Kodak V550 Review

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Kodak EasyShare V550 Zoom

The V550's LCD presents a wealth of exposure and operating information.



Kodak EasyShare V550 Zoom

Here's a live screen in the AUTO mode. Icons across the top indicate the flash is in Auto mode, 5.0MP image size, 626 pictures remaining (there's a 1GB SD card in our camera), upper right icon indicates we are using an optional SD memory card, halfway down the right side is an icon that indicates we have selected Multi-zone focus mode, on the left is the zoom lens gauge that displays for a few moments whenever you change the focal length, the "0.0" on the bottom is the exposure compensation value.



Kodak EasyShare V550 Zoom

When you half-press the shutter to achieve the focus and exposure lock, the AF target marks will turn green and show what area it is focusing on. If the focus is locked there will be a "green dot" displayed, if not it will be red and will indicate either focus or exposure failure.



Kodak EasyShare V550 Zoom

Press one of the four Mode buttons on top of the camera to select from: Automatic, Portrait, Scene or Video.



Kodak EasyShare V550 Zoom

Scene mode lets you select from 18 different pre-programmed modes (Sports, Landscape, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Snow, Beach, Text, Fireworks, Flower, Manner/Museum, Self Portrait, Party, Children, Backlight, Panning Shot, Candle, Sunset) or Custom. As you navigate the scene mode menu, a description of each mode and hints for using it are presented.



Kodak EasyShare V550 Zoom

The V550 has a realtime histogram that can be displayed when desired.



Kodak EasyShare V550 Zoom

Still Record menu options:

    Self-Timer - On or Off

    Burst - Burst Mode; On or Off

    Picture Size - 5.0 MP, 4.4 MP (3:2 aspect ratio), 4.0 MP, 3.1 MP, 1.8 MP

    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Open Shade

    ISO Speed - Auto or 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 (only in 1.8MP mode)

    Color Mode - High Color, Natural Color, Low Color, B&W or Sepia

    Sharpness - High, Normal or Low

    Exposure Metering - Multi-Pattern, Center-weighted, Center Spot

    AF Control - Continuous AF, Single AF

    Focus Zone - Multi-zone, Center-zone

    Long Time Exposure - 0.5, 0.7, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 6.0, 8.0 sec.

    Set Album - Select an image folder

    Image Storage - Auto (select card if used or internal) or Internal

    Reset - Reset to default

    Setup Menu - Enter SETUP menu





Kodak EasyShare V550 Zoom

The V550 has a very respectable macro (close-up) focusing mode with coverage from 2 -- 28 in. (0.05 -- 0.7 m) in wide angle and from 16 -- 28 in. (0.4 -- 0.7 m) in telephoto.



Kodak EasyShare V550 Zoom

You can record VGA 640 x 480 or QVGA 320 x 240 motion video with audio. The length of the movies is dependent on available space on your memory card. You can select a maximum clip length of 5, 15 or 30 seconds if desired. The optical zoom can be used during recording and the V550 features digital image stabilization to help avoid camera shake.


Kodak EasyShare V550 Zoom





Kodak EasyShare V550 Zoom

Video Record menu options:

    Self-Timer - On or Off

    Video Size - 640x480 or 320x240

    Set Album - Select an image folder

    Continuous AF - On or Off

    Video Length - Unlimited, 5, 15, 30 seconds

    Image Stabilizer - On or Off

    Image Storage - Auto (select card if used or internal) or Internal

    Setup Menu - Enter SETUP menu





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