Kodak has quietly introduced a new compact camera with a superzoom lens at Photokina 2014. The PixPro FZ201 is official now and it has been on-display at the world’s biggest digital imaging event.
After saving itself from bankruptcy, courtesy of JK Imaging, Kodak is trying to make a comeback on the market by introducing new products. The list of Kodak-branded digital imaging products includes superzoom cameras, a Micro Four Thirds camera, and a bunch of lenses.
The line-up has grown at Photokina 2014, which has just ended, courtesy of the new Kodak PixPro FZ201, a compact shooter with an extended zoom lens.
Kodak PixPro FZ201 announced with 16MP sensor and 20x zoom lens at Photokina 2014
Kodak seems to have lost its touch when it comes to introducing new gear. However, the word will get out one way or another, so now we can report that the Kodak PixPro FZ201 is official with a new 16.15-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type CCD image sensor.
The superzoom camera also employs a 20x optical zoom lens, which will offer a 35mm equivalent of 25-500mm The maximum aperture will range between f/3.5-4.9 and will depend on the selected focal length.
The FZ201 comes with built-in optical image stabilization, a system that will compensate for any hand or camera shakes.
Additionally, the shutter speed will range between 1/2000th of a second and 30 seconds in manual mode. The exposure settings are completed by an ISO sensitivity range between 80 and 1600.
This is an entry-level compact camera which should not be too expensive
Although the Kodak PixPro FZ201 supports manual controls, it is not capable of capturing RAW photos, so professionals might not be very happy about this. Another downside is the fact that the camera records videos at only 720p resolution and 30fps.
On the back of the shooter, users will find a 3-inch 230K-dot LCD screen. The display is not tiltable and it does not support touch gestures, but it will have to be enough to compose your shots because the FZ201 does not employ a viewfinder.
The camera measures 109.7 x 69.6 x 38.3mm, while weighing 202 grams. Photos and videos will be stored on a SD/SDHC/SDXC card or an on Eye-Fi card.
The FZ201 will offer a battery life of up to 210 shots on a single charge, but the usage drops dramatically if photographers use the built-in flash. The camera does not have a release date, nor a price, yet, but these details should become official soon therefore you will need to stay tuned.