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Kodak V610 Dual Lens Review
Date: Aug 1, 2006
Kodak EasyShare V610 Dual Lens
with optional Printer Dock Plus Series 3
The Kodak EasyShare V610 Dual Lens is
a digital camera targeted to Point-and-Shoot (P&S)
photographers. It has 6.0 megapixel resolution
and Kodak engineers have cleverly installed a
Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon 38-114mm (35 mm
equivalent) 3x optical zoom lens plus a
second 130-380mm (35 mm equivalent) 2.9x optical
zoom lens for an incredible tele reach in such
a compact digital camera!
We find the overall image quality of the Kodak
V610 to be good to very good with low noise at
ISO 64, but we would have preferred images to
retain more details. Image compression is quite
high producing file sizes that are between 600KB
to 1.5MB. As you move up to the higher ISOs, images
look smudged probably due to aggressive noise
reduction as well as the high image compression.
The Kodak V610 produces images that are rich in
colours straight out of the camera. More advanced
photographers might object to the high colour
The Kodak V610 provides up to 10x optical zoom.
In the above pictures, we show the coverage for
38mm and then 114mm (35mm equivalent), and then
again for the max. tele of 380mm. It takes each
lens about 3 sec. to zoom from wide-angle to telephoto.
The zooming progression is very smooth; however
I counted only 5 steps between wide-angle to tele
(for each lens), and so stopping precisely at
the zoom position you want is not easy.
vs. 10x Optical Zoom
And above, we show why the 380mm lens on the
Kodak V610 is such a big deal. The area enclosed
in the 1st yellow rectangle approximates the coverage
of the 114mm, the 3x optical zoom that most typical
compact digital camera will give you. [All 3 pictures
above were taken from the same spot.] The 380mm
lens on the pocket compact Kodak V610 allows you
to get an incredible 10x optical zoom coverage
that is possible only on larger digital cameras
with long protruding lenses.
The Kodak V610 retains the nifty Panorama feature
from the V570 that allows you to take from 2 to
3 images and create a panorama picture in-camera.
I usually do not bother with panorama pictures
in software because it is such a bother, but it's
easy and fun with the V610. Note, though, that
it does not save the images separately but stitch
them togeter and saves them as one panoramic image.
You also have to wait for the stitching to be
completed before you switch off the camera --
or lose your picture [that must be a software/hardware
The Kodak V610 has Auto (really, Programmed Auto)
mode and 20 easy-to-use Scene Modes [21, if you
count Custom as a scene mode]. There is no Program
Shift available in Auto mode.
The camera also provides exposure compensation
(no Auto Bracketing) but no Manual White Balance.
A Histogram can be displayed both in Playback
and Shooting mode.
Shutter speed ranges from 1/8-1/1,400 sec. in
Auto mode. Slow shutter speeds from 0.5 to 8 sec.
can be manually selected [MENU - Long Time Exposure].
You can set WB but not ISO when using Long Time
|38mm, Long Time Exposure,
Multi-Pattern, 1.3 sec., F3.9, ISO 64
WB=Tungsten, Macro, Tripod used
The Kodak V610 can focus as close as 5cm (2 in.)
at wide-angle. AF locks precisely and fast, even
in low-light [since the AF works on detecting
contrast changes, subjects with low contrast might
be difficult to get a focus lock in low-light].
There is no AF Area (i.e. you cannot manually
move the AF Frame around on the screen to where
you want it to focus).
There are three metering modes: Multi-Pattern,
Center Weight and Center-Spot. Exposure and focus
lock are achieved thru a half-press of the shutter
||WB = Tungsten
As the above pictures show, the auto white balance
is not quite accurate indoors under tungsten light.
WB = Tungsten gave the best results. Outdoors,
under natural light, the AWB works quite well.
||ISO 800 (1.8 MP)
You can set the ISO on the Kodak V610 from 64
to 800. The 100%
crops above (area delimited by the white square)
demonstrate that noise at ISO 64 and 100 are under
control. Noise starts to be visible at ISO 200
and up to ISO 400 is very usable. At ISO 800,
the presence of noise takes the form of coloured
splotches. We find that noise reduction is too
aggressive and results in loss of details.
