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According to Kodak, the EasyShare-One takes less than half a second from the push of the shutter release button until the photo is captured. The release also states that the shot to shot time is about a second and a half.

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Front

The aluminum body provides a simple and elegant front facade. The Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon 36-108mm (Equiv.) lens is the dominant feature. When the Kodak EasyShare-One is powered up, the lens extends out from the camera body; conversely, the lens will retract into the frame and a protective electronic lens cap snaps over when turned off. The lens is toward the right side of the camera, as with most digital cameras to allow proper spacing for additional gripping and support from the user�s left hand when desired. The rectangular flash is above the lens and a bit to the left, so fingers won't get in the way. To the right of the flash are two LED lights, presumably to indicate flash and self-timer settings and such. On the left side of the front of the camera is a polished silver-colored name plate with the word, �Kodak.� It acts as a weak finger grip; it's polished metal, making it a bit slippery but a nice inclusion none-the-less.

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Back

The back of the Kodak EasyShare-One is solid with the LCD closed, protecting the screen. There is a joint on the left side, showing that the monitor flips out and rotates. When the LCD monitor is flipped out, the camera's guts are revealed. The entire left portion is covered with a 3-inch LCD screen. The right side is dominated by the camera's controls. At the top is the polished silver zoom button, with a �W� for Wide on the left and a �T� for Telephoto on the right. Below the zoom button is the Menu button, clearly labeled �Menu.� The Kodak trademark Share button resides just below the menu button, complete with an LED light in the middle of the control. A 4-way navigational dial with an �OK� button in the center is situated about mid-way down the frame. Below that is the �Back� button, which gives the user easier navigation through the camera's menus. At the bottom is the Delete button, also clearly labeled.

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Left Side

The main feature of the left side is the rubber door to the ports. The Kodak EasyShare-One supports a DC IN 5V cable and a video out cable. Both of these jacks are found under the rubber door, which requires the sharpest and longest of fingernails to pry open.

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Right Side

The stylus is located on the top of the right side. It slides and snaps into a hole in the side. To its right is the loop where the wrist strap attaches. There are also two buttons on this side: an Info button and a Mode switch. The Info button is labeled with an �I� and the Mode switch has a picture of a triangular playback symbol and a camera.

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Top

The microphone looks like a series of small holes on the top left of the EasyShare-One and risks potential obstruction from stray left hand fingers. To the right of the microphone is the power button, clearly labeled �On/ Off.� A small flash button is to the right. The words �4.0 Megapixels� grace the top of the One. Below is a slot for the Kodak Wi-Fi card. The card is about the size of a postage stamp. To the right of the card slot - all the way to the right of the top - is the shutter release button. The button is polished silver and shaped like a shallow pyramid.

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Bottom

On the bottom of the camera is the tripod mount, of course. But of more importance is the Kodak dock port connector. On the right side of the bottom is a door to the battery and SD card slot when additional memory or backup is required.

Viewfinder

There is no optical viewfinder for the EasyShare-One, forcing users to rely on the 3� LCD screen.

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LCD Screen

This 3-inch beauty folds out from the camera body and rotates to fit back into the camera flush with the rest of the frame. Any time the LCD screen is rotated into position, the camera turns on. With 230,000 pixels, this LCD screen provides high resolution images for viewing and qualifies as a digital photo album. When the Info button is pressed on the side of the screen, information such as the aperture and shutter speed appears on the picture. When handling the demo model, the LCD monitor did get exceptionally warm. However, Kodak representatives said they expect this problem to be fixed by the time the product hits shelves in June.

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Flash

The built-in flash is controlled by the Flash button on top of the camera. The EasyShare-One has the following modes: Auto, Fill, Red-eye, and Off. The flash ranges from 2-10.2 feet when the lens is in full wide angle view. The flash reaches from 2-6.9 feet in telephoto mode. There is no accessory shoe to attach additional flash units.

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The Kodak EasyShare-One has a 3x optical Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon zoom lens. The lens measures 6-18mm, which is equivalent to a 36-108mm lens in 35mm format. It also has a 3.3x digital zoom in addition to that. The length of the lens is controlled by the zoom toggle located on the top right of the back of the camera.

