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Old May 19, 2005, 12:46 PM   #1
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Hi I am looking at this camera b/c of its attractive style, features, and movie capabilities. Basically I would like a deck of cards sized camera with awesome video quality and this Kodak may be it, I've heard you can use optical zoom during movies and as far as I can tell the specs seem quite good. Anyone know the manual features it has (aperture and shutter priority?) and will it have an AF assist illuminator?

How would you compare this camera to the Casio EX-Z750 in which optical zoom cannot be used during movies?
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You might want to read the article in today's Wall Street Journal...they review a bunch of "latest pocket cameras" and they rave about the Kodak. In fact, the reviewer (Walter Mossberg) picks it over the Canon Sd500 (mainly b/c it does the same thing for $100 less and is sleeker)....
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Hi I am looking at this camera b/c of its attractive style, features, and movie capabilities. Basically I would like a deck of cards sized camera with awesome video quality and this Kodak may be it, I've heard you can use optical zoom during movies and as far as I can tell the specs seem quite good. Anyone know the manual features it has (aperture and shutter priority?) and will it have an AF assist illuminator?

How would you compare this camera to the Casio EX-Z750 in which optical zoom cannot be used during movies?
The first thing I notice on the Kodak V550 is that it lacks a mechanical mode selector. I find the mechanical selector very usefull when you change from picture to video all the time.

It also have anti shake function and optical zoom too - which are very nice features.

Else the two camera looks very similar in size, specs and features to mee.

The new Kodak V550 could be the front runner among ultra compact cameras, and a horse nose ahead of the Z750.
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I'm going crazy :-)so many beatiful cameras, whi to choose? Everytime I decide to buy that "best one" a new one apears :-).
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Did Kodak say the V550 can "optical" or "digital" zoom during video taking? If optical, it's a winner over all card-size DC these days. Casio Z750 can ONLY digital zoom during video.

Also what is the exact release date? Some say June, and local HK retailers say July. I can't wait that long to July. My current DC (Pentax Optio 430RS) is broken currently, but my son is growing up so rapidly.
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I could not find any lit that saysV550 can do optic zoom with video shootings. Pls correct me if I am wrong.

Picture-wise, I think its not fair to compare a 5 mega with a 7 mega.

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I could not find any lit that says V550 can do optic zoom with video shootings. Pls correct me if I am wrong.

Picture-wise, I think its not fair to compare a 5 mega with a 7 mega.

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I red somwhere that you can do optical zoom while filming.
You cant see any difference between 5M and 7M pixel anyway.

On paper this camera looks great, better than the Z750 ( which I have ). I like the Printer Dock accessorie.
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Old Jun 2, 2005, 1:27 PM   #8
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The first thing I notice on the Kodak V550 is that it lacks a mechanical mode selector. I find the mechanical selector very usefull when you change from picture to video all the time.

It also have anti shake function and optical zoom too - which are very nice features.

Else the two camera looks very similar in size, specs and features to mee.

The new Kodak V550 could be the front runner among ultra compact cameras, and a horse nose ahead of the Z750.
Omitting the dial does make the size of the cam smaller i.e. trading off convenience for ease to carry. Casion Z750 has manual controls (shutter & aperture) whereas Kodak V550 has only programmed mode (hence less needed to switch between programmed/manual modes by dial).

I wish Kodak would implemented some programmable buttons, so that you can set them to switch to whatever functions you like (Pentax Optio SV does have such feature).

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Actually, has anyone seen the real thing V550 on the shelf already? i.e. I may have to consider the other models, if it will be available too late e.g. on/after July.
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3 Things:

1- Ive had bad luck with Kodak, 2 breakages in 6 months time. SO Im shopping around for a new camera, Im either going with a Canon or Casio(Cant decide:?)

2- Steve didnt review the v550. I would wait to hear from an expert.

3- The v550 doesnt have a viewfinder. Never by a cam without one, your regret it. Bright sun is an LCDs worst enemy.
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