Kodak has announced the new Kodak Ektra Smartphone, a smartphone designed for photographers. With almost everybody now using their smartphone in place of a compact camera, Kodak has spotted what it considers to be a gap in the market, and come up with a design that’s focused on picture-taking. Developed in concert with the British mobile phone company Bullitt Group, the Kodak Ektra has a two-stage physical shutter button, including half-press to focus, and a tiny handgrip that’s just enough to allow one-handed shooting. The leatherette-coated front with metal detailing around the edges is intended to evoke old-fashioned film cameras.
Google Snapseed is pre-installed, and integrates into the gallery app for seamless editing. Photos can be shared using the usual social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc – and Kodak is also offering an integrated app for ordering physical prints which will arrive in yellow Kodak envelopes, which is a pretty neat touch. For video there’s a filter to emulate old-fashioned Super 8 home movies.
Kodak will release the Ektra in the U.K. before the end of the year, where it will cost 450 British pounds, which is approximately $550. A U.S. launch is possible in the future, but may depend on the phone’s initial success.Share / Add Comment
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