Review posted for the Kodak EasyShare V550|
(Friday, August 12, 2005 - 08:12 EDT)
The Kodak V550's fully automatic exposure control performs surprisingly well in a wide variety of conditions, requiring less exposure adjustment or tweaking than do most competing models.
For more difficult shooting conditions, a wide range of preset "Scene" modes extend the camera's capabilities nicely. Its design is solid and has a high quality feel, with cool blue LEDs on the top panel that indicate modes and even show charge status when the camera is charging. The 5.0-megapixel CCD captures high resolution images, with plenty of detail to make good-looking 11x14 prints, and a handful of helpful tools such as the Blur Warning, Motion Image Stabilization, and automatic Red-Eye correction are very welcome additions.
While sophisticates may prefer more subdued color, we suspect that most consumers will love the bright, vibrant photos the V550 produces. Tiny, compact, and super-stylish, the Kodak EasyShare V550 is a perfect choice for novices, as well as more experienced users looking for a capable, yet travel-worthy "fun" digital camera.