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More to the point, the 39 to mm lens is actually a 3x optical zoom lens, and the camera covers the advertised 5x range between 23 and mm with either one sizeable jump at the low end or a smooth ramp there, but employing varying degrees of digital zoom. We think that Kodak V570 Dual Lens Digital Camera unfortunate Kodak chose to bill the V as a 5x zoom camera rather than as the 3x-zoom-plus-ultrawide-lens that it is.

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Calling it a 5x zoom is liable to leave a lot of people dissatisfied with its performance over the range from roughly mm, because consumers these days pretty well expect the "x" rating of a camera to refer only to optical zoom capability. It would be a shame if people are turned off by the confusing labeling, because the camera really does offer some unique capabilities that are likely to be obscured in the furor over its "zoom" performance.


The best lag numbers are naturally turned in by the non-focusing 23mm mode, averaging a somewhat variable fifth of a second quite fast indeed. In the optical zoom mode, the shutter lag goes up to 0.

Not terrible, about average in a market where most are getting a little faster. In use, shutter lag is not the noticeable impediment Kodak V570 Dual Lens Digital Camera getting good shots; it's the slow digital zoom. The more we used the Kodak V, the more annoyed we became when shooting with the digital zoom enabled. As I mentioned earlier, we disable it by default, but this wouldn't be much of a user report without mention of the camera's standard operating mode.

Since the camera always starts up at 23mm, you always have to step through the very slow digital zoom to get to the 39mm "real" lens for better composition and higher quality. Quickly composing a shot of kids is difficult when your zoom can't keep up with their rapid changes.

Kodak would do well to release a firmware update that allows users to set the 3x zoom lens as the default startup lens, because this would place the camera in its fastest mode, and allow the user to zoom in or out. Starting with the highest optical quality by default would make the V much easier to use. Alternatively, do as we did in relatively Kodak V570 Dual Lens Digital Camera order: Turn off the digital zoom via the setup menu option. This will let the camera jump very quickly between 23 and 39mm. That's a pretty big jump in focal length, but in indoor shooting situations, you'll be close enough to the subject anyway that framing by moving closer or further away isn't at all difficult, and takes less time than this very slow digital zoom.

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It's also important to note that the Kodak V's ultrawide lens can only focus as close as 31 inches. That's not too close, so you have to actually zoom out of UW mode to be able to use Macro or Landscape Scene modes. Yet another reason to start out with the 3x lens instead of the ultrawide. Another quirk we didn't like was how the Kodak V behaved between shots. Kodak V570 Dual Lens Digital Camera generally like a camera to have an image preview mode, but we prefer for the camera to abandon the preview when we've pressed on the shutter or started to zoom.

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The Kodak V does the former, but not the latter: If you press the zoom toggle immediately after snapping a shot, the camera will zoom without showing how far, further frustrating us when it's zoomed too far. You can sidestep this by lightly tapping the shutter Kodak V570 Dual Lens Digital Camera to kill the review mode, but really, the camera should do so itself as soon as you touch the zoom toggle. Image quality-wise, we felt that images from the V showed excellent color, but were softer than we'd normally expect from a 5-megapixel digital camera.

Its noise-suppression algorithms are also prone to Kodak V570 Dual Lens Digital Camera fine detail, particularly when the contrast levels of that detail are low. All digital cameras do this to some degree, but we felt that we noticed it more in the Kodak V's shots than we're accustomed to.

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Shooting panoramas is so easy and fun with the Kodak V, we found ourselves doing quite a few. In panorama mode, the camera shows you a small rectangular crop of the previous exposure to act as a guide in lining up the next shot. If you're Kodak V570 Dual Lens Digital Camera careful to keep the camera straight and level, and rotate it around the center of its body, this worked quite well. If you have large enough hands, holding the camera with your thumb and middle finger centered top and bottom on the camera body, and then pivoting it around that axis between shots can work pretty well.


As usual in these types of shots, we had some trouble lining up the shot so that we didn't lose the horizon line. The trick is to keep the camera perfectly horizontal -- Resist the temptation to tilt it up to take in a taller subject, or tilt it down to shoot more of the ground. Rather, to whatever extent possible, adjust vertical framing by raising or lowering the camera, while keeping it level.

Better by far is to put the camera on a tripod. The Kodak V's tripod socket is just a millimeter or two off the centerline of both lenses, which is close enough to perfect centering to produce excellent panoramas. You do have to be fairly accurate when lining up the images, or else you will find a seam or duplicated elements where the camera stitched the images together.

But it's still quick enough that we could see ourselves creating more than a few panoramas to show friends and families where we visited, with something more dramatic than a snapshot. The ultimate Real Estate camera? At 39mm, you don't see much of the room, even backed up against the far wall. The Kodak EasyShare V Dual Lens Digital Camera is a first in digital cameras.


It features unique KODAK RETINA Dual Lens Technology, for incredible. The Kodak EasyShare V was a 5-megapixel digital camera manufactured by Eastman Kodak. Announced on January 2,it was an upper-end model in the consumer price range, advertised at $ in the United States Kodak V570 Dual Lens Digital Camera January It had an innovative dual lens system, combining two periscopic groups each.

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