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Kodak EasyShare V550 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Most digital compact cameras support the Secure Digital (SD) memory card almost as a standard, even digital SLR cameras are more often than not equipped with an SD slot. The Kodak EasyShare V550 has the possibility to store images and movies on an SD memory card. Besides that the camera contains an internal memory of 32MB, which is fairly extensive. It's not large enough to store all your holiday pictures on it, but still some 17 photos in the highest quality fit on the memory or a movie with a duration of 48 seconds.
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Kodak V550 - Storing photos
When the V550 is set to burst mode a maximum of 5 pictures can be made with 3 frames per second. This is rather fast, but the buffer can't be called extremely outsized. During photographing in burst mode, the monitor will turn black. In normal mode every second a photo can be made. The interval between pressing the release button and actually taking the picture takes about 0.3 second. Storing the photo takes about 1 to 2 seconds. This is fine for a camera such as the EasyShare V550. Naturally a smaller image size gets stored quicker.

Kodak EasyShare V550 - Compression
The resolution of 5 Megapixels provides photos that enables printing a large size, however these photos take up a lot of space concerning the storage. Therefore a 256MB SD memory card is not an exaggerated size, especially when you are also into movie making. It would have been nice if the size of the compression could also be selected by the user himself, but I must admit, Kodak has found an excellent balance as far as compression is concerned.

Considering 256MB storage capacity:
Resolution 5 Megapixels - 159 images
Resolution 4.4 Megapixels (3:2) - 178 images
Resolution 4 Megapixels - 196 images
Resolution 3.1 Megapixels - 242 images
Resolution 1.8 Megapixels - 391 images
Video Resolution 640x480 - 30 fps - 7 min 9 sec movie
Video Resolution 320x240 - 30 fps - 18 min 9 sec movie
Kodak V550 - USB 2.0 Full speed connection
The docking station as well as the camera is equipped with a USB 2.0 Full speed connection which is the equivalent of the old USB 1.1 standard connection. It's not the fastest way for data transfer. The easiest way of connecting the camera to the computer is to put the camera in the docking station. No cables are required that way. As soon as the Kodak EasyShare V550 is in the docking station, the battery also starts recharging. Killing two birds with one stone. If the images have to be copied to a computer in a hurry, the USB 2.0 High Speed or a FireWire card reader might be the solution to this.

Kodak EasyShare V550 - Battery
The battery used for the EasyShare V550 is a 720mAh 3.7V Li-ion battery. The capacity is limited and you'll notice that while photographing. According to the user's manual you should be able to take some 120 photos with a fully loaded battery, but I didn't manage that many at all. In spite of the fact that I hardly used the flash. Taking an extra battery or the battery charger with you on holiday or other trips might be a wise decision. To save energy the camera and monitor can be deactivated automatically. And of course you can use the viewfinder in stead of the monitor. Still I'd prefer Kodak delivering a more powerful battery in the future.
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