Glenn Fleishman reviews Kodak’s EasyShare digicam, a 1.0 product that allows you to send pictures to either Kodak’s proprietary online gallery site or an email address. You can’t post to Flickr from this, though: you upload the photo to the gallery, and then your email contact is sent a mail with the gallery address appended. Glenn notes quite a few shortcomings, but points out that a) Kodak’s good about modifying product in accordance w/ customer feedback and b) the shortcomings are all in the firmware/software rather than the technology.
Putting aside that this is a 1.0 product, what’s the impact of having immediately-publishable high-quality photos?
Obviously we can instantly publish photos now from camphones. I have a textamerica moblog, I send picturemail to my 1 or 2 friends for whom it actually works (Sprint: bite me) and I have lots of friends who post Sidekick/camphone pix to their Lj’s or Flickr accounts. But the quality is so terrible that this awesome list of things to use your phonecam for from 43 things (take pictures of movie times to show to your friends, subway maps to refer to when travelling, books to add to your wishlist, slips of paper you have on your desk) is pretty much unusable for me. A picture of a subway map would look like a big ass blur on my phone. I do use my digital camera for similar things: graffiti and street signs and dresses in stores that I like.
Basically, though, I think I just need a higher megapixel camphone with more storage than a wifi-enabled digital camera. I’m in an unimaginative mood today (it’s been spitting pouring rain in dark, gloomy NYC for the last several days straight).