Kodak EasyShare V610 dual lens camera
We got acquainted with the dual lens concept of Kodak before with the EasyShare V570. The emphasis was then on ultra wide-angle and less on telephoto. With the Kodak EasyShare V610 Kodak has changed tack and thrown itself on to the telephoto range. The concept stays attractive and innovative and is still unique in the world of digital cameras. Using two image sensors offer perhaps more applications than that are now in use, but we may be getting ahead of things with this.
Kodak EasyShare V610 - 10x Optical zoom
The impression we got from the Kodak EasyShare V610 during and after testing is one of mixed feelings. On the one hand the design of the Kodak V610 is solid and the compact housing offers a lot of user friendliness with 10x optical zoom and a fine resolution of 6 Megapixel. On the other hand the feeling stays that Kodak only focussed on the dual lens and did not invest in picture making aspects such as ISO and image stabilisation techniques. The Kodak EasyShare V610 lags behind in this area which makes it the weakest link of the camera.
Kodak EasyShare V610 - Focus
The focus is, just as in the EasyShare V570, not very convincing. It seems like Kodak minimised the sharpness in the camera. Fine details in pictures are therefore not represented convincingly and the picture needs some editing to enhance the result. This will not be a problem for the experienced photographer, but for a beginner who wants ease, it is perhaps a superfluous and unwanted extra action.
Kodak EasyShare V610 - ISO values
As said before, the quality of the ISO settings stay behind when looking at what is possible nowadays. ISO settings up to 400 are usable and of good quality, but 400 ISO shows an unwanted high amount of noise. We experienced this in the Kodak V570 and we have to observe that Kodak did not bend itself to any improvements in this area. Because 800 ISO does not offer a solution, the chance of blurring due to movement is higher at 10x optical zoom.
Kodak V610 - User friendly camera
Besides the criticism there is still enough positive news. At the Kodak V610 the EasyShare concept is strong as well and the user-friendly way of handling and simple user interface leaves nothing to be desired. The way that Kodak transfers stored pictures to a computer or notebook, or printing the best pictures is simple and efficient. By using the dual lens technology the compact design was made possible and with that the ease of use increases. At the Kodak V570 (23 mm wide-angle) the use of the panorama function was very handy, but the Kodak EasyShare V610 is also a good match for panorama pictures, although it must be said that the lack of a real wide-angle is obvious.
Kodak EasyShare V610 - Colour representation
The colour representation will be pleasant for most users. Because of the somewhat warm representation the pictures come more to life as it were and who takes the trouble to edit the pictures here and there will get nice, contrasted pictures or prints. Besides the still pictures Kodak is also capable of excellent video clip recordings. These clips were played by us on a large television set and it must be said that they were of a fine quality.
Kodak V610 - Improve typical camera characteristics
All in all we can conclude that the Kodak EasyShare V610 is an interesting camera with a nice zoom range. The road Kodak took with the V570 has led to the Kodak V610, but it is a pity that Kodak forgot to improve a few aspects along the way. Especially typical camera characteristics such as ISO and image stabilisation should be worked out again on the drawing board. At face value the Kodak EasyShare V610 stands for what it does, but looking at the competition we see that there are more possibilities.
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Secure Digital memory card - SanDisk Ultra II
That Kodak is compatible with the Secure Digital memory card, should not be a surprise anymore. Ninety-nine per cent of all its cameras are equipped with an SD slot, except for a rare excursion to an xD Picture card. The Kodak EasyShare V610 is no racer: it gets up to 2fps, which is an average performance. In practice it is found that there is no use in putting a very fast memory card in the camera. It's true that the reproduction of the picture will be a bit faster and it is saved a fraction faster, but this is to be sneezed at and should not be the reason to buy a faster card. The Kodak V610 can be combined very well with a standard or average speed card such as the SanDisk Ultra II memory card, which we have used in the field test.
Considering 512MB of storage capacity:
6 Megapixels - 2832 x 2128 pixels - JPEG - 266 pictures
5.3 Megapixels 3:2 - 2832 x 1888 pixels - JPEG - 298 pictures
4 Megapixels - 2032 x 1728 pixels - JPEG - 392 pictures
3.1 Megapixels - 2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG - 485 pictures
1.1 Megapixels - 1200 x 900 pixels - JPEG - 176 pictures
Video resolution VGA 640 x 480 pixels - 16 min 28 sec
Video resolution VGA long 640 x 480 pixels - 31 min 57 sec
Video resolution QVGA 320 x 240 pixels - 41 min 46 sec