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Kodak EasyShare V705 Review

Digital camera review overview
Kodak EasyShare V705 Introduction
Kodak EasyShare V705 Camera
Kodak EasyShare V705 Control
Kodak EasyShare V705 Adjustments
Kodak EasyShare V705 Storage and Energy
Kodak EasyShare V705 Test-images
Kodak EasyShare V705 Conclusion

Kodak EasyShare V705 Review conclusion

Kodak EasyShare V705 Test conclusion
Having a second lens is still an attractive concept. No one else is making such extreme wide-angle in the compact camera segment, so the Kodak EasyShare V705 camera is bound to be popular with landscape photographers. To be honest, I can imagine them having the Kodak V705 as an extra digital camera. When Kodak's first dual lens system camera was introduced, it was met by surprised and positive reactions. People are still positive about the dual lens system, especially when it comes with extreme wide-angle.

Kodak Dual lens system
I still got the feeling that Kodak is only doing things by half, especially if I compare the Kodak EasyShare V705 with its dual lens system predecessors. Apart from the application of this innovative system, Kodak neglected a lot of things. Take ISO quality, especially at 400 ISO and higher. Kodak can't get away with this without attracting some comments. The noise ratio is too much and this means that the Kodak V705 camera performs below average in dusky and evening shots. These conditions come up often, in living rooms or cafes when you are on holiday. An optical image stabilizer would help with this problem, if only there was one. Kodak is forgetting important things and does not seem to have taken criticism of the previous models into account when designing the Kodak EasyShare V705.

Kodak EasyShare colour reproduction
The colour reproduction is good and the Kodak EasyShare V705 camera is no longer exaggerating reproduction. The automatic white balance is not perfect, but a slight adjustment for the sort of light source filters the colour cast out of the picture adequately. The pictures are nice and sharp. The effects of the extreme wide-angle, especially the deviations were captured well by the software in the camera. Corrections are made accurately.

Snap-shot digital compact camera
Another strength is the cameras' simple operation. This is a real plus point and the same as its predecessor. The Kodak EasyShare V705 is not an advanced compact camera for experienced photographers who want to be creative. It's a snap-shoot digital compact camera. The pre-programmed settings give beginners a taste of the endless possibilities offered by digital photography. Although everything is spoon fed, I can imagine that the Kodak V705 can inspire some people to try a more advanced model. The panorama function is particularly good. It's a strong trump card for the Kodak EasyShare V705 when combined with the 23 mm wide-angle lens.

Kodak EasyShare V705 review - Verdict
To conclude, I can only say that I had mixed feelings about the Kodak EasyShare V750. I enjoyed using it. The operation is fine and straightforward and the compact format will entice you into carrying the camera around with you. The 23 mm wide-angle lens is also extremely tempting for anyone who is into landscape or architectural photography. I couldn't get rid of the feeling that this camera wasn't quite up to scratch. By this, I don't mean the disappointing ISO quality, but more the lack of progress and improvements to the dual lens concept. The idea is good - it's even daring and innovative, but the competition has not been standing still. The lack of an optical image stabilizer to compensate for the high ISO was a drawback, and that's putting it mildly. What is good, however, is its user friendliness, good picture quality, and extreme wide-angle and panorama shots. It's also a handy camera to have on you. However, I very much doubt if this is enough to enable this camera to keep up with the competition.

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Kodak EasyShare V705 - Flash Memory Card
It is not surprising that the Kodak EasyShare V705 camera uses Secure Digital. This card has rapidly acquired an enormous share of the market and sold more cards in 2003 than the then market leader, CompactFlash. As well as various storage capacities, it also has different speeds. This concerns the speed with which the card can read or write data. This is not as important with a camera like the Kodak V705 and an average SD card like a SanDisk Ultra II Secure Digital card will be more than enough. There's no point going for a faster memory card, like the Extreme III versions as the camera cannot reach these speeds. If you want to use the complete resolution and take a number of pictures equivalent to 3 film rolls of 36 exposures (anyone still remember them?) 256MB storage will be quite enough. If you want more reserve, we recommend a Secure Digital 512MB card.

Considering 512MB storage capacity:
Resolution 7.1 Megapixels - 3072 x 2304 pixels - 229 pictures - 2.2MB
Resolution 6.3 Megapixels - 3072 x 2048 pixels - 256 pictures - 2.0MB
Resolution 5.0 Megapixels - 2576 x 1932 pixels - 319 pictures - 1.6MB
Resolution 3.1 Megapixels - 2048 x 1536 pixels - 485 pictures - 1.1MB
Resolution 1.1 Megapixels - 1200 x 900 pixels - 1176 pictures - 0.4MB
Video resolution VGA - 640 x 480 pixels - 30fps - 16 min 28 sec
Video resolution VGA Long - 640 x 480 pixels - 30fps - 31 min 57 sec
Video resolution QVGA - 320 x 240 pixels - 30fps - 41 min 46 sec

SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card
Throughout the test, I used the Kodak EasyShare V705 in combination with a different type of Secure Digital memory card; the SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card. This small card has the format of an SD card, but with one special feature. A USB interface is revealed if you remove the card from the camera and snap it in the middle. You can place the card directly in a free USB interface to get access to the saved photos or video shots. Of course, you can also place the Kodak V705 in a docking station.

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