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Kodak Easyshare V610 Review

August 2006 | By Simon Joinson

Review based on a production Kodak V610

Announced in April 2006, the EasyShare V610 is Kodak's second 'Dual Lens' model, using two lenses (and two CCD sensors) to give an extended zoom range without adding to the bulk of the camera. In the case of the V610 the lenses cover 38-114mm and 130-380mm respectively, giving a total 10x optical range (albeit one with a little gap in the middle), and earning it the 'World’s Smallest 10X Optical Zoom Digital Camera' title. The sleek, all-metal V610 also boasts a large 2.8-inch color screen, BlueTooth, 18 scene modes and in-camera image corrections. But can the V610's performance match its impressive design? Let's find out... starting as ever with the headline features and specifications.

  • 38-380mm equivalent optical zoom range
  • 2.8-inch, 230,000 pixel screen
  • 6.1 million pixels
  • Favorites mode.
  • In-camera panorama stitching
  • The exclusive KODAK Color Science image processing chip
  • On-camera cropping, picture blur alert, auto picture rotation, and red-eye reduction
  • Twenty-two scene modes
  • Selectable exposure metering, exposure compensation, focus zones, ISO
  • 28 MB of internal memory and SD card slot for additional storage capacity

Kodak V610 Key specifications

Street price • US: $499
• UK: £380
Body Material Metal

• 1/2.5 in CCD
• 6.36 million pixels total
• 6.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 2832 x 2128
• 2832 x 1888 (3:2)
• 2304 x 1728
• 2048 x 1536
• 1200 x 900 (email)

Movie clips • MPEG-4 (Quicktime)
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• up to 80mins depending on memory capacity

• Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon Dual lens
• 10x optical zoom
• 38-114mm F3.9 - 4.4
• 130-380mm F4.8

Focus • TTL-AF
• Multi-zone AF
• Center spot AF
Shooting mode

• Auto
• Portrait
• Panorama left-right
• Panorama right-left
• Sport
• Landscape
• Snow
• Beach
• Text
• Fireworks
• Flower
• Manner/Museum
• Self portrait
• Party
• Children
• Back light
• Panning shot
• Candlelight
• Sunset
• Custom
• AE compensation +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps

Shutter Speeds 8-1/1200 sec
Apertures • F3.9 - 4.4
• F4.8
Metering • TTL-AE
• Multi-pattern
• Center weighted
• Center spot
Sensitivity • Auto (ISO 64-400)
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
White Balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Open shade
Image parameters High Color, Natural Color, Low Color, Sepia, B&W
Continuous 1.6 fps, max 8 images
Flash • Built-in
• Auto
• Off
• Fill
• Digital red-eye reduction
• Range: Wide: ISO 280: 0.6m - 3.4m
• Tele: ISO 400: 0.6m - 3.3m
Storage • SD/MMC card compatible
• 32MB internal memory (28MB available for storage)
Viewfinder None
LCD monitor • 2.8-inch
• 230,000 pixels
Connectivity • Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
• Optional EasyShare dock
• AV out
• USB 2.0
Power • Li-ion rechargeable battery KLIC-7001
• AC adapter
In the box*

• V610 camera
• Li-ion rechargeable battery KLIC-7001
• AC Adaptor
A/V and USB Cables
• Carry Strap
Getting started kit with software CD-ROM
Insert for optional Easyshare docks

Other features PictBridge and Imagelink compatible
Weight (no batt) 160g (5.6 oz)
Dimensions 111 x 55.5 x 23.2 mm (4.4 x 2.2 x 0.9 in)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area

If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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