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Kodak EasyShare V610
Kodak EasyShare V610

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Kodak EasyShare V610

Editor's Review

The Kodak V610 is one of the smallest extended zoom cameras in the world, and they still managed to fit two lenses in the thing. And Bluetooth! What will they think of next? Hot on the heels of Kodak's dual lens V570 (and Panasonic's extremely small, extended zoom TZ1 model), the V610 throws in everything but the kitchen sink. The 6 megapixel CCD and large 2.8 inch LCD display would be good enough for a typical camera, but the V610 isn't a typical camera. The two lenses give it an arresting look, as well as a huge 10x optical zoom. Bluetooth wireless technology allows for short-range transfer of images from camera to computer or printer with ease. All this in a camera with a slick Art Deco style that's only 0.9 inches thick! The Kodak EasyShare V610 has plenty of flair and features to make your photography interesting. Keep in mind however, the V610 lacks the optical image stabilization that made the Panasonic TZ1 so appealing. Check out both before you decide.

Specifications

  • 6 megapixels
  • 10x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Auto focus and auto exposure
  • ISO 64-800
  • 2.8 inch LCD screen
  • movie mode w/sound
  • JPEG file format
  • Secure Digital storage (28MB internal).
  • Release Date: Apr 26, 2006

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Kodak EasyShare V610 Reviews

Kodak EasyShare V610 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good at First BUT (Brian Miller — 08/06/2008)

Really enjoyed the camera at first but now pictures are blurry and I have to back way up and zoom in a lot to get pictures to be clear - maybe.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great camera....for a few months! (Kim Barwell — 07/14/2008)

When we first bought this camera it took amazing pictures and we loved it, but it did take a little effort to get them perfectly clear. Over time the quality of the pictures has deteriorated significantly. We can almost never get a sharply focused picture anymore and any pictures taken in bright light or with light-colored subject matter come out hazy, cloudy, or have a halo effect, no matter what scene setting we try. This camera was recommended to us by a friend who is also a V610 owner. He also loved his camera at first and is now having the same problems with his. I've noticed a lot of the negative reviews have stated the same complaint about poor picture quality. I used to recommend this camera to a lot of friends, I sure hope they never bought one! I am currently looking to replace mine.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A MUST HAVE (San Williams — 12/15/2007)

Obviously anyone that doesn't get great pictures from this camera doesn't know how to take pictures. This is a great camera and 99.9% of the pictures that I took came out clean and crisp. I recieved this camera as a gift and this is one that I won't be taking back to the store.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't buy it! (Cathy Peyton — 08/22/2007)

My husband purchased this camera for me for Christmas.... Liked the size and the 10x Zoom of the kodak so decided to give it a try. I was dissapointed right away with the quality of the pictures. I had to take alot if pictures in order to get one good one. They were always blurry. Called and emailed Kodak and they were not helpful. I previously had a Fuji and will definitely go back to them. I have trusted enough of my "precious" memories to a crappy Kodak Camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Kodak Easy ShareV 610 Reviews (guillermo refondos — 07/24/2007)

As advanced amateur,using film equipment, this Kodak was my first buy in digital.I bought it for my son, and traying to became familial with.
Great surprise !! My son almost never used it, because I converted the V610 in my favorite and most usable camera.
Cons: lack of image stabilization, and some noticeable distortion (sea horizon always seems curved)but in general the camera is PERFECT for amateur use, and pictures are crisp and plenty of natural color . I love it very much, and so the Easy Share System.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Well rounded camera, but not for concerts (Mari — 07/05/2007)

This camera has great features, but unfortunately, pictures dont always come out as crisp and it does TERRIBLE in concert settings. I've used the camera in a couple of concerts and can never get a decent picture even with the 10X zoom. Also, the battery runs out relatively quick. Otherwise, the camera is good, pretty and stylish.

