Search

Kodak Easyshare V570 5 MP Digital Camera with 5xOptical Zoom
Kodak Easyshare V570 5 MP Digital Camera with 5xOptical Zoom
Manufacturer : Kodak
buy from amazon.com
Avg. Customer Rating:3.5 of 5.0
Product Description
The Kodak EasyShare V570 Dual Lens Digital Camera is a first in digital cameras. It features unique KODAK RETINA Dual Lens Technology, for incredible, vibrant shots with exceptional clarity and sharpness. One lens is for ultra-wideangle. The other is a 3x zoom lens. Choose the one that best fits your needs for the moment. The V570 is fully automatic and can shoot high-quality still and video images. With purchase of an optional dock, you can enjoy a host of EasyShare features that make this digital-camera even friendlier. Color Modes - high color, natural color, low color, sepia, black and white Burst Mode - 2.3 fps, maximum 4 images in any quality mode Panorama stitch mode, with up to 180 degrees of wide-angle coverage On-camera digital enhancement features - Digital red-eye reduction, cropping, and blurry picture detection View and share your shots anytime, anywhere with the on-camera Favorites collection Onboard cropping and enlarging 32 MB internal memory SD/MMC card expansion slot (we advise purchasing an optional 256MB SD card or larger for more practical storage and use) On-camera Share button lets you have photos ready to print or e-mail instantly Record VGA video with sound MPEG-4 compression Digital image stabilization in video mode Video print options, including 4, 9, or 16 prints Includes Kodak EasyShare software to help you organize, print, and share your photos / EasyShare dock is optional Built-in electronic-flash Is PictBridge and ImageLink capable Transfers with PC and Macintosh Unit Dimensions - W H D - 4 2 . 8 in. (101 49.8 20.4 mm) / Weighs 4.5 ounces without battery
Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #22917 in Camera & Photo
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Kodak
  • Model: 8451676
  • Original language: English
  • Dimensions: 1.97" h x .79" w x 3.98" l, .39 pounds
  • Display size: 2.5
  • Product Features
  • 5.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch LCD display; wide-angle (23mm equivalent) to 5x optical zoom through two-lens construction
  • VGA movie capture at 30 frames per second
  • Panorama stitch mode, video print options, and on-camera picture-enhancing features
  • KODAK Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Digital Camera Battery KLIC-7001; stores images on SD memory cards (includes 32 MB internal memory)
  • Customer Reviews

    Most helpful customer reviews

    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
    4Very good second camera
    By K. Lawton
    I have a very nice Olympus digital camera is a notch up from the point-and-shoot category, and just purchased this camera to supplement it. The decision came down to 4 thing: 1) good video capability; 2) compact size; 3) low price; 4) good still-photo capabilities.

    I have to say that people who complain about this camera's low-light and indoor capabilities have a point. The combination of a "slow" lens and very weak flash mean that it's just not very good indoors. However, I think the former is a limitation of many compact zoom cameras, not just this one. What is a "slow" lens? It's simply a lens that doesn't let in much light and therefore causes the camera to compensate with slower shutter speeds (resulting in more blurring due to camera or subject movement) and/or a higher ISO (resulting in grainier pictures). A slow lens is one characterized with a high "maximum aperture" f-stop number. For this camera the value is f3.9 for wide-angle and f4.4 for telephoto. A good SLR camera, by comparison, would have values around f2.0 or lower for wide-angle. This makes sense since the tiny lens a compact camera (especially in a non-protruding design like this one, perhaps) trades off aperture for size. But it means that low-light and indoor capabilities suffer. I compared the stats of this camera with a few other compact cameras and it appears that others do a little better in this regard, but I don't know if it's enough to make a difference. However a compact camera with a slightly better aperture rating and a less-worthless flash would likely take noticably better indoor pictures. The flash on this camera has an effective range of something like 9 feet. I took a picture from my kitchen into the living room and they came out dark and with a camera-shake warning.

    Interestingly, taking video in the same location turned out fine. Presumably the lower resolution for the video (640x480) allowed the camera to compensate for the (relatively) low light. It looks like the video capability will meet my needs of having being able to record simple videos of my kids' events with a device I can carry in my jacket pocket.

    I'll still use my bulkier Olympus camera for certain types of pictures since it offers more control and is better for indoors. But it's nice to have a camera that much more compact and that can take good video. The combination of 60 fps (frames per second) and MPEG-4 compression means this can take more fluid videos while using less memory. A couple Olympus alternatives I looked at had neither of these, so the video should be of lower quality (arguably; quality depends on more factors than just fps) and take up more space (meaning fewer minutes of recording on a memory card).

