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Photography 101: Attention Kodak V705 Users: You Have Exposure Compensation

Kodak V705 users:  Did you know your camera has Exposure Compensation?  You may not have known that.  It certainly is not mentioned in the 28 page manual.

So what is Exposure Compensation, and why would you want it? 

Remember the discussion of Auto Exposure in this blog, I AUTO Get Out More ?

When your camera is set on full Auto Exposure, its tiny electronic brain measures the amount of  light in the scene and selects the lens aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, that it is programmed to think is the correct exposure.  But Auto Exposure can be fooled.  We've discussed that before!  Most commonly it is fooled by bright light flowing in through a room's windows.  The camera's tiny electronic brain measures the amount of light coming in the window rather than the general amount in the room.

Exposure Compensation allows you to simply tell the camera's tiny electronic brain to "make it a little lighter" or "make it a little darker".

It's a fairly easy thing to do on DSLR cameras, and one of us will probably cover that soon.  But, guess what?  It is even easier on the V705.

Here are the steps.

1.  Turn the camera on.

2.  Press the OK button, towards your left for darker, or towards your right for lighter.  (I've circled the OK button in fuchsia in the image below, and the SCN button in turquoise.)

As you press the OK button towards the left to darken the image, you'll see a numeric display at the bottom of the LCD screen.  It will show the increments   -0.3, -0.7, -1.0, -1,3, -1.7 ... etc.  And you will see the LCD display darken accordingly.

Now press the OK button towards the right to lighten the image, again you'll see the increments, this time in positive numbers:  +0.3, +0.7, +1.0, +1.3, +1.7 ... etc.  And you will see the LCD display lighten.

Two presses of the SCN button on the top of the camera will return it to full auto.

Now take some pictures.  Choose an object.  Take a few shots on full auto.  Darken  a few steps, then a few more steps.  Lighten a few steps, then a few more.  Upload the photos to your computer, review them and think about which photos look best to you.  The darker ones?  The lighter ones?  Why?

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Comment balloon 16 commentsCheryl Johnson • March 18 2007 05:15PM


I've looked at this camera but really don't like the fact that it has no viewfinder.. I have an Olympus without a viewfinder and have an awful time in sunlight..
Posted by Kaye Thomas, e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA (Real Estate West) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Cheryl, I'm thinking of getting one of the kodaks are there any with a view finder? I also bookmarked this post for future reference.

Good Day!! have a cup of java and a smile on me :)

www.duayneweir.com  REALTOR in Minneapolis Minnesota

Posted by Duayne Weir, Minnesota Real Estate Agent (Investment Realities LLC/MarketLink Realty) almost 11 years ago

Duayne:  No optical viewfinders on the 570 or the 705 Kodak series.  And those are the only two compact sized cameras with the really wide angle lens (23mm) that I know of. 

A full size DSLR type camera would give you an optical viewfinder, plus the ability to use interchangeable lenses, and the option of manual control. 

Kaye:  I do prefer having an optical viewfinder, too.  It can be pretty hard to see any LCD display in bright light.  Not to mention, pressing the camera against my head as I use an opitcal viewfinder helps hold the camera steady.  Don't laugh people, it's true.

I have a V705 as my always-in-my-pocket-or-bag camera.  The tiny size is very convenient.  But I know a lot of people here use one as their primary camera.  It does take pretty decent pictures.

Posted by Cheryl Johnson (Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA) almost 11 years ago

Cheryl... what do you think of the P880 ?  That is the one I'm thinking about..


Posted by Kaye Thomas, e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA (Real Estate West) almost 11 years ago

The Kodak P880 does look interesting:

Review from DC Resource:  http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/kodak/p880-review/

Review from D Preview: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0508/05080202kodak_p880p850.asp

Review from Steve's Digicams: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/p880.html

Note the P880 has the 24mm-140mm wide angle  -- its sister the P850 has the 36mm-432mm telephoto

Note that it's an Electronic Viewfinder - not an optical.  Which means the electronically generated LCD image displays in the eyepiece viewfinder.  The upside to this is that you can see all the info usually displayed on the LCD when you look through viewfinder, and you'll be able to see it clearly even in bright sunlight.  The downside is, if you are accustomed to seeing a purely optical, real-time image in the viewfinder, it takes some getting used to.

Anyone reading this have a P880?

Posted by Cheryl Johnson (Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA) almost 11 years ago
Great post. Thank you for writing this.
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) almost 11 years ago

Cheryl.. thanks for the info on the P880..


Posted by Kaye Thomas, e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA (Real Estate West) almost 11 years ago
OOOHhhh....great post Cheryl...thanks.  I am still learning this camera so the little tricks help.
Posted by Home Staging almost 11 years ago


Thanks for this tip.  I did not know you could make this adjustment on the v705.  Please let us know what else you have learned about this camera.

Posted by Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc. (ZipRealty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Mike, I take it you've already discovered one negative:  The delicate, filmsy hinge to the SD card compartment.  If you are used to a larger camera with a nice sturdy door to its CF card compartment, this is a real bummer. 

Also, the majority opinion here on AR seems to be against the Kodak software.  I, too, found it an annoyance.  I uninstalled it. 

I bought the little docking cradle that James Frazier discussed here, but I also found you can upload photos from the V705 with the cable only.  As long as the Kodak software is NOT installed, you will be able to upload with Windows File Explorer.  The camera, when turned on and connected with the cable, will simply show as another "location" in My Computer.

Posted by Cheryl Johnson (Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA) almost 11 years ago

ha ha, I didn't notice the missing viewfinder until I read this blog!  I wonder how long it would have taken me to notice it?  ROFL!!!

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Posted by Karen Rice, Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales (Davis R. Chant, REALTORS) almost 11 years ago

A question - I did what you said, but is that with the flash on or off?  I hope that's not too dumb a question, but I really don't know much about photography.  I have the V705.

Thank you!

Posted by Dawn Taylor, SE Minnesota Home Stager~ (Taylor'd To Sell) over 10 years ago


You can change the exposure compensation with the flash on -- or with it off.  Either, or.

Posted by Cheryl Johnson (Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA) over 10 years ago
Cheryl, you taught an old dog, a new trick. Thanks
Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) about 10 years ago

I just discovered the p880, somebody emailed me about it after my class.


I cant wait to get more info. Anybody have this? It might be a GREAT alternative to the v570. Almost as wide and MUCH sharper (I would guess since the lense is bigger)


Posted by FRANK LL0SA Esq.- Northern Virginia Broker .:. FranklyRealty.com (Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc) about 9 years ago


I do have a P880 (yeah, I know I'm a camera collector/hoarder)  and my only complaint is the finger grip is a little too close to the lens, my fingers feel squeezed... I can't image how a guy with bigger hands would manage....

But to the best of my knowledge, the P880 was continued, too.   :-(

Posted by Cheryl Johnson (Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA) about 9 years ago