Kodak's two lens freak

There we were wondering how digicams were going to reinvent themselves for 2006, and within three days Kodak unleashes this – a two-eyed compact addit

There we were wondering how digicams were going to reinvent themselves for 2006, and within three days Kodak unleashes this – a two-eyed compact addition to its Easyshare range.

So, do its two eyes mean the V570 can see in 3D like us homo sapiens? Sadly not – the motivation behind the design is far more practical. One lens is a 23mm wide-angle affair, while the other handles 39-117mm, 3x optical zoom shots. This means it can use both eyes in tandem to get 5x zoom, while retaining its slim form.

Aside from being the world's first dual lens digital, it largely inherits the genes of the previous Easyshare models – it can take 5MP snaps, and has a 2.5in LCD with 32MB internal memory and SD slot.

To help with the potential distortion you can get from using wide-angle lenses, Kodak has included some on-board correction options, along with panorama stitching for combining three pictures into one photo, and the more standard red-eye reduction and picture blur alert.

The final cherries on top are the ability to shoot MP4 video at 30fps, and a rather smart Photo Frame Dock which lets you transfer snaps to your PC and set up a slide show presentation to inflict on relatives.

You'll be able to bag the two-eyed snapper for £300 later this month from Kodak's site here.

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