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Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Hands-On Preview

Gary Wolsteholme goes hands on with the new Kodak Pixpro SP1 action camera.

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Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Hands-On Preview: Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Action Cam

We have a look at Kodak's new SP Series Action Cams at the launch event held at Warner Brother Studios in Leavesden, near Watford. Action cameras such as the Olympus Tough series, GoPro Hero HD and Mobius camera have become popular for catching video and stills under conditions that anyone in their right-mind wouldn't want to risk normal camera equipment due to the risk of damage due to water or impact.

Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Hands-On Preview: Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Action Cam

Going after the same market as the GoPro series of action cams, Kodak's ruggedised SP1 camera records H.264 encoded 1080p video at thirty frames per second, or 720p at up to sixty frames per second. The lens sports a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and a wide 160 degree field of view. The camera body is waterproof to a depth of ten metres and will withstand a shock equivalent to being dropped from a height of two metres. The CMOS sensor within is also capable of taking fourteen megapixel still images. Power is provided by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery and WiFi connectivity is included. In Europe, the SP1 will be bundled with the full compliment of mounting solutions available, including mounts for helmets and handlebars as well as suction and adhesive mounts. Should any of the mounts fail, due to impact, or another reason, the bright yellow colour should make the camera easy to spot when searching for it. Playback is via a tiny 1.5inch display or via HDMI.

Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Hands-On Preview: Kodak PIXPRO SPZ1

Kodak's SPZ1 action cam appears to be modelled more on the Olympus Tough or Pentax waterproof cameras. It sports similar spec to the SP1 as far as image and video recording is concerned, but has an internal 3x optical zoom lens. This camera is waterproof to a depth of five meters, shockproof from a drop of 1.5 meters and is also dust and freeze proof. Burst shooting is possible at five frames per second and there is also a 360degree panorama mode.

Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Hands-On Preview: PIXPRO WP1

Kodak also had their WP1 camera at the event to show us. This camera is a little more basic than the SPZ1, sporting a 31mm equivalent fixed lens.

Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Hands-On Preview: Kodak PIXPRO SP360

Although still a work in progress, their SP360 looks like quite a novel action cam solution. The large fisheye lens on top of the unit records footage from all around, which can than be processed in bundled software to provide a 360degree panoramic view which can be displayed all at once, or split however you want. Examples of how the footage can be split include a simple front/rear split, or for group video conferencing, or security applications, the footage can be split into as many segments as you like, with each segment acting like a separate camera. Another application for the camera is as a car dash cam as this camera can record in front, and behind the vehicle all at once.

Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Hands-On Preview: Kodak PIXPRO SP360

Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Action Cam Hands-On Photos of Equipment


Kodak PIXPRO SP360 Hands-On Photos of Equipment


Kodak PIXPRO SPZ1 Hands-On Photos of Equipment


Kodak PIXPRO WP1 Hands-On Photos of Equipment



Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Action Cam Specifications

ManufacturerKodak
Lens
Max Aperturef/2.8
35mm equivalent16.8mm
Optical ZoomNo Data
Image Sensor
Pixels14Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)No Data
Pixels (H)No Data
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeNo Data
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
    LCD Monitor
    LCD Monitor15in
    Screen resolution115k
    Touch ScreenNo
    Focusing
    Min Focus60cm
    Focusing modes
    • Autofocus
    • Face Detection
    • Multi
    Exposure Control
    Shutter speeds shortestNo Data
    Shutter speeds longestNo Data
    Bulb modeNo Data
    Exp modes
    • A
    Metering
      ISO sensitivity100 - 800
      White balance
      • Auto
      • Outdoors/Daylight
      • Cloudy
      • Fluorescent
      • Underwater
      Exposure CompNo Data
      Shooting Options
      Continuous shootingNo Data
      Video
      Movie modeNo Data
      Video Resolution
      • 1920x1080 FullHD
      • 1280x720 HD 720p
      Video FPSNo Data
      Stereo SoundYes
      Optical Zoom with VideoNo Data
      Other Features
      Image StabilisationNo Data
      Interface
      HDMIYes
      USBUSB 2
      Wi-FiNo Data
      Storage
      Card Type
        File Type
        • JPG
        Power Source
        Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery
        Battery Life (CIPA rating)No Data
        Box Contents
        Box ContentsRechargeable Li-ion Battery, AC Adapter, USB Cable, CD-ROM, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card, Service Card, Standard Lens Cover, Underwater Lens Cover
        Dimensions
        Weight155g
        Width84.7mm
        Height51.4mm
        Depth39.5mm

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