Secondary Camera: 13 MPix f/2.2, Videos @1080p/30 FPS
Average of 3 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Kodak Ektra
The camera-smartphone? The Kodak Ektra carries a big name and accordingly wants to pocket the prize for the best smartphone camera. Read on to find out if it does, and whether this smartphone could be something for you.
Source: PC Mag
The Kodak Ektra is a $400 Android phone that doubles as a point-and-shoot camera, sparing you the hassle of carrying around two devices. It takes solid pictures and offers a reasonable level of performance for the price. That said, it's not necessarily the best camera phone you can get. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is pricey, but it remains the best shooter among smartphones, and has a gorgeous design, faster performance, and a sharper display. If you're looking for something in the same price range, both the Moto G5 Plus and ZTE Axon 7 give you updated software, excellent hardware, better battery life, and a slew of unique features. But the Kodak Ektra is still worth considering for travelers who want something with a little more punch than a phone camera, but don't want to splurge on a point-and-shoot.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
The Ektra tries to be a great camera and a high-end phone at once, but it's not great at being either.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/05/2017
Rating: Total score: 52% performance: 50% mobility: 60% workmanship: 40%
Model: Kodak’s classic 35 mm rangefinder is now back in the form of a camera-centric smartphone – the Kodak Ektra. The Ektra sports a distinctive but nostalgic design. Encased in black leather with a stainless steel frame and giant camera lens, it resembles retro-styled SLRs and compact cameras. At a thickness of 9.69 mm, the Ektra is bulkier than most handsets on the market. Despite that, it is surprisingly light to hold. The bulbous area at the bottom of the phone helps to balance the 14 mm protruding camera lens. The sides of the Ektra are protected by brushed metal and accented by a heavy chamfer. The cylindrical bulge that serves as a camera grip also hosts the phone’s Type-C USB port. The phone’s left side features the hybrid SIM and microSD tray whilst the right houses the phone’s metal hardware controls. Moving to the front, the display of the Ektra is a 5-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 1080p. The colors pop from the screen, and its brightness is high enough to allow it to be viewed clearly on a sunny day. The Ektra makes do with a 3000 mAh battery on board which supports fast charging. The size of the battery is decent enough, but it will not be able to last the whole day with heavy usage. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow phone features a deca-core Helia X20 chip processor coupled with 3 GB of RAM, which can handle basic tasks such as web browsing, texting, social networking, and photo snapping. However, the performance of the device will dip noticeably when demanding 3D games like Asphalt 8 are played. The Ektra is only being manufactured with one 32 GB internal storage option, but for the photo-hoarders, this can be expanded up to 128 GB with a microSD card.
The crowning jewel of the Ektra is its 21 MP primary camera paired with f/2.0 wide-angle lens. It is supported with phase detect autofocus and unique six-axis optical image stabilisation (OIS) for locking onto to subjects quickly and snapping crisp clear images. Double-pressing the dedicated button with the Kodak symbol will launch the specially designed camera app without needing to sign-in the phone. Alternatively, the camera app can be accessed by swiping upward the camera symbol from the Android lock screen, or by pressing the camera app on the homepage. Once launched, the camera app is easy to use and will feel reminiscent to those who use modern DSLRs due to its onscreen function dial with the same configuration as the physical wheel on the cameras. The function dial can be rotated to switch between its various scenes and camera modes, including HDR, Landscape, Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night-time and Panorama. There's also a bokeh mode that allows those using the phone's camera to create the varied depth of field effect. The Ektra’s primary camera is complemented with a 13 MP secondary front facing camera. The Ektra also comes packed with loads of pre installed photo-editing apps, such as Google's Snapseed app and Kodak's own Super 8 software. The latter applies vintage filters to photos and videos with a retro, grainy feel of Kodak's very own classic film stock effect.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
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