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Pick of the Week – Kodak Ektra Smartphone


Kodak Ektra Smartphone

On October 20th (2016), Kodak issued a press release, announcing their new smartphone.  The Kodak Ektra. This device, which seems more camera than phone, seems wonderfully retro.  It has dial controls on the screen for intuitive control of the camera’s features, and sports a number of photo modes for many of your shooting situations.  They are also releasing some interesting accessories (see the photo with the case below) to further enhance that retro style.

From the press release:

At the heart of the KODAK EKTRA Smartphone is a 21-megapixel fast focus camera sensor with f2.0 aperture, and an industry leading 13-megapixel front-facing camera with Phase Detection Kodak Ektra SmartphoneAuto Focus PDAF and f2.2 aperture. The custom built camera app is controlled by an intuitive haptic touch, SLR-style Scene Selection Dial, where adjustments are made in real time via a range of settings including HDR, Landscape, Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night-time, Panorama and Bokeh, alongside a Smart Auto mode which auto-selects the best conditions for your photographs. In Manual mode, more advanced users can adjust exposure, ISO, focus, white balance and shutter speed, with the results being visible on the screen as changes are made.
Kodak Ektra with Case

Kodak Ektra with Optional Case

Kodak Ektra with Optional Case

Here are some of the specifications:

KODAK EKTRA Smartphone key features:

  • ANDROID 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Professional results from a 21MP fast focus camera sensor with F2.0, PDAF, OIS, Dual LED Flash
  • 13MP phase detection auto focus front-facing camera with F2.2 PDAF
  • Helio X20 2.3GHz Decacore processor with 3GB RAM
  • 32GB memory, expandable with MicroSD cards
  • Advanced Manual Mode – adjustable on Exposure, ISO, Focal Length (Manual/Auto), White Balance, Shutter Speed, Aperture (fixed f2.0 main camera)
  • Familiar scene selection dial experience – includes scene modes Smart Auto, Portrait, Manual, Sports, Bokeh, Night-time, HDR, Panorama, Macro, Landscape, Film / Video
  • Integrated high quality printing app
  • Super 8 Video Recorder
  • Integrated social media sharing
  • 3000mAh, with USB 3.0 Type C fast charger

The Extra will be priced at £449 when it is released in Europe later this year.  The press release didn’t indicate when it would be released in the U.S, but I was told from the PR person I contacted that it should be sometime in 2017.  This is a camera, which will also let you make a phone call.  And I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one!


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