Excerpt: Photo Gallery $410, street It fits in a shirt pocket, yet has a superzoom range from 38mm to 380mm (35mm equivalent). The impossibly small 6-megapixel Kodak EasyShare V610 has just wrested the title of World's Smallest 10X optical zoom digicam from the short-lived former champ, the Panasonic Lumix...
Conclusion: 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.
Conclusion: This one is a toughie. The EasyShare V610 has a number of features that make it attractive: looks, thinness, a 10x optical zoom, built-in Bluetooth and Perfect Touch technology. I really have problems with the LCD screen and the hiccough as the camera “hands off” from one zoom lens to the other.
Summary: The Holy Grail of the digicam wars has always been a user friendly, high resolution, long zoom digital camera that’s small enough to drop in a shirt pocket. The problem with this concept is that it’s very difficult to build a tiny camera with a decent quality long zoom.
Conclusion: The Kodak EasyShare V610 is a compact camera with a 10X zoom range and big LCD. Despite being an "ultra-zoom" camera, the V610 has more in common with compact point-and-shoot cameras. The V610 is different from other cameras in some ways such as having Bluetooth and built-in panorama stitching.
Pros: Two lenses which cover a 10X zoom range, Large LCD with good visibility, Good performance except autofocus, Bluetooth-enabled, Built-in panorama stitch and Kodak Perfect Touch, Many scene modes, Nice VGA movie recording at 30 FPS with zoom, Good image quality with low noise
Cons: Terrible battery life, No manual controls, No optical image stabilizer, Too many buttons, In-between lens gap and unresponsive zooming, No live histogram; very limited information during shooting and playback, Autofocus could be faster; very slow in low-light
Summary: The Kodak EasyShare V610 Dual Lens is
an ultra zoom digital camera with ultra compact
dimensions. The elegant compact digital camera
comes with two quality SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH C-VARIOGON
lenses: a regular 38-114mm 3x optical zoom lens,
plus a second 130-380mm 2.9x optical zoom lens
that in effect...
Conclusion: Since the V610's a camera not without compromise, it's not quite 'V' for victory this time round. However, the thought processes that have gone into its creation are to be praised, and hopefully it signals the start of a fight back from Kodak.