From the iPhone 3G to Sony camcorders, the touchscreen is about the hottest technology around at the moment. Kodak jumps on the bandwagon with the EasyShare V1073, an elegant touchscreen compact with a metal body and respectable 10-megapixel resolution. It's available now for £170, or around £140 online.
It's been a long while since Kodak was at the cutting edge of photography. Executives must be crossing their fingers that touchscreens and graphite-grey metal housings will woo a new generation of style-conscious shoppers to this 10-megapixel snapper. The soft edges of the case, muted styling -- not a splash of 'Kodak yellow' to be seen -- and controls limited to just five buttons and a zoom rocker certainly set the scene. Even the gently glowing power button looks classy. That's all before you get to the 76mm (3-inch) screen, which feels as solidly built as the rest of the camera.
The feature list is far more pedestrian, as you might expect at the price, with a bog-standard 3x zoom feeding an equally average 10-megapixel sensor. A 'smart' mode chooses program modes for you, fairly reliably switching between macro and landscape focus zones, for instance, but proving less confident about recognising faces.
For its price point, the Kodak's image quality is decent. The minimalist urban chic stops long before the processing chip kicks in, so you get the usual ultra-bright primary colours, smooth texture and not too much detail. Movies can be shot up to widescreen, 1,280x720 pixels at 30 frames per second and there is optical image stabilisation on board too.