Re: new line of Kodak cameras

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Re: new line of Kodak cameras
Apr 28, 2013

The new Kodak AZ361 bears a very strong resemblance to GE-branded bridge cameras of the recent past. Those are manufactured by a Chinese company, General Imaging. Lo and behold, a quick Google search led me to an informative article on Australian Web site Photo Counter. The article starts off with this:

"JK and General Imaging odd bedfellows

"January 22, 2013

"JK Imaging and General Imaging – the company selling cameras under the GE brand – share the same Los Angeles office address – down to the same office suite number –  indicating at the very least a close working relationship between the two entities

"This is the same address, including Suite 550, that JK Imaging provides on its hastily cobbled-together webpage.

"General Imaging was founded by Hiroshi Komiya, who was on the scandal-ridden Olympus board of directors from 1997. In 2004 he became the first President of Olympus Imaging Corporation when the parent company spun off the imaging business as an independent company. He left Olympus in 2005 and in 2006 he established General Imaging as a privately-held company, with the licence to market cameras sporting the GE brand. . . ."

Here's a link to the GE camera line home page .

Click here for the JK Imaging (Kodak/Pixpro) home page.

Two nice things about the GE bridge cameras, IMO, is that they include an EVF and are quite affordable. Two not-so-nice things about them, alas, is that their image quality tends toward the mediocre and their EVF's lack diopter adjustment.

New Kodak-branded bridge cameras dispense with the EVF altogether. Here's hoping their IQ will be much better than that of the GE-branded cameras.

I wish the new Kodak designs would pick up where the P-880 or Z-990 left off. Maybe in time.

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