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Kodak V570 Operation

True to its EasyShare name, the Kodak V570 has a user-friendly interface with limited control options that keeps camera operation simple. The camera's automatic systems do an excellent job of capturing good-looking photos, with a well-rounded range of preset shooting modes to handle a wide range of scenes. The LCD menu system is short and simple to navigate, and the plain-English descriptions of menu items are a welcome change from the too-common cryptic icons on so many other cameras. The flat mode buttons across the top panel let you change camera modes quickly, and once again, plain-English descriptions flashed along the top of the LCD screen make operation straightforward for even rank beginners. Given the simple interface and limited controls, you should be able to snap images right away, with hardly a glance at the manual. Though for more advanced functions, it shouldn't take more than a half an hour or so to get the gist of things.

Record-Mode Display

Depending on the exposure mode, the Kodak V570's LCD display shows the currently-selected options for image size/quality, macro and flash mode, exposure compensation, the number of images of the current size and quality that can be stored in the remaining space on the memory card. Pressing the up arrow on the multi-controller once in a record mode cancels the information display, while a second press brings back the information display with framing guidelines. A third press adds a histogram display, and a fourth cancels the grid and histogram displays (leaving the information overlay).

Playback-Mode Display

In Playback mode, you can use the Kodak EasyShare V570's Zoom lever to zoom in or out on an image, with a maximum enlargement of 8x. A thumbnail display of the images on the card is also available, through the camera's Playback menu (or you can press the down arrow). Pressing the up arrow offers a more detailed information display, reporting the set exposure variables for the current image. The normal Playback display reports the image number, and any shared settings information. As in Record mode, the Kodak V570's Display button also enables a small histogram, for checking the overall exposure of the image.


Kodak V570 Modes and Menus

Auto Mode: Accessed by pushing the Auto/SCN button once, this mode enables the camera's photo capture and review functions.

Scene Mode: A second press of the Auto/SCN button enters Scene mode, and displays the menu of 22 available scene selections. Choices here include Panoramic L-R, Panoramic R-L, Sport, Landscape, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Manner/Museum, Party, Children, Backlight, Panning Shot, Candle light, Sunset, Close-up, Text, Flower, Self-portrait, and Custom.

Video Mode: This mode is accessed by pressing the Video button (movie camera icon) on top of the camera. In this mode, the Kodak V570 can record moving images with sound.

Favorites Mode: An album icon with a heart on its cover indicates this mode on the Favorites button on top of the camera. Here, any images that have been designated as "favorites" are displayed (though they have to be synced to the desktop, resized, and synced back before they appear in this mode). You can opt to view images in a slide show or index format, or view exposure information for individual images. You can also access the camera's Setup menu.

Record Menu: The following menu items appear whenever the Menu button is pressed in any Record mode. However, not all menu options are available in all modes.

Playback Menu: