|Kodak V570 - Slow shutter speeds
Even though the Kodak EasyShare V570 is a fully automatic digital camera, the user has the option to select slow shutter speeds (0.5 - 8 seconds) via the menu. In theory, this means the Kodak V570 enables you to capture images in the evening or at night, yet in practice the camera proves to have some trouble focussing from long distances. With help of the auto focus assistance illuminator, the Kodak EasyShare V570 is able to focus on subjects in the dark within several meters. The exposure, however, isn't quite up to par. When the Kodak V570 is set to slow shutter speeds, the exposure is satisfactory, although this does require a tripod. These functions would undoubtedly benefit from an image stabiliser.
Kodak EasyShare V570 - ISO noise values
Standard, the Kodak V570 camera is set to the automatic ISO setting. It can be altered to 64, 100, 200, 400 and even 800 ISO, although the latter is only available in a resolution of 1.8 Megapixels. The noise values in the low ISO range are somewhat disappointing. A slight form of noise is already visible from 64 ISO, where the automatic noise reduction takes its toll. As a result, crops tend to show a "wiped out" effect; the details become a tad smudgy. From 400 ISO noise is clearly present, which is why we wouldn't recommend it.
Kodak V570 - Sharpness of the images
The effects of the noise reduction can also be noted when looking at the sharpness of the images. They simply do not look fully sharp, and are in fact slightly soft. It remains unclear whether this is caused by an overly present noise reduction, or a below average application of sharpness by the Kodak V570 itself. It is likely to be a combination of both that somewhat suppresses the general sharpness of all images.
Kodak EasyShare V570 - 23mm wide-angle lens
The images of the 23mm wide-angle lens are in fact decent, and show only a light form of blur and slightly increased distortion in the corners. For a wide-angle in this type of compact camera, however, the results are more than satisfactory. The optical zoom shows similarly agreeable results. Distortion, which is virtually common with such a wide-angle range, is clearly present. Kodak have, however, added a function in the menu of the camera to correct the distortion through software.
|Once activated, this function ensures the distortion is largely corrected, although still visible. The optical zoom lens offers surprisingly impressive quality; there is less distortion present than on average. Another issue that tends to pop up frequently is chromatic aberration. The ultra-wide angle lens suffers significantly from this. The optical zoom lens experiences less hindrance, yet overall the fact remains this is a weaker side of the Kodak EasyShare V570.
Kodak EasyShare V570 - Macro images
Standard, the Kodak EasyShare V570 digital camera is able to focus from 60 cm when using the optical zoom, and 80 cm when working with the wide-angle lens. The Kodak V570 also features a macro mode, in which the camera is able to focus from 5 cm. It should be said that the performances are superb. The resolution is high, and the details of the subject are properly displayed in the image. The sharpness does decrease slightly towards the edges of the image, but as a whole the macro mode is excellent to work with. The built-in flash has an effective range from 60 cm. It does not manage to cover the subject with the flash in its entirety, which results in a dark shadow on the lower right side of the image, and a bright spot on the upper left side of the image. It is therefore not advisable to use the built-in flash. Instead, make sure sufficient light is present, either from sunlight or via an external flash.
Kodak V570 digital camera - White balance
The Kodak EasyShare V570 is equipped with an automatic white balance. It produces a warm colour, and, unfortunately, isn't quite able to create a well-balanced picture free of colour cast. The fluorescent light setting, however, produces a decent result, and a small exposure compensation ensures hardly any colour cast is left. It is not possible to set the white balance manually. If we look at the colour rendition, we see that the Kodak V570 is a typical example of a camera that exaggerates certain colours. However, this should not necessarily be seen as a negative thing; after all, colours that are rich in contrast and saturation still appeal to a large share of consumers. In the case of the Kodak EasyShare V570 it are the red, green, and blue colours that are taken a bit over the top. This is visible from skin tones, which do not always come across entirely true to nature.