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KODAK LUMA 150 Projector Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 13, 2024 at 10:37 am
Latest change: Writing modified Feb 28, 2024 at 09:44 am

The KODAK LUMA 150 is a very basic 480p portable pocket projector. It's designed to be small enough to fit in your pockets, and its integrated battery lets you take it with you easily. The LUMA 150 is capable of projecting images of up to 120". It's designed to quickly share media from your phone or mobile device over a wide selection of inputs, including USB, microSD, HDMI, or through the projector's mirroring capabilities via AirPlay or Miracast. It's Wi-Fi enabled and has a built-in 1.5W speaker.

Our Verdict

3.1 Movies

The KODAK LUMA 150 portable wireless projector is bad for watching movies in a dark room. Its brightness is abysmal, and it isn't usable in anything but the darkest of rooms. Unfortunately, it has poor contrast, so fine details are hard to make out in dim scenes. It also has terrible pre-calibration accuracy, and there's no way to calibrate it, so you're stuck with the terrible colors it comes with.

Pros
  • Extremely portable due to its size, Wi-Fi support, and integrated battery.
Cons
  • Terrible brightness; it's so dim you can barely see the image even in a dark room.
  • Poor contrast, as everything is dark.
  • Abysmal color accuracy out-of-the-box and the projector doesn't have any calibration features.
  • Sub-par color gamut.
  • 3.1 Movies
  1. Updated Feb 28, 2024: Mentioned the newly reviewed KODAK LUMA 350 in the Contrast section of this review.
  2. Updated Feb 13, 2024: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the KODAK LUMA 150 projector. It's one of the cheaper products in KODAK's LUMA range of projectors, which includes the cheaper KODAK LUMA 75 and the more expensive KODAK LUMA 350, KODAK LUMA 400, and KODAK LUMA 450.

Model Bluetooth Resolution Cast Capable Wi-Fi
LUMA 75 No 360p No No
LUMA 150 No 480p No Yes
LUMA 350 Yes 480p Yes Yes
LUMA 400 Yes 720p Yes Yes
LUMA 450 Yes 1080p Yes Yes

Compared To Other Projectors

This projector is terrible; we don't recommend buying it. However, it's extremely small and has an integrated battery, so it can be an extremely pocketable projector you can easily bring around. Still, if you need such a product, you'd be better off just going for the KODAK LUMA 350, which isn't great either, but it's certainly more usable than the LUMA 150. If you don't need the integrated battery, opt instead for the vastly better XGIMI Elfin.

KODAK LUMA 350

The BenQ HT2050A is much better than the KODAK LUMA 350, but they're significantly different projectors. The KODAK is an ultra-lite projector and is meant to be extremely easy to carry around. The BenQ is a bigger projector that is meant for you to install permanently. The BenQ has vastly better image quality. However, the KODAK is small and has more smart features, like an integrated Android TV OS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth support, cast capabilities through DLNA, and auto vertical keystone correction.

XGIMI MoGo 2

The XGIMI MoGo 2 is much better than the KODAK LUMA 150. The KODAK has one advantage: portability. It's so small that you must see it to believe it, and it even comes with an integrated battery. Unfortunately, that extreme portability comes at a cost, as the KODAK's image quality is abysmal, with terrible brightness and poor contrast, as well as some of the worst pre-calibration accuracy possible, which you can't even improve through calibration.

VANKYO Leisure 3

The KODAK LUMA 150 is better than the VANKYO Leisure 3, but only because the KODAK is much more portable due to its smaller size and integrated battery. When it comes to image quality, they're both equally abysmal.

XGIMI Elfin

The XGIMI Elfin is vastly better than the KODAK LUMA 150. The XGIMI does everything better, and while it isn't as portable as the KODAK, it's no slouch in that department due to its compact size and 2.2 lbs weight. The KODAK does have an integrated battery, but its image quality is so abysmal that it's hard to recommend it over the Elfin only for that feature.

VANKYO Leisure 470

The VANKYO Leisure 470 and the KODAK LUMA 150 are similar projectors. Both are very dim and have dull and inaccurate colors, but there are some differences. The Kodak is the better choice if you're after portability since it is a lot smaller, lighter, and is powered by an internal battery. On the other hand, the VANKYO has deeper blacks, thanks to its higher contrast ratio, so it looks better in a dark room. The VANKYO also has a higher native resolution, so its image is sharper than the Kodak.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.5
Design
Portability
Height 0.9" (2.4 cm)
Width 3.9" (10.0 cm)
Depth 3.9" (10.0 cm)
Weight
0.5 lbs (0.2 kg)

The KODAK LUMA 150 is extremely portable as it's surprisingly small and light, and it has an integrated battery and 1.5W speaker. Unfortunately, it doesn't have Auto Keystone correction or an autofocus, so it needs some manual adjustments for optimal image quality.

Design
Projector Technology
Imaging Technology
DLP
Light Source
LED
Resolution
480p
Aspect Ratio
16 : 9
Minimum Throw Ratio
1.62
Maximum Throw Ratio
1.62

This 480p projector uses an LED backlight, so you'll likely never have to replace it.

Picture Quality
2.4
Picture Quality
Brightness
White Light Output
43 lm
Color Light Output
47 lm
Brightness Uniformity
100%
Screen Brightness
5 cd/m²

This projector has terrible brightness. It's barely usable, and the only way to see anything is to have absolutely no lights turned on in the room. At least it has outstanding brightness uniformity, so everything is equally dim.

4.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
69 : 1

This projector has poor contrast. Blacks are deep, but that's mainly because everything is so dim. The KODAK LUMA 350 has much better contrast than this model.

0.9
Picture Quality
Pre-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
24.46
Color dE
12.85
Gamma
0.91
Color Temperature
10,578 K
Picture Mode
No Picture Modes
Color Temp Setting
No Color Temp Setting
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting

The KODAK LUMA 150 has truly terrible accuracy. The white balance and color accuracy are completely off, to the point that some colors show up as something completely different. The projector is extremely dark in all scenes, and its color temperature is extremely cold, giving everything a very noticeable blue tint.

0.9
Picture Quality
Post-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
24.46
Color dE
12.85
Gamma
0.91
Color Temperature
10,578 K
White Balance Calibration
No
Color Calibration
No
Picture Mode
No Picture Modes

This projector has no calibration tools, so you can't improve its terrible color accuracy.

5.5
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Rec. 709 xy
81.24%
Rec. 709 uv
80.17%
Rec. 2020 xy
43.60%
Rec. 2020 uv
53.14%

The color gamut is sub-par. This projector can't display the full range of colors in SDR content and does a bad job with the wider Rec. 2020 color space.

Features
Features
Inputs & Connectivity
HDMI
1
ARC/eARC
No
Wi-Fi Yes
USB Data Ports
1

The projector has one microSD card slot on its right side.

Features
Smart Features & Sound
Smart OS
No
Cast Capable
No
Speaker(s)
Yes

The projector doesn't have casting capabilities, but it has screen mirroring capabilities via AirPlay or Miracast.

Features
In The Box

  • Power supply
  • Power adaptors
  • HDMI cable
  • User documentation