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Kodak EasyShare One/6MP review: Kodak EasyShare One/6MP

Kodak EasyShare One/6MP

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Like its predecessor, EasyShare One/6MP's main attraction is Wi-Fi. This feature is the only thing the camera gets right, going above and beyond the basic wireless features offered by other Wi-Fi cameras. In addition to standard local wireless syncing and printing functions, the EasyShare One/6MP can connect wirelessly over the Internet to e-mail photos or share them via the Kodak EasyShare Gallery. So far, no other Wi-Fi camera offers this level of functionality.

4.8

Kodak EasyShare One/6MP

The Good

Large twist-and-flip display; solid Wi-Fi implementation.

The Bad

Difficult-to-use touch screen and interface design; overprocessed photos with serious purple fringing; inability to focus in very dim environments.

The Bottom Line

Run away--the Wi-Fi photo-sharing doesn't compensate for the Kodak EasyShare One/6MP's myriad usability and quality issues.
Last year, Kodak released the EasyShare One digital camera, an ambitious 4-megapixel shooter with a 3-inch, pivoting touch screen and Wi-Fi photo-sharing capabilities. Unfortunately, it simply wasn't a very good camera. The company's attempts to improve upon it resulted in EasyShare One/6MP, a model with the same design and features as the original--including the same 36mm-to-108mm lens (35mm equivalent), and heavy 9-ounce physique--but with a 6-megapixel sensor and a few other minor tweaks. Nothing was done fix the problems with the original EasyShare One, leaving the 6-megapixel version with even less to recommend it. And the experience has left us liking the original even less than we did last year.

The camera's design and features don't vary much from the original EasyShare One--unfortunately. In short, the camera's flip-out LCD touch screen is awkward to use; the most basic shooting settings require menu-diving, and the buttons are small and uncomfortable. Pivoting displays and touch-screen control might sound good on paper, but poor implementation make it harder to use than conventional digital cameras, not easier.

Furthermore, the Kodak EasyShare One/6MP's performance in our lab tests was even worse than that of the original. After taking almost 8 seconds to wake up--the same as its predecessor--the camera's shutter lag on our high-contrast target was about 0.2 second higher at 0.6 second. In our low-contrast test, which uses a slightly dimmer target than we used for testing the previous model, the camera couldn't lock focus; the culprit seems to be a combination of low sensitivity (maximum ISO 400) and the lack of a focus-assist light. As a result, it failed our low-contrast shutter-lag performance test.

The rest of the times turned in by the camera were just average. Under typical shooting conditions, shot-to-shot time ran 1.9 seconds, up from the 4-megapixel version's 1.2 seconds. It took 2.6 seconds between flash shots, slower than the other model's 1.9 seconds. The camera's burst mode speed is better, shooting at a respectable 3.3fps. Though it's limited to just 3 frames, the EasyShare One/6MP's ability to burst indefinitely and save only the last 3 shots makes it useful. The low-light/low-contrast focusing issues combined with the endless start-up time drags down our performance rating.

The EasyShare One/6MP improves over its predecessor by including Kodak's Perfect Touch Technology, automatic photo-adjustment algorithms derived from the company's photo kiosk software. As such, photos have extremely even exposures, just shy of overexposed, with little visible color noise. Colors tend to look a little washed out but acceptable, and white balance is pretty decent. Unfortunately, the trade-off is that photos look best from a distance and not cropped too closely or printed larger than 5x7. At that point, the smeary background and lost detail as well as a few compression artifacts all become visible.

Furthermore, severe chromatic aberration--the colored fringing that appears on dark objects against bright backgrounds--pervades the photos, and oversharpening on edges tends to exacerbate its visibility. Purple-and-pink halos appeared on almost every contrasting edge in our test photos. Portraits taken on the EasyShare One/6MP will be colorful and clear, but the fringing and smearing will make the subject appear ethereal.

Features such as touch screens and Wi-Fi sound useful on paper, but, when poorly implemented, will detract rather than enhance your shooting experience. If you really want a Wi-Fi camera, consider the Canon PowerShot SD430 or the Nikon Coolpix S6. They don't have the bells, whistles, or Internet access of the Kodak EasyShare One/6MP, but at least they take solid photographs.

Shooting speed
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Typical shot-to-shot time  
Time to first shot  
Shutter lag (typical)  
Canon PowerShot SD630
1.9 
1.4 
0.5 
Fujifilm FinePix V10
2.0 
1.5 
0.5 
Kodak EasyShare One/6MP
1.9 
7.9 
0.6 
Pentax Optio W10
3.6 
3.5 
0.7 
Nikon Coolpix P3
3.0 
4.1 
0.9 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3
2.6 
2.9 
1.0 
Note: Seconds

Typical continuous-shooting speed
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Note: Frames per second
4.8

Kodak EasyShare One/6MP

Score Breakdown

Design 4Features 6Performance 5Image quality 5