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The V610 also has Kodak’s Perfect Touch post processing built in, so you can touch up your pictures without using a computer – ideal considering that you have the ability to share images direct from the camera. You can even crop images and resave them as new files.
If there’s one thing missing from the V610 it’s a mini-USB connector. Of course you can connect the camera up to a USB port via the supplied cable, but I always prefer to see standard connection options rather than proprietary ones. That said, I never connect any of my cameras directly to my PC, I just whip the memory card out and transfer my images directly from it.
The EasyShare V610 doesn’t come cheap though, with Kodak quoting an RRP of £349 including VAT. This puts it at the very top end of the compact digital camera market, but it is also the most feature rich compact digital camera you can buy. This camera is so new that I can’t find a street price for it yet, but I would expect it to be available for around the £300 mark when stock arrives with online retailers. Even if my estimated street price is correct, this is still an expensive compact camera, but in my opinion, it’s worth every penny.
Never again will Kodak not be in my short list when people ask me to suggest what digital camera to buy. The EasyShare V610 is a superb compact digital camera with an amazing amount of features squeezed into a slim body. The dual lens system gives you an amazing focal length without the usual problems associated with a very long lens.
The panoramic feature is more than just a gimmick and works brilliantly, while the integrated Bluetooth makes sharing your pictures a breeze. Image quality is also well above average as long as you don't push the ISO too high. If you’re looking for a feature rich, do it all camera but don’t want a digital SLR, the V610 is definitely worth considering.