EasyShare-One

EasyShare-One

The EasyShare-One's Wi-Fi lets you keep the cables where they belong - in the box.

 

If your Mac can go wireless, why not your camera? Kodak's EasyShare-One uses Wi-Fi to transfer your images to your Mac or an online photo-sharing service - you're no longer tethered to your Mac.

 

To transfer photos to an online photo-sharing service such as Flickr (www.flickr.com) or Kodak's EasyShare Gallery (www.kodakgallery.com), you simply need access to a Wi-Fi hotspot. We took the EasyShare-One to a coffee shop and, using the shop's free Wi-Fi hotspot, transmitted images to our online photo-sharing service (the camera sends the images via email). Over the course of several visits (we love nonfat, double-shot, half-caf, no-foam lattes), we weren't surprised to find that transmission times varied depending on the size of the file sent and the amount of network traffic. If you're concerned about security, the camera offers different levels of encryption.

 

While you can't make Wi-Fi transfers using iPhoto, you can send pictures to your Mac using the bundled EasyShare software: Just connect the camera to your network, select your pictures, select Share, and then select Transfer on the camera. Simple, and no cable
to fuss with.

 

The EasyShare-One has a three-inch touchscreen LCD for framing shots and navigating options using a stylus (housed on the right edge of the camera body), though we found the stylus to be uncomfortable in big hands. The LCD has an articulated mount like the kind found on a video camera - very helpful when shooting from different levels. The EasyShare-One doesn't have an optical viewfinder, but the LCD has excellent color fidelity and image quality; it's one of the best LCDs we've seen on a camera.

 

The EasyShare-One's photos showed good sharpness and shadow detail, and the built-in electronic flash does a great job indoors. Several pictures taken in poorly lit rooms showed all the detail we could hope for. One caution: The flash can burn out detail if you're too close, as it did with our close-ups of flowers.

 

One thing gave us pause: The EasyShare-One offers none of the usual Fine, Normal, Best, or other JPEG compression options. Instead, the EasyShare-One increases or decreases the image's pixel count. The camera is equipped with a four-megapixel imager; use the built-in 256MB of memory, for example, with the camera set at four megapixels, and you can store 150 images. Want more images? You have to reduce the pixel count (your options are 3.5, 2.1, and 1.1 megapixels) or swap in a new SD card. Which setting should you choose? For posting to the Web, you can use lower settings. Read "Maximum Output" (left) for more advice on choosing the right setting for printing.

 

One minor niggle: The center of your framed image in the LCD doesn't match with the center of the shot photo - you have to compensate as you frame your shots. On the other hand, the Autofocus framing brackets move, collapse, or increase in size within the display based on what the camera perceives as your focus point - very helpful.

 

The bottom line. The EasyShare-One makes it easy to shoot nice photos, easy to transfer them to your Mac, and easy to share them. It's easy to like the EasyShare-One.

 

COMPANY: Kodak

CONTACT: 800-235-6325, www.kodak.com
PRICE: $599.95
REQUIREMENTS: G3, Mac OS 10.3 or later, 128MB RAM, 200MB disk space, Wi-Fi (to receive wireless transmissions)
Wi-Fi transmissions work well. Excellent LCD. Good image quality and color fidelity.
Lack of JPEG options. Can't use iPhoto with Wi-Fi transfers. Stylus may be too small for big hands.

 

 

BONUS TIP: Maximum Output
According to the EasyShare-One's manual, you can create a 20-by-30-inch print out of a four-megapixel image; the manual also states you can go as large as 5 by 7 inches from a 1.1-megapixel image. But in our experience, the largest print you should make from a four-megapixel image is 8 by 10 inches, with the brave of heart daring 11 by 14 inches - you lose image quality if you go any bigger. With the EasyShare-One set to 1.1 megapixels, a 4-by-5-inch print is more realistic.

 

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