The smartphone market right now is literally blowing up. With Samsung shipping its customers flame proof boxes to ensure safe shipment and Nokia back on the scene with a new phone and tablet it is safe to say, at the moment, anything is possible in the smartphone game even a device by the legendary Kodak. The Kodak Ektra will be released soon across Europe.
Kodak’s release of the Ektra comes shortly after Google began to ship out their Pixel and Pixel XL devices and over a month since the release of the iPhone 7. Both of these phones have received rave reviews about their high powered, high functioning cameras but who can compete with a phone designed with photographers primarily in mind?
The Ektra is for enthusiasts. At the heart of the sleek Kodak device is a 21-megapixel fast focus camera sensor with a f2.0 aperture. The Ektra also boasts an industry leading 13 mega-pixel front-facing camera. The front facing camera includes phase detection auto focus (PDAF) and f2.2 aperture.
The device features an intuitive haptic tough, SLR style scene selection dial allowing the operator to make adjustments in real time via a range of settings. Some of these settings include HDR, landscape, portrait, macro, sport, night, panorama and bokeh. You may remember a lot of Bokeh talk if you watched the Apple Event. The iPhone 7 is suppose to be unique in its ability to capture a narrow depth of field, well not any more. With the Kodak Ektra you can soak in all the bokeh you want.
In an manual mode more seasoned photographers can adjust exposure, ISO, focus, white balance and even shutter speed. This gives the user ultimate control over the image they choose to capture and results in the highest quality image possible.
Kodak Ektra is a unique Android smartphone on the market. It’s not a smartphone with a professional camera, but it’s a powerful old-school camera with Android 6.0 (Android Marshmallow) on the board. In terms of smartphone, the gadget isn’t a cutting-edge tool, but as for the camera, it’s more than superb. Just check the specification. Kodak Ektra shoots HDR photos, including panorama and night images. Kodak Ektra records stunning 4K videos with 21MP main camera and Kodak non-reflective lens coating. Needless to say, there’s optical image stabilization and autofocus. As a result, you’ll get high-quality videos and photos that deserve to be on Behance and Vimeo.
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Kodak CEO, Jeff Clarke “Kodak has a rich history in imaging technology and the launch of the Kodak smartphone today demonstrates our ongoing commitment to bringing the latest advances in photography to consumers. the original Kodak Ektra camera was launched in 1941 and in its latest reincarnation, opens up a world of creative opportunities to all who care about photography.”
It is not clear at this time what other apps or features the Kodak Ektra will bring to the table but it is sure to make a mark in iPhone and Pixel sales. Cameras are a huge selling point in the smartphone market. More and more business is done through social media and through smartphone devices. Kodak may have found away to slip a phone in the purse of every blogger in Los Angeles and New York.