  • 5.0 out of 5
nice one (suresh babu — 06/19/2007)

since i am not a photographer or a professional in photography field. i am satisfied what it has .
bluetooth is one which i like the most.

i have taken around 300 pictures of now and i am satisfied with it

  • 5.0 out of 5
great camera (Erin — 06/10/2007)

we bought this camera for my mom for her birthday, but i use it more. I love the panorama feature, it's great quality. The pictures come out crystal clear, and i really havent found anything to complain about except maybe the battery life.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Never buy Kodak (Arti Shah — 06/08/2007)

This camera is so ugly in looks and another thing is its start giving me blurry picture before even 1 year. It cost me $419 but it not even worth $100 very frankly. Learn one lesson never buy Kodak. Kodak told me to send this camera to their repair center instead of giving me new upgraded camera. I would like to say V610 is defective product Kodak has launched in the market. Please don't buy if you care about your $$$

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good buy (Rod — 01/22/2007)

My hobby is painting water colour landscapes and I use a digital camera to capture scenery that I may later paint.
I certainly do not consider myself to be an expert photographer so basically what I wanted was a good quality digital camera that would be durable, do most of the thinking for me and consistently produce detailed quality shots.
I decided on the Kodak V610 because, apart from being very compact it appeared to have many features that where lacking in other digital cameras.
I have now had my V610 for 3 months and have used it in about every situation that you could think of in all kinds of weather and locations and in many bright and low lighting conditions.
The attractive low profile metal case is very strong and well made and the camera has a general feel of quality about it. Having said this, the very large and clear lcd display on the rear of the camera is useful but requires frequent cleaning to remove fingerprints and greasy marks.
The unique twin fixed lens arrangement used to obtain the high zoom index is better than having a camera where the entire lens telescopes outwards to obtain the necessary magnification, as this averts the possibility of damaging the focussing mechanism which I did this with my last camera.
The camera has a 10x optical zoom and a 4x digital zoom (giving an available total of 40x) which is amazing for such a slim camera, but use of a tripod is absolutely essential on the migher magnifications if you are to avoid camera shake.
Picture quality is generally excellent in all lighting conditions but gets a little grainy the nearer you get to ISO 800 (on the manual setting).
I found the point and shoot turn round time, that is the time taken to shoot another shot having just taken one is faster than any other digital camera that I have previously owned.
The panoramic feature enabling 180 or 360 degree scenes to be captured is faultless as is the unique in-camera movie editing editing facility. This latter feature allows you to extract a single still shot from a movie and use it as if you had taken it on it's own.
My main criticism of this camera is that there is at the moment only one bespoke battery that will fit it whose capacity only allows about 120 shots to be taken before it runs out of charge. This is ok if you only take a few shots at a time, but if you are on holiday recharging the battery frequently could pose a problem.
Obviously the way around this is to buy a spare battery and charger, but not everyone wants to go to the additional expense.
My conclusion is that is an extremely versatile and unique camera in many ways.
Over all I have to say that this camera has more than lived up to my expectations. It is one of those rare cases where you actually get better value than you pay for, and can therefore only be
recommended.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Disappointed (Jan Lawrence — 01/06/2007)

I bought this camera because I love Kodak cameras in general and my Kodak Z740 in particular. I thought this would be a great camera to have since it had a big zoom in a compact size. Great for carrying around in my purse. I guess what disappoints me is that there is no view finder. I have learned that I will not buy another camera without a view finder. It is just too difficult taking a picture on a sunny day as the LCD screen turns black.I also think that the battery doesn't stay charged long enough.Picture quality is great.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't Buy It! (Heather M — 01/04/2007)

I did a lot of reasearch on digital cameras before deciding to buy the V610. I was really looking for compact, lots of features with a good zoom. I thought I had it & was very excited to get this camera since my last one was an Easyshare & I loved it. Likes: compact to fit in purse & big LCD. Dislikes: can't seem to get very many "green hands" that indicate a "clean" picture, no viewfinder (when you had your camera off to someone to take your picture..if they're not use to using it, they'll blur your picture everytime), I can't seem to get the different options to work - none of the "night" pictures turn out, zoom is very unstable unless you've got it on a tripod. I've noticed that many of my pictures have a slight blur on the left of the picture, while the right side is crisp...probably something wrong with this particular camera internally. I'm going back to the store tomorrow & hoping for at least in in store credit to buy a different camera!

