|Kodak EasyShare V705 - Landscape photography
Strangely enough, the dual-lens system is still only used by Kodak. Probably because manufacturers who do not use this system can make increasingly compact (read thinner) compact cameras with optical zoom ranges going up to 6 - 7x optical zoom. One of the advantages of the dual-lens system, at least in the Kodak EasyShare V705, is the opportunity to use an extreme wide-angle range of 23mm. In spite of lacking the 24-28mm range, the first lens provides the 23mm and the second the range of 39-117mm. This is a unique feature in such a compact model. The Kodak EasyShare V705 will also appeal to landscape photographers.
Kodak V705 - Pre-programmed scenes
The Kodak EasyShare V705's interface is simple. Buttons for the various functions have been kept to a minimum and this has kept operation as user friendly as possible. We were not surprised to see that the Kodak V705 is fully automatic but that the pre-programmed scenes still allow the photographer some freedom. It is handy that you can set the menu in a variety of languages as there is a good chance that your favorite language has been included. The large, but thin buttons react immediately when operated and the mini joystick worked well.
Kodak EasyShare V705 - Shutter speed
You can start as soon as the Kodak V705 is activated. The automatic setting is fine for most pictures, but if you want to be a bit more creative or precise, you can explore the large range of pre-programmed settings. One of the buttons on the top of the camera gives direct access to these settings. Most situations will be covered by at least one of these settings. If you don't want to limit your creativity to using these programs, you will have to look for another camera. The Kodak EasyShare V705 doesn't allow you to set aperture or specific shutter speeds yourself.
|Kodak V705 - Wide-angle lens
One of the few options to appease creative photographers is the possibility of setting a long shutter speed. Because the Kodak EasyShare V705 works with two different lenses, the collaboration between the lenses must be supple to enjoy the large range. If you press the zoom button in the wide-angle lens is used and if you press the button upwards, the optical zoom lens is activated. All this is shown neatly on the screen via a meter. Zooming in is not continuously adjusted and you will have to press in the zoom button a second time to switch from wide-angle to the optical zoom lens. Zooming in should be more accurate as it is rather jerky at the moment.
Kodak EasyShare V705 - Controls
The joystick is really multifunctional. Previous models were occasionally fitted with a stick like this, and I like them. It reacts immediately, gives some resistance and does what it is supposed to do simply. When the Kodak EasyShare V705 is in the recording mode, various settings appear on the 2.5-inch LCD screen. This information can be placed in the background if you want, but you can also choose for extensive information in the form of a histogram. The play setting allows you to zoom into a picture digitally. You can select a part and show an enlargement of it.
Kodak advanced compact camera
The operation of the Kodak EasyShare V705 is straightforward, as you would expect of a digital compact camera. The Kodak V705 is really a camera for a snap shot photographer, who just wants and easy time of it, but who will enjoy using the extreme wide-angle lens. One important detail; taking photos with a wide-angle like this is not for everyone. Distortion is noticeable and portraits taken in this setting will not always be flattering. It is a different way of taking photographs, whereby you need to seek out the subjects, as it were. You would expect a range like this in an advanced compact camera.