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Kodak EasyShare V610 review

Ilse Jurrien
Photokina report
Monday 18th, September 2006
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

When the first rumours about a new Kodak Easy-Share dual lens camera with CCD went around, the attention was drawn quickly. Indeed, Kodak introduced a digital camera with these techniques not long afterwards. The EasyShare V570 was a camera which had an extra wide-angle lens and a standard 3x optical zoom. The concept was on hand and Kodak got to work to apply this technique in a new digital camera: the 6.1 Megapixel Kodak EasyShare V610. The Kodak V610 digital camera is fairly compact and has a sleek design. Having a resolution of 6.1 Megapixel, which is considered more or less standard nowadays, the Kodak EasyShare V610 ensures enough image information to make a poster size print. The Kodak V610 is designed for a wide target group of consumers who are looking for a user friendly digital camera, where the main thing is ease and at the same time innovation. As far as the housing goes, not much has changed compared to the EasyShare V570: only the back has undergone a small facelift.

Kodak V610 review

Kodak V610 - 38-380mm Dual lens
Where Kodak's introduction of the first dual-lens in the world surprised the digital camera market, Kodak went ahead and did it all over again by introducing the Kodak EasyShare V610 with a dual lens which has a focal range of 38 – 380mm (compared to a 35 mm camera). By dividing the focal range over two lenses, Kodak is able to equip a sleek digital camera of only 23.2 mm thick with a 10x optical zoom. The Kodak Retina dual lens technology is provided with two Schneider Kreuznach C-Variogon lenses which have to ensure a great clearness and visible focus.

Kodak V610 - Bluetooh technology
The Kodak EasyShare V610 model is one of the first digital cameras to incorporate Bluetooth wireless technology, making it easier to instantly share pictures with people nearby. Kodak V610 camera owners can effortlessly send their pictures to other Bluetooth technology enabled devices up to 30 feet away, e.g., mobile phones, PDAs, computers, Kodak Picture Kiosks, and even other Kodak V610 cameras, as well as receive and view pictures on the huge 2.8 inch, high-resolution LCD screen.

Kodak EasyShare V610 - Perfect Touch Technology
In addition to its dual lens design and wireless capabilities, the camera includes multiple advanced features to enhance the photography experience, including Kodak Perfect Touch Technology. At the touch of a button, this innovative feature, previously available on Kodak printers and kiosks, or via lab processing, creates better, brighter pictures by bringing out detail in shadows without affecting lighter areas. It’s ideal for underexposed pictures caused by shooting beyond the flash range or in adverse lighting conditions.

Kodak V610 review

Kodak EasyShare V610 - 10x Optical zoom
At the moment, Kodak is the only one that uses such a dual lens technology and the question is if and when the other camera manufacturers will apply something similar. There is competition in the field of compact 10x zoom digital cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix TZ1. This model is equipped with a similar 10x optical range, but is built in a housing of about 40 mm thick. Kodak has a unique concept at least and has, following in imitation of the successful Kodak V570, quickly introduced a second digital camera with a dual lens technology.

Kodak EasyShare V610 review
The concept has become well known and the specifications of the Kodak EasyShare V610 are clear. Kodak continues the dual lens concept with the introduction of the 6.1 Megapixel Kodak EasyShare V610 digital camera. We field-tested the camera and tested the functions and innovations thoroughly. Our findings can be read in the following in-depth review about the Kodak EasyShare V610.

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