Kodak, or the company behind the brand finally unveiled the new Kodak Ektra – wherethis wasn’t the first time Kodak used the model name, Ektra was first introduced to the world in 1941 as a 35mm camera loaded with innovative imaging feature at that time. The revival of the model name hopes to reinstate what made the camera of almost 80 years ago significant and package the new Ektra with the latest imaging features in today’s standards is one step to bring back its reputation not in a full-blown camera hardware but in a smartphone advanced enough to include the best mobile imaging technologies available today.
The new image-centric brings back an old school experience, though one might think of this as a mix of leather and metal, the chassis is all plastic with a a semi-metal frame, the back is a faux-leather of some sort with a little a grip at the bottom of the handset and the camera module itself is housed in a large camera hump on the back which gives the feeling of holding an olden day’s camera device.
The Kodak Ektra is a 5-inch 1080p smartphone that is powered a MediaTek Helio X-20 chipset with 10-core processors tagged to 3GB of RAM and an expandable 32 GB internal storage to make more room for all your imaging needs.
The hallmark of the new Ektra is the camera, it houses a 21 Megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 Aperture and Optical Image Stabilization, Though we expected the handset to feature a form of optical zoom on the device because of the hump, apparently it didn’t so we’ll have to live with software controlled zoom feature in this case.
So as for the features, the Ektra comes with Phase Detection Autofocus and ultimately 4K video recording. There’s a dual-tone Dual-LED flash to assist in low-light conditions. On the front is also worth mentioning as it comes with a hefty 13 Megapixel shooter specifically designed for Selfies. On the software side, the Ektra comes with wide library of image editing features and DSLR-like functions.
Besides still images, Ektra is also a capable video recorder with 4K video capture and a number of shooting filters including grains, vignettes and a Super 8 filters to enrich your shooting experience.
With great imaging features, one requires enough power for optimum experience and with that, the Kodak Ektra has included a large 3000 mAh battery for your snapping needs and Android operating system to manage all your operation needs.
In line with the nostalgic experience that the Ektra brings, Kodak also includes a number of accessories to complete your mobile photography experience to a highest level with leather pouches:
The Kodak Ektra will go on sale in the UK this December for 450 and international availability is expected to come by next year, sometime in the first quarter of 2017.