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KODAK LUMA 350 Projector Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 28, 2024 at 09:35 am

The KODAK LUMA 350 is a 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. It even has auto vertical keystone correction, making it fast and easy to set up when you move it. The LUMA 350 is capable of projecting images of up to 150". It's designed to quickly share media from your phone or mobile device over a wide selection of inputs, including USB, HDMI, or through the projector's casting and mirroring capabilities via DLNA or Miracast. It's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, has the Android OS smart interface, and has built-in dual 1.5W speakers.

Our Verdict

4.7 Movies

The KODAK LUMA 350 portable smart projector is a poor choice for watching movies in a dark room. Its brightness is awful, so it isn't usable in anything but the darkest of rooms. Thankfully, its contrast is decent, so it looks satisfactory when all the lights are off. Unfortunately, it 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, smart features, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth support, and integrated battery.
  • Decent contrast, so it looks satisfactory in dark rooms.
Cons
  • Terrible brightness; it's so dim you can barely see the image unless the room is pitch black.
  • Abysmal color accuracy out of the box, and the projector has no calibration features.
  • 4.7 Movies
  1. Updated Feb 28, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Feb 17, 2024: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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

Model Bluetooth Resolution Cast Capable Wi-Fi Tripod In Box Auto Keystone
LUMA 75 No 360p No No No No
LUMA 150 No 480p No Yes No No
LUMA 350 Yes 480p Yes (DLNA) Yes No Yes (vertical)
LUMA 400 Yes 720p Yes (DLNA) Yes Yes Yes (vertical)
LUMA 450 Yes 1080p Yes (DLNA) Yes Yes Yes (vertical)

Compared To Other Projectors

This projector is a poor choice for watching movies, but it is extremely small and has an integrated battery, so it can serve as a pocketable projector that you can easily bring around. It's a much better choice than the KODAK LUMA 150, as it's much brighter (even if still dim) with vastly better contrast, has auto vertical keystone correction, Bluetooth support, and is cast capable through DLNA. Still, if you don't need the integrated battery, opt for the much better XGIMI Elfin.

XGIMI Elfin

The KODAK LUMA 350 is better than the KODAK LUMA 150, and between the two, the 350 is the projector to get if you need an ultra-portable battery-equipped device. They both have terrible color accuracy that you can't improve through calibration. However, the LUMA 350 is brighter, has better contrast, a wider color gamut, a slightly higher output resolution, Bluetooth support, and is cast capable through DLNA.

BenQ HT2050A

The Epson Home Cinema 5050UB is far better than the KODAK LUMA 350, but they serve different purposes. The KODAK is an ultra-lite projector and is meant to be extremely easy to carry around, while the Epson is a much bigger projector that is meant for you to permanently install it. The Epson 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.

KODAK LUMA 150

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.

Epson Home Cinema 5050UB

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 is much better than the KODAK LUMA 350. The Epson is much brighter and vastly more accurate than the KODAK. The KODAK does have better contrast, but it's because everything is so dim; in comparison, the Epson has raised blacks, but it has a brighter and more vibrant image overall. The KODAK is a small ultra-portable projector with an integrated battery. The Epson is a bigger but still somewhat portable unit, although you need to plug it into an outlet. If you need a super-light projector with a battery, go for the KODAK, but the Epson is the better buy for all other purposes.

Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 is much better than the KODAK LUMA 350. The Epson is much brighter and vastly more accurate than the KODAK. The KODAK does have better contrast, but it's because everything is so dim; in comparison, the Epson has raised blacks, but it has a brighter and more vibrant image overall. The KODAK is a small ultra-portable projector with an integrated battery, while the Epson is a bigger but still somewhat portable unit, although you need to plug it into an outlet. If you need a super-light projector with a battery, go for the KODAK, but the Epson is the better buy for all other purposes.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.5
Design
Portability
Height 1.1" (2.9 cm)
Width 4.4" (11.2 cm)
Depth 4.4" (11.2 cm)
Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)

The KODAK 350 projector is extremely portable as it's very small and light and has an integrated battery and dual 1.5W speaker. Unlike the cheaper KODAK LUMA 150, the 350 has auto keystone correction, but only on the vertical axis, so you still need to manually adjust the geometry on the horizontal axis, and it still lacks autofocus. It doesn't have an adjustable stand or feet, but there's a mounting screw hole under the unit in case you want to mount it on a tripod.

Design
Projector Technology
Imaging Technology
DLP
Light Source
LED
Resolution
480p
Aspect Ratio
16 : 9
Minimum Throw Ratio
1.18
Maximum Throw Ratio
1.18

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

Picture Quality
2.9
Picture Quality
Brightness
White Light Output
134 lm
Color Light Output
124 lm
Brightness Uniformity
89%
Screen Brightness
15 cd/m²

This projector has terrible brightness. It's extremely dim, and while it's brighter than the KODAK LUMA 150, you'll still want to turn off every light in the room to see anything.

7.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
130 : 1

This projector has decent contrast. Its blacks are deep, mainly due to how dim everything is.

1.7
Picture Quality
Pre-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
10.41
Color dE
11.13
Gamma
2.13
Color Temperature
8,855 K
Picture Mode
No Picture Modes
Color Temp Setting
No Color Temp Setting
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting

The KODAK LUMA 350 has abysmal pre-calibration color accuracy. The white balance and color accuracy are completely off, to the point that some colors appear completely different. Reds are underrepresented in all shades of gray, and blues are overrepresented, giving all whites a noticeable blue tint. This can also be seen in the color temperature, which leans very cold. Thankfully, the projector's gamma is good, with most scenes leaning slightly too dark, although very bright scenes are instead a tad too bright.

1.7
Picture Quality
Post-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
10.41
Color dE
11.13
Gamma
2.13
Color Temperature
8,855 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.

7.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Rec. 709 xy
96.21%
Rec. 709 uv
94.67%
Rec. 2020 xy
61.00%
Rec. 2020 uv
74.81%

The KODAK LUMA 350's color gamut is very good. It does a fantastic job with the Rec. 709 color space used with SDR content and even does an okay job with the wider Rec. 2020 color space.

Features
Features
Inputs & Connectivity
HDMI
1
ARC/eARC
No
Wi-Fi Yes
USB Data Ports
1
Features
Smart Features & Sound
Smart OS
Android
Cast Capable
Yes
Speaker(s)
Yes

The projector is cast capable through DLNA. However, DLNA doesn't easily let you cast from video-sharing platforms like Netflix or YouTube. Instead, DLNA works best when casting from a local server, like if you have the video files directly on your phone or a media streaming server at home, like a Plex NAS. It also has screen mirroring capabilities via Miracast.

Features
In The Box

  • Power supply
  • Power adaptors
  • remote control
  • HDMI cable
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • User documentation