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Unpacking the Kodak Easyshare V1253 HD camera

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Oh my, I’ve never been this excited to unpack a point and shoot camera. Kodak recently launched their new line of V-series cameras. A little bit of history: the V-series leads the point and shoot camera industry by introducing new features that you wouldn’t usually find in point and shoot cameras. The V570 for instance had a dual lens that supported wide angles. The V610 introduced Bluetooth connectivity to casual cameras. And now, the V1253 HD camera introduces HD-quality photos and video recording. Yup, HD video recording on a point and shoot camera.

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The Easyshare V1253 is priced locally at P21,995.00, which is quite over the $300.00 price point in the USA and online stores. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t it make this camera the cheapest HD video cam in existence (admittedly, I’m not expecting the BEST in quality from this compared to a real HD camera, but you get my drift …)

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The obvious difference between the V610 (last year’s flagship model) and the V1253 is the percentage of real estate the screen takes up. Not only does the V1253 have a wider 3.1 inch screen, it also has a smaller overall real estate. Please note that there is a more affordable V1233 HD model that boasts the same features as the V1253 except that it has a 2.5 inch screen. The V610 boasts a 2.8 inch screen.

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In terms of image size, the V1253 allows for a maximum resolution of 12MP (4:3) and the smallest allocation for 1.2MP. A 1GB card can get you 270 shots. In terms of video, the camera supports five resolutions – 1280 x 720 (HD720p HQ), 1280 x 720 (HD720p), 640 x 480 HQ, 640 x 480, and 320 x 240. A 1GB card supports around 8 minutes of recording time on HQ HD and 16 minutes for the regular 1280 x 720 HD resolution.

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Here’s the thing. The V1253 HD camera does not come with an HD TV dock. It only comes with a variety of chargers, TV out cable. From what I understand, you will need to purchase the dock to be able to view your photos on HD mode (I may be mistaken here – please give me time to work on the camera):

The KODAK EASYSHARE HDTV Dock connects to your HDTV to process pictures from KODAK HD-enabled digital cameras, SD memory cards or USB drives to deliver an outstanding visual experience to share with family and friends. The launch of the HDTV Dock, not only makes viewing images in HD possible, but also makes it easy. [read]

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Writing this out of the box narration leaves me with more questions than answers. I’m excited to try out the new HD features. Honestly, I’m not too keen on the photo aspect – but on the video, for obvious reasons. I’ll be doing some recording experiments with Kate for our show and see what happens. Stay tuned for more reviews and photos from this camera.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

5 replies on “Unpacking the Kodak Easyshare V1253 HD camera”

[…] Amidst the tragic series of events that occurred last Friday, the Philippines continues to celebrate her freedom. The Mall of Asia iMAX parking lot was heavily packed yesterday, as October 20 2007 was marked as THANK YOU DAY PHILIPPINES. In this video, Bianca Gonzales starts the countdown to the lauching of “Toblerone triangles” as the crowd inverts their umbrellas to catch them. Wild! You can download the exclusive footage in Quicktime format. Or if you wish to stream it which I highly recommend, please proceed to my Vimeo page. On a technical note, I was wondering if there are other ways to embed HD-format videos onto your site. This video was shot at 1280×720 wide at second to highest quality using the V1253. […]

Very disapointed in the Kodak V1253 digital 12.mega pix camera, less than a year old and has been sent in twice to be fixed. When you turn the camera on it comes on and goes right back off. We missed taking pictures of our first grand daughters first Birthday, Now it looks as if we will miss Thanksgiving Day with the family. For the money spent we will be looking at other camera companies other than Kodak

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