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Kodak's Easyshare V705 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Kodak: New twin-lens digicam
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 17:47 EDT)

Eastman Kodak Co. has announced its new EasyShare V705 digital camera, an update of the existing V570 model.

The Kodak EasyShare V570 marked the debut of a twin-lens design concept, with the camera including both a 39 - 117mm optical zoom lens, and a 23mm fixed focal-length lens, each coupled to their own five megapixel CCD image sensor. The V570 takes those same lenses, but bumps the resolution of the sensors to seven megapixels. Alongside the change of imager, the ISO sensitivity range has also been adjusted slightly, with the minimum ISO now being 50 - just slightly lower. Most other features of the new Kodak V705 look to be similar to the original camera, including a 2.5" LCD display with 230,000 pixels, choice of three metering modes, five white balance modes, a built-in flash strobe good to 2.2 meters (or 3.1 meters with the wide-angle lens), 20 scene modes for ease of use, and the ability to record movies in QuickTime MPEG4 format. Images and movies are both stored on Secure Digital cards, or 32MB of built-in memory. Power comes courtesy of a proprietary Lithium Ion battery.

The Kodak EasyShare V610 goes on sale from September, with pricing not yet disclosed.

Kodak EasyShare V705
Kodak's Easyshare V705 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Kodak
Model Number V705
Dimensions 4.0 x 2.0 x 0.8"
101.0 x 49.8 x 20.4mm
Weight 124.0 g
4.3 oz
Warranty 1 years
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
7.30 megapixels (total)
7.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)3072 x 2048 (6.3 megapixels)2576 x 1932 (5.0 megapixels)2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)1200 x 900 (1.1 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom 8.0x max
Lens
Lens Type Kodak Retina (Dual Lens Schneider-Krueznach C-Variogon)
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length Wide lens: 23.0mm
Tele lens: 39 - 117.0mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range Wide lens: f/2.8
Tele lens: f/3.9 (wide) / f4.4 (tele) - ???
Focusing System Wide lens: Fixed focus
Tele lens: Multi / Center Contrast Detection TTL with AF assist lamp
Focusing Range Normal: 24" - infinity (60 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0" - 29" (5 cm - 70 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity 50, 100, 200, 400, 800
Shutter Speed

Wide lens: 8 - 1/1448 second
Tele lens:8 - 1/1170 second

Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Multi-pattern, center weighted, center spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, open shade
Internal Flash Modes: auto, off, fill, red-eye pre-flash
Range: Wide lens: 0.8 - 3.1 m; Tele lens: 0.6 - 2.2 m (wide) / 2.0 m (tele)
Creative
Scene Modes Portrait, panorama left-right, panorama right-left, sport, landscape, close-up, night portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text, fireworks, flower, manner/museum, self portrait, party, children, backlight, panning shot, candlelight, sunset, custom
Digital Zoom 4x
Self Timer Yes, 10 or 18 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format QuickTime MPEG 4 with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 0 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other Camera dock
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary KLIC-7001
Product Bundle
Software Kodak EasyShare
Battery / Charger Proprietary KLIC-7001 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 32.0MB built-in memory
Other
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
More Photos
Kodak's Easyshare V705 digital camera. Courtesy of Kodak, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

Kodak Announces the World’s Smallest Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Digital Camera and Additions to the C-Series Line of Digital Cameras

Company Stays on Top with the Launch of Attractive, Feature-Packed Cameras Designed to Unleash Creativity

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, August 08 -- In the latest addition to its award-winning EASYSHARE consumer digital photography system, Eastman Kodak Company today announced four new innovative and user-friendly products to the C and V lines of EASYSHARE Digital Cameras. The KODAK EASYSHARE V705 Dual Lens Digital Camera – the world’s smallest ultra-wide-angle optical zoom digital camera, and the KODAK EASYSHARE C875 Zoom Digital Camera, with 8.0 MP, 5X all glass SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH optical zoom lens, are two impressively designed and unbelievably equipped offerings from Kodak.