Model Design / Appearance

The Kodak EasyShare One is rectangular with a silver and white aluminum housing. The most astonishing element on the frame is the EasyShare One�s three-inch LCD monitor, which will flip out and rotate 180 degrees. The back of the monitor is a flat solid construct, designed to keep the LCD protected when transported or stored.

Size / Portability

The EasyShare One is fairly compact, measuring 4.1 x 2.5 x 1 inches. The One can easily slide into a pocket or purse. It is light at 7.9 ounces (without batteries) and very portable, although not the lightest in its size category. A wrist strap attached to the right side adds to ease of portability.

Handling Ability

Because of its compact form and intuitive features, the Kodak EasyShare One is easy to handle. It may be cumbersome if you have exceptionally large hands, but the average person should be able to shoot pictures comfortably with this camera. Post-shooting handling is made even easier with the One�s large, stylish touch-screen LCD.

Control Button / Dial Positioning / Size

All of the buttons are strategically placed and crafted with proper spacing for effortless handling. The shutter release button is on the top of the camera to the right, just like it should be. The power button is located on top of the camera with a clear label: On/Off. The buttons well spaced and positioned, but they are all incredibly small. To Kodak's credit, the small buttons are at least placed far enough away from each other that attempting to press one will not cause you to indirectly engage another.

 

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Menu

All menus are scrolled through using either the four-way navigational dial, the stylus or the user's finger to navigate via touch screen. The Playback menu is as follows: Slide show, Protect, Share/Print, Multi-up, Image storage, Copy, Pic info, Fav, View by date, and View by album. The Viewing menu is as follows: Recent, Favorites, Album, Location, Calendar, and Ofoto. This menu is accessed by pressing the Menu button while in Playback mode. The Share menu is as follows: Email, Print, Upload, Transfer, Setup. This is accessed by pressing the Share button.

Ease of Use

In line with other EasyShare models, basic camera functions and user-interface on the EasyShare-One are fairly intuitive and simplistic. While the EasyShare-One offers so much more then most digital cameras, users should expect a grace period to fully understand the range of opportunity available. To utilize all of the functions offered and maximize the camera�s potential may take a bit of time with the manual.

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Movie Mode

While the still capabilities on the EasyShare-One are adequate, the video recording quality and movie mode is impressive. The EasyShare-One will record full motion VGA video at 640 x 480 resolution at 30 frames per second up to the card's capacity. The movies are recorded in MPEG-4 format. Unlike most digital cameras, the One can zoom during video shooting; with the One�s massive internal memory, the camera is a strong competitor in the hybrid imaging market.

Drive / Burst Mode

The Kodak EasyShare-One can shoot 2 frames per second for up to six consecutive pictures.

Playback Mode

Reviewing pictures on the Kodak EasyShare-One is like viewing images on a digital photo album; the oversized LCD screen extends 3 inches diagonally. The review options are extensive: Slide show, Protect, Multi-up, Image storage, Copy, Picture info, Favorites, View by date and View by album. When pictures are viewed individually, the stylus can be used to scroll through images. When the screen is touched on the right, it advances to the next picture. On the left, it takes the user to the previous shot. When touched at the top, the user returns to the main menu. The slide show is accompanied by a host of transitions: star cutouts, lateral wipes and other effects.

Custom Image Presets

There are sixteen scene modes for those consumers looking for easy exposure settings and preset selections. The One has a expansive selection, offering the following: Auto, Portrait, Close-up, Self-portrait, Museum/manner, Night portrait, Sport, Children, Snow, Beach, Party, Landscape, Flower, Backlight, Night landscape and Fireworks.

Focus

Auto

The auto focus is activated through the lens and has two selectable modes: Multi-zone and Center-spot. The EasyShare-One can focus as close as 24 inches in both wide and telephoto zoom ranges in the normal shooting mode. In the Close-up mode, the One can focus from 4-27 inches.

Metering

This Kodak model has an automatic through-the-lens metering mode and three selectable modes: Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, and Center spot to provide the user some flexibility and control over the exposure.

