"Best ultra portable MPEG-4 camera / camcorder there is"4.5 starson by jonathan9113
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.