Anand Parthasarathy

Kodak's Easyshare V570 will be launched this month

It has a 23-mm lens to capture ultrawide angles and a 39 to117-mm optical zoom lensV570 has 32 megabytes of internal memoryIn addition to still photos, it can capture TV-quality video at 30 frames a second

Bangalore: Trust the guys who gave the world its first amateur camera - Box Brownie - to come up with a real innovation for the digital age: Kodak has unveiled the world's first digital camera with a dual-lens system.

The Easyshare V570 camera sees double: with a 23-mm lens to capture ultrawide angles and a 39 to117-mm optical zoom lens. Together they produce a five-fold zoom range. A panorama-stitching feature allows clickers to capture a 180-degree view with just three shots and combine them seamlessly into a single picture.

The five-megapixel rating means the camera is good enough to produce large 6x8-inch prints comfortably. The V570 has 32 megabytes of internal memory and in addition to still photos, it can capture TV-quality video at 30 frames a second.

A "Frame Dock" base station allows the camera's lithium-ion batteries to be recharged and photos transferred at high speed to a connected computer for editing and printing.

To be launched this month internationally at just under $ 400 (Rs. 18,000), the V570 is only slightly costlier than single-lens digicams of comparable quality and can be expected to set off a rash of challengers as soon as the competition gets its own `double' act together.