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Kodak Ektra Smartphone (2016) Review - Performance

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Kodak Ektra Smartphone (2016) Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response 0.25secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.9secs - Using shutter release button
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response  0.25secs - Using on screen shutter release button
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 2.8secs (from locked)
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.5secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.3secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
3fps
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 3fps


The shutter response is a little slow. Focus is slower when using the two-stage shutter release button, and the camera is quicker if you use the on screen shutter release button. The camera will also show an orange circle to confirm focus, even when the camera is not in focus. Continuous shooting is activated by holding down the shutter release button.  

 

Kodak Ektra Smartphone (2016) Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The camera takes photos with good colour, although sometimes photos are a little under-exposed, so care needs to be taken at times to monitor what the camera is doing. Detail can be good, with the camera producing sharp images in bright sunny conditions. The HDR mode helps get shots with better dynamic range. If you switch between different modes you can get images with much stronger noise reduction, as you can see in the low-light Park Hill photos above. Some of the modes don't record EXIF information in images, such as HDR and Night Scene mode. 

 

Kodak Ektra Smartphone (2016) Lens test images

Lens Performance - The front facing (selfie) camera produces reasonable results, but limits you to just portrait and video modes - and you can't select the HDR mode - which is frustrating, particularly if you have a scene with high levels of contrast. Using the main camera the focus occassionally struggled, more noticeably when using the shutter release button. Some chromatic aberration and purple fringing is visible in photos with high levels of contrast. Image stabilisation works quite well, and it was possible for us to take photos handheld, at a shutter speed of 1/10s. 

 

Kodak Ektra Smartphone (2016) ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - As the ISO speed increases, so too does noise reduction. If you can stick to the lowest ISO speeds, then results are quite good, and we'd try and use ISO speeds under ISO1600. Setting the ISO speed was awkward, as it disabled the auto shutter speed, and it was often quicker to get the correct exposure by setting the shutter speed manually. The camera also wouldn't shoot at ISO3200, instead every time we tried to take a photo at ISO3200, the camera would revert back to auto ISO speeds. 

 

Kodak Ektra Smartphone (2016) White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto white balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten lighting, with the preset giving a much more accurate result. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, and mixed lighting, with a warm result. Using the fluorescent preset gives a much more accurate result. Detail and colour is good in these images.

 

Kodak Ektra Smartphone (2016) Digital filters

Digital Filters - Snapseed is built-in to the camera, letting you adjust a number of different settings on a photo that you've already taken. There are also a number of effects built-in, with these having further settings and options. The main effects are Tonal contrast, HDR-scape, Drama, Grunge, Grainy film, Vintage, Retrolux, Noir, Black and white, Frames and Double exposure. We've included a number of examples above, and Snapseed also features perspective control. You can use the more normal Android image editor as well. The panoramic mode produces an image roughly 9488x1744 pixels, roughly 16mp, and stitching is very quick.

 

Video - The camera record 4K UHD video at a resolution of 3840x2176, at 29fps with a data rate of 43mbps. Video quality is good, and image stabilisation helps keep video steady. 

 


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