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Kodak believes in panoramas!

by GURL » Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:33 am

I just read a full page add by Kodak in a French photography magazine. This is about the new EasyShare V570, where they included two sensors and two lenses: next to the usual "3x" zoom they added a wide lens (24 mm equiv.) and this very thin and rather small camera is able to stitch by itself up to 3 shots to give a 180° panorama.

The video function of this camera looks quite advanced too (VGA, 30 fps, zooming, stabilization, MPEG-4.) The pixel amount (5 MP) is moderate but they advertise that prints could be as large as 19" x 30" (50 x 76 cm indication is a translation error?)

Kodak big boss stated in "a provocative speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas" that "digital cameras are, in fact, dinosaurs — expensive gadgets that simply use silicon to achieve the same ends as film. He also unveiled three futuristic focuses of Kodak research that involve ways to make images and imaging devices smarter." In my opinion he could be afraid of camphones!

Well, that Kodak is the best player in the game for that is not obvious, but the circular images used in the add remind me that the very first Kodak camera, "Brownie", made circular images and was aimed "at ladies and children" while serious photographers were used to have an assistant to help them in carrying the camera, the tripod, the glass plates, the chimistry and the lab...
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by zxcvbnm » Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:19 am

Yes the panos from it look great.

BUT they have not put an exposure lock function in so there is no easy way to take two of the 180 panoramas and stitch them together into a 360... They will not match. It would be easy to add and the lack of it makes you wonder if they are really paying attention to users.

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by oeste » Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:17 am

Seems they did....
Kodak Site:

The panorama stitch feature automatically:
Displays an overlay on the side of the LCD indicating where one picture ended and the next should align
In just 3 shots, captures up to 180º of coverage in ultra-wide angle ? an industry exclusive
Stitches together 2 or 3 pictures (3.1 MP min. each) in real time
Locks the exposure and white balance on the first picture, and sets the flash to ?off? to maintain consistency across the sequence of pictures

zxcvbnm wrote:Yes the panos from it look great.

BUT they have not put an exposure lock function in so there is no easy way to take two of the 180 panoramas and stitch them together into a 360... They will not match. It would be easy to add and the lack of it makes you wonder if they are really paying attention to users.


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