Sep 29, 2005

The Kodak Easyshare V550

The Kodak Easyshare V550 is one of the smallest and thinnest cameras that has ever produced. Smaller and thinner than a deck of playing cards, the V550 is designed for those who seek high-style, compact personal electronics that combine excellent image quality, performance and simplicity. The V550’s case is solidly constructed from aluminium alloy and is available in silver or a very attractive black finish. The design and control layout is simple and logical, although the main mode buttons on the top panel are quite unusual. They aren’t really buttons as such, but sprung cut-out areas that are pressed down to activate them. This means they aren’t easy to distinguish by touch, but they are illuminated from below with a cool sci-fi blue light, so at least they are easy to find in the dark. This is good, because they include the buttons for Auto mode, portrait mode, movie mode and scene mode. This last function brings up a screen full of icons on the monitor, with options including sport, landscape, close-up, night portrait, night landscape, snow and more. One unusual option is a setting for panning shots of moving objects. Each option has a small piece of explanatory text, including advice on holding the camera steady.

Trusted Reviews just posted a Kodak Easyshare V550 review and have awarded it their "Recommended" seal. They said-
"The Kodak EasyShare V550 is a stylish, well made and technically impressive camera, with excellent performance and exceptionally good image quality. Both the camera and the supplied software are very easy to use, making this a good choice for a demanding first-time buyer, or as a second camera for an experienced user. It is a little more expensive than some of its competition, but hopefully the price will drop over the next few weeks. This could be the camera that gives Kodak the market share it’s been waiting for."

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