Kodak V570 Review

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Kodak Easyshare V570 Zoom

Review Posted 2/18/2006

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The EASYSHARE V570 is the world's first dual-lens digital still camera, the elegant V570 camera wraps an ultra-wide angle lens (23 mm) and an optical zoom lens (39 - 117 mm) into a small, sleek package less than an inch thin. The innovative ultra-wide angle lens coupled with the 3x optical zoom lens provides you with more options to help capture the perfect shot - group photos, scenic landscapes, dramatic portraits, and close-ups.

In addition to its dual lens design, the 5-megapixel V570 camera boasts a variety of notable features to enhance the photography experience, including in-camera panorama stitching, which automatically combines two or three pictures into a panorama photograph. Using the ultra-wide view in panorama scene mode, people can take in a 180-degree vista with just three shots - an industry exclusive.

The V570 camera records TV-quality video, up to 30 frames per second (fps) using advanced MPEG-4 compression. Built-in image stabilization technology reduces on-screen shaking from unintentional hand and camera movement. The camera also offers an optical zoom feature for video including auto focus. And it's simple to select any frame in a video, then save and print it as a "freeze frame" still picture in just seconds.

The included Photo Frame Dock 2 provides one-touch picture transfer to a connected computer while keeping the cameras' high-capacity lithium-ion battery charged and ready to go, and which can play video and photo slideshows on the camera's high-resolution LCD screen;

Other features of the V570 include a big, brilliant 2.5-inch, high-resolution color LCD screen. The exclusive KODAK Color Science image processing chip for phenomenal image quality with rich color, accurate skin tones, low noise and precise exposure. Automatic red-eye reduction, on-camera cropping, picture blur alert and auto picture rotation. In-camera distortion correction to compensate for ultra-wide angle fish-eye effects, which can be turned on or off. Twenty-two scene modes plus three color modes, helping snap shooters capture the best possible shot with the least possible effort.

The KODAK EASYSHARE V570 camera includes KODAK EASYSHARE software for WINDOWS and MACINTOSH systems, providing effortless digital picture organization, editing, sharing and printing - and even CD and DVD burning. Kodak also makes it easy to accessorize the new V570 camera with a range of products that help show off your pictures. For instance, the popular KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Plus Series 3 (US$179 MSRP) makes it one-touch simple to print real KODAK pictures at home in just 60 seconds - with or without a computer.

Kodak V570 Features:

  • 5.0 megapixel (effective) CCD for prints up to 13 x 19 inches
  • Super-slim metal alloy body, less than an inch thick
  • Two SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH lenses; 23mm ultra-wide and a 3x optical zoom with 39-117mm coverage (35mm equivalent)
  • KODAK Color Science image processing technology for proper exposure, white balance and color saturation
  • Indoor/Outdoor 2.5-inch Wide-view color LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • 640x480 MPEG-4 movie mode, 30fps with audio, up to 80 minutes
  • Auto, Portrait, Movie and 22 Scene exposure modes
  • Multi-zone AF and Center Zone AF with focus-assist lamp
  • In-camera red-eye removal, distortion correction and panorama stitching
  • TTL Metering: Multi-pattern, Center-weighted or Center Spot
  • Selectable ISO sensitivity: Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800 (1.8MP only)
  • 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 KODAK EASYSHARE V570 zoom digital camera with Photo Frame Dock 2 will be available worldwide beginning later this month for US$399 (MSRP).

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Kodak Easyshare V570 Zoom

Kodak Easyshare V570 Zoom

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Kodak Easyshare V570 Zoom

Kodak Easyshare V570 Zoom

Kodak Easyshare V570 Zoom

The Easyshare V570 compared in size to a CD.

The Casio EX-S500 and the Easyshare V570.

