Early last year, the Eastman Kodak Company announced the phase out and cessation of all its "dedicated capture devices." Citing the rise in quality of smartphone cameras, Kodak-branded cameras looked set to be consigned to the history books ... until a Los Angeles company called JK Imaging signed a brand licensing deal in January 2013 that would see the globally-recognized Kodak name emblazoned on a new wave of digital imaging devices. The first of the new PIXPRO line to emerge is the Astro Zoom AZ361 bridge camera.

The AZ361 looks to be the first of three long zooms from JK Imaging under the PIXPRO name, with two compacts and a waterproof active cam also currently shown as "Coming Soon" on the company's Kodak brand website.

The camera features a 16-megapixel (1/2.3-inch) CCD Sensor, up to ISO3200 sensitivity, a 9-point autofocus system, and an aspheric HD 36x wide-angle optical zoom lens made up of 16 elements in 14 groups. The focal length runs from 24mm wide-angle to 864mm telephoto.

The Astro Zoom benefits from optical image stabilization to help compensate for camera shake, a DSLR-like PASM mode dial, and a host of included creativity options. It's powered by a 3.7 V/1100 mAh Li-ion battery (200 stills per charge), is capable of recording 720p HD video at 30 fps with monaural audio, and includes HDMI and AV/USB connectivity. There's a 3-inch 460,000-dot LCD display panel to the rear, and an integrated pop-up flash module to the top.

The all-new Kodak PIXPRO Astro Zoom AZ361 bridge camera is available now in silver, white, blue or red at a suggested retail of US$229.

Product page: AZ361