[Editor's Note: Since we are most interested
in ISO when using high ISOs in low-light situations,
the above images are therefore usually taken in
a low-light situation where long shutter speeds
are necessary to correctly expose the images.
However, on the Kodak V610, Long Time Exposure
is only possible when ISO is set to Auto. Therefore,
we have used flash to obtain the above images.
If you look at the EXIF info, you'll notice that
though the ISO changes, the exposure settings
do not -- it seems that the Kodak V610 varies
the flash output instead to obtain correct exposure.]
Time Exposure & ISO
Interestingly, when selecting a LT exposure,
the Kodak V610 will wisely start with the lowest
ISO possible to reduce noise. The above picture
was taken using a LT of 2.5 sec. and the camera
selected aperture F4.8 and ISO 64. It is a much
more pleasantly exposed picture than the one taken
We were not able to find much CA in everyday
shots. An example is the picture above where the
area at top left delimited by the red square,
and reproduced at 100% crop at bottom right, shows
minimal purple fringing.
|39mm, Long Time Exposure,
Multi-Pattern, 8 sec., F3.9, ISO 64
WB=Tungsten, Self-timer, Tripod Used
The Kodak V610 allows the use of a long shutter
speed of up to 8 sec., therefore allowing night
photography. Note that with Long Exposure set
ON, ISO seems to be defaulted to 64. Generally,
with CCD image sensors, noise usually becomes
more prominent at slow shutter speeds. The kodak
V610 has noise reduction (NR) algorithm that automatically
kicks in at shutter speeds slower than 0.5 sec.
and you'll notice a longer processing time before
the next picture can be taken.
To test this noise reduction algorithm, we take
a low-light indoors shot using a long shutter
speed of 8 sec. The NR works quite well. The AF
worked very well in low-light, and the AF-assist
Illuminator made for precise and fast focus lock
[again, depends on how contrasty your subject
PERFECT TOUCH Technology allows you to brighten
only the dark areas on an image.
The last feature we will mention is the histogram.
The histogram can be displayed both in Playback
and Shooting modes. The histogram is invaluable
to give an indication of under- and over-exposure
(don't rely on the LCD/EVF since the brightness
is adjustable and may be misleading).
Overall, the Kodak V610 is capable of producing
good to very good image quality at ISO 64 with
good image detail overall (though some detail
loss is very apparent depending on the subject
matter, probably due to a combination of aggressive
noise reduction and hih image compression). Images
also look soft, but you can specify a sharpness
level in the MENU. One area needing improvement
is that highlights tend to be easily blown. Colours
are very saturated and vibrant and you won't need
to adjust in software.
The pictures in the Kodak EasyShare V610 Dual
Lens Photo Gallery page provide a good sample
of what the camera is capable of. I have provided
samples at 800x600 pixels (compressed to Quality
60/100 in Photoshop Elements) as well as the 6.1MP
2832× 2128 pixels original size. Click on
the image for the original version.
You can safely assume that most macro shots
and slow shutter speed shots required the use
of a tripod. Any image that is adjusted for levels
in Photoshop has "_adjusted" appended
to the file name (though the original sized image
is, of course, not adjusted). The navigation images
at the top are usually adjusted (levels and sharpening).
I have defaulted the image size to 800x600 pixels.
For those who have their monitor resolution set
to 1024x728 pixels, everything should snugly fit
and you should not have to scroll to see the whole
image. If your monitor is set to 800x600 pixels
resolution, start the slide show and then scroll
to the right to position the image within your
screen width. Then, press F11 (if you are using
Internet Explorer) to switch to full screen mode,
and the image should fill your screen nicely.
Press F11 again at any time to switch your monitor
display back to normal mode.
To return to this page from the Photo Gallery,
click on the animated graphics of the camera.
Please open and download the original size version
only if you need to and only once
to your hard drive -- and save me some precious