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Kodak V570 Specifications

CCD resolution (effective pixels) 5.36 MP (2690 × 1995)
Image resolution (recorded pixels) 5.0 MP (2569 × 1929)
Picture quality 5.0 MP for prints up to 20 × 30 in. (50 x 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 SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH Lenses; RETINA Dual Lens Technology: ultra wide-angle lens (23 mm equiv.) plus 3X optical zoom lens (up to 117 mm equiv. telephoto) system. Provides 5X optical zoom range 23 mm-fixed (35 mm equiv.) f/2.8 39-117 mm (35 mm equiv.) f/3.9-f/4.4
Advanced digital zoom 4X advanced digital zoom, total zoom range 20X
Aperture ultrawide: f/2.8
3X zoom lens: f/3.9 at wide, f/4.4 at tele
Shutter speed 8-1/1448 sec.
LCD 2.5 in. (6.35 cm) high resolution (230K pixels) indoor/outdoor color display with wide viewing angle
Scene modes portrait, panorama stitch, sport, landscape, close-up, night portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text, fireworks, flower, manner/museum, self-portrait, party, children, backlight, panning shot, candlelight, sunset, custom
Color modes high color, natural color, low color, sepia, black and white
Burst mode 2.3 fps, maximum 4 images in any quality mode
Click to capture 0.2 sec. (ultrawide lens/preview on)
0.3 sec. (3X zoom lens/preview on)
Shot to shot 1.0 sec.
Video mode continuous MPEG-4 compressed video with audio capture and playback
Video resolution VGA (640 × 480 pixels) at 30 fps, QVGA (320 × 240 pixels) at 30 fps
Video length continuous up to 80 min. based on memory capacity
Video features 3X zoom during video with digital image stabilization and auto focus; video print options including 4, 9, or 16 multi-up pictures; split video on-camera editing
Video format QUICKTIME
Auto focus TTL-AF, multi-zone AF, center zone AF
Auto focus control single AF, continuous AF
Focus range ultrawide: 2.6 ft (0.8 m)-infinity
standard: 2 ft (0.6 m)-infinity
macro, wide: 2-2.3 ft (0.05-0.7 m)
macro, tele: 1-2.3 ft (0.30-0.7 m)
landscape: 32.8 ft (10 m)-infinity
Sensitivity ISO equivalent 64-160 (auto) and 64, 100, 200, 400, 800* (manual)
White balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, open shade
Exposure metering auto: TTL-AE; selectable: multipattern, center- weighted, center-spot
Exposure compensation ±2.0 EV with 0.3 EV steps
Long time exposure 0.5-8 sec.
Histogram display display on live view and review
Built-in flash auto, off, fill, digital red-eye reduction
Flash range ultrawide, ISO 200: 2.6-10.2 ft (0.8 m-3.1 m)
wide, ISO 200: 2-7.2 ft (0.6-2.2 m)
tele, ISO 200: 2-6.6 ft (0.6-2.0 m)
Review options 1X-8X magnify with pan, fast scroll, multi-up, slide show, album, picture info, erase, protect, crop, copy, image storage, Share/print, view by, and Favorites
Editing on-camera cropping, digital red-eye reduction, blurry image detection
Favorites on-camera picture storage
Dedicated buttons power, shutter, still/SCN, movie, Favorites, flash, delete, menu, review, and Share
Sound selectable sound themes: default, jazz lounge, secret agent
Auto picture rotation on, off, on transfer
Software works with KODAK EASYSHARE Software
Storage 32 MB internal memory** available, SD/MMC card expansion slot
Self-timer 10 seconds
Dock compatibility works with optional KODAK EASYSHARE Photo Printer 500, KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Plus series 3, KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock series 3, and KODAK EASYSHARE Camera Dock series 3***
IMAGELINK Print System compatible yes
PICTBRIDGE enabled yes
I/O interface A/V output (NTSC or PAL, user-selectable), exclusive KODAK Camera Dock/Printer Dock interface, digital (USB 2.0) connector
Power KODAK Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Digital Camera Battery KLIC-7001
Lens protection built in lens barrier
Tripod mount 1/4 in. standard
Weight without batteries: 4.5 oz (125 g)
Dimensions W × H × D: 4 × 2 × .8 in. (101 × 49.8 × 20.4 mm)
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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