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Like robots, flying cars and houses on the moon, touch-screen controls are one of those things that are simply essential for any properly imagined future. The trouble is that although touch screens look very groovy and sound like a great idea in theory, in practice there are very few occasions when a touch-screen interface is a real improvement over good old-fashioned buttons.

Unfortunately since the Apple iPhone came along, every industrial designer in the world has gone touch-screen crazy, and those working in the digital camera industry have got the bug worse than most. In a way you can see their point; digital cameras already have LCD monitor screens and numerous buttons, so how hard could it be to combine the two? Most of the major camera manufacturers now have at least a couple of touch-screen models in their line-up, for better or worse, and so it’s with a sense of resigned acceptance that I find myself testing a touch-screen camera from Kodak. Or rather, two cameras.

The Kodak V1073 and V1273 are two new models in Kodak-s prestige V-series of high-spec premium compacts. The V1273 has a 12-megapixel 1/1.72 inch CCD sensor, a 3x zoom lens, 6400 ISO maximum sensitivity and HD movie capability. The V1073 is practically identical, apart from its 10-megapixel 1/1.63 inch sensor and 8000 ISO maximum sensitivity, so I thought I’d save a bit of time and review them together.

Of the cameras that I’ve reviewed recently, the most obvious comparison is with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T2 (£155). Although the Sony is only 8.1 megapixels and has a 2.7-inch monitor, it too has a 3x zoom lens, a touch-screen interface and a stylish modern look.

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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


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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