“As a leader in the digital camera marketplace, Kodak once again surpasses the competition by designing innovative and powerful ultra-compact cameras,” said Mary Hadley, General Manager, Digital Still Cameras, Kodak’s Consumer Digital Imaging Group. “Kodak continues to raise the bar by providing picture takers with the tools to create high-quality photos, enhancing the overall digital photography experience.”

Style and Power
The KODAK EASYSHARE V705 camera allows consumers to capture amazingly wide views with the world’s smallest ultra-wide-angle optical zoom digital camera. Strengthening its commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology, Kodak designed the V705 to include KODAK RETINA Dual Lens Technology, which touts two 7 MP sensors, anti-blur technology and KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Technology. With the V705, consumers can get closer and see the details with 5X optical zoom range, and automatically adjust its setting when choosing from 22 scenes and three color modes. Picture takers can even capture the most expansive shots in just seconds with panorama stitch mode, capturing up to 180 degrees with only 3 shots.

The powerfully simple video features include the ability to record VGA video (640 x 480) at 30 fps with sound, and convenient on-camera video editing tools offers consumers to trim clips and create prints from video (4, 9 or 16 up), plus view and share single frames.

Easy-to-Use and Packed with Innovative Features
With 8.0 MP and 5X all glass SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH optical zoom lens, the affordable and feature-packed KODAK EASYSHARE C875 Zoom Digital Camera gets consumers closer to their subject and creates exceptional quality prints up to 76 x 102 cm (30” x 40”). Perfect for the second-time buyer, this unique camera combines a sophisticated design with ease of use and captures stunning shots with the smart scene feature – which automatically selects the best scene mode. Viewing these shots is made easier with its large 6.4 cm (2.5”) indoor/outdoor color display featuring a wide viewing angle.

The camera also boasts KODAK PERFECT TOUCH technology for better, brighter pictures. Picture takers can even capture life in motion with TV quality (VGA) video at 30 fps, and create action prints from video (4, 9 or 16 up), plus view and share single fames while using less memory with MPEG-4 compression.

Additional Introductions
In addition to the KODAK EASYSHARE V705 and C875 cameras, Kodak announced two other products today, including extensions of the popular EASYSHARE digital camera line with the new KODAK EASYSHARE C743 (3X optical zoom, 7.1 megapixels) and the KODAK EASYSHARE C433 (3X optical zoom, 4 megapixels) Zoom Digital Cameras. The new C743 and C433 Cameras provide remarkable features at reasonable prices, allowing consumers to capture and share quality pictures with family and friends.

Pricing and Availability
The KODAK EASYSHARE V705 camera will be available worldwide beginning in September. The KODAK EASYSHARE C875 camera will be available worldwide beginning at the end of August, while the C743 and C433 cameras will be beginning mid-September.

About the KODAK EASYSHARE System
Kodak continues to bring groundbreaking features to its award-winning KODAK EASYSHARE digital photography system, enhancing the digital photography experience for consumers worldwide. The EASYSHARE system consists of cameras, snapshot printers, services, docks, software, inkjet and thermal photo papers, and accessories, making taking, sharing and archiving high quality digital pictures effortless. All four cameras being introduced today include the latest Version 6.0 of KODAK EASYSHARE Software featuring an array of enhancements to help consumers find, create and share pictures like never before. Version 6.0 includes a photo card printing feature that turns pictures into invitations, KODAK PERFECT TOUCH technology in home printing, file watch feature that reorganizes file systems without losing any pictures, personalized photo backgrounds, and much more. The new KODAK EASYSHARE Software V6.0 can be downloaded for free at www.kodak.com/go/easyshare. Further information on KODAK EASYSHARE products is available at www.kodak.com/go/EasyShare.

About Eastman Kodak Company
Kodak is the world’s foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to the photographic, graphic communications and healthcare markets. With sales of $14.3 billion in 2005, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak’s system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; creative professionals rely on Kodak technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images; and leading healthcare organizations rely on Kodak’s innovative products, services and customized workflow solutions to help improve patient care and maximize efficiency and information sharing within and across their enterprise. More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.

Kodak, EasyShare, Perfect Touch and Retina are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company. Schneider-Kreuznach are trademarks of Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH used under license by Kodak.

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