Kodak Pixpro S-1 Review

September 9, 2014 | Gavin Stoker | |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

Interestingly, as we noted in the main body of this review, the ability to shoot Raw files either separate to or in tandem with JPEGs is limited to the P,A,S,M creative modes - with JK Imaging/Kodak seemingly seeking to hold the hand of newbies, in Auto mode it simply isn’t made available. That being said, still images from the Kodak are as colourful as one would expect from a camera bearing this branding, their sharpness comparable with any entry level model with a sensor smaller than an APS-C chip. While there is a degree of fisheye effect when shooting at maximum wideangle on the 12-45mm (24-90mm equivalent) zoom lens provided out of the box, at the telephoto end of the same object we were able to get sharp results even in duller conditions when shooting handheld.

In our opinion, the Kodak’s results are a near match for a good premium camera, such as the RX100 III, even if they may not quite reach the heights of a dedicated DSLR. This means that pictures can benefit from a degree of further sharpening in post-production as well as contrast adjusted on occasion - but you could say the same thing for 99% of comparable interchangeable lens compacts. More positively we found exposures to generally be even.

For low light shooting without the aid of the clip-on flash, the S-1 offers an ISO range stretching from ISO200 right up to ISO12800. It’s only really when we get to ISO6400 that the image starts to visibly deteriorate with grain visible across the frame. At ISO12800 it’s noticeably worse again, with both grain visible and at the same time a softening of detail. However at ISO1600 results remain, sharp clear and colourful, and we’d be happy shooting at ISO3200.

Noise

There are 6 ISO settings available on the Kodak Pixpro S-1. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and RAW on the right.

JPEG RAW

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Flash

The flash settings on the Kodak Pixpro S-1 are Smart Flash, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain and Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

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Flash Off - Telephoto (90mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (90mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. Neither the Auto setting or the Red-eye reduction mode caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
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Red-eye reduction

Red-eye reduction (100% Crop)

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Night

The Kodak Pixpro S-1's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's also a Bulb setting of up to 4 minutes, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1/9 second at ISO 200. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 15 second setting the actual exposure takes 30 seconds.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

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