v570, Ultra-Wide-Angle Point & Shoot 23mm $200/ + 2Hr Free Class

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc

Update 7-1-08 How to buy the v570

I was initially just going to respond to Your Camera Already Has a Wide Angle Lens By Aaron, but then I decided to do more research and make a larger post. Aaron's photos are great and I do agree that most point and shoots have a stitching software, but it isn't that easy. Yes easy if you have somebody showing you how to do it, but not easy out of the gate, and you know how impatient Realtors are... (and stagers)

I personally use a ultra wide angle lens on a SLR (or Digital SLR, DSLR) camera (the big cameras with interchangeable lenses). The set up is about $1,300 (the lens is about $500). Again, you might learn how to use that after reading a book but who has time.

<MONEY SAVING TIP regardless of the camera you buy Forget about all that resolution stuff. Resolution does NOT mean sharpness. Resolution is more about being able to blow up images 20x30inches. For real estate you can get a 1 or 2 Megapixel and be fine. 6 and 10 won't help a lick and if anything slow you down. I have a 3Megapixel that I shoot on 1 Megapixel mode all the time for faster uploading>

Anyhow, there are a couple of cameras out there that are ULTRA wide angle point and shoots. The wider the angle, the more you can get into the shot. The bigger the room looks.

But the winner is!!!!:

Amazon Kodak V570 or v705 (as of 2-23-07) Update 5-18-08: See update at bottom.

Update 12-1-07 These cameras are a b*tch to find now. Some are buying them for as much as $350. You might try Froogle.com CNet product search and Ebay. Ebay is tough, they have SOME buy it now options. I would also look into refurbs. Sometimes Kodak's Outlet has them, but they are sold out today.

My next choice would be:

$230-$250 Canon PowerShot SD800 IS 7.1MP Elph with Image Stabilizer which starts at 28mm (vs the V570 23mm)

$250  Canon PowerShot SD870 IS 7.1MP Elph with Image Stabilizer (same as sd800 but larger screen which can be a drawback for battery use, also controls are better)

So it has image stabilizer which is VERY important for video. (I love the v570 for video since the wide you are, the less it shakes). Don't get the other Canon Elphs that aren't "wide angle." 

Or the $171 Olympus Stylus FE-290 7MP with 28mm Wide Angle and Image Stabilizer  (note that Olympus has VERY expensive proprietary memory cards).

End 12-1-07 Update

This v570 camera has a 23mm lens with 5 megapixels. The dual lenses will also allow for IN CAMERA stitching. That means no software on your computer. You can also get the slight higher end 7 megapixel  model for $15 more (and reviews here)but the megapixels will not do ANYTHING for your photos. But check out the link for the sample photos which show an IN CAMERA panoramic example.(if you camera says panoramic, it is probably the fake kind where they just crop the top and bottom of your camera)

  vs

On the left is a typical 39mm lens. On the right is the Kodak 23mm lens. Both are taken from the same spot. Seel the full review here with photos

And it even has built in image distortion correction software.This keeps the walls from bowing.  Note that the reviews above aren't great. Don't let that deter you. They were comparing the camera to the other 200 cameras out there and their main comparison was based on everyday use. If they compared every camera for Interior Realtor photos, this would blow everything away. 

I think I might have to get this. And yes I would get the cheaper one. The extra resolution is useless for what you would be using it for and the reviews say it  actually has a little less "noise" (like high speed grain film).

So go get that camera and let me know how it works. Also here are some last tips for novices when taking photos indoors.

1) Take each photo with and without a flash (no flash photos can look warmer and POP)

2) Take each shot with the blinds open and closed (and step 1)

3) See if your camera has FILL FLASH mode. Sometimes you can hit the flash symbol and see a man with a star over his shoulder, try that. This puts out a less powerful flash so that you can have a nice balance of light and a warmer photos.

4) Get back as far as you can. Sometimes taking the photo without looking through the camera since you are smooching it up against the wall (obviously you might have to take it 5 times to get it right)

(See my article for NVAR Update Magazine on how to take photos)

You stagers out there need this camera too!

 

Good luck!

Update 5/1/07- I taught a 2 hour class on this. Email me directly for the link to the class notes and audio that you can hear on your ipod. 

- Written by Frank Borges LL0SA- Broker FranklyRealty.com (former pro photog, photos at http://www.frankly.com/ )

Check out the rest of my blog for similar useful tips. 

DO NOT BUY THE V610, it is NOT as wide angled!!
 

Update: After searching Google for Realtor v570 I am so convinced that I ordered one of these! Here is a Realtor review  and you have to see the review and example INTERIOR PHOTOS here

UPDATE 8-8-07

Here is what the v570 or v705 can do, the cropped portion is what a regular camera can see. 

 

 Update 5-2008: How to buy the v570 and the accessories that you need with it.

 

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My V570 died on Monday--ruined my day.  As an appraiser, real estate agent and REO property manager, I use(d) that camera all the time.  I have been in a funk ever since and cannot find a replacement.  The merits of this camera were----slim size, tote anywhere; ultra wide angle (cannot find that unless I purchase a high end camera with removable lens and then it becomes bulky).  Camera worked like a second arm. 

Noted one or two on amazon but reluctant to purchase something that hasn't been manufactured for 2 years.  ....and mega bucks for older technology.  Why didn't Kodak expand on this model?  Is there a sister or a twin made by another company?????

 

Drat is all I can say!@

December 03, 2009 09:09 PM
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FRANK LL0SA Esq.- Northern Virginia Broker .:. FranklyRealty.com
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Yep, they break easy either buy one on eBay or get th 24mm canon or samsung. See my video on YouTube.com/franklynews to see the differences
December 03, 2009 10:05 PM
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If price (under 1000) is of no issue - what would you say is the best choice for a wide angle camera? I prefer smaller - but if bigger is better I will do it. I have been through 4 cameras so far looking for the perfect one including the canon rebel, canon 90, olympus pen and my old panasonic lumix (which I must say is probably my most fav - and the cheapest) it broke so I wanted to upgrade only to find my 3 times as much camera didn't make me any happier... ;( HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!

June 18, 2010 08:15 AM
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Anthony Saunchez
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I cant find it so I settled and a panasonic lumix from my local costco. works great.

October 25, 2010 01:17 PM
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I have one that I am selling, It works perfect and is awesome on wide angle shots like you said. give me a call if you want it.

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