Kodak Luma 75 Portable Pocket Projector Review

The Kodak Luma 75 Projector ($189.99) doesn’t quite fit in a suit jacket pocket, but like an expensive pocket watch, everything about the physical design exudes fine craftsmanship. Best of all, it performs well, thanks to a low but usable brightness rating of 30 ANSI lumens, a 640 x 360 pixel resolution that allows it to display 720p or 1080p input without upscaling artifacts, and a battery rechargeable with a runtime of up to 90 minutes. . If you need a projector that’s as small as possible for professional or personal use, the Luma 75 is the one you want, making it our new Editors’ Choice for projectors that can actually go anywhere.


Don’t forget where you left it

The Luma 75 is small enough that you can lose it on your desk. It weighs just over 5 ounces and measures 0.8 x 3 x 3 inches (HWD), including rubber feet that prevent it from slipping when a cable pulls on it. Accidentally cover it with a piece of paper and you may have to search to find it.

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The advantage of the small size, of course, is that you can take it with you as easily as you carry a wallet or a mobile phone. Slip it into a backpack, briefcase, or pocket, and you’ll have it handy when you need it, just to show it off.

Kodak Luma 75 projector compared to a notebook

The case is designed for good looks as well as usability. All four sides are covered in a continuous silver band that’s only interrupted by the ports, lens, focus wheel, and power switch. The matte white bottom includes a tripod mount as well as the rubber feet, while the top panel is glossy white and serves as a control panel. When the unit is off, or when it is on but the controls are not active, all that shows on the top panel is a Kodak logo, a TI DLP logo, and a small circle black outline. When the device first turns on, a set of touch controls momentarily appear as backlit icons. You can also recall them later when needed by touching the circle.

The controls don’t give you many commands you can perform and the device doesn’t have a remote control. The only controls allow you to adjust the volume, choose the source of the image and browse the files of a memory source in the form of a slide show. The source choices allow you to switch between the HDMI port and two options labeled Movies and Pictures, which let you play files from a USB memory connected to the USB-A port or from a memory card in the microSD card slot.

When I connected the projector to my Samsung Galaxy S20 phone via a USB-C to HDMI cable, I didn’t even have to choose a source. The Luma 75 simply mirrored the phone whether I was watching the home screen or a movie on Netflix. The only other ports are a 3.5mm audio-out port and a Micro USB port for charging the battery using the supplied USB-A to Micro-USB cable.

Kodak Luma 75 top view: the control panel

As with most small projectors, the Luma 75 is built around a DLP chip paired with an RGB LED light source. It negotiates a 1280 x 720 pixel connection to computers and video sources by default. However, it has to resize the image to fit the native 640 x 360 pixel resolution, which means it behaves like a native 720p projector with soft focus. A key advantage is that the focus control is exceptionally precise for a small projector, so you can at least get the best possible focus quite easily.

Note that the built-in 1 watt speaker is usable in a quiet room, but for more useful volume you’ll want to connect headphones (or a powered audio system) to the 3.5mm audio output.


Sufficient image quality and brightness

Good color accuracy and other aspects of image quality are nowhere near as important for this class of projector as for, say, an entry-level home entertainment model, because no one is expect home theater quality images from a gadget that fits in your pocket. But the Luma 75 easily handles the low bar it needs to clear.

For professional graphics, it delivered sufficiently vivid colors in my tests. And while its soft focus isn’t suitable for viewing spreadsheets or text-heavy PDFs, it was fine with the larger fonts of typical PowerPoint slides, if you want to mirror your phone for a presentation. fast in the office.

Slip the Kodak Luma 75 projector into a pocket

Likewise, it handled photorealistic images well, including all of the photos and movies in our test suite, as well as some Netflix movie trailers and YouTube videos in my phone mirroring tests. The colors rarely went out of a realistic range. An orange in a fruit bowl was a little too red in one image, for example, and the skin tones were off in another. But these obvious color errors showed up fairly infrequently, and the colors were still close enough that almost anyone could consider them tolerable. On the plus side, the Luma 75 retained enough shadow detail that I could tell it was happening even in dark scenes.

Brightness was close to what I expected from the rated 30 lumens. According to Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) standards, 30 lumens would be adequate for a 16:9 image 21 to 29 inches diagonally in a darkened room, using a 1.0 gain screen. I found it bright enough for short sessions for a 32″ diagonal image (from 59″), but I’d downsize to a 19″ diagonal (from 33″) for more comfortable viewing for longer sessions. In an office or under similar ambient light levels, you’ll need to switch to something closer to a letter-size page for a bright enough image, which is always a big improvement over trying to give a presentation or to watch a movie, on your phone.

Kodak Luma 75 showing ports, power switch and focus wheel

A major benefit for those who find rainbow artifacts (flashes of red, green and blue) annoying is that the Luma 75 does a good job of avoiding them. I haven’t seen any in my testing, and I easily see them when they happen. That said, you might be more sensitive to it than I am. If you have any concerns about the problem, our usual advice applies: buy from a retailer that allows easy returns so you can test it yourself.


The most spotlights you can fit in your pocket

If you need the smallest possible projector capable enough to be useful for ad hoc business presentations, showing photos to one or two people, or watching movies on your own, the Kodak Luma 75 is a compelling choice. It lacks the built-in streaming of the Kodak Luma 350, winner of our Editors’ Choice award for a pocket entertainment projector, or the Kodak Luma 150’s ability to connect directly to a source over Wi-Fi, and it has a brightness much lower and resolution than the AAXA P7 Mini HD projector, our Editors’ Choice for 1080p pocket projectors.

But these extra features require a lot of battery power, which makes all the alternatives bigger and heavier. The Kodak Luma 75 is the stylish pick, as well as our Editors’ Choice recommendation, for a pocket projector. It’s the smallest projector that fits in your pocket and does a more than believable job.

Kodak Luma 75 Portable Pocket Projector

Benefits

  • Compact

  • Built-in battery rated at 90 minutes per charge

  • Exceptionally secure focus control

  • Supports input resolution up to 1080p

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The inconvenients

  • No image adjustment settings

  • Low native resolution (640 by 360 pixels)

  • Low rated light of 30 lumens

The essential

The Kodak Luma 75 is a minimalist projector that fits almost anywhere, and its low light and low resolution don’t detract from its core strength: casual on-the-fly projection.

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