Although it's clearly one of the more expensive models in the intermediate category, Kodak hopes that strong zoom facilities and intriguing lens technology will give the V610 the lead over cheaper models.

This 6.1Mp (megapixel) camera has a chic design that really stands out. And it's Kodak's second camera to sport two built-in lenses. A 126mm-380mm (35mm equivalent) telephoto zoom lens sits atop a 38mm-114mm standard zoom lens. The standard zoom handles up to 3x magnification; beyond that, the telephoto lens kicks in.

Our outdoor shots usually came out sharp enough, but we got mixed results when shooting in indoor, low-light settings. The V610 sometimes took clear, colourful photos at maximum zoom, but occasionally the camera experienced a few problems with focusing. And as it lacks image stabilisation, any slight movement produced a blurry shot. Pictures were slightly underexposed and white balance was a little off.

On the features side, the V610 impressed us. It offers Bluetooth capabilities, in-camera photo stitching for panoramic shots and a 2.8in LCD. But the battery lasted just 148 shots – a lower number than many point-and-shoot models we've tested recently.

With a long-range 10x optical zoom, the V610 can bring the farthest subjects into full, detailed view. Unfortunately, blurred photos at its highest zoom levels are too frequent.

Kodak EasyShare V610: Specs

  • 6.1Mp compact digital camera (maximum resolution 2,848x2,144 pixels)
  • 10x optical zoom lens
  • f3.9-4.8 aperture
  • ISO 64 to 400
  • shutter 1/1,200 sec
  • 2.8in LCD viewfinder
  • max video 640x480/30fps
  • lithium-ion battery with charger
  • SD slot
  • 32MB internal memory
  • 111x23x56mm
  • 160g
  • 6.1Mp compact digital camera (maximum resolution 2,848x2,144 pixels)
  • 10x optical zoom lens
  • f3.9-4.8 aperture
  • ISO 64 to 400
  • shutter 1/1,200 sec
  • 2.8in LCD viewfinder
  • max video 640x480/30fps
  • lithium-ion battery with charger
  • SD slot
  • 32MB internal memory
  • 111x23x56mm
  • 160g

OUR VERDICT

Focusing is inconsistent and battery life is short. But the V610's 10x zoom, ease of use and sleek design are enough to compensate for the shortcomings.

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