Kodak Pixpro FZ151: The Next Great Compact Camera?

by AbbyFitz

Kodak is back in business with a new line, the Pixpro series. The newest release is the Pixpro FZ151. It's a small compact camera, but how does it perform?

Kodak said goodbye a few years ago after over 100 years in the business. A lot of us were sad to see the legendary company go, including myself.

Kodak was always a favorite brand of mine, and I've had several Kodak cameras over the years.

I was so excited when early in 2013 they announced their new line, the Pixpro series. I was surprised they had made a comeback so quickly, and I couldn't wait to see what kind of cameras Kodak was now offering.

So when I saw a moderately priced model, the FZ151, I had to snap it up and take it for a spin to find out if it lived up to the Kodak name.

My Love Affair with the Pixpro

Could Kodak top the AZ361?

In April 2013, I happened to be trolling through the internet when I saw the Kodak Pixpro AZ361. I bought it as soon as it was available and instantly fell in love with it. So much so, I wrote a review of the AZ361 to share my thoughts on it.

Kodak Pixpro FZ151
Kodak Pixpro FZ151
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The AZ361 is a great camera, but it's the size of a bridge camera and not something that I can just throw in my purse when I'm headed out the door. I wanted a camera that was small enough to fit in my purse that would take great pictures. I get inspired by everyday life, and I just never know when I'm going to see something that would be a really great shot. I wanted a camera that would always be with me but not take up a lot of room.

When I saw the FZ151, I was intrigued. It was small enough to fit in my purse, but would I love it as much as its big sister, the AZ361?

Abby's Review of the Kodak Pixpro FZ151

A small camera, but it packs a punch!

When I first took the FZ151 out of the box, the first thing I noticed was how lightweight it was. I was worried at first that that meant it might be cheap and easily broken. However, after using it for a few weeks, I've learned that it is a very rugged little camera.

The Pixpro FZ151 was easy to use. It's very intuitive and I was ready to shoot pictures right out of the box. Its menu buttons and options are even more simple than the AZ361, which I think would make this a great camera for kids and teens that are interested in photography.

 

It has 25 shooting modes, which is a little less than the AZ361, but it's more than enough for the casual photographer.

This camera has 15x zoom, which is a lot for such a little camera. And with 16 megapixels, it makes anything I zoom into pop.

One thing I love about this camera, and the Pixpro line in general, is that it has image stabilization. I never use a tripod, and pictures I take with other cameras would sometimes come out kind of fuzzy. Thankfully, the FZ151 takes the fuzzy out of my photos by compensating for my shakiness.

The FZ151 has a rechargeable battery, which is a must for me. In this day and age, I refuse to buy a camera that still uses alkaline batteries.

I believe in giving the pros and the cons of any product I review, and there is only one aspect of this camera that I did not like.

My passion is flower photography, and I was really surprised that this camera had a macro mode. I was a little disappointed, though, because I had to retake so many pictures when I was in macro mode because the images were blurry. I haven't noticed any problems with blurriness in any other modes, so I think the problem is solely related to the macro mode.

Overall, I think the FZ151 is a good little camera. It takes crisp pictures, it's lightweight, and it's easy to use.


Camera Cases for the Kodak Pixpro FZ151


What's Included With the Pixpro FZ151?

Lots of goodies!

I'm all for getting the most for your money. The FZ151 comes with a whole host of extras which make this a great camera that's under $150 in my opinion.

  • Rechargeable battery
  • AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Digital photo editing software
  • Quick-start guide 
  • 8GB SDHC card

 

 

 

Pixpro FZ151 Specifications

Small doesn't mean it's lacking

One of the great things about this camera is even though it's small, Kodak didn't scrimp on what it can do. It has nearly every feature my AZ361 does.

  • 24mm wide angle lens
  • 15X optical zoom
  • 25 shooting modes
  • 720p HD video
  • 16 megapixels
  • 3" LCD
  • Face, smile, and blink detection
  • Red eye removal
  • Panorama mode
  • PictBridge compatible
  • Supports 27 languages 

Replacement Battery and Battery Charger for the Pixpro FZ151


A Few Examples Using Different Modes of the FZ151

Pixpro FZ151 Manual Mode
Pixpro FZ151 Manual Mode
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Pixpro FZ151 Landscape Mode
Pixpro FZ151 Landscape Mode
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Pixpro FZ151 Macro Mode: Notice the Blurriness
Pixpro FZ151 Macro Mode: Notice the Blurriness
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Pixpro FZ151 Macro Mode: After Many Tries to Eliminate Blurriness
Pixpro FZ151 Macro Mode: After Many Tries to Eliminate Blurriness
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Updated: 07/31/2015, AbbyFitz
 
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AbbyFitz on 04/20/2014

It does have pet mode, and I'm not sure it completely eliminates the reflections in pets' eyes, but it does reduce it.

Andrea on 04/20/2014

The FZ151 has the Pet Mode like the AZ361? And in general: the Pet Mode remove the "red-eyes" in dogs and cats?

AbbyFitz on 01/23/2014

Thank you!

ologsinquito on 01/23/2014

I'm pinning this to My Online Writing board because it seems like such a good little camera for writers and publishers who need crisp images.

AbbyFitz on 01/14/2014

Thank you. It can do a good job

ologsinquito on 01/14/2014

I've always liked this article, so I'm pinning it to My Wizzley Writing Board. I wish I had a little camera that takes great pictures.

AbbyFitz on 12/11/2013

You're welcome!

VioletteRose on 12/11/2013

Good information, Thank you!

AbbyFitz on 11/05/2013

The higher the MP the clearer the picture. Thanks for reading!

ologsinquito on 11/05/2013

That photo of your dog is really crisp, so I guess a 16 megapixel camera makes a big difference. My current 12 megapixel camera would never produce such a sharp image.

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