  • 4.0 out of 5
either love it or hate it (celene rodriguez — 12/14/2006)

I have a fuji that took amazing pictures but having three kids i needed something with a zoom so i can get a shot with out them running to the camera. So my husband bought me the kodak v610. I love the zoom, now i have the conveniece of a pocket camera with a great zoom. Problem is it does not take stunning pictures like my fuji. Dont get me wrong the pictures are good quality but there more real color than bright magnificent color. But the zoom compasates that. If you learn how to use the scene modes it also helps. But i find that i have less blurry pictures than my last camera. And also i can take pictures at a great distance an clearly see whats in the picture than not seen what was in the picture before because i didnt have a zoom to catch my subjects. But if you think about it there is no perfect camera that has everything you desier if there is let me now. Till then you either love it or hate it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
disappointed (Jennifer Lloyd — 11/18/2006)

My Pentax was stolen in Delfi, had to buy new camera and got the V610 in Istanbul for $530? which turned out to be $800 australian. I also had trouble with the focus. Night time shots were very poor, inside museums never got a green hand, I guess I am still getting used to it, but I was disappointed. I think that a view finder is essential when outdoors in bright sunshine as I couldn't see a thing on the screen when photographing Greek and Turkish ruins. Is there a training programme to advise new users? I may be doing something wrong.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love The Kodak V610 (Dennis Cummings — 11/09/2006)

I have had this camera for five months now and believe it������s one of the best small digital cameras on the market. I have taken about 500 pictures and just tried taking a few videos. I suggest you use a tri-pod when using the video mode.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Can't focus either (Hazel — 11/08/2006)

Having always been a fan of Kodak cameras, I decided to go for the smaller V610 to replace my DX6490 as on paper the camera does the same in a much smaller package. Boy was I wrong! Having messed with the settings/scene modes I still can't get a clear indoor picture or one with a wee green hand....my 2 year old can take great pictures on the DX every time, that's how great that camera is. I'm really dissapointed with this camera, especially after shelling out ����240 for it..should have stuck with the zoom range.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Can't focus (Jon Elam — 10/31/2006)

When I got this camera, it seemed ok, but the picture wasn't very sharp for 6.0 megapixels. Now, after fooling around with the settings a little, every picture I take has the "red hand" on it, which means it's out of focus, even on a tripod with autofocus is set to Continuous AF. I've tried everything, but it still won't take a clear picture. I'm ready to try a new camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
working is best but charging device is not fool proof (Shiva Ratan Gupta — 10/12/2006)

the charging device stopped working after five days. replacement and service is too poor. M/s Rashi Peripherrals, Lucknow, India, refused to repair it, i have no support to know about any alternate device for charging the Battary of camera and it is put useless. It is unsafe to charge camera because you have to put outside anywhere the whole system while battary charging. A separate charging device is necessary for this system while charging the camera should be put safe in locks. This time i am using DX 7590, 7440, C663, i was happy, but after purchasing V 610, at the time of my need, no prompt support is availabe from Kodak

  • 2.0 out of 5
Camera defect (Nancy — 09/13/2006)

I bought this system for my daughter for her birthday, after one day I had to return it, the screen showed a broken picture.The store gave me another. After 3 more weekas the same thing has happened again. When this camera works it works well, but I am very disappointed in the long run, I will be exchanging for a different brand, or demanding a refund.

  • 5.0 out of 5
v610 (peter phillips — 09/02/2006)

superb camera

  • 3.0 out of 5
a decent little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Let me first point this fact out, I have only owned the camera for two days. One of the main faults of this camera, which will probably be one of the first things that you notice, is that there is a lag time between the two lenses. One must release the zoom button and then repress it to go to the second lens. If the digital zoom is turned off there is also a rather large jump between the two lenses. The LCD screen is also rather poor quality. The picture quality is good, if one can hold the camera steady enough. It is convenient to have a small camera with the amount of zoom and the bluetooth is a great little convenience.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It is the coolest camera in the entire world. It takes good pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Kodak hits the mark (roy — 06/09/2006)

