Kodak Smile and Lumen Projectors Light up CES 2019
A lot to capture and print with Kodak
Kodak came to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to showcase a wide array of new devices this year. The company previewed a new line of instant-print cameras, digital film scanners, mini projectors and more. There’s a fun mix of retro and modern in the designs, and they should all be hitting stores later this year.
Instant cameras are one of the big sellers for Kodak, and this year the company introduced the Kodak Smile Classic and the Kodak Smile.
The Kodak Smile Classic camera combines the contemporary technology of instant digital printing with a vintage camera body. The design looks like the cameras of yesteryear, with a pop-up viewfinder and square base, but the new design offers modern upgrades. The camera has an automatic single strobe flash, a MicroSD slot, and a 10-second timer. The photos print on 3.51 x 4.25-inch Kodak Zink paper, which has a sticky-back that lets you adhere them to just about anything. You can also print pictures from your smartphone by connecting it to the camera via Bluetooth and the free Kodak Instant Print Companion app.
The new Kodak Smile is a 10-megapixel camera with a slightly more modern aesthetic. The design still offers the nostalgia of analog photography, but prints on Zink Zero Ink printer paper. The camera also features an LCD viewfinder display, 10-second timer, automatic flash, and a MicroSD slot.
“The instant print category aligns perfectly with the Kodak brand,” said Joel Satin, VP Brand Licensing at Eastman Kodak Company. “With a rich heritage going back more than a century, consumers continue to look to us to help capture their memories in an easy, accessible way. At CES 2019, we are highlighting products in our portfolio that speak to this strong connection with photography and imaging.”
On the scanning side of things, Kodak announced the Kodak Scanza Digital Film Scanner. The device scans and saves 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8 and 8mm film negatives and slides to a computer via SD card. There’s also the 14-megapixel Kodak Mini Digital Film Scanner, which stores photo memories in a modern digital format, and is compatible with 35, 126, 110, Super 8 and Monochrome film and slides.
With the Kodak 35mm Slide Viewer, old memories are brought back to life and can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere, with a price sensitive solution for users who want to view and sort film negatives and slides before printing. You can also check out the new Kodak Mobile Film Scanner, which scans film negatives and slides onto smartphones with just one touch. Designed with a lightweight collapsible frame, the scanner can be easily carried around anywhere to make capturing and preserving even easier.
Kodak also introduced three new projector models this year, the Kodak Luma 75, 150, and 350. The Luma 75 is designed for simple plug-and-play operations and features a 75-lumen display. Coming in at 5-ounces, the Luma 75 projects images and video directly onto any surface up to 100 inches. The Luma 150 offers a 150-lumen display and is compatible with images and videos up to 1080p. The projector can cast up to 150-inch images and is also equipped to mirror images and videos via miracast. As you can guess, the Luma 350 has a 350-lumen display which can project video and images up to 200 inches. This model offers a built-in Android operating system that gives users access to wireless networks for quick and easy web browsing. You can also download a variety of OTT apps, like Netflix, HBO GO and Hulu, through the built-in app store. The Universal USB Installer, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and HDMI connections make it easy to play back files from a compatible computer, smartphone, tablet, or any other multimedia device.