Kodak Luma 150 Review
The Kodak Luma 150 is a pico projector that offers numerous features at an affordable price. With a 3×3 inch size and <1 pound weight, the Kodak Luma 150 can easily fit in your pocket, backpack, and purse. Thanks to its screen mirroring option and Bluetooth connectivity, you can instantly set up a mini-theater at your home.
With everything going portable, why should projectors be left behind, right?
Thus, in this Kodak Luma 150 review, we’ll see if this pocket projector is worth the price it’s sold for. Plus, we’ll also go through its design, built quality, and performance.
Also known as a pico projector, the Kodak Luma 150 is small and fits into your pocket, purse, or backpack. Plus, it has a built-in battery that eliminates the need for a constant power supply.
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Kodak Luma 150 Review
- FROM SMARTPHONE TO THE BIG SCREEN | Pocket Projector Produces Bright, Vivid Video & Imaging Up to 150” for Amazing Home Entertainment; Watch Movies Plugging in an External Device, View Pictures or Give Presentations Anywhere a Wall is Available!
- MULTIPLE METHODS FOR VIEWING | Versatile Device Comes w/ HDMI & Micro USB Cables for Hookup to Camera, Storage Drive, PC, Laptop & Other Compatible Devices | Go Wireless w/ Mobile-to-Projector Mirroring Via Airplay & Miracast
- STUNNING 16:9 PROJECTION | Device Boasts 60 Ansi lumen brightness LED Lamp, 854 x 480 Resolution, Supports 4K Resolution & 1000:1 Contrast Ratio for Crystal Clear Widescreen Imaging; Watch HD Video, Play 4K Games & Share Family Photographs w/ Brilliant Color & Clarity
- DESIGNED FOR EASY PORTABILITY | Includes Built-In Speaker & Sleek Illuminated Onboard Controls So You Can Watch & Listen On Demand| Powers Via Rechargeable Battery Up to 2.5 Hrs.
- THE ULTIMATE MULTIMEDIA COMPANION | Tiny Projector Makes a Wonderful Gift Idea Note: Copyrighted content from Hulu, Netflix, and similar services CAN NOT be mirrored or screencast. Mirroring and screencast can be used to display non-copyrighted content downloaded on an external device. Or, such copyrighted content can be viewed by plugging in an external streaming device, such as a Firestick or Roku.
First Impression & Design of Kodak Luma 150
At first look, the Kodak Luma 150 looks very tiny. If you haven’t seen a pico projector before, it’s hard to believe a projector is enclosed in such a small size.
It measures 3.1 inches in length & depth, and 0.87 inches in height. Due to its tiny size, it weighs just under 1 pound.
Within the box, you get the projector along with a USB charging cable and HDMI cable. It also includes a warranty card and instruction manual.
The Kodak Luma 150 is available in white color with a rose gold color strip wrapped around the edges. The front features a small-size projection lens and a 1.5W speaker. You get a focus ring and a power button on the left side, while the right side features a heat vent and a microSD card slot.
The top features capacitive (feather touch) control buttons, while the bottom has 4 feet and a tripod threading.
You also get connectivity options like an HDMI port, USB port, headphone jack, and a charging port at the back.
Design-wise, the Kodak Luma 150 checks all the boxes for a tiny pico projector. It can be a fantastic kid’s projector or an ideal companion to take your movies and entertainment anywhere with you.
Built Quality of Kodak Luma 150
Manufactured with such a small footprint, this projector is nicely packaged. It can take everyday rough usage and a few drops here and there.
It is built entirely out of plastic, yet feels sturdy and can last longer unless you intentionally thrash it.
The top part, which features feature touch buttons, flexes a little bit. But you do not need to press the buttons hard to register an input.
Due to its size, you can place this pico projector anywhere you like. However, I’d recommend investing in a small tripod for stress-free viewing.
Performance of Kodak Luma 150
The Kodak Luma 150 uses DLP projection technology with an LED light source. In such a tiny frame, the projector can produce up to 60 ANSI lumens brightness. In contrast, this device can produce up to 120 inches of projection screen.
If you’d ask me, 60 lumens is low brightness. You’ll need a completely dark room to get decent projection.
Plus, at 120 inches, the projection might look faded. Around 40-60 inches would be an ideal projection size for this projector.
Moreover, this projector offers a native resolution of 854 x 480p, while it supports an input signal of up to 1080p. Thus, you can connect devices like Amazon Fire Stick or Roku and enjoy the latest content without hiccups.
Talking about display quality, the color output looks realistic in a 100% dark room. Yet it starts to fade as external light creeps in.
As mentioned above, 40-60 inches (diagonally) is the sweet spot for a large screen projection. Anything bigger than that, and the projection starts to fade very quickly.
With 60 ANSI lumens brightness, you aren’t left with any wiggle room. You’ll need a theater-like darkroom to get a bright projection. The colors start to fade in a moderately lit room, and the picture quality looks washed out.
Also Read: 5 Best Projectors for a Bright Room
You also get Wi-Fi capabilities with this projector. It isn’t a smart projector; thus, it can’t connect to your Wi-Fi router and get on the internet. However, it supports easy wireless screen mirroring with your mobile, tablet, and laptop.
In the audio department, the Luma 150 comes with a single 1.5W speaker setup. The speaker offers average sound quality. I wouldn’t recommend it to watch an entire movie.
The Kodak Luma 150 has Bluetooth connectivity. Thus, you can improve its audio performance by connecting it to an external Bluetooth speaker. You also get a 3.5mm headphone jack for a personal viewing experience.
Talking about the battery life – Kodak doesn’t mention the exact battery specifications and its size.
We only know that the battery is rated to last up to 2.5 hours on a full charge. In certain instances, we’ve found this battery lasts up to 3 hours. This can happen if you’re watching content through a microSD card and headphone.
Important Features & Functions
Kodak Luma 150 Review: Pros & Cons
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the Kodak Luma 150 last?
The Kodak Luma 150 lasts around 2.5 to 3 hours depending on your usage.
Does Kodak Luma 150 work with iPhone?
Yes, the Kodak Luma 150 works with iPhone, thanks to the screen mirroring option
How do I watch Netflix on my Kodak Luma 150?
You’ll need Chromecast or Amazon Fire Stick to watch Netflix on Kodak Luma 150. While it has Wi-Fi; however, it isn’t a smart projector.
Does Kodak Luma 150 have Bluetooth?
Yes, it comes with Bluetooth connectivity options.
The Kodak Luma 150 is an exciting choice as a pocket projector. It is an engineering marvel to build a DLP-based projector in a compact casing.
Although my experience with this projector was very mixed, it is hard to ignore its footprint. Due to the small form factor, you have to compromise on the brightness.
At 60 ANSI lumens, the Kodak Luma is not ideal to use anywhere other than a completely dark room. Plus, it limits you to a 40-60 inch projection screen. Anything larger than that will result in color fading.
Having said that, the Kodak Luma 150 will be a great pick for your kids. It’s also an ideal choice as a cake or cookie decorating projector.
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