ISO 800 eats up loads of detail, blanketing the image in a sea of off-colour pixels and mottled colour. Image quality at ISO 1,000 was similar to that of ISO 800, but with slightly more off-colour noise, in addition to more noise overall. Though images at these top ISO settings are useful to capture an image you might not otherwise be able to get, you probably want to stay below ISO 800 if you plan to print the images at larger than 100x150mm (4x6 inches).
With its fast performance and decent feature set, the Kodak EasyShare V705 is, without a doubt, a casual photographer's camera. The one problem is that the dual-lens/dual-sensor design comes with a price tag that makes this camera compete with cameras such as Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T9, which has one fewer megapixel but offers slightly less noise at comparable ISOs. The Sony doesn't offer the V705's ultrawide lens, but its 3x optical zoom is similar to the V705's zoom lens.
Canon's Digital IXUS 65, another 6-megapixel with speedy performance, can be found for about the same price as the V705. It didn't exhibit the JPEG artefacts we saw in this Kodak, and it has equivalent, if not less, noise than the V705. Again, if you value the wide angle of the extra lens, you'll probably want to stick with the Kodak EasyShare V705.
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Edited by Jim Hoffman
Additional editing by Kate Macefield