    Don't worry about this camera being "only" 5 megapixels unless you typically print bigger than 8x10 pictures or if you tend to do aggressive cropping when you work with the pictures on your computer. If you just point, shoot and print, you will never see a difference between a 5 MP camera and one with more pixels. Or if you do it's not because of the pixels is because of other technologies that the more expensive or newer camera bring with it.

    One final note: this camera has excellent power-on-to-first-picture and button-to-picture times, much better than my other digital camera. In other words, you can turn the camera on and take a picture nearly instantaneously, and when you press the button to take a picture it immediately takes the picture. On my Olympus there is a frustrating pause between pressing the button and having the picture captures. If you're taking a picture of something moving (e.g., someone jumping into the pool) you literally have to anticipate the shot and press the button before the person is in position. That is much less true with this camera. If the recent Consumer Reports figures are correct this camera is perhaps the best compact camera in this regard.

    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful.
    5The first digital camera I have really loved
    By Sean Brenner
    I have to preface this review by saying I love film, I prefer film, I mostly use film to shoot. The quality is better, the control of the image is better. I have a dozen SLRs including two very nice Nikon Digital SLRs and I prefer film. That said, this camera is absolutely amazing. It is VERY small. And as much as I love my SLRs, it takes dedication to lug them around (film or digital). I love SLRs because you can use wide angle lenses - I love the journalistic feel of wide angle and the second, wide angle lens on this camera actually seems wider than my standard Nikon lenses attached to a digital Nikon D100 or D70 (something about the film plane changes the aspect ratio). Anyway, the zoom is pretty normal for a digital camera (although, again, it's REALLY small). But the thing I love is the "stitching" feature that lets you glue three pictures together into a panoramic picture...in the camera. It's incredibly wizzy and fun and it lets you do all sorts of creative things (it sounds complicated - but it's actually VERY simple to do). The combination of the stitching software plus the extra lens in this itty bitty camera is just fantastic. It goes where I can't take my best cameras and it does things my best cameras can't do. Kodak really, really did a great job with this one - and it's quite reasonably priced.

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
    4Nice Camera at a nice price
    By chuckbobuck
    I bought this camera 8 months ago and liked it enough to buy another for my son for Christmas. If you want a camera that does it all, is easy to use, and is compact enough to put in your pocket "comfortably" then go no further. Sure it has drawbacks. The worst thing about it is Kodak's customer service. They don't care, at all, so don't expect an intelligent answer if you email them. While taking video if you zoom you will hear the whir from the motor. I find it rather unique and amusing. The default sharpness setting is normal. If you want it set high then you need save it as a custom setting and access it that way. While taking video I had a couple of instances where the video was corrupted in the camera, possibly due to a bad memory card. I changed it and haven't had the problem since. So why do I like the V570? It stiches panorama pictures in the camera. You can take close-up fisheye type distorted images of people. TV quality videos. It just plain looks cool. It feels good. I drop it and it doesn't need repairs. The LCD screen is big. It doesn't have space taken up with wasted features like a view finder. The lenses don't go in and out like a trombone slide. Somebody was thinking when they made this little beauty. PHOTOGRAPGHY IS NOT ABOUT THE CAMERA, IT IS ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPH. This one takes very nice photographs. For me, 5 megapixels is more than enough. You can even take long exposures with this camera.

    See all 88 customer reviews...
    Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com
    Amazon.com Review We have to tell you, wide-angle capabilities in a point-and-shoot digital camera are a revelation. Does this camera have that and more? Sure does. Dual lenses, so that it goes from a wide 23mm equivalent to a 117mm equivalent (6x zoom) without a protruding lens? Check. A large, beautiful LCD? Sure thing. An in-camera panoramic stitch that makes the most of both those features? Oh, yes.

    Click for larger image.
    The V570's wide-angle lens creates interesting effects.
    (See larger image.)
    The V570 is also incredibly compact. We carried it in a front pant pocket while traipsing around London, in a jacket pocket on the ski slopes, and in a cargo-pant pocket on mountain climbs. The V570 is very portable, and it's so inconspicuous in its small size that we felt secure with it in a front pant pocket while strap-hanging on Mexico City public transportation.

    And then there are the pictures. We love that the wide-angle setting allows us to fit so much into the picture. It also creates some interesting stretching effects in close-ups, as with the photo of cakes at left. In addition, color reproduction is stunning: blue skies are faithfully rendered, bright colors remain bright even in low-light settings or flash photos, and contrast and tonal range are almost always as perfect as we could hope.

    Click for larger image.
    Click for larger image.
    Click for larger image.
    Panoramic mode is easy to use
    and works beautifully.
    (Click images for larger views.)
    The in-camera panoramic stitch mode is also extremely easy, and it produces exquisite results. The only down side to this feature is that it severely limits your other photographic options--the two or three images that make up the panoramas are taken at 3.2-megapixel resolution, and the flash won't fire while you're in panoramic mode. However, we found the resolution to be sufficient in the end, and reserving panoramic use for well-lit scenarios did not prove such a hardship. (Make sure to check out other customers' photos, taken in a range of lighting situations, via the link above.)

    Some of our favorite photos taken with the V570.
    (Click images for larger views.)
    Click for larger image.
    Click for larger image.
    Click for larger image.
    Finally, the camera's video function performs admirably. A friend used his V570 to film a football team taking the field, and both image and sound were top notch. And the large, bright 2.5-inch LCD does its duty well as a photo and video viewer. Separate buttons allow you to zoom in on sections of a photo and navigate within one picture or all the pictures on your card. (Photos can also be viewed in a multi-up mode, which displays nine at a time, or in a slideshow that can be shown on the screen or on your television.)

    This is not to say that the camera doesn't have a few imperfections. It must be docked for charging the battery or downloading images. In photos, bright lights are occasionally surrounded by a purple fringe. The power and scene mode buttons are on the small side, and there's no way to prevent the camera from displaying just-taken images for five seconds after the shot (though you can take another photo immediately by pressing the shutter-release button twice).

    These are small gripes about an otherwise stellar camera, though. We've found the V570 to be the best combination of unique features, impressive styling, and overall user-friendliness of any cameras currently available, and we cannot recommend it enough.--Sarah Sternau

    Pros

    • Wide-angle lens produces beautiful photos
    • Color reproduction is amazing
    • In-camera panoramic stitch works wonderfully
    Cons

    • 5-second post-capture review can't be turned off
    • Occasional purple fringe
    • Limited settings options in panoramic mode

    From the Manufacturer
    From the Manufacturer With the Kodak EasyShare V570 zoom digital camera, Kodak has introduced the world's first dual-lens digital still camera. Using proprietary Kodak RETINA Dual Lens technology, the elegant V570 camera wraps an ultrawide angle lens (23 mm) and an optical zoom lens (39-117 mm) into a small, sleek package less than an inch thin.

    The Kodak Easyshare Z570's dual-lens system
    The innovative EasyShare V570 camera's ultrawide angle lens coupled with its optical zoom lens produces a total 5x optical zoom range, providing more options to help today's picture takers capture the perfect shot--group photos, scenic landscapes, dramatic portraits, and close-ups. No other consumer digital camera offers such a wide angle of view, nor the unique, sophisticated design of this model, whose all-glass, stacked Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon prism lenses never extend from the camera body.

    The Kodak Easyshare Z570's panoramic possibilities
    Use the Z570's ultrawide view to take 180-degree vistas in just three shots.

    Wide-Angle Panorama Stitching and Advanced Video Performance
    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 three pictures into a panorama photograph. Using the ultrawide view in panorama scene mode, people can take in a 180-degree vista with just three shots--an industry exclusive.

    Packing advanced video performance, the camera makes it easier for users to shoot all types of action in the way that many filmmakers prefer--with an ultrawide angle to capture more of the scene. The EasyShare 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 autofocus. 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 Kodak Easyshare Z570's Photo Frame 2 dock
    The multipurpose Photo Frame 2 dock also turns the camera into a stylish photo viewer.
    Other notable features of the V570 camera include:
    • A big, brilliant 2.5-inch, high-resolution 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 ultrawide 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 Photo Frame Dock 2, which provides one-touch picture transfer to a connected computer while keeping the camera's 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
    • 32 megabytes of internal memory, plus a SD card slot for additional storage

    EasyShare Software
    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. The exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature takes advantage of proprietary color technologies developed by Kodak to help users get vibrant, true-to-life prints from inkjet printers, while the enhanced favorites feature helps you always have your best shots at hand, whether on your camera, on your computer, or online via the Kodak EasyShare Gallery.