KODAK announce EKTRA, A Smartphone Designed for Photographers

Eastman Kodak Company and Bullitt Group announced their KODAK EKTRA Smartphone, a photography-led smartphone designed for those with a passion for photography, from enthusiasts to experts. Kodak are drawing on their vast experience in digital imaging to create a Smartphone which uses innovative technologies and the robust Android OS to appeal to the photo enthusiast. The EKTRA will be launching soon across Europe. The Smartphone draws on retro looks and even has a number of nice looking cases which will enhance that classic appeal. Below is some of the text from Kodak’s announcement detailing the specs and capabilities.

The EKTRA is designed to capture the best in image quality and features excellent media management capabilities.

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 Auto 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.
The KODAK EKTRA Smartphone has an ergonomically weighted and high quality industrial design, underlining its camera styling and featuring a dedicated dual press shutter button in the horizontal style of traditional cameras. The device also features a Super 8 app, providing professional effects reminiscent of Kodak’s iconic Super 8 film stocks.A lightning-fast HELIO X20 Decacore processor powers the ANDROID Marshmallow smartphone.
The KODAK EKTRA Smartphone includes editing software from SNAPSEED, providing exceptional tools to edit images on-the-go, without having to download any additional apps. This enables users to transform images with professional results similar to many popular desktop image editors. Sharing the results in real time is also easy with integrated social media apps and the Prints app is a simple way to select your best shots to be professionally printed.

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 KODAK EKTRA Smartphone will be priced at £449 and available across Europe later this year.
To find out more visit; KODAK EKTRA
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I look forward to trying out the EKTRA when it is release and will report back on my first impressions.
Kodak and Ektra are trademarks of Kodak.

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