|Kodak EasyShare V705 Review : Just before the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) started in 2006, Kodak introduced its first dual lens digital camera; de Kodak V570. Its successor, the Kodak EasyShare V705 was announced just over six months later and will be the subject of the following digital camera review. Although a dual lens camera, the Kodak V610, has appeared in the meantime, this turned out to be a camera with the emphasis on tele range (total 10x optical) instead of 5x optical as with the Kodak V570. The extra wide-angle range of 23mm in particular, a rare exception in a compact camera, makes the Kodak EasyShare V705 an interesting digital camera.
Kodak V705 - Design
The Kodak EasyShare V705 has scaled the Megapixel ladder and with 7.0 effective Megapixels it is about average. The design has stayed exactly the same and the Kodak V705 is also compact and streamlined. It was designed for a beginner or someone who wants an extra camera that is purely for convenience. The interface is user-friendly, a feature that generally characterizes the EasyShare concept. A nice detail in a dual-lens camera is the presence of two Megapixel sensors. The Kodak EasyShare V705's focal range of 23-117 mm is rather exceptional. Only a handful of digital cameras have a comparable wide-angle range.
Kodak EasyShare V705 - 7 Megapixel
Not much has changed in comparison to its predecessor, the V570. The upgrade from five to seven Megapixels is a logical step in the global Megapixel race. The adjustable ISO range has also been enlarged and the camera now reaches a maximal 1000 ISO for all resolutions. For the rest, most of the specifications remain unaltered. It doesn't really matter; it's just a question of changing models, a sort of digital evolution.
Kodak V705 - Dual Lens
The dual lens concept has made it possible to go further in the wide-angle direction without having to say goodbye to the (small) tele lens. The optical range of 23 - 177mm offers interesting possibilities for taking photos in smaller spaces, like a compact living room, or small spaces inside buildings. The focal range will also appeal to landscape or architectural photographers. The 7 Megapixels are enough to be able to post process the picture, make an enlargement of a crop or blow it up to a poster format print.
Kodak EasyShare V705 - Panorama photos
A real 23mm wide-angle is of course, the ultimate camera for taking panorama pictures. Fortunately Kodak is aware of this and there are 2 panorama modes in the 22 pre-programmed scenes. The difference between the standard wide-angle of 38mm and the 28mm that you sometimes see in the competition is so big that the Kodak EasyShare V705 has distinguished itself on the digital camera market on this point alone.
Kodak V705 Test
I tested the Kodak EasyShare V705 compact camera thoroughly for quite a while. I had tried out its predecessor in the past and I had a few doubts about it. I will see if Kodak has listened to my words of warning in the following review. The competition has also not been standing still and standards have become more demanding. You can read the results of the test in the following Kodak EasyShare V705 digital camera review.
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