Smartphone technology has come a long way and some of the things we can do with them are amazing. Could you ever have imagined having a face-to-face conversation with someone halfway around the world in the palm of your hand? Apps like Skype and FaceTime make it a reality.
When you think of phones, Kodak probably does not come to mind. However, the long-time camera maker is coming out with a new smartphone that photographers are going to fall in love with.
The Kodak Ektra phone was recently launched in the U.K. and is currently available in Europe. Kodak announced the professional-quality, photography-first smartphone on Twitter:
— Kodak (@Kodak) October 20, 2016
Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke said in a statement, "Kodak has a rich history of 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."
Apple has been gushing over its dual lens camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, but the specs on this new smartphone from Kodak blows it out of the water. Think of it as a camera with a phone, rather than a phone with a camera.
The Kodak Ektra is actually being made by the Bullitt Group, a U.K.-based company. They are marketing it as "a smartphone designed for photographers." What makes the Ektra standout is its 21-megapixel camera.
The phone might remind you of an old-school camera with its design. From its protruding lens to the "shutter" button that you press when you are taking a picture. These features make the Ektra a little bulkier than most smartphones these days, but those who are really into photography will probably like that.
The Ektra also replaces Google's camera app with one from Kodak. Its camera app makes it easier to edit photos because it is integrated with other editing apps.