JK Imaging, the worldwide licensee of the Kodak brand name for digital cameras, has unveiled a new Micro Four Thirds camera called the Kodak Pixpro S1. JK Imaging announced in Peking the Kodak Pixpro S1 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with built-in WiFi and a CMOS sensor. The company’s representatives showed a mock-up of the new camera at a press conference in China.
Kodak Pixpro S1 will be compatible with Micro Four Thirds lenses and possibly other MFT accessories. They will also introduce new line of Kodak compact cameras – Kodak Pixpro AZ362, AZ361 (superzooms), FZ51, FZ41 (compact) and FZ251 (high end compact)
Kodak has been a member of the Four Thirds consortium since the latter’s inception in 2002. JK Imaging’s adoption of Micro Four Thirds standard was announced this month.
Kodak and JK Imaging Announce Brand Licensing Agreement for Consumer Digital Products
ROCHESTER, N.Y., January 07 —
Eastman Kodak Company and JK Imaging, Ltd. today announced that they have entered into a multi-year agreement for JK Imaging to license the Kodak brand name for certain consumer products, including digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and portable projectors. JK Imaging plans to launch its first products in the second quarter of 2013.
“Kodak remains a strong and trustworthy brand in the consumer space and this agreement reinforces how valuable our brand is,” said Laura Quatela, President of Kodak and Personalized Imaging. “When we announced our plan to exit the digital camera business last year, we said we would explore licensing opportunities for the brand in this category. The JK Imaging team has global experience and expertise in the industry.”
JK Imaging’s CEO, Joe Atick, is chairman of JA Capital Holdings, a global supplier specializing in consumer imaging and electronics products. Atick said, “Our decision to license the globally-recognized Kodak brand from Eastman Kodak Company was a natural fit. With more than a century of imaging firsts, there is great significance and value in the Kodak name. We intend to continue this legacy and bring to market the next generation of ‘must have’ portable, personal electronics that enhance the lives of consumers worldwide.”
Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.