|Kodak EasyShare V610 - ISO values
Normally the Kodak V610 would prefer to do everything automatically, but there are a few parts that can be set manually, like the ISO values. When the camera is allowed to make its own choice, the ISO range is limited to 400 ISO, but manually you can make a selection between 64, 100, 200, 400 and 800 ISO. New is the possibility for 800 ISO at a full resolution of 6 Megapixel. At the Kodak V570 this was limited to 1.8 Megapixel. When we look at the noise reduction we see that the Kodak EasyShare has good noise-signal proportions at the low ISO of 64 – 200, but at 400 ISO the amount of noise is visibly larger. Even though, the prints of a 400 ISO are of a reasonable quality and the user will be satisfied. That is different at the 800 ISO setting where the noise is annoyingly visible and as a user, you would not want to be confronted with that. That is where we get to a weak point; the absence of an image stabiliser. The Kodak V610 lacks any kind of image stabilisation; not digital nor optical. In combination with a 10x optical zoom and an inferior high ISO value, the camera degrades itself to a ‘good weather' camera when one zooms in a lot.
Kodak V610 camera - Bluetooth module
An interesting part of the Kodak EasyShare V610 camera is the Bluetooth module. The Kodak V610 is equipped with the improved Bluetooth 2.0+EDR protocol which realises a faster transfer of data. The useful part of transferring by a wireless connection is easy, you don't need cables anymore. The Bluetooth option of the Kodak EasyShareV610 is useful to print directly from the camera or to transfer to a hard disk on your laptop or computer. It does need some patience before a full flash memory card is transferred. Think about 45 seconds for a 6 Megapixel image which is send from the camera to for instance a printer with an 'old' version of Bluetooth. When the receiving machine also has the faster version on board, the transfer rate is 15 - 18 seconds. It is a handy way to transfer; only the speed will not satisfy many people, although it is only a matter of time.
Kodak EasyShare V610 - 10x Optical zoom
In spite of the relatively thin size of the housing, thanks to the dual lens technology it is possible to equip the Kodak V610 with a 10x optical zoom. The range of 38 - 380mm is taken in two steps, first from 38 - 114 and then from 130 - 380mm. The images in wide-angle mode show a more than average distortion, also the focus doesn't look totally sharp. When fully zooming into 114mm we see a light distortion at the end at an average focus. The second lens seems to perform better, has less distortion by the looks of it and delivers a good performance. We see a similar performance at the presence of chromatic aberration; the first zoom lens has notably more disruption of this effect than the second zoom lens.
|Kodak V610 digital camera - Lighting
The colour reproduction of the Kodak EasyShare V610 digital camera is actually like Kodak. The indoor images mostly have a warm tone where red stands out a bit, but Kodak gets away with this in general. By compensating the lighting manually, by means of over exposure, the warm effect lessens and, to my personal taste, a more clear and neutral image arises. This is different with sunny outdoor images where a little over exposure is rather rule than exception, resulting in high contrasts and here and there washed out bright areas. By using under exposure at this point more detail will be seen in the image and mainly high bright areas are more present.
Kodak EasyShare V610 - Noise
Noise is and will stay a point of attention when using high ISO values. This is also the case with the Kodak V610. Actually Kodak has been overtaken by events and we see the camera is remiss in settling the ISO and the image stabilisation. The low ISO values are decent up and including 200 ISO, at 400 ISO the noise is visibly present, but a print of 10x15 cm is not a problem. When we get to 800 ISO, it is only possible to use this high ISO value in combination with a low resolution. The conclusion: this is old-fashioned and therefore unusable. The competition has a lot more to offer on this point, with amongst others high ISO values up to and including 1600 ISO and even 3200 ISO and the use of an optical image stabiliser!
Kodak EasyShare V610 - Panorama function
The Kodak EasyShare V610 has interesting functions and uses on board. The dual lens technology and Bluetooth are perhaps the most outstanding aspects, but also functions like panorama give the photographer hold of creative possibilities to make nice landscape images. Still it does make a great contrast with important things as ISO and image stabilisation. A digital camera with 10x optical zoom without image stabilisation or usable high ISO values can hardly be sold to the consumer, or the consumer should be ignorant of what the competition has to offer. Kodak probably overestimates its dual lens technology in such a way that they expect the consumer to go along with this thought...