If you think back to May (a long time in technology, I know) and you may remember a rather tasty dual lens digital camera from Kodak called the V610. Riyad loved it, the team loved it and my friend Pete – to whom I recommended it – loves it too. Well, sorry Pete, Kodak’s gone and one upped it already.
The ‘Kodak EasyShare V705 Dual Lens Digital Camera’ to use its full and rather verbose title takes the yummy goodness of the original and boosts its six megapixels to seven but actually drops the optical zoom from 10x to 5x.
Still, shooting modes are increased from 20 to 22 and there are three colour modes on top while the expansive panoramic stitch functionality of the original has been boosted so that 180 degree views can be captured in only three shots. The ubiquitous VGA 30fps video mode seen across almost every digicam on the market remains though the onboard editing tools which enable trimming and printing from individual frames on the fly is a step above the ordinary.
Also announced alongside the V705 are three more traditional models: the C875 (above), C743 and C433 which are eight, seven and four megapixelers respectively. The C875 targets the more hardcore photographer with an all glass Schneider-Kreuznach 5x optical zoom lens and (once again) that pesky VGA video while the other two barely get a mention other than being described as cameras which “provide remarkable features at reasonable prices, allowing consumers to capture and share quality pictures with family and friends.” Sold?
We’ll see the C875 from August for £229.99 with the flashy V705 and pair that provide-remarkable-features-at-reasonable-prices-allowing-consumers-to-capture-and-share-quality-pictures-with-family-and-friends in September going for £279.99, £149.99 and £89.99 (I'm sure you can guess which is which).