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Kodak Easyshare V610 Digital Camera Announced, Smallest 10x Optical Zoom
by Ben Stafford -  4/25/2006

Grabbing the title of "World's Smallest 10x Optical Zoom", the Kodak Easyshare V610 uses the dual lens system, previously seen on the Kodak Easyshare V570, to get a 38-380mm (35mm equivalent) focal length.  The camera, that looks almost exactly like the V570, packs the long zoom range into a body that is only 0.9 inches thick.  The V610 will be available in "coming weeks" at an MSRP of $449.

kodak easyshare V610
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The V610 features two Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon all glass lenses and a 6 megapixel sensor for each lens.  One lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 38-114mm, while the other has a range of 130-380mm.  The dimensions of the camera, slightly larger than the V570, are 4.4 x 2.2 x 0.9 inches.  A 2.8 inch LCD with 232K pixels of resolution provides a large way to to view and share images.

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V570 on left, Kodak Easyshare V610 on right (view large image)

Another innovative feature is that the V610 will be Bluetooth enabled.  A Bluetooth 2.0 radio will allow image transfer to other Bluetooth devices within range.  You can send images to mobile phones, PDAs, Kodak printing kiosks or Kodak Easyshare printers.

The zoom range can also be used during movie capture.  Capture movies at up to a resolution of 640x480 at 30 frames per second.  Digital image stabilization during movie capture keeps the MPEG-4 encoded movies as shake free as possible.

Kodak will also be introducing their new patent-pending algorithm for noise reduction.  In order to minimize blur and the telephoto end of their 10x zoom, the camera will shoot at up to ISO 800.  To combat the extra noise, a noise reducing algorithm becomes a must.

Other features of the Kodak Easyshare V610 are:

For more product details, see the Kodak Easyshare V610 Data Sheet (PDF)