Kodak innovates with world’s first dual-lens compact

Kodak has introduced the EasyShare V570, a 5MP compact featuring dual-lens technology, combining a wideangle lens and a 3x optical zoom.

Kodak has introduced the EasyShare V570, a 5MP compact featuring dual-lens technology, combining a wideangle lens and a 3x optical zoom. In 2005 Kodak introduced the world’s first Wi-Fi enabled compact, the EasyShare One; in 2006 the company continues to break ground with the V570. This new model allows photographers to capture ultra-wideangle photos – such as landscapes – using the fixed-focus 23mm (35mm equiv) lens, as well as portraits and close-ups using the 39-117mm (35mm equiv) zoom. Both of the Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogan prism lenses combine to provide a 5x optical zoom range and, thanks to the stacked design, the lenses do not protrude from the camera body. Featuring 22 scene and three colour modes, the V570’s sensitivity, white balance, exposure compensation and metering can all be adjusted in camera. Incorporating digital image-stabilisation technology, the movie mode uses MPEG-4 compression to capture 640x480 VGA movies at a rate of 30fps. Carolyn Walsh from Kodak comments: ‘Today’s picture takers expect high-performance features in an attractive package. Kodak is the first to give them a coveted but previously unavailable ultra-wideangle lens in a pocket-size camera.’ The V570 incorporates Kodak’s Colour Science image-processing chip, promising reduced noise, superlative picture quality and realistic skin tones. Working in conjunction with the wideangle lens, the panorama feature enables three photos to be stitched together to capture 180° panoramas. A 2.5in LCD, 32Mb internal memory and in-camera distortion correction are also found on the V570, which will be available in late January for £269.99. Find out more at www.kodak.co.uk or 0870 243 0270.