CES 2014: JK Imaging has announced an array of Kodak-branded cameras, including a superzoom compact with a 65x optical zoom and a couple of 'Smart Lenses' designed to clip onto smartphones (very much like Sony's QX cameras). It's also given more details about its long-in-development Pixpro S-1 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. The standout models in Kodak's latest line-up are as follows.

The Pixpro S-1 is the company's first Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens mirrorless camera, which we first reported on about a year ago. It has a 16MP BSI CMOS 4/3” sensor, a 3.0" 920kdot articulating LCD, sensor shift image stabilisation, 1080p 30fps H.264 movie recording, and built-in Wi-Fi. It'll cost $499 for a single lens kit and $599 for a twin lens kit. 

The Pixpro Astro Zoom AZ651 is a compact superzoom that offers an extraordinary 65x 24-1560mm equivalent optical zoom lens. It also has a 3" articulating LCD and can record 1080p HD Video - all for just $349.

Kodak is also offering two 'Pixpro Smart Lens' devices, which are very similar to Sony's QX clip-on smartphone lenses. With cylindrical designs, both communicate with a smartphone via Wi-Fi, using free Android and iOS apps. The $299 SL25 offers a 25x, 24-600mm equivalent lens, while the $199 SL10 has a 10x 28-280mm equivalent zoom. These devices will be available in spring 2014.     


Press release:

KODAK PIXPRO DIGITAL DEVICES BROADENS LINE UP IN 2014

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 7, 2014 – JK Imaging Ltd., the worldwide licensee for KODAK PIXPRO Digital Cameras and Devices, announced today its full 2014 line of digital imaging products. Building on last year’s initial launch, this year’s line up broadens the very successful Astro Zoom Bridge category, introduces all weather, rugged HD action cams and makes a technology statement with all new, cutting edge Smart Phone lenses and an affordable option to the high-end Micro Four Thirds camera category.

The updated KODAK PIXPRO suite of cameras will continue to offer consumers a variety of feature-rich, long-zoom options at very attractive price points. The 2014 Astro Zoom line is highlighted with the flagship 65x optical zoom AZ651. This model retails for a MSRP of $349; features a 24 mm wide-angle lens; 1080p HD Video; 3.0” articulating LCD; OIS and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The AZ651 is scheduled to go on sale in spring 2014.

Additional models in the KODAK PIXPRO Astro Zoom Camera line offer outstanding performance and a wide range of affordable price points, including the AZ251, AZ362 (25x & 36x optical zoom), AZ421 (42x optical zoom, Q2 2014 launch) and AZ525 (52x optical zoom plus new Wi-Fi capability). Models are priced respectively from $139 - $249 (MSRP) and offer a popular bridge style camera to suit all budgets and levels of photography experience.

With the introduction of the brand new KODAK PIXPRO SMART LENS® camera models SL10 and SL25, consumers now have a viable option to outfit their existing iOS or ANDROID smartphones with a snap on lens boasting powerful 10x or 25x optical zoom. The SMART LENS® Camera is also wireless for added flexibility and can be controlled via a free app. Features on the SL10 ($199 MSRP) include 10x optical zoom, 1080p video, 28-280mm wide angle lens, optical image stabilization (OIS), a micro SD card and compatibility with iOS/ANDROID phones. The SL25 ($299 MSRP) adds 25x optical zoom and a 24mm ultra-wide-angle lens. The SMART LENS® devices will be available in spring 2014. 

Leveraging technical prowess and manufacturing excellence, the KODAK PIXPRO Camera line will introduce its first micro four thirds camera with the S-1. The S-1 is WiFi® enabled, boasts a 16MP BSI CMOS 4/3” sensor, a 3.0" 920 articulating LCD, sensor shift OIS, 1080p 30fps H.264 FHD Video and lithium-ion battery. The S-1 is priced competitively at $499 MSRP for the entry-level single lens kit and $599 MSRP for a double lens kit and is perfect for the avid photographer looking for a high performance model in a slim and compact design. 

The KODAK PIXPRO line also includes two new waterproof, freeze-proof, dust-proof and shock-proof 1080p HD video devices. The entry-level SPZ1 Action Cam ($139 MSRP) offers 3x optical zoom, 14 MP CMOS sensor and Video Image Stabilization. The step up SP1 Action Cam features a 160 degree ultra-wide-angle lens and built-in Wireless capability. The SP1 is attractively priced at ($169-$229 MSRP) and offers three optional accessory packs depending on retailer, giving consumers even more flexibility to choose from options including a handlebar attachment, head/helmet strap, surfboard, suction cups and other attachments for capturing life’s adventures in full HD.

For customers who value the convenience of a quality point-and-shoot compact camera, the KODAK PIXPRO Friendly Zoom line of point-and-shoot digital cameras is also available, with price points ranging from $69 - $129 (MSRP) with many automatic and very easy to use features.

KODAK PIXPRO devices are available in leading national retailers and online including Best Buy, Costco, Fry’s, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Sears, and Walmart. For more information and for product availability, please visit: http://kodakcamera.jkiltd.com.