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Kodak V570 Dual Lens Review
Date: Apr 2, 2006
Kodak EasyShare V570 Dual Lens
with optional Printer Dock Plus
The Kodak EasyShare V570 Dual Lens is
a digital camera targeted to Point-and-Shoot (P&S)
photographers. It has 5.0 megapixel resolution,
a Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon 39-117mm (35
mm equivalent) 3x optical zoom lens, and an ultra-wide
angle 23mm (35 mm equivalent) fixed-lens for wide
We find the overall image quality of the Kodak
V570 to be good to very good with low noise at
ISO 64, but we would have preferred images to
retain more details. Image compression is quite
high producing file sizes that are between 600KB
to 1.5MB. The Kodak V570 produces images that
are rich in colours straight out of the camera.
More advanced photographers might object to the
high colour saturation.
The Kodak V570 provides 3x optical zoom. In the
above pictures, we show the coverage for 39mm
and then 117mm (35mm equivalent). It takes about
3 sec. to zoom from wide-angle to telephoto. The
zooming progression is very smooth; however I
counted only 5 steps between wide-angle to tele,
and so stopping precisely at the zoom position
you want is not easy.
23mm vs. Wide 39mm
|Ultra-wide angle 23mm
And above, we show why the second ultra-wide
angle 23mm lens on the Kodak V570 is such a big
deal. The area enclosed in the yellow rectangle
approximates the coverage of the 39mm. [All 3
pictures above were taken from the same spot.]
The 23mm lens also allows you to take only 3 panorama
pictures (stitched in-camera) to cover a full
[Editor's Note: While there are other digital
cameras that have wide-angle lenses, they are
more commonly at 28mm. Two other digital cameras
that come as close to the V570 are the Nikon
Coolpix 8400 [Specs] and the Kodak
EasyShare P880 [Specs], each with a 24mm lens.]
Note that the Panorama feature does not save
the images separately but stitch them together
and saves them as one panoramic image.
Kodak bills the V570 to be 5x zoom, but it's
not all optical. Digital zoom is used to bridge
the gap between the fixed focal length 23mm ultra-wide
angle lens and the 39mm starting focal length
of the zoom lens. It's easy to verify this: go
into MENU - Setup - Digital Zoom = Off, and you
can't zoom anymore from 23mm to 39mm. We recommed
that you disable digital zoom [MENU - Setup Menu
- Digital Zoom = Off], and use the camera as a
regular 3x optical zoom with the added bonus of
a wonderful (repeat, wonderful) 23mm wide-angle.
The Kodak V570 has Auto (really, Programmed Auto)
mode and 20 easy-to-use Scene Modes [21, if you
count Custom as a scene mode]. There is no Program
Shift available in Auto mode.
The camera also provides exposure compensation
(no Auto Bracketing) but no Manual White Balance.
A Histogram can be displayed both in Playback
and Shooting mode.
Shutter speed ranges from 1/8-1/1,400 sec. in
Auto mode. Slow shutter speeds from 0.5 to 8 sec.
can be manually selected [MENU - Long Time Exposure].
You can set WB but, regretably, not ISO when using
Long Time Exposure.
|39mm, Long Time Exposure,
Multi-Pattern, 3 sec., F3.9, ISO Auto
Macro, Tripod used
The Kodak V570 can focus as close as 5cm (2 in.)
at wide-angle. AF locks precisely and fast, even
in low-light [since the AF works on detecting
contrast changes, subjects with low contrast might
be difficult to get a focus lock in low-light].
Note that macro and AF-assist do not apply to
the ultra-wide angle lens since it is a fixed
lens and no focusing is therefore needed. There
is no AF Area (i.e. you cannot manually move the
AF Frame around on the screen to where you want
it to focus). The ready light besides the LCD
turns solid green and the AF frame turns green
to indicate successful focus; the ready light
blinks orange and a red "AF" appears
on screen to indicate focus has not successfully
There are three metering modes: Multi-Pattern,
Center Weight and Center-Spot. Exposure and focus
lock are achieved thru a half-press of the shutter
||WB = Tungsten
As the above pictures show, the auto white balance
is not quite accurate indoors under artificial
light. I have those special white light fluorescent
bulbs, but funnily enough, WB = Tungsten gave
the best results (but even then it was dependent
on the exposure time). Outdoors, under natural
light, the AWB works quite well.
