Pros Does MPEG 4 video- 2 hours w/ 2 meg with 10x zoom
Cons In video mode- focus is lagging and zooms too fast .
Summary This is the best small auto camera/camcorder there is. I was looking for a very portable camera / camcorder and found this is the best in the market so far. I have compared all the recent MPEG 4 cameras, including the new Nikon 3 inch lcd, the Sony and the Casio MPEG 4 cameras. The v610 panoramic stitching is flawless. You can not find any flaws where the 3 photos were connected even with Photo Shop zoomed in all the way. Amazing processing algorizm to connect the 3 photos in panoramic mode ! Photo quality is superb compared side by side with photos taken by a $2000 Canon camera. The color processing is great and works great in low light. Because it has a smaller flash compared to $2000 camera long range shooting is not as satisfactory compared to $2000 camera. To solve this problem I recommend a remote flash to sync with this camera. Also another problem like all other MPEG-4 cameras is that it uses proprietary battery. I have to make a 4x AA backup battery pack to fix this problem. Only Samsung makes a MPEG-4 camera that uses AA battery but my 10x Samsung camera did not come close comparing to the v610. Samsung has poor image quality grainy and poor color processing and alos you can not zoom in and out in video mode and it also does not adjust aperture well enough in strong light resulting in over exposed video. On the other hand the v610 takes very high quality video with excellent auto exposure and focus, except zooming is too fast becasue it is really designed for camera zooming and not camcorder zooming. Because zooming is runs so fast in video mode, video is more jerky and auto focus often lags a little. Kodak should slow zooming down in video mode to allow a quicker and smoother focus. This is my first purchase with Kodak and they got my confidence in their cameras. I have also purchased a v550 for $205 which works the same as this camera except it comes with less features 3x only but it is great for my wife who also does not use the paranomic function. From now on, I will seriously look at Kodak's cameras and not just Sony or Canon's. Comparing ultra portable MPEG-4 cameras both in functions and price, the Kodak v610 beats the Sony and the Canon cameras hands down and the image quality matches with the Sony and Canon's expensive cameras. Two thumbs up for a new Kodak progressive 2-lens 10x innovation ! It is not perfect but it is the best I have reviewed and studied. You will be thrilled with the v610 purchase.
"Disappointed"on by HamiltonMargo
Pros Construction and compactness
Cons Poor image quality
Summary Bought this camera, tested it extensively, then took it back due to poor performance. V610 6.1 megapixel quality not as sharp as my 5 megapixel Kodak DX7590. Wide-angle shots consistently show noticeable distortion in all four corners of the image. ISO 64 and 100 settings yield decent results, but 200 and above show great signs of image breakdown. This camera does not perform to the level of it's pricetag. Great disappointment since I have nothing but satisfaction and praise for my Kodad DX7590.
"Great Camera"on by tgilbrea
Pros Panoramic Option, Size, Style, Zoom, Price, Large Display
Cons None so far
Summary Have only had this camera for a week, but I am very pleased so far. I bought it specifically for its panoramic function. It allows you to stich 3 photo's together at the time of shooting. Takes a steady hand, but once you master it, you can make some stunning pictures. Great for travel pics where a single frame just do a scene justice.
Pros 10x zoom, quiet, fast, in camera panorama works great, move in MPEG-4 format, V570's flaw is fixed
Cons Not greatest quality pictures, weak flash, Kodak Software crashes, Must install software to connect PC
Summary The camera seems identify if my hands are shaky by showing icon but it doesn’t seem to correct the picture image.
Battery lasts about 150 pictures.
Under bright sunlight, hard to see the screen although the panorama stitching worked very well without precise positioning.
Pros 6mp capture. Large zoom range. 2.8" LCD.
Cons small zoom range missing between lenses
Summary Kodak’s new EasyShare V610, 6 mega-pixel digital camera is the second compact digital camera in the world to use the dual lens system, with the first being Kodak’s EasyShare V570.
In a time where most digital cameras now have multiple features available in a competitor’s camera, this dual lens ‘Retina Technology’ is keeping Kodak at the forefront for innovation.
The two lenses serve a great purpose, one which will challenge many rivals to either improve their ‘all-in-one’ lenses or to adopt the dual lens philosophy.
The advantage comes with the broad zoom range, utelising a 10x optical zoom, between 38mm – 380mm (35mm film equivalent), where a majority of digital compacts have a maximum around 140mm. Kodak has taken compact zooming to new lengths – all this in a camera just 0.9inch thick.
The first lens has a range of 38mm-to-114mm, with the second (telephoto lens) 130mm-to-380mm. It is interesting to note that there is a minimal gap between 114mm and 140mm, although 99% people will not even realise it. Another point is that when one lens has reached its maximum length, the user is required to press the zoom button a second time to continue the zoom. And finally, something which is a real plus, the lenses when zooming do not protrude out from the camera – reducing any chance of being knocked or scratched.
To compliment the fantastic zoom range, there is a bright and clear 2.8inch LCD which nearly takes up the entire back of the camera. The big screen makes navigating Kodak’s easy menu a breeze. With simple menu text and graphics, a first time user of the camera will have all the features on offer sorted in no time.
All of the cameras key functions can be found under one of a dozen buttons on the camera. The most important buttons, 3 function modes, on/off, flash and capture button are all located on the top of the camera. On the back there 5 buttons in order of pretty much most to least used options. The ‘Scene’ option is number one. One press of this button will give 21 scene options – which will cover nearly every situation you could ever find yourself in!
To delve deeper into the camera’s functions, there is a larger 4-direction button which can be used to navigate the V610’s settings. The directional button is also used to select ‘Scene’ modes too.
Kodak have also included in the V610 bluetooth wireless technology. Like many EasyShare cameras this model too can send images straight to a Kodak compatible printer, without the use of a computer. And for those looking to crop their images before printing, this can be done in the camera with very little effort. So your good images can now be printed better!
A particularly fascinating feature was the in-camera photo stitching for producing panoramas. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be amazed how well the software in the camera stitches 3 images together to form a panoramic photo. My first attempt was pretty rough, the second better and the third just left me completely amazed. I don’t know the mechanics behind it, but gee it does a good job and will give the photographer plenty of fun, inspiring creativity.
In daylight, the camera captures great images. Vivid in colour and good skin tone reproduction. On low ISO settings (film speed settings) the grain is near invisible, although at 200 it starts to show up and at 400 it is obvious. The 800 speed setting has an increase in grain again and would be only hand when in really dark situations with no other lighting option.
The flash, like many on digital cameras is good for around 4-5 meters – which covers most ‘Kodak’ moments. Like any small digital camera, the smaller the body the smaller the flash. So as a result this will generally affect the flash range. When testing the flash it did produce good results – so don’t get me wrong!
Overall, this camera has a number of great features which will please many, such as near instantaneous start up, no shutter lag, plenty of resolution, blue tooth technology, MPEG4 video capability, a tough and stylish metal casing, a large LCD screen, panorama picture stitch and of course great image capture.
Just one thing to consider if you’re going to buy this camera, get a second battery as you’ll get around 140 shots before you need a recharge.