Kodak V610 Review

 
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Kodak V610 Performance


Timing and Performance

Kodak V610 Timing
Average to slightly slow speed for a consumer camera

Startup/Shutdown
Power on
to first shot
2.7 seconds
Time it takes for LCD to turn on and capture first image. (Odd it isn't faster, as the V610s lenses are internal, no need to extend out to shooting position.)
Shutdown
0 seconds
How long it takes to retract lens. (Internal lenses don't need to retract.)
Buffer clearing time
36 seconds
(Eight large/fine shots)
Worst case buffer clearing time. -- This is the delay after a set of shots before you can remove the card.
Mode switching
Play to Record,
first shot
0.9 seconds
Time until first shot is captured.
Record to play
1.1 seconds
Time to display a large/fine file immediately after capture.
Display
recorded image
0.8 second
Time to display a large/fine file already on the memory card.
Shutter response (Lag Time):
Full Autofocus Wide
0.24 second
Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at wide angle position.
Full Autofocus Tele
0.70 second
Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at telephoto position.
Prefocused
0.091 second
Time to capture, after half-pressing and holding shutter button.
Continuous AF
0.38 second
This mode usually shows no speed increase with our static subject; we have no way to reliably measure performance with moving subjects.
Full AF with Flash (Wide Angle)
0.31 second
When the flash is enabled, the need for a metering pulse often slows shutter response slightly.
Cycle time (shot to shot)
Single Shot mode
Large Fine JPEG
2.44 seconds
Time per shot, averaged over 8 shots. After 8 shots, slows to 3.54 sec/shot. Finishes writing to card in 35 seconds.*
Single Shot mode
640x480 JPEG
1.47 seconds
Time per shot, averaged over 13 shots. After 13 shots, slow to 2.66 sec/shot. Finishes writing to card in 24 seconds.*
Early shutter
penalty?
Yes
(But only slightly)
Some cameras won't snap another shot if you release and press the shutter too quickly in Single Shot mode, making "No" the preferred answer.
Continuous mode
Large Fine JPEG
0.50 second (2.0 frames per second);
8 frames total;
36 seconds to clear*
Time per shot, averaged over 8-shot buffer depth.
Continuous mode
Small JPEG
0.50 second (2.0 frames per second);
8 frames total;
24 seconds to clear*
Time per shot, averaged over 8-shot buffer depth.
Flash recycling
5.2 seconds
Flash at maximum output.
Download speed
Windows Computer, USB 2.0
288 KBytes/sec
Typical Values:
Less than 600=USB 1.1;
600-770=USB 2.0 Low;
771-4000=USB 2.0 High
*Note: Buffer clearing times measured with a Kingston Ultimate 120x SD memory card. Slower cards will produce correspondingly slower clearing times. Slow cards may also limit length of bursts in continuous mode.

The V610's performance ranges from better than average to slightly slow, depending on what you're trying to do. It starts up fairly quickly (but not quite as quickly as we'd expect, given that its lenses are internal and so don't have to extend out to a shooting position), and has a better than average shutter response at both wide angle and telephoto. When "prefocusing" the camera by half-pressing and holding down the shutter button before the final exposure, it's quite fast, with a shutter delay of 0.091 second. Shot-to-shot cycle times are on the slow side though, at about 2.44 seconds for large/fine JPEGs, but it can only capture up to 8 shots this quickly before it has to slow down and wait for the memory card to catch up. Continuous-mode speed is average, at 2 frames/second, for up to 8 shots in succession. The flash takes about 5 seconds to recharge after a full-power shot, about average. Connected to a computer, download speeds are slow enough that you're likely to want an external card reader.

Battery and Storage Capacity

Battery
Rather short battery life, recommend keeping spare battery on-hand.

Operating Mode
Battery Life
Still-image capture mode
135 shots

The Kodak EasyShare V610 uses a custom rechargeable LiIon battery for power. The table above shows the number of shots the camera is capable of, based on CIPA battery-life standard test conditions. Given the short run time, you should definitely consider purchasing a second battery to pack along on extended outings.

(Interested readers can find an English translation of the CIPA DC-002 standards document here. (180K PDF document))

Storage
No card is included with the Kodak EasyShare V610, although it accepts SD/MMC cards; 32MB RAM is built into the camera.

Image Capacity with
32MB Internal Memory
Fine
2,832 x 2,128 Images 16
File Size 1.9MB
2,304 x 1,728 Images 24
File Size 1.3MB
2,048 x 1,536 Images 29
File Size 1.1MB
1,200 x 900
Images 72
File Size 443K

We strongly recommend buying at least a 256MB card, preferably a 512MB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings and videos.

 

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