Kodak gets up-close

Kodak has released its new EasyShare V610 digital camera, which it claims is the world’s smallest 10x optical zoom digicam and the first to offer Bluetooth support.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  April 27, 2006

Kodak has released its new EasyShare V610 digital camera, which it claims is the world’s smallest 10x optical zoom digicam and the first to offer Bluetooth support. The V610 is a six-megapixel device featuring Kodak’s new telephoto lens. Identical looking to its five-megapixel V570 sister, it incorporates two Schneider-Krunznach C- Variogon lenses and two sensors, which Kodak claims gives photographers a longer shooting range. Following the firm’s launch of its V570 model in January this year, the V610 is the second camera to utilise ‘Kodak Retina Dual Lens’ technology. The presence of two lenses allows users to move between both lenses depending on how much zoom they need. Neither will have to press a button to switch between lenses, as this is automatic. Bluetooth support is also included. While Nokia, Sanyo and Sony have offered Bluetooth capabilities in the form of camera phones, camcorders and adapters, Kodak claims the V610 is the first digital camera to feature this wireless connection standard. On the storage front, the camera boasts 32Mbytes of on-board memory and a SD/ MMC memory card slot for adding more capacity still. Image enhancement, image stabilisation and noise-reduction capabilities are also included. Moreover, the camera allows VGA-resolution video recording (using MPEG-4 video compression) at 30fps (frames per second). The EasyShare V610 is expected to sell in this region for US $499.

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