Kodak EasyShare V705
It is 10x5x2cm and weights only around 150grams. It is matt black and silver. The display is 5x3.8cm giving the diagonal 2.5inch size. It is a 7.1MP offering that according to the Kodak site is able to produce a 30x20inch print.
It has 5x optical zoom and when you first turn it on it is using the first of the lens the wide angle, and touch of the zoom rocker will switch to the other lens. The wide angle lens is interesting in that from 12feet away you have a 22foot field of vision a lot more than that achievable from any standard lens.
It supports SD/MMC cards but is supplied with only internal memory. No doubt mainly because of pressure from retailers who prefer to sell the cards as add on purchases. Remove images that are on the internal memory is not that easy as there is no easy USB cable connection. Of course should you own a Kodak mini printer then there is a sleeve included in the box to allow you to connect the camera and the printer. I tend with most cameras to remove cards and connect to the PC with them via a card reader.
The front of the V705 has the lens and the flash. The lens is covered when powered off however a thin drawstring bag (pouch) is supplied mainly to protect the display on the cameras rear. The left side has DC input socket to charge the battery and also a door to cover the SD/MMC card slot. The right side is blank and the rear has tripod anchor point and connector - via sleeve - to Kodak printer dock.
The top has five buttons all clearly marked and the back has five bar buttons down the left side and the telephoto rocker and ubiquitous joystick button to the right of the TFT that dominates.
There is - as with a lot of small cameras - no viewfinder so all images have to be framed on the TFT this is fine in all but strong sunlight where seeing the display can become a problem.
Images I took in daylight (no flash) were fine, images in almost no light (with flash) were fine however normal indoor images (with flash) were not good unless the image was within around a metre and a half. However if you can hold the camera still then a slower exposure (no flash) can produce rather good results. Of course with the slow exposures the subject needs to be not moving. The images with flash at around two metres or more were poor which must be partly due to the very thin 18x3mm flash unit on the camera.
So if the ultra wide angle lens of this unit appeals you would have to take images only in good light or with a tripod as most flash images would be unusable.
The unit is easy to use, the buttons are clearly marked and the menu structure on the camera does what it says simply. The wide angle lens would often enable a single image to replace two when trying to capture something reasonable close. Remember 22 feet wide at only 12 feet away.
I have not been happy with the flash on several Kodak units I have reviewed this is by means the worst but in comparison to what other manufacturers can achieve with similar sized units it is not good.
Doing my Internet searches found the Kodak EasyShare V705 at a best price of £156.49 including delivery from the first link below.
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