The super-wide angle abilities of the twin-lens, 7.1MP V705 ($299, street)
place it head and shoulders above the competition.
The EasyShare has the ability to do some limited photo editing by using Kodak's "Perfect Touch" technology. This system allows you to review images in-camera and have them edited automatically for hue, saturation, brightness, sharpness, contrast and exposure. The coolness factor goes up again because the camera splits the LCD screen into two identical sections -- a before-and-after view to show you the differences that the "Perfect Touch" technology makes. You can also use the joystick to navigate to other sections of the image and review their details. The firmware then gives you the option of saving the original or a copy. This is certainly no replacement for editing on a high-grade video monitor, but if you want to make prints on the go, it's a nice touch.
Like many point-and-shoot cameras aimed at the novice photographer, the V705 offers NTSC quality video that it encodes as a Quicktime file. The V705 offers 3 video resolution modes, all of which are shot at 30 frames per second. You can also make a print from a single video frame and Kodak has added a "Video Action Print" that allows you to take 4, 9, or 16 frames of video and incorporate them into sequence images on one print. When using the V705, you also have the option to make simple cuts to video, but only at the beginning or end of the file.
Overall, for the price and feature set, the EasyShare V705 is a well-mannered camera that has some useful and interesting features. The V705 has the rock-solid feel of a much more expensive camera, but at a fraction of the price, and the super-wide angle abilities place the V705 head and shoulders above most of its competition. Throw in the video editing, panoramic features, overall good performance, and good image quality, and you've got a winner.
In The Box:
• Kodak EasyShare V705 Dual Lens Digital Camera
• Camera Strap
• Camera pouch
• Kodak Li-ion battery KLIC-7001
• In-camera 5v battery charger
• Adaptor/cables for USB and Video
• EasyShare software and user guide
• Camera inserts for EasyShare Photo Frame Dock 2
• Camera insert for EasyShare Camera and Printer docks.
• 7.1 MP (3081 x 2313)
• ultra-wide: 23 mm-fixed (35 mm equiv.) f/2.8, Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon Lens 3X zoom: 39-117 mm (35 mm equiv.) f/3.9-f/4.4, Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon Lens
• 5X optical zoom range
• Shutter speeds- ultra-wide: 8-1/1448 sec.; 3X zoom: 8-1/1170 sec.
• 2.5 in. (6.4 cm) high resolution (230K pixels) indoor/outdoor color display, 2 level brightness adjustment
• 32 MB internal memory* available, SD/MMC card expansion slot
• W x H x D: 4.0 x 2.0 x 0.8 in. (101 x 49.8 x 20.4 mm)
• 4.4 oz (124 g) without batteries and memory card