they just want to dumb the cameras down so people are less confused as to what all these .nef files are. Its possible you are correct. The jpeg engine on that camera is pretty decent compared to previous Nikon bridges, I’ll give you that.

        • peevee

          “You can always get more from raw. Once it goes to 8-bit jpeg you start throwing away lots of data. Even on a tiny sensor.”

          The data you throw out on a 16mpix+ 1/2.3″ sensor is just noise, even at base ISO.

      • I understand that camera makers can design lenses less expensively if the lens if matched up with some software that makes corrections to the specific lenses aberrations as the files are being written to disk. This would support Nikon not producing RAW files. If they did, there would be no way the image could be fixed in post processing.

        • peevee

          Correction profiles could be written right into RAW files (not the image data itself already corrected), so every competent RAW processor could just apply it. m43 cameras do that, reading their profiles from the lenses where they belong (not from the bodies like Nikon does), but a fixed lens camera can just have it in firmware.

  • Spy Black

    Considering the lengths Nikon has obviously gone through to process the crap out of the images coming off the P900’s sensor, I doubt anyone’s going to do better with a raw file.

  • R Leung

    Dang. I just ordered a Nikon P900! Figures that this comes out AFTER I ordered.

  • FountainHead

    Well, it’s this or a Nikon D5.
    If only I knew what my cat would like better.

    • j j

      Well you will have to take many photos of your cat using each camera and post the 100% crops here. It will be helpful if your tests include photos of your cat sitting in front of a brick wall. THX.

  • Dima135

    The end is near. I remember that class of amateur camcorders with sensors like 1/8 1/6 – almost gone, when panasonic achieved 100x zoom factor. Now the clouds are gathering around the 1 / 2.3 cameras class. Riders of apocalypse on the road.

    • Marvin8

      The laws of physics would dictate otherwise.

  • nwcs

    I’ll wait for the first 100x zoom. 🙂

  • harvey

    sems to be a 19.1-1755mm zoom lens so not as much reach as the P900.

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