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Kodak Pixpro S1 Micro Four Thirds Camera Hands-On Preview

Gary Wolsteholme goes hands on with the new Kodak Pixpro S1, Micro Four Thirds camera.

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Kodak S1 Black 0055

We have a look at Kodak's first foray into the Micro Four Thirds system, the Pixpro S1 at their launch event held at Warner Brother Studios in Leavesden, near Watford. The metal-bodied camera will be available in black, or white finishes. Three lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system will also be launched, including a standard 12-45mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom and a 45.5-160mm f/3.9-5.9 telephoto zoom, as well as a 400mm f/6.7 manual focus lens.

Kodak S1 White 0051

Strangely, the camera and lenses will not be available in shops in Europe, as JK Imaging (who own the license to produce Kodak branded products) see Asia as their main market for this camera. However, the camera and lenses will be available to purchase direct from the Kodak web shop as a kit with the standard 12-45mm lens for $499USD (around £300 at current exchange rates), or with both zoom lenses for $599USD (approx £360 at current exchange rates). The price of the 400mm lens is yet to be confirmed.

Kodak PixPro S1 Key Features

  • ‚ÄčMicro Four Thirds system compatible
  • 16MP CMOS sensor
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • Sensor Shift optical stabilisation
  • Raw and JPEG image recording
  • 1080p 30fps video recording with H.264 encoding
  • 3” LCD articulated screen
  • WiFi connectivity
On paper the specification looks quite impressive for the price at launch, so it will be interesting to see how if performs when production samples are available. The metal body feels sturdy and the controls are well laid out.

Kodak PixPro S-1 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Kodak PixPro S-1 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4640
Pixels (H)3480
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeMicro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution920k dot
Touch ScreenNo Data
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Fixed
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity200 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting4fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion LB-070 7.4V 1000mAh
Battery Life (CIPA rating)410shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsKodak Pixpro SZ ED 12-45mm f/3.5-6.3 AF Lens unit, Battery, P10 flash unit, AC adapter, USB cable, Neck Strap, CD-Rom, Service card, Warranty card, Manual

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sasan 9 36 England
21 Mar 2014 2:03PM
I know Kodak as a innovator company.Everyone knows that first time kodak made a digital sensor.Until now there is no camera like Kodak in image colors. Colors in Kodak cameras is really amazingBlushSome secrets always is hidden & main manufacturers never reveal all secrets behind their technology... I hope see rising Kodak again
josa 10 25 Czech Republic
21 Mar 2014 7:51PM
I am afraid we'll be all disappointed, it's Kodak....Sad
dannyr 13 46 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2014 9:53PM
I really like that old Kodak colour, and it is tempting as a second camera, but those lenses seem really poor, plus the lack of in body anti shake means none of my Olympus lenses will be stabilised, and thatís a very big negative for me.

If I could get it body only for around £200..........
25 Mar 2014 2:07PM
@dannyr it says sensor shift stabilization, that is anti shake, isn't it?

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