Kodak's Slim Camera Has Double Vision
At a Glance
Kodak EasyShare V610 Dual Lens Compact Camera
The V610 is fun to use and has a 10X zoom and Bluetooth, but is sensitive to camera movement and battery life is short.
With a long-range 10X optical zoom, Kodak's EasyShare V610 can bring the farthest subjects into full, detailed view. Unfortunately, this $450 dual-lens camera also has a propensity for blurred photos at its highest zoom levels, plus disappointingly short battery life.
The 6.1-megapixel V610 is Kodak's second camera to sport two built-in lenses. The V610 has a 126mm-to-380mm (35mm equivalent) telephoto zoom lens that sits atop a 38mm-to-114mm standard zoom lens. When you're closing in on a subject, the V610's standard zoom handles up to 3X magnification; to go beyond that level, the telephoto lens kicks into action.
My outdoor shots usually came out sharp enough, but I got mixed results when shooting in indoor, low-light settings. It sometimes took clear, colorful photos at maximum zoom, but occasionally had trouble focusing. And because it lacks image stabilization, any slight movement produced a blurry shot. Compared with other point-and-shoot cameras we've tested, the V610's images looked less sharp. The pictures were slightly underexposed, too, and white balance was a little off; we noticed a slight greenish cast in some shots.
On the features side, the V610 impressed us. It offers wireless photo transfers via Bluetooth; in-camera photo stitching for panoramic shots; and a 2.8-inch LCD. The bad news: The V610 fared poorly in our battery test, lasting just 148 shots--the lowest result among point-and-shoot models we've recently tested.
Still, what makes this camera shine--its 10X zoom, ease of use, and sleek design--may be enough to compensate for its shortcomings.
Kodak EasyShare V610
Long-range zoom and a few helpful camera tricks make it enjoyable to use, but its short battery life will dampen the fun.
Price when reviewed: $450
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