The Kodak branded S1 Micro Four Thirds compact system camera is delayed

Kodak S1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

Amateurphotographer reports that the Kodak branded S1 Micro Four Thirds compact system camera produced by JK Imaging will be delayed. The official release was scheduled for Q3 of 2013.


The Kodak AZ521 super zoom camera (also produced by JK Imaging) should now be available in the UK for £249.99 (around $380). Here are the specs:

Image Sensor

Type    1/2.3"CMOS
Effective Pixels    16.38 Megapixels
Total Pixels    16.79 Megapixels


Focal Length    4.3mm (Wide) - 223.6mm (Tele)
35mm film equivalent    24mm (Wide) - 1248mm (Tele)
F number    F2.8 (Wide) - F5.6 (Tele)
Lens Construction    13 groups 15 elements
Optical Zoom    52x

Focusing Range

Normal: (Wide) 60cm ~ ɬ,
(Tele) 300cm ~ ɬ
Macro: 1cm ~ ɬ (Wide Only)
Autofocus System   TTL Autofocus
Electronic Viewfinder    Noʳ
Anti-Handshake    Optical Image Stabilization
Digital Zoom    4x Digital Zoom (Combined Zoom: 208x)

Number of
Recording Pixels
Still Image    (4:3)
16MP: 4608×3456
10MP: 3648×2736
5MP: 2592×1944
3MP: 2048×1536
0.3MP: 640×480 (3:2)
14MP: 4608×3072 (16:9)
12MP: 4608×2592
2MP: 1920×1080

Movie    1920×1080: 30fps
1280×720: 60fps / 30fps / 15fps
640×480: 30fps
320×240: 30fps
High-Speed Movie 640×480: 120fps
Image Compression    Best, Fine, Normal
DCF, DPOF (Ver1.1) Support    Yes

File Format    Still Image    Exif 2.3 (JPEG)
Movie    MOV [Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)]

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  • Hubertus_Bigend

    If the “S1” was a slightly more attractive kind of camera, which for my tastes would include at least a viewfinder of sorts, I’d say bummer, but as it is, the delay won’t be causing too much harm for the Micro Four Thirds world… That said, each addition to the system is good for the system, adding more choices and more competition, even if only in the entry-level range, and if the camera should turn out to be decent enough, it might even help Kodak out of their misery a bit.

    • Peter

      this is not Kodak. just a brand on a noname chinese product

      • Hubertus_Bigend

        Actually it’s a no-name US product 😉 (more correctly, the manufacturer is US-based “JK Imaging”), and I don’t know the exact deal, but there could be profit payouts involved, and a good camera labeled ‘Kodak’ always has the potential to to bolster Kodak’s reputation even if it’s just someone else using the name…

        • Mistral75

          JK Imaging is a pure marketing and distribution platform. They are licensed by Eastman Kodak and may use the Kodak brand name for digital cameras, portable video cameras, home cinema equipment, portable projectors, rifle scopes and laser rangefinders.

          The actual designer and manufacturer of the so-called Kodak S1 and of all Kodak branded, JK Imaging distributed cameras is the Taiwanese company Asia Optical. They have two R&D centres in Taïwan and Hangzhou. Cameras are manufactured in Shenzhen.

          Asia Optical manufacture for many companies, including Canon, Epson, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Ricoh, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony and

          • Hubertus_Bigend

            Thanks for the exhaustive info!

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