Kodak V550 Review

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Kodak Easyshare V550 Zoom

Review Posted 7/22/2005

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The EASYSHARE V-series digital cameras are the smallest and thinnest cameras that Kodak has ever produced. Smaller and thinner than a deck of playing cards, the V530 and V550 are designed for those who seek high-style, compact personal electronics that combine excellent image quality, performance and simplicity.

The EASYSHARE V550 breaks new ground in blending video and still photography. For the first time, videos can be automatically turned into stop-action still pictures perfect for printing and sharing. Record longer, TV-quality videos with sound -- up to 80 continuous minutes -- while using less memory storage. Avoid on-screen shaking with built-in digital image stabilization technology, and zoom-in on video subjects while recording using the 3x optical SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH lens. Then watch the videos with friends on the big, bright, 2.5-inch LCD screen, viewable from nearly any angle.

Crafted to capture every pose, the V550 is equipped with 5-megapixel resolution for breathtaking prints up to 13 x 19 inches. The included Photo Frame Dock 2 provides one-touch picture transfer to a connected computer while keeping the cameras' high-capacity battery charged and ready to go. It can play video and photo "slideshows" on the cameras' high-resolution LCD screen or your TV set, providing an additional degree of elevated design and innovation to EASYSHARE V-Series camera owners.

Kodak Easyshare V550 Zoom

The V550 is available in Silver or All-Black finish

The black and silver metal camera bodies, paired with luminescent blue indicator lights, beg to be shown off. A brilliant 2.5-inch, very high-resolution LCD screen (230,000 pixels) is viewable from almost any angle (170 degrees) and can used to preview the shot -- as can the optical viewfinder -- before instantly sharing the picture with friends.

The V550's USB connectivity and Kodak EASYSHARE Software version 5.0 (available as a free download from kodak.com) makes combining, rotating, and adding music to video clips a breeze.

Kodak V550 Features:

  • 5.0 megapixel (effective) CCD for prints up to 13 x 19 inches
  • Super-slim metal alloy body, less than an inch thick
  • 3x SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH optical zoom with 36-108mm coverage (35mm equivalent)
  • KODAK Color Science image processing technology for proper exposure, white balance and color saturation
  • 2.5-inch Wide-view color LCD display with 230,000 pixels of resolution
  • 3 frames/sec Burst mode up to 5 images in any quality
  • 640x480 MPEG-4 movie mode, 30fps with audio, up to 80 minutes
  • Auto, Portrait, Movie and 19 Scene modes
  • Multi-zone AF and Center Zone AF with focus-assist lamp
  • TTL Metering: Multi-pattern, Center-weighted or Center Spot
  • Selectable ISO sensitivity: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 (1.8MP only)
  • Long shutter speeds: 0.5 to 8 seconds
  • Built-in multi mode flash
  • Customizable startup sound themes and camera sound effects
  • 32MB internal memory + removable SD card storage
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery and Photo Frame Dock 2 included
  • Auto-Connect USB for hassle-free downloads
  • Imagelink and PictBridge compliant for direct printing
  • Compatible with optional Easyshare Printer Dock Series 3

The EASYSHARE V550 camera is available now for US$399 (MSRP).

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Kodak Easyshare V550 Zoom

Kodak Easyshare V550 Zoom

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Kodak Easyshare V550 Zoom

Kodak Easyshare V550 Zoom

Kodak Easyshare V550 Zoom

The Easyshare V550 compared in size to a CD.

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The Easyshare V550 and the Easyshare C-360.

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Kodak V550 Specifications

CCD resolution 5.36 megapixel (2690 × 1994 pixels)
Image resolution 5.0 megapixel (2576 × 1932 pixels)
Picture quality 5.0 MP for prints up to 20 × 30 in. (50 × 75 cm)
4.4 MP optimized ratio for 4 × 6 in. (10 × 15 cm) prints
4.0 MP for prints up to 20 × 30 in. (50 × 75 cm)
3.1 MP for prints up to 11 × 14 in. (28 × 36 cm)
1.8 MP for small prints
Still format JPEG/EXIF v 2.21
Lens Aspheric all-glass Schneider-Kreuznach 36--108 mm f/2.8--4.8 (35mm film equivalent)
Zoom 3X optical zoom
Advanced digital zoom 4X
Aperture f/2.8 at wide, f/4.8 at tele
Shutter speed Auto: 1/8 -- 1/1400 sec (1/2 -- 8 sec in long exposure mode)
Viewfinder real image viewfinder
LCD 2.5 in. (6.4 cm) 230K pixel high-resolution indoor/outdoor color display with wide viewing angle (170º)
Still capture modes auto, portrait, SCN
Scene modes sport, landscape, close-up, night portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text, fireworks, flower, manner/museum, self-portrait, party, children, backlight, panning shot, candle light, sunset, custom
Color modes high color, natural color, low color, sepia, black and white
Burst modes 3 fps, maximum 5 image in any quality mode
Click to capture 0.3 sec (Prev. On), 0.6 sec (Prev. Off)
Shot to shot 1.0 sec
Video mode continuous MPEG-4 video with audio capture and playback
Video resolution 30 fps @ VGA (640 × 480), 30 fps @ QVGA (320 × 240)
Video length continuous up to 80 min. based on memory capacity
Video image stabilization digital
Zoom during video yes
AF during video yes
Print thumbnails of video yes
Print snapshot from video yes
Video format QUICKTIME, MPEG-4
Auto focus TTL-AF; Multi-zone AF and Center Zone AF
Auto focus control single AF, continuous AF
Focus range 0.6 m--Inf. (normal)
0.05--0.7 m (macro, wide)
0.4--0.7 m (macro, tele)
10 m--Inf. (landscape)
Sensitivity ISO equivalent 80--160 (auto) and 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 (only in 1.8MP quality)
White balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, open shade
Exposure metering auto: TTL-AE Metering
selectable: multi-pattern, center-weighted, center spot (manual)
Exposure compensation ±2.0 EV with 0.3 EV step increments
Long time exposure 0.5--8 sec.
On-camera cropping multiple zoom in and moveable crop window
Built-in flash auto, fill, off, digital red-eye reduction
Flash range 0.6--2.6 m (@ wide), 0.6--1.8 m (@ tele)
Review options magnify (1X--8X, pan), fast scroll, multi-up, slide show, album, picture information, erase, protect, crop, copy, image storage selection, share/print
Blur detection blurry picture alert; provides immediate feedback about the sharpness of picture
Favorites mode on-camera picture collection
Dedicated buttons delete, Share, review, menu, flash, Favorites, auto, portrait, SCN, and video
Sounds customizable sound themes: default, animal, fun, music, sci-fi for feedback of power on, focus lock, shutter, self-timer, error
Auto picture rotation on, off, on transfer
Software KODAK EASYSHARE Software
Self-timer 10 seconds
Dock compatibility KODAK EASYSHARE Photo Frame Dock 2 (supplied)
works with optional KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Series 3, and KODAK EASYSHARE Camera Dock Series 3
IMAGELINK Print System compatible yes
PICTBRIDGE enabled yes
Storage Approx. 32 MB internal memory
SD/MMC card expansion slot
Power KODAK Li-Ion Digital Camera Battery KLIC 7001
Lens protection built-in lens barrier
Tripod mount 1/4 in. standard
I/O interface A/V output (NTSC or PAL, user selectable), exclusive KODAK Camera Dock/Printer Dock interface, digital (USB 2.0) connector
Weight without batteries 5 oz (143 g)
Dimensions W × H × D: 3.7 × 2.2 × 0.9 in. (94 × 56 × 22.1 mm)
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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