Kodak Easyshare V610 Review

May 18, 2006 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 25 Comments |

Kodak Easyshare V610The Kodak Easyshare V610 is a 6 megapixel digital camera with a difference - it has two lenses rather than the usual one. The V610 is the second Kodak camera to feature the company’s Dual Lens Technology. This time it offers a 38-114mm lens and a 130-380mm lens for a total 10X optical zoom range. In addition the Kodak V610 has a 2.8 inch LCD screen, Bluetooth support, 180-degree panorama mode, advanced video with built-in image stabilization and 23 different scene modes, all in a body that is just 2.3cms thick. Read my review to find out if the Kodak V610 is the ultimate compact camera.

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#1 GARY POGODA

Mark, thank you for an excellent and thorough review, and especially
for the section comparing the V610 to the Panasonic TZ1. If the TZ1
were a bit smaller, it would be the hands down winner, with its higher
image quality, continuous plus faster zoom, and IS. The fact that the
V610's auto ISO mode selects high ISOs at its telephoto end, makes
its lack of image stabilization even more restrictive. It seems the TZ1
is the more versatile of the two cameras, as long as you do not need
the V610's pocketability or Bluetooth connectivity.

Since my wife will be carrying her camera in her pocketbook, I doubt
that she really needs an "ultra"-compact like the V610. However, we
did just buy two new Macs with Bluetooth, not to mention that her HP
Photosmart 475 printer also has Bluetooth, so I would hate to see all
that connectivity go to waste. I also really like the V610's abundance
of in-camera image processing features, for my wife's direct printing,
but then again, her HP 475 has those same features built in.

This review, in combination with your TZ1 review, certainly illuminates
the advantages and disadvantages of these two cameras, but it is still
too close to call as to which would be a better choice for my wife.

Good thing I have a few more weeks to procrastinate. :)

6:21 pm - Wednesday, May 10, 2006

#2 nick in japan

Maybe the V610 has moved out of the "Ultra-Compact" list, as I mentioned earlier, it looked thicker than the V570, yup! bigger in all ways!
I do like the new backside layout tho, the V570 is a bit too retro for bright sun!

10:33 pm - Wednesday, May 10, 2006

#3 GARY POGODA

Interesting, I would have thought they would be the same dimensions. Still,
the V610 is "ultra-compact" enough. I would consider anything that is small
enough and thin enough to easily fit in your pocket as ultra-compact.

12:15 pm - Thursday, May 11, 2006

#4 Mark Goldstein

Gary, take a look at the bottom of this page for some comparison shots of the V570 and V610:

http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews_kodak_easyshare_v610_5.php

12:20 pm - Thursday, May 11, 2006

#5 GARY POGODA

Thanks, I must have skipped that section. :)

My personal feeling is, the bigger they can make a camera, and still have it
fit easily in your pocket, the better since there's always a tradeoff between
compact size and ease of handling.

BTW, I just got my new 17" MacBook Pro, 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo. Now the
PhotographyBLOG pages load lightning fast. :)

12:44 pm - Thursday, May 11, 2006

#6 nick in japan

Great comparison shots Mark!
"Hands on" is the trued and tried test for pocketability, You are correct, we need to compromise sometimes.
I still am concerned about the lack of the wide shot capability for this camera, alot of folks will end up wishing that they had it. I am anxious about Kodak's next best thing!

12:57 pm - Thursday, May 11, 2006

#7 Rodjer

Damn i like this one! 6 megapixel is standard nowadays, but still :))

10:01 pm - Tuesday, May 16, 2006

#8 nick in japan

4 1/2 Stars is probably pretty close, when ALL the features are added up, I am one to put a higher value on the absolute necessity of a 28mm view, I would have given it 4 Stars due to that factor.
If Kodak can work one in on the next model, I will purchase it, to supplement my V570, not this one.

10:37 pm - Tuesday, May 16, 2006

#9 Mark

Hi Mark,
Very nice review. I've been meaning to get a new digital camera for a while, and you're making my choice very easy. Appreciate the time you've spent with this review.

1:04 am - Wednesday, May 17, 2006

#10 nick in japan

Translate this " This is not a bridge for advertising, not very polite of you to do so"

10:43 am - Friday, May 19, 2006

#11 nick in japan

OOPS, Mark, you beat me to it!!!

10:44 am - Friday, May 19, 2006

#12 Mark Goldstein

Just to prove that Nick is not mad, I deleted some comment spam before #10... :lol:

10:51 am - Friday, May 19, 2006

#13 nick in japan

You enjoy this site almost as much as I do, Mark! Just my protective side.
Semper Fi!