Weighs only 4 oz but is packed with tons of great features. I've had it for a week and other than getting used to not having a view finder window I haven't come upon a thing I don't like. Hate to harp but only sorta/kinda weak spot is the screen, it's very good to see - even on a sunny day - but nothing can replace a real view finder for "focus" on the subject. Worth the money!!! Love it!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Kodak V610, total Point and Shoot Package, great ZOOM! (randy s — 05/30/2006)

I have taken over 2000 pictures with the Kodak V610 in the last 14 days. All types of light, inside and outside, with and without flash settings. I bought the Canon SD700 at the same time and evaluated them side by side. So Kodak V610: ease of use: 10, Build Quality: 10, Image quality no zoom Good lighting or outdoor: 8-10, Indoor lighting 6 (see comments#1) Image quality FULL 10X zoom: 8-10(see comment #2) LCD visibility, clarity: 8, Battery usage: 7, Battery cost: 10 meaning LOW cost (see comment #3),

Video quality: 10 (see comments) Video file sizes: 10 meaning small sizes, VIDEO file only limited by your SD or MMC card size, Bluetooth transfers and wired transfers: 10 (very, very, very nice transferring wirelessly), ergonomic feel: 10 very easy to handle, Software included: 10 (not as good as iPhoto, but pretty good as FREE), In Camera Picture re-touching 8, ZOOM: slower, but adequate as zoom speed rarely gets in the way of a quality picture. HOWEVER, zoom IS available in VIDEO!. FAST startup. Uses well placed buttons instead of a dial. This is much, much easier and placement is very intuitive. 23 SCENE settings, more than almost any camera in its price range. IN camera panorama stitching, no need to do it with a Mac or PC later.

On to the comments:

#1 Low light requires some fiddling at first to figure out which scene mode works best, or exposure change, shutter speed (normal or Long) to use if you are doing it manually. I am just about able to get decent lower light pictures consistently now, but it took awhile to hit on the right scene setting. Kodak does have something I wish every manufacturer had: blur warnings on screen. Red: blurry, yellow: MAY/May not be blurry, Green not blurry. This allows you to immediately re-shoot if needed, instead of finding out later.
The V610 also has before and after histograms on-screen to help you determine if the shot will come out or not. Having said that, this camera performs much better in good light. ( I thought the image stabilization feature on the Canon SD700 would take care of blur in low light, but low light is low light and whether it is sharp and grainy or blurry and grainy, it is still not a very good picture)

#2 In good light, I had NO problem getting the GREEN hand signal on-screen indicating a non-blurry picture when fully zoomed out 10X, even when adding 4x digital on top of that, in good light, usually got the green hand. This just left the Canon SD700 and all the others in the dust, image stabilization or not, and is why I returned the Canon: a bit better low light performance, less zoom, motion jpeg video instead Kodak's MPEG-4, video file size limited to 1gig instead of card limit and user interface just not as good as the Kodak V610, NO Bluetooth file transfer (But a gorgeous camera and performance in every other department. great camera if zoom is not important)

#3 Battery is proprietary, BUT very lightweight, and only $17-19.95. so only a little bit more expensive than a set of 4 rechargables. Available nearly everyone camera's are sold.

The Kodak V610 is not a grown up 570, it is only similar in style, but adds and improves a great deal on that previous dual-lens model. Buttons are clearer, toggle pad added instead of tiny toggle stick, BLUETOOTH file transferring is great

So, Kodak V610 edged out the Canon SD700 because of better controls and feel in the hand, 10X ZOOM, better video capabilities w/zoom, Bluetooth file transfers, in camera panorama stitching, in camera photo retouching, Blur warnings on screen, NO mode dial but much easier buttons, more scene modes (23 vs 16) excellent included photo software. (V610 lists for 449, SD700 499)

While it may sound like I favor the V610, it is only because it and the SD700 were tried out side by side. I was going to return one of them, just which one was the question. the reasons above are why I kept the Kodak V610

(now up to over 3000 pictures).

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