||ISO 800 (1.8 MP)
You can set the ISO on the Kodak V570 from 64
to 800. The 100%
crops above (area delimited by the white square)
demonstrate that noise at ISO 64 and 100 are under
control. Noise starts to be visible at ISO 200
and up to ISO 400 is very usable. At ISO 800,
the presence of noise takes the form of coloured
splotches, and the image resolution is fixed to
[Editor's Note: Since we are most interested
in ISO when using high ISOs in low-light situations,
the above images are therefore usually taken in
a low-light situation where long shutter speeds
are necessary to correctly expose the images.
However, on the Kodak V570, Long Time Exposure
is only possible when ISO is set to Auto. Therefore,
we have used flash to obtain the above images.
If you look at the EXIF info, you'll notice that
though the ISO changes, the exposure settings
do not -- it seems that the Kodak V570 varies
the flash output instead to obtain correct exposure.]
We were not able to find much CA in everyday
shots. An example is the picture above where the
corner delimited by the red square, and reproduced
at 100% crop at bottom right, shows some purple
|39mm, Long Time Exposure,
Multi-Pattern, 8 sec., F3.9, ISO 64
Tungsten, Self-timer, Tripod Used
The Kodak V570 allows the use of a long shutter
speed of up to 8 sec., therefore allowing night
photography. Note that with Long Exposure set
ON, ISO seems to be defaulted to 64. [This is
probably to reduce noise, but why not leave it
up to the photographer to use higher ISOs?] Generally,
with CCD image sensors, noise usually becomes
more prominent at slow shutter speeds. The kodak
V570 has noise reduction (NR) algorithm that automatically
kicks in at shutter speeds slower than 0.5 sec.
and you'll notice a longer processing time (approx.
twice the exposure time) before the next picture
can be taken.
To test this noise reduction algorithm, we take
a low-light indoors shot using a long shutter
speed of 8 sec. The NR works quite well. The AF
worked very well in low-light, and the AF-assist
Illuminator made for precise and fast focus lock
[again, depends on how contrasty your subject
At ISO 200, the Kodak V570 has a flash that is
effective up to 3.1m (10.2 ft.) at ultra-wide
angle, and approx. 2.0m (6.6 ft.) at wide-angle
and max telephoto; for closeup, the flash range
is from 60cm (2 ft.).
The last feature we will mention is the histogram.
The histogram can be displayed both in Playback
and Shooting modes. The histogram is invaluable
to give an indication of under- and over-exposure
(don't rely on the LCD/EVF since the brightness
is adjustable and may be misleading).
Overall, the Kodak V570 is capable of producing
good to very good image quality with good image
detail overall (though some detail loss is very
apparent depending on the subject matter). Images
also look soft, but you can specify a sharpness
level in the MENU. One area needing improvement
is that highlights tend to be easily blown.
The pictures in the Kodak EasyShare V570 Dual
Lens Photo Gallery page provide a good sample
of what the camera is capable of. I have provided
samples at 800x600 pixels (compressed to Quality
60/100 in Photoshop Elements) as well as the 5MP
2576 × 1932 pixels original size. Click
on the image for the original version.
You can safely assume that most macro shots
and slow shutter speed shots required the use
of a tripod. Any image that is adjusted for levels
in Photoshop has "_adjusted" appended
to the file name (though the original sized image
is, of course, not adjusted). The navigation images
at the top are usually adjusted (levels and sharpening).
I have defaulted the image size to 800x600 pixels.
For those who have their monitor resolution set
to 1024x728 pixels, everything should snugly fit
and you should not have to scroll to see the whole
image. If your monitor is set to 800x600 pixels
resolution, start the slide show and then scroll
to the right to position the image within your
screen width. Then, press F11 (if you are using
Internet Explorer) to switch to full screen mode,
and the image should fill your screen nicely.
Press F11 again at any time to switch your monitor
display back to normal mode.
To return to this page from the Photo Gallery,
click on the animated graphics of the camera.
Please open and download the original size version
only if you need to and only once
to your hard drive -- and save me some precious