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Dual lens comparison

One of the first things we discovered when we started to review the V610 is that there is a fairly significant difference in the edge-to-edge sharpness of the two lens/sensor units used in the V610's unique design, so let's look at that first. The comparison below shows clearly the difference between the wide zoom and the tele zoom.

Note: The V610 doesn't have a custom (measured) white balance function, so these are the most neutral results we could get using one of the preset white balance presets. The color cast in these shots is purely down to the white balance being unable to correct completely our studio lighting.

Studio scene comparison (ISO 64)

  • Kodak V610, wide zoom (59mm equiv.): Program AE mode, ISO 64, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation

  • Kodak V610, tele zoom (130mm equiv.) : Program AE mode, ISO 64, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Kodak EasyShare V610 TELE
Kodak EasyShare V610 WIDE
ISO 64, 1/49 sec, F4.8
ISO 64, 1/97 sec, F4.1
1,019 KB JPEG
1,044 KB JPEG

Although there is little difference in the center of the frame, there is no doubt that the tele zoom is offering better edge to edge sharpness, with the wide lens (on this sample at least) very soft in the top left corner, and fairly soft in all four other corners. It's also worth mentioning that both shots show fairly strong distortion considering they are both 'mid-zoom range'. For the remainder of the comparisons (and for a more detailed analysis of the V610's output) we'll use the tele lens.

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