Kodak launches new Smile instant cameras, printer and Luma projectors

Jan 7, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Kodak launches new Smile instant cameras, printer and Luma projectors

Jan 7, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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While the Kodak name doesn’t have the same impact it once did, Kodak is still out there and they’ve kicked off CES 2019 with several new gear announcements. There are two new models of Kodak Smile instant camera. There’s the Kodak Smile Classic and the regular Kodak Smile.

There’s a Kodak Smile Instant Digital Printer, too, compatible with iOS and Android devices and can be sent photos via Bluetooth for printing from your Smartphone. And, finally, Kodak is also expanding their Luma range with three new Luma 75, Luma 150 and Luma 350 projectors.

Kodak Smile Classic Instant Print Digital Camera – $150

Combining modern instant digital printing tech with some retro style looks, the Kodak Smile Classic certainly has a familiar looking feel. It features a pop-up viewfinder, an automatic built-in flash, a 10-second timer and a microSD card slot. It prints on 3.51×4.25″ Kodak ZINK sticky-backed photo paper. You can also connect this camera to your phone via Bluetooth and use it to print your smartphone photos.

Kodak Smile Instant Print Digital Camera – $100

The non-classic variety of Smile camera looks a little less conspicuous if you ignore the colour scheme.  As far as looks go, it’s a more modern design,  although that little slidey out button pad at the end does remind me of some early Windows phones. Unlike the camera above, this camera uses the rear LCD as the viewfinder, also features built-in automatic flash, 10-second timer and a microSD card slot.

It also uses the Kodak ZINK tech for instant prints, but instant prints isn’t all it’s good for. It’s also a regular 10-megapixel digital camera, too.

Kodak Smile Instant Digital Printer – $100

The Kodak Smile Instant Digital Printer is, as the name suggests, the printing end of the Instant cameras above. Ideal for those who are already happy with the camera the lives in their pocket as part of their phone. The Smile Instant Printer offers Bluetooth connection for apps available on both iOS and Android to let you print off your camera roll.

Kodak Luma 75/150/350 Projectors – $179/279/349

You’re probably not going to be playing the latest Hollywood blockbuster movie to a room of 50 people on one of these things, but the Kodak Luma projectors can be great for small gatherings. Perhaps you’ve gone to visit your parents to show off your latest holiday snaps. A projector sure make it easier than a little phone screen.

The Luma 75, 150 and 350 printers offer viewing surfaces up to 100″, 150″ and 200″ respectively. They’re equipped to mirror images and videos via MIRACAST, and are compatible up to 1080p resolution.

The Luma 350 has a built in android operating system, allowing it to quickly and easily browse the web or streaming services like Netflix, HBO and Hulu – so maybe you will be watching that movie on one of these after all.

The new cameras, printer and projectors are all on show at CES 2019 if you want to check them out in person.

There’s no word on exactly when the new products will become available to purchase yet, but you can probably expect to see them popping up in the usual places really soon.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “Kodak launches new Smile instant cameras, printer and Luma projectors”

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    DPJ

    I like the idea of the mini printer. Especially for those times when your with friends and taking pics on a phone and you want a hard copy for everyone to have, rather than just keeping it on a phone.