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Old Jun 6, 2005, 8:45 PM   #21
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The Kodak V550 looks good but the biggest negative I see is the battery is only good for about 150 shots.

It is good competition for the Canon SD 500, but not in the same league as the Casio Z 750.
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Old Jun 6, 2005, 9:15 PM   #22
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Again, has anybody seen the real Kodak V550 on the shops' shelves yet?
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Old Jun 7, 2005, 1:13 AM   #23
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I checked the Kodak V550 manual again, the battery capacity is only 120 shots (CIPA). My old digital camera had lousy battery life like that, and it got worse when the batteries aged a bit. If Kodak managed to get at least 200 shots then it would be acceptable. The Casio Z750 is 325 shots.


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Old Jun 7, 2005, 4:43 AM   #24
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In general, Kodak's pics are too much compressed for my liking.
Plus: the Casio's 7-MP CCD is able to generate pics that have less noise than the Kodak's (Casio's 7 MP at 1/1.8" vs. Kodak's 5 MP at 1/2.5")
And: the Casio's feature list will give the photographer busloads of options.
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Old Jun 7, 2005, 5:23 AM   #25
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i asked Kodak about release dates

they emailed to say that its due out in the UK this month but no idea of an exact date
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Old Jun 10, 2005, 12:18 PM   #26
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Found it in only 2 shops in the whole of the "DC" street of HongKong today (Jun 10). So stylish, and confirmed Optical Zoom during movie capture on trial. Couldn't help and bought a black one immediately (similar to the raw-aluminium color one, have machined pitches for firm hold), in fact they have only raw aluminium and black colors (not as many as 4 colors in Kodak website). Taken less than 10 pictures and 1 minute video. Don't zoom too fast taking video, otherwise, out focus / blurred. Prelim exam of the pic quality quite good on my laptop LCD. And then ....... the scarcely remaining battery was completed. Now being charged for the next 14-hr for max battery life.
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Old Jun 11, 2005, 12:59 PM   #27
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Ok, maybe my mini-review of the Kodak V550 here:

Strengths:

1. Optical-zoomable during movie capture. A feather-light 150g for me, to replace my bulky big_potato 450g Sony DV )) while taking hi-res still pics in parallel.

2. Hi-res LCD

3. Solid feel & firm grip.

4. Stylish

5. Acceptable noise levels at or below ISO-200

Weaknesses:

1. Movie quality worse than in Casio EXZ-750's official website sample movies, especially indoor.

2. Slow indoor focusing.

3. Cannot save frequently-used settings e.g. ISO.

4. Cannot turn off harmful AF green beam (harmful to children).

5. Too much compressed (5MP @ 1MB vs my old Pentax Optio430RS 4MP @ 2.5MB)

6. EasyShare button useless. You won't send your pics to friends w/o previewing them on computer. The precious space occupied by this button, could have been better used e.g. for a programmable freq-used functions.

7. Not enough manual shutter/aperture controls.
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Old Jun 11, 2005, 7:19 PM   #28
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Seems like the discusion stops here with the new Casio EX-S500.
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Old Jun 12, 2005, 1:22 AM   #29
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Seems like the discusion stops here with the new Casio EX-S500.
Looks like Casio S500 still can't zoom during video capture:
(http://world.casio.com/asia/news/2005/ex_s500.html
- Movies can be zoomed in during replay
i.e. not during capture.

This is a critical feature for a DC to be a convenient substitute for a DV (of course for really important occasions, we still have to use DV). What's usually the time between Casio announcements and the actual releases?
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I never use zoom, in picture mode or in video mode. I go closer to the object.


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