Exposure

This camera has the basic exposure compensation settings: -2 to +2 in 1/3 increments. The only exposure control is automatic.

White Balance

The EasyShare-One has limited white balance options: Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, and Fluorescent. Unfortunately, the One does not have a manual white balance setting.


 

ISO

The following ISO speeds are available on the Kodak EasyShare-One: Auto, 80, 100, 200, and 400. The Auto setting only uses an ISO range of 80-160, creating possible difficulties when shooting in low light if an accessory light is not available.


Shutter Speed

The shutter speed selection on the EasyShare-One is fairly consistent with most point-and-shoots, offing a 4 second to 1/1400th of a second range.

Aperture

The Kodak EasyShare-One's lens has an aperture range of f/2.9-f/4.7 in its widest settings and f/4.9-f/8.1 in the telephoto setting, leaving some opportunity to craft an image with variable depth planes and perspectives.

Resolution

The Kodak EasyShare One has a 4.23-megapixel CCD with four effective megapixels; this should be sufficient for prints up to 11 x 14.

Picture Quality / Size Options

The Kodak EasyShare-One can shoot still images at 2304 x 1728 resolution. Movie clips can be captured at 640 x 480 resolution at 30 frames per second. There are four picture quality options: Two Best options, Better, and Good. The first Best option churns out 4 megapixel pictures and is optimal for printing and enlargements. The second Best option is 3.5 megapixels and optimized for printing 4 x 6 prints. The Better option creates 2.1-megapixel pictures for small prints. The 1.1-megapixel Good option is created for e-mailing pictures.

Picture Effects Mode

There are five color modes included on the Kodak EasyShare-One: High color, Standard color, Low color, Black and white, and Sepia.

 

Connectivity

Software

This camera is compatible with Kodak EasyShare software.

Jacks, Ports, and Plugs

There are two jacks located under a rubber port door on the left side. These are a DC IN jack and a video out jack. The video out cable can be NTSC or PAL enabled. The port on the bottom of the camera connects to the Kodak EasyShare dock series 3.

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Direct Print Options

Oh, are there printing options. The camera is compatible with Image Link and PictBridge printers. Photos can either be sent to printers through the EasyShare dock or the WIRELESS internet connection. The camera transfers images to the dock at a rate of 11 megabytes per second. The EasyShare-One can also print to other printers with its SDIO Wi-Fi 802.11b signal. It uses Apple Rendevous technology to find devices within a close range of the camera. These devices include printers, camera phones, other cameras, and computers - any device the user would want to transfer images to or from.*

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Battery

The Kodak EasyShare-One is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Memory

The EasyShare-One is equipped with 256 megabytes of internal memory, which is enough to store 1,500 pictures at substantial quality. If this is not enough or image backup is required, there is also a SD/MMC card slot in the bottom of the camera. Photos can be saved as JPEGS only.

Other Features

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Virtual Keyboard � The EasyShare-One contains a virtual keyboard embedded within a menu. This is designed to allow users to label photo albums and help sort through the abundance of images the EasyShare-One can store.

Self-timer- The EasyShare-One has a self-timer that can be selected to capture photos after 2-30 seconds.

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Value

The Kodak EasyShare-One is expected to retail for $599 in June 2005. The EasyShare-One provides a convenient way to transfer images to online photo service sites, giving camera phones some competition in that area. While other professional cameras have this capability, this is the first camera below a thousand dollars to have a Wi-Fi connection. With touch screen interface and 256MB of internal storage, the EasyShare-One is a strong value. Since the 4-megapixel camera is not expected for release until June 2005, readers should note that specifications may change.

Conclusion

Designed for digital camera users and nostalgic imaging enthusiasts, the EasyShare-One may be the first true staple of digital still capabilities. While the debate continues to linger as far as analogue and digital image quality goes, there is no competition as far as options are concerned. With 256MB of internal memory, touch-screen interface and a wireless transmitter, the EasyShare-One dwarfs the potential of analogue cameras and may lead prior digital models into that same shadow of novelty status.

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