Kodak EasyShare Touch announced

A well-appointed touch-screen ultracompact at a very low price.

Kodak

Every manufacturer should really have a touch-screen pocket camera in its 2011 lineup and Kodak's is the EasyShare Touch. It's a 14-megapixel ultracompact with a 3-inch touch screen and a 28mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with a 5x optical zoom.

Beyond those basic specs you get 720p HD video capture with a one-touch record button, so no fumbling with switching modes; HDMI output; automatic photo organization that sorts by people, date, keywords, and videos; artistic effects for photos and videos; and, of course, Kodak's Share button for quickly tagging your shots to be sent off to e-mail addresses or sharing sites when the camera is connected to a computer. International sites Yandex and KAIXIN001 are part of the sharing options now, too.

Look for the EasyShare Touch in spring 2011 for an attractive $149.95 in silver, black, orange, purple, and red.

Editors' take: The EasyShare Touch is well spec'd for its price and should appeal to those looking for a step up in performance and photo quality from a smartphone. Instead of the internal zoom lens on the company's last touch-screen camera, the Slice, the EasyShare Touch uses a more typical extending zoom lens. It makes the camera a little less compact, but will usually get you better photos. Assuming the touch screen is put to good use and the interface is responsive, it could be a solid camera. On the other hand, there were a few budget-friendly touch-screen models from Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony in 2010 that all failed to impress.

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