Pros: Small. Good looking. Offers wireless transmission of images.
Cons: No manual controls. Upload severly limited. Navigation fiddly.
If you think it takes too long to upload your photos, or you’d like to do it on the road without a computer, Kodak’s svelte EasyShare-One – a digital camera with built-in Wi-Fi – could appeal. But you’ll make sacrifices for the convenience.
Like models from Canon and Nikon, the EasyShare-One allows you to send pictures and videos wirelessly to a computer or printer connected to your network. The EasyShare-One can also upload these files to Kodak’s online photo site, and email them – so you’d hope you’d be able to email images from a Wi-Fi enabled cafe or service station back to the studio or a client. You’d be wrong.
The camera does not let you email images directly to recipients. Instead, it uploads them to your Kodak EasyShare Gallery and emails people a notification that they can view your images there. The Gallery limited online viewing of my four-megapixel pictures to 22kB, 448-x-336-pixel images, so Kodak could sell prints. If you want to send anyone the full-size files, you’ll still need to involve a PC.
Setting up the wireless feature and transmitting pictures was easy enough, but the camera often dropped connections in between transfers with networks at home and the office.
With only four megapixels, images aren’t as sharp as you expect from a £340 camera. The EasyShare-One also lacks any manual modes, and even manual focus. The 3x optical zoom lens is nothing to shout about either.
The camera has few buttons and shallow menus. The three-inch touch screen on the back requires you to press firmly with a tiny included stylus, which slips into a slot on the side. Because you often have to move between touch screen and buttons, navigation can be difficult, although the stylus does speed entry of email addresses.
You might pay extra for a wireless-equipped camera, but only if it let you upload full-resolution pictures. Even if the EasyShare-One were less restrictive, its price would still be steep for a four-megapixel camera with few controls.