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Kodak V1073 and V1273 - Kodak V1073 and V1273

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

Not surprisingly the overall performance of both cameras is virtually identical, which unfortunately means that they both suffer from the same problems. Both cameras start up in a little under three seconds, which is a bit slow but not critically so, however they take over four seconds to shut down again, which can be a pain if you need to put the camera away in a hurry. However it is the shot-to-shot cycle time that is the major problem. In single-shot mode both cameras can manage a shot every two seconds for the first three shots, but then when you try to take another you get a message saying “Processing…” This takes progressively longer with each subsequent shot, until you’re waiting eight seconds until you can take a picture.

Meanwhile in continuous shooting mode either camera can take three shots in just under two seconds, but then you have to wait nine seconds before you can take another shot, and nearly 30 seconds of writing to the memory card before you can take another burst of three. Bear in mind that in all tests I was using a high speed SanDisk Extreme III SD card. This is extremely poor performance for a modern digital camera.

The autofocus system is fairly quick in most conditions, and the motion tracking AF lock works well, but low light performance was well below average, and generally failed to focus at all in dark conditions despite the presence of an AF assist lamp. Flash coverage was good though, filling the frame well at wide angle, although I think the stated range of 4.1m is a bit optimistic.

Image quality too is not without its faults. For a 12MP or 10MP camera, the V1073 and V1273 produce extremely small image files, both averaging around 2MB. There is no option to change the compression setting, so you’re stuck with JPEG artefacts all over the place, and images that generally look over-sharpened and over-processed. The same criticism applies to noise control, which is heavy-handed even at quite low ISO settings. Colour rendition is bright and lively, as is usually the case with Kodak cameras, and dynamic range is above average for both cameras. However these small positive points are not enough to counteract the many negative points of both the V1073 and V1273.

Verdict

Sometimes what appears to be a technological advance is actually a step backwards. Both the V1073 and V1273 are beautiful to look at, and the touch-screen interface, while a problem for some people, is well designed and operates fairly smoothly. However both cameras suffer from slow overall performance and serious image quality issues. They’re marginally better value than the Sony T2, but not by much.

andersemanuel

August 20, 2008, 5:30 pm

Would be nice with a review on the movie mode. As this is the big difference compared to other cameras.


panasonic fx35, TZ5 and sanyo hd800 is the competition


the best movie mode now the canon and sony cameras have, althou just VGA

Kojak

June 26, 2009, 7:58 pm

Nice camera, shame about the Kodak's terrible customer service. Purchased mine on 4 May to capture baby's first weeks. Six weeks later - and ten days after birth - it broke. Kodak won't refund or exchange. Must be sent away for repair, taking around 3 weeks. No alternative means of photographing new born. Kodak now say I have to wait in for next 48 hours for UPS to collect product. Handy. Apparently, Kodak only refund products that break within 28 days - not a great endorsement of their products, is it?

pete 5

July 2, 2009, 2:49 am

Must agree that difficult to see in bright sunlight, but other than this great camera. Video so good that JVC everio now on Ebay, 4 gb card does 29 mins at high def. Simple to use , idiot proof even and great stills. One of the easiest cameras I have had to upload and sort with easyshare software.

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