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.
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.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
|Typical shot-to-shot time||Time to first shot||Shutter lag (typical)|
(Longer bars indicate better performance)