Kodak announced that it will be launching two smart lens cameras called the SL10 and SL25. These devices are meant to be strapped to an iOS or Android smartphone to take better pictures. Both models work the same way as the Sony Lens Cameras however will be sold at a cheaper price. The SL10 is priced at $199 while the SL25 costs $299.
A press release of the company says that the cameras are “Developed to fit a large void in current smart phone cameras and their limitations, the KODAK PIXPRO SMART LENS Camera is a simple yet powerful accessory that snaps on to iOS and ANDROID devices and turns your phone into the next generation of long zoom camera. For enhanced usability the SMART LENS Camera is wireless and can be controlled with a free downloadable app.”
Information regarding the specifications of each lens is still few. What we do know is that the SL10 will have a 10x zoom lens and a 28-280mm range. The SL25 will have a 25x zoom with a 24-600mm range. Both cameras are capable of recording full 1080p videos and come with a microSD slot to store photos and videos.
The company says that both cameras will come with image stabilization, will weigh only a few ounces, and will be released in spring 2014.
This is going to be a great accessory for people who don’t have a great camera on their smartphones as it will allow photos to be taken just like a dedicated digital camera.
One thing that is missing though is the flash which would have been useful in low lighting conditions. We are also not sure how long the battery is going to last on this device as this has been one of the problems consumers faced with the Sony Lens Cameras.
We will keep you posted on more details of the SL10 and the SL25 as soon as information becomes available.