11:03 am - Friday, May 19, 2006

#14 Steve

I love the camera. One comment/complaint though. The cables/accessories in the box included a power cable for charging the camera's batteries, a USB (A-B) cable for tranferring pictures/video to a PC/MAC, and a USB (B) to RCA (A/V) for displaying/tranferring pictures/video on/to an external monitor/source. It also included the kodak easyshare software and a soft carrying case.

What it did not contain (and the most disappointing item) was the USB to camera port converter that plugs into the obvious Kodak proprietary port that allows you to hook up the cable that were supplied, as listed above. Very Cruel!...

I contacted the retail store (Best Buy) and they told me it was an optional accessory that I would have to purchase seperately ($7.99 online @ kodak). They did not carry that particular item.

Kodak: What was the point of enclosing all the cables if you could hook them up to the camera out of the box? Not satified with this point.

Otherwise, I love the camera!

5:25 am - Monday, June 5, 2006

#15 GARY POGODA

For me, the fact that it is the ONLY camera with "Bluetooth" cancels out
the cable dissatisfaction, especially since I just got two new computers
with Bluetooth and a new printer with Bluetooth, and I plan to get a cell
phone with Bluetooth very soon.

5:41 am - Monday, June 5, 2006

#16 Carlos

I just purchased the camera from Best Buy yesterday after this review got me off the fence of whether to buy this camera or not. I did look at the Panasonic, but it is just to big and has a smaller LCD. Anyway it did in fact come with the adapter which Steve was missing. It also states on the box that it should be included. It is rather small and you might have missed it. After using the camera for a day now. I have to say it is great and I only paid 385.00 plus tax for it.

7:02 pm - Tuesday, June 6, 2006

#17 GARY POGODA

Thanks Carlos, that's good to know. BTW, did your V610 come with a
Bluetooth USB PC adapter, allowing you to download your pictures to
any USB computer via the camera's built-in Bluetooth capability? And
if so, have you tried downloading with Bluetooth?

8:47 pm - Tuesday, June 6, 2006

#18 Gary Walker

Hi guys, I agree that a wide angle is a necessesity, do you know of any with a 28mm lens in the £150 - £180 price range.

6:20 pm - Friday, June 9, 2006

#19 Carlos

Gary, it did not come with the bluetooth PC adapter. So, I have not used this feature, but I can't wait to try it. I have read several other reviews and they state the process is easy and seamless. The camera seems to allow you to send the image in various sizes (resolutions) depending on what it is being sent to ex. PC, phone, printer.

12:36 am - Saturday, June 10, 2006

#20 GARY POGODA

Carlos, if you know somebody with a Wi-Fi PC, I would be interested
to know how the Bluetooth transfer speed compares with USB 2.0 in
practice (as compared to theory which rates USB at over 100x faster)
for a typical transfer of say 25 photos at full resolution.

4:04 pm - Sunday, June 11, 2006

#21 GARY POGODA

Gary (Walker), if you don't mind a lot of image noise, you may want
to look into the Ricoh Caplio R3 and R30 models, which have 28 mm
7.1x and 5.7x zooms, respectively.

4:17 pm - Sunday, June 11, 2006

#22 2chemp

i want buy Kodak Easyshare V610
now i have KODAK DX6490...good, but i need better;)

3:56 pm - Sunday, July 9, 2006

#23 Carl

I think I'll wait for a 3 lense model with good macro/wideangle and image stabiliser. Please kodak.

2:56 pm - Tuesday, August 1, 2006

#24 JIM MARKOW

My V610 is a fantastic camera!
Lack of image stabilization is no problem!
If I set up the 'scene' 'tool icon' with these settings--- ISO=800;SPOT METERING;&FLASH; OFF I can zoom A SNAPSHOT at 9-10 magnification, without the use of a tripod, and take an excellent hand-held zoom shot!
Normally,at 1-3X I just use auto setting----but when I zoom in at 10X, I simply push 'scenes' button---"tool icon"(set as above described) and take the shot...to go back to auto, simply turn camera off/on.
You can set the 'scenes' -- "tool" icon anyway you wish- in just a few seconds, and it holds the last setting until you change it--Even holds the setting thru off/on cycling of the V810. Once you find your unique 'settings' for your shot-purposes,transfer them to the 'scenes' 'tool' and show off your G-R-E-A-T LITTLE JEAN-POCKET-SIZE CAMERA !!!!!

4:56 pm - Thursday, November 23, 2006

#25 r4 dsi

This camera is a pleasure to use. I haven't enjoyed a new piece of hardware
this much since I bought my first Mac Powerbook 3 years ago.

10:27 am - Wednesday, December 16, 2009