Excerpt: Kodak has produced a very cool and very slim (their thinnest yet) digital camera dressed in a tough black, silver and chrome metal case. The exterior glows when its powered up with blue lights through its stylised buttons on the top & back of the camera and is ready to use in less than a couple of seconds. The EasyShare V550 digital camera has a 5 mega-pixel capture with a large, bright and vibrant coloured 2½ inch LCD display.
Conclusion: Kodak EasyShare V550 digital camera Within the unsurpassed Kodak EasyShare system the Kodak EasyShare V550 takes up a prominent place. It's a beautiful and neatly finished camera with specifications that will appeal to many people. Kodak has actually used some good components here. Not only their own ones, like the EasyShare system but also from others. The excellent Schneider Kreuznach lens is a perfect example of it.
Conclusion: The Kodak EasyShare V550 is a great camera for all ages. It's built extremely well, and it has great set of features. Having a pocket-sized camera that delivers excellent results with no thinking on the part of the photographer is amazing. Having scene modes ready when an artistic moment arises is very convenient - although having manual exposure controls as well would be nice.
Pros: Lightweight and compact, Metal construction, A wide variety of scene modes, Anti-shake technology and warning system, Optical viewfinder, A very capable movie recorder with sound
Cons: No manual controls, Spare battery not readily available, Buttons on camera a little stiff
Excerpt: The EasyShare V550 ($400) and it's sibling, the V530 ($350), mark Kodak's entry into the "stylish and compact" category. I suppose you could throw the EasyShare ONE into the mix, but it still not shipped as of this writing, and it's going to be on the expensive side. Both of the V-series cameras have a 5 Megapixel CCD, 3X zoom lens, AF-assist lamp, and a VGA movie mode.
Pros: Very good photo quality, Compact, stylish body; comes in two colors, Large, high resolution LCD display plus an optical viewfinder, LCD usable in low light, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, Excellent movie mode; zoom lens can be used (though zoom motor noise is picked up), Plenty of scene modes, Great redeye test performance, EasyShare system (in-camera and with bundled software) makes it very easy to share and print photos, Includes a snazzy dock
Cons: Poor battery life, Images a tad bit soft; adjust the in-camera sharpening if you agree, ISO 800 option not terribly useful: lowest resolution is used, noise levels too high for prints, LCD turns off during continuous shooting, Long shutter speed mode locks ISO at Auto setting, Needs manual controls, especially white balance, Needs USB 2.0 High Speed support
Summary: The Kodak EasyShare V550 Zoom is elegant
in its all-metal ultra compact body with a SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH
C-VARIOGON 3x optical zoom. It is strictly a Point-and-Shoot
camera with Auto and scene modes and everything
is designed for easy use. The Kodak V550 is compact enough to fit in your
pocket; those with large hands would want to try
out its small control buttons first. An extra
large 2.5 in.
Summary: The Kodak EasyShare V550 — Digicam design from a new perspective Kodak says women buy more than half of all electronics products sold in the United States. This simple piece of information led Kodak’s marketing folks to re-evaluate just exactly who their “typical consumers” really were. Women want digital cameras (according to Kodak) that provide consistently excellent still images and decent video, fast intuitive performance, and no nonsense ease of use.
Summary: The EASYSHARE V-series digital cameras are the smallest and thinnest cameras that Kodak has ever produced. Smaller and thinner than a deck of playing cards, the V530 and V550 are designed for those who seek high-style, compact personal electronics that combine excellent image quality, performance and simplicity. The EASYSHARE V550 breaks new ground in blending video and still photography.