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Kodak EasyShare V610 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
The Kodak EasyShare V610 is a modern designed digital camera with austere lines and a unique design. The Kodak V610 looks a lot like the EasyShare V570, except for the back which has undergone a small cosmetic change in the Kodak V610. Being a 10x optical zoom camera the Kodak EasyShare V610 is very compact and thereby is in the category “easy to take along”. The black housing is adorned with a silver-coloured piping which goes all around the camera and thereby accentuates the slim size. When handling the camera it feels solid immediately. The material feels good, the front is rugged and the corners are slightly rounded but still sharp. The Kodak V610 is in fact quite shapeless for a camera, there is no handle and by the elongated shape it differs from the traditional design.
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Kodak EasyShare V610 - Internal zoom lens system
The design of the Kodak V610 is different which makes the camera a striking presence. In spite of the missing handle, the camera still has a handy grip. This is partly due to the rugged surface of the front side and due to the presence of a little notch on both sides of the LCD display on the back of the camera. Because the Kodak EasyShare V610 has an internal zoom lens system, no time gets lost by positioning the lens, or in this case lenses, when activating the camera. Starting up the Kodak V610 is therefore nice and quick and after about 1 second the first picture can be taken. The Kodak EasyShare V610 is equipped with a 6 Megapixel image sensor and increases the resolution in comparison to the Kodak V570 with 1 Megapixel.

Kodak V610 - Schneider Kreuznach C-Variogon lenses
Just as in the EasyShare V570 the large round metal plate in front of the lens functions as protection against dust and other dirt. When activating the Kodak V610 the lens slide slides sideways after which two vertically placed lenses are released. The dual lens system is equipped with two Schneider Kreuznach C-Variogon lenses with a total optical range of 38 - 380mm (when compared to a 35mm camera) and a brightness of f/3.9 - f/4.4 at 38 - 114mm (first lens) and f/3.9 - f/4.8 at 130 - 380mm (second lens). In between the lenses we see a light sensor and a LED for the video/self timer and the internal flash is right above the lenses. When the lens slide is closed, Kodak announces that the camera has a 10x optical zoom. To be exact, one misses a small part of the optical zoom, namely 115 - 129mm, but this is not insurmountable. Lastly remain the tiny holes on the upper left side of the camera which represent the built-in microphone.

Kodak EasyShare V610 - Buttons
The top side of the Kodak EasyShare V610 compact camera accommodates six buttons placed in a row. Because of the thin size of the camera, another lay-out would be nearly impossible. The buttons are nicely sunken into the silver-coloured piping in which the first three buttons are equipped with a luxurious bright blue LED. The release button has a pleasant press point and is found blindly by the right index finger.
Kodak EasyShare V-610 camera - Bluetooth module
When we turn the Kodak EasyShare V610 sideways, we directly see a new feature in de V-series of digital cameras: a Bluetooth module. This makes the possibility to send the files wirelessly to for instance a printer or photo kiosk. The space for the card slot in the side at the Kodak V570 has been moved at the Kodak V610. There is a small eyelet to attach the camera strap. The opposite side is provided with a power adapter connection. By connecting the 5V power adapter to the camera the battery can be charged directly from the camera. A so-called EasyShare docking station is available optionally; the camera can be placed on it to charge the battery amongst other things.

Kodak V610 - Memory & Battery compartment
As said before the card slot of the Kodak EasyShare V610 has moved and is found on the underside of the camera. This is an improvement when compared to the EasyShare V570 where it was difficult to open the flap of the memory compartment. The memory card has now got a place in the compartment in the underside of the camera, together with the Kodak KLIC-7001 3.7V 710mAh Lithium Ion battery. The battery is held in place by a safety catch so the battery can't drop out unexpectedly when the compartment is opened. The compartment is neatly closed by a soundly finished flap. A multifunctional interface is placed next to that, in the middle of the underside. This interface is a connection for the optional EasyShare station and also serves as a USB and A/V connection. In the corner we see a metal universal tripod connection.

Kodak EasyShare V610 - 2.8-inch LCD screen
That leaves us with the back of the Kodak V610: the control centre. Striking is the 2.8 inch size LCD display, a size that isn't much seen yet and is a good size for widescreen 16:9 images. Next to the LCD monitor five buttons are placed, which turn out to be a bit small. The Kodak V570 was equipped with large rectangular buttons which were easier to use. On the right of the monitor we find a multifunctional button with a zoom button above it as we have seen before. The change of the backside when compared to the Kodak V570 is striking. Would this have been done only for cosmetic reasons? The large size LCD display replaces the optical viewer without any problems. Of course, a lot of direct sunlight will decrease the view on the monitor, but that would be the only thing.
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