Tuesday, April 25 2006
Kodak announces new 10X dual zoom lens camera
Kodak today announced its second dual-lens camera, the Easyshare V610, claiming it's the world's smallest digital camera to have a 10X optical zoom range. Using a design that's almost identical to the original, 5MP (which was announced earlier this year), the V610 is a 4.4x2.2x0.9-inch, 6MP camera with two Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon zoom lenses with a total zoom range of 38-380mm. The new camera is also the first dual-lens camera to be Bluetooth-enabled for communication with wireless devices.
Unlike the V570, which had one zoom autofocus lens and one fixed-focus, single focal length 23mm lens, the V610 has two zoom lenses: a standard range 38-114mm f/3.9-4.4 lens, and a 130-380mm f/4.8 telephoto zoom. Photographers using the latter lens may want to bring a pocket tripod with them for stability; otherwise, they risk a good chance of shaky pictures.
Other major features include:
- 23 scene modes
- Shutter speed range 8-1/1200 sec
- JPEG format only
- 6.1 megapixels (recorded)
- Color modes: high color, natural color, low color, sepia, black and white
- Claimed .3 sec click to capture speed
- 1.1 sec claimed shot to shot rate
- 5mm closest focus in macro wide angle mode
- ISO range: 64-800
- Live and review histogram
- Red-eye reduction in editing mode
- Favorites on-camera picture storage
- Bluetoot transfer rate: up to 3MBps
- PictBridge enabled
- 32MB internal memory; SD/MMC cards
- Proprietary Kodak image sharing features
The V610 also will have a 2.8-inch, 230,000-pixel LCD screen, anti-blur technology, and the ability to create panoramas in-camera. The Easyshare V610 will be available in May for approximately $449.
Kodak also introduced the second generation of its Wi-Fi enabled digital compact camera, the Easyshare One. This camera is expected to be available this summer for around $299, with the Wi-Fi card offered as an optional accessory for $99. The new camera will have WISPr (Wireless Internet Service Provider recommendation) protocol, which increases the number of hot spot locations where users can connect wirelessly.
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