The Kodak Extra has just landed in the UK and this camera phone promises to be on the radar of consumers looking for a more advanced amateur photography experience. The Kodak camera phone has gone on sale at just over £420 or it can be picked up on a two year contract from £22 per month.
Kodak Ektra camera
The Kodak Ektra has a 21MP camera coupled with a Sony made sensor that has a special lens coating that draws in light. The dual LED flash aids low-light photography and an authentic camera feel is recreated with a virtual DSLR dial, with haptic feedback given as it rotates.
PDAF (Phase Detect Auto Focus) ensures that focus is achieved quickly, while a two-step shutter button further creates an authentic feel. Photography is aided by HDR and six axis optical image stabilisation.
Undoubtedly, the type of consumer that buys this device will want full control of the camera’s setting. Kodak has given this with manual control over the shutter speed, exposure, ISO, white balance and focal length.
The shooting mode can be selected by using the DSLR dial, with options including Panorama, Sport, Night Time, Macro, Portrait Landscape or Bokeh, which is software driven. For times when shooting mode selection isn’t desired, the Kodak can be flicked onto Smart Auto.
4K video recording is possible with vignettes, Super 8 filters and film grains. The secondary 13MP camera can be used for taking selfies, while the Snapseed app, from Google, will allow you to edit and tune the results.
Kodak Ektra design
The Kodak Ektra looks like a camera, as you might expect, and has a traditional camera form with a bulge on one side, with a dedicated shutter button. The phone has a metallic frame, while the rear face is made from textured leather. Its most prominent design element is the large steel camera lens, which protrudes by 4mm outwards from the 9.69mm body.
The 5” Full HD display is protected behind durable Corning Gorilla Glass and the whole experience is powered by a very fast 2.3GHz deca-core MediaTek X20 processor with 3GB RAM. There is a 32GB internal memory for storing apps, photos and videos and a microSD card slot allows this to be expanded upon.
The 3,000mAh battery is at the higher end of the capacities that we see today and this supports fast charging. The Kodak Ektra is also Pump Express ready, which stops overheating through automatic voltage and temperature management.
Kodak Extra feature
The Kodak Ektra has all of the features you would expect to find on a premium smartphone. Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system includes favourite apps such as the Chrome Web browser and Google Maps for navigation.
Kodak has added to the pre-loaded apps with AVG Anti Virus software and MobiSystems Office Suite app, which is the most downloaded office app on Google Play. The office suite of software will allow you to create, view or edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents or convert them to or from PDF.
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