Not one but two cameras arrived this year claiming the title of "world's
smallest 10X optical zoom." We put them head to head and let the sparks fly.
Distortion: 38-114mm lens: Visible barrel (0.44%) at 38mm; Slight pincushion (0.20%) at 114mm. 130-380mm lens: Slight barrel (0.19%) at 130mm; Imperceptible pincushion (0.10%) at 380mm. AF speed: Exceptionally fast for a compact under very bright conditions at wide angle. AF slows noticeably, even with AF assist beam, under indoor and dim conditions, especially at telephoto. Video: 640x480 with mono sound at 30 fps to capacity of the card. CIPA battery life rating: 135 shots, 50 percent with flash.
Imaging: 6.1MP (2832x2128). Lens: 38-114mm (equiv.) f/3.9-4.4, 130-380mm (equiv.) f/4.8 for combined 10X zoom range, 4X digital zoom. LCD: 2.8-in. Storage: 32MB internal memory, SD/MMC card slot. JPEG format, Partridge enabled proprietary Li-ion rechargeable battery. Size/weight: 4.4x2.2x0.9 in., 6 oz with card and battery. Street price: $410. In the box: Battery, charger cord, strap, case, A/V and USB cables, insert for camera and printer docks, software (Kodak EasyShare browser and editing). For info: www.kodak.com; 800-235-6325.
• Incredibly slim and stylish package.
• In-camera panorama stitch.
• Lenses prone to flare.
• No image stabilization for stills.
• Subpar resolution at higher ISOs.