Kodak EasyShare V550 digital camera
Within the unsurpassed Kodak EasyShare system the Kodak EasyShare V550 takes up a prominent place. It's a beautiful and neatly finished camera with specifications that will appeal to many people. Kodak has actually used some good components here. Not only their own ones, like the EasyShare system but also from others. The excellent Schneider Kreuznach lens is a perfect example of it. Just as great is the huge monitor on the back of the camera. It enhances the photographic joy tremendously.
Kodak Easy-Share V550 - Limitations
There is nothing wrong with Kodak mainly aiming at the feminine part of the population with the Kodak EasyShare, because the Kodak EasyShare V550 will certainly equally appeal to men. The user however should not be equipped with too large hands, because the buttons are carried out awfully small. And the Flash button and on/off button are positioned too close to each other. A number of people will find the amount of settings too limited, especially where it concerns the image quality. But if you don't mind these limitations you will find the Kodak V550 digital camera a beauty and one that has a very fast response. Yet, I'd say it's not a camera who'd suit the photographer who wants to stay in control of the operation and settings.
Simply share pictures with the docking station
The main issue as far as the EasyShare system is concerned is simplicity and the Kodak EasyShare V550 fits in smoothly. It's a piece of cake to handle and share pictures in combination with the standard delivered docking station. I do stick to the fact that this is an extremely strong point of Kodak. Not the technique takes up the main position but the joy in photographing. A concept that is followed by other brands; and the fact that other brands use the EasyShare system may be seen as a huge compliment for Kodak.
Kodak V550 - True value for money
The Kodak EasyShare V550 is a good camera offering true value for its money. Excellent image quality, simple operation and easy to carry around with you. The EasyShare V550 is not yet perfect, but which camera is? It's mainly details where the EasyShare V550 drops a stitch. In general it's an attractive digital camera, not only because of its appearance. The users of the EasyShare V550 benefit to the fullest from the EasyShare concept. It's a strong concept, but still leaving room for improvement. We're not overwhelmed and uncritical but the Kodak EasyShare V 550 is definitely an excellent choice for the starting photographer, or it will serve greatly as a second camera added to the rest of your photographic equipment.
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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