Kodak on Tuesday introduced the latest models in its V series of EasyShare digital cameras: the V550 and V530, each smaller than a deck of playing cards. Both feature 5 megapixel resolution, 3X optical zoom, the ability to shoot up to 80 continuous minutes of 640 x 480 resolution video, 19 scene modes and compatibility with SD/MMC storage cards.
Both cameras also include Kodakis EasyShare software, which helps users store, share and print their photos. The application also features basic editing tools for images, and Kodak said it will add video editing capabilities in version 5.0, a free update that the company will ship this summer.
The cameras differ in the size of their LCD screens: the V550is is 2.5 inches while the V530 offers a two-inch display. The V550, which will ship in June for US$399, also comes with 32MB of internal memory while the V530, which will be available in July for $349, includes 16MB.
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