JK Imaging to market a Kodak branded Micro 4/3 camera lineup, first model will be named the Kodak S1 WiFi equipped camera with a Sony sensor, to be made available in Q3, 2013.

JK Imaging to market a Kodak branded Micro 4/3 camera lineup, first model will be named the Kodak S1 WiFi equipped camera with a Sony sensor, to be made available in Q3, 2013.
JK Imaging to market a Kodak branded Micro 4/3 camera lineup, first model will be named the Kodak S1 WiFi equipped camera with a Sony sensor, to be made available in Q3, 2013.
Kodak and Jk Imaging shaking hands about to make a quick buck
Kodak S1 mirror models was published using M4 / 3 system and built-in WiFi.
Kodak JK Imaging and mainland Asia Optical technology cooperation with the Unite

Story first uncovered by ePrice in Taiwan, and initially picked up by 43 Rumors and Mirrorless Rumors, but we'll change/add to their wording a bit. First, neither Kodak, NOR JK Imaging are capable of manufacturing anything, this will be a crappy (or semi-decent, depending on your Point of View) OEM story, similar to the 'Polaroid' interchangeable lens cameras.

Second, JK Imaging (boasting of maintaining sales offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila, China, Dubai, and Jordan, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela) is a company that literally came out of nowhere, represented by a single guy, and probably being just a front for JAACX distributors, a retailer with a presence mainly in Latin America.

Third, a mostly unknown nowadays tidbit is that Kodak was one of the two (together with Olympus) companies that invented the original four thirds format, but no consumer products (beyond the Kodak CCDs) ever materialized, and the company stayed out of the micro 4/3 evolution altogether. It will be interesting to see how the whole licencing and IP poker game will work out.

Finally, I'll just say that this Kodak/JK Imaging story just smells of an attempt to capitalize on whatever is left of Kodak's reputation, mainly among older people and/or in less developed countries. Prepare for disappointments people, and be less enthusiastic when you read (or post) boastful press-releases.

 

 


 

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