San Mateo Creek bridge

A video of San Mateo’s creek bridge. This video was created in order to test the Kodak V1233 HD-capable 12MP digital camera for an upcoming gadget review that will get published next week. Unfortunately, not all scenes were shot with the high quality setting because the camera sometimes “forgets” its settings (long story, read the review here). Video is color graded. My JBQ appears in the last scene. HD version here.


Ivan wrote on March 8th, 2008 at 11:25 PM PST:

In almost all scenes there is a purple dot in the mid center that is really bothering me. Have you noticed? What is it?

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Eugenia wrote on March 9th, 2008 at 12:06 AM PST:

It only happens when you zoom-in, apparently. It seems to be either a sensor or a lens design problem. The V1253, the higher model, has this problem as well.

Dave Rosky wrote on March 9th, 2008 at 1:42 AM PST:

It actually seems halfway decent for $200, good for a video-capable camera you could always have in your pocket, but man, that purple spot really ruins it. It’s hard to believe they could release a product with such a glaring defect.

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Eugenia wrote on March 9th, 2008 at 1:45 AM PST:

I agree. Kodak is not the glorious company of the past anymore. This V1233 camera costs $160 refurbished btw. For an extra $40 you get the V1253 which has an even better video mode, stereo mics, large 3.1″ LCD, and the same purple spot when zooming-in — although not as glaring as in the V1233. Check my V1253 video on Vimeo to see that the spot is not as obvious in the current model, but still there nonetheless.

Ivan wrote on March 9th, 2008 at 6:55 AM PST:

I saw a similar purple dot with another camera test. It is caused by the auto focus. It is a bug in the firmware. When taking still images, the AF takes measurements and then shuts down. With this camera, it is constantly on.
A bug like this for me is reason enough to flunk the camera.

your audio recaptcha tool is a big bummer… I hate it

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Eugenia wrote on March 9th, 2008 at 9:05 AM PST:

I don’t think it’s software Ivan. I believe it’s a lens issue. Software doesn’t create this kind of problems.

Bill wrote on March 18th, 2008 at 7:48 AM PST:


Did you try upgrading the firmware in the camera? It may or may not be “caused” by a firmware bug, but it may be correctable by programming in color compensation. Here’s a link to the firmware download:

Bill wrote on March 18th, 2008 at 7:51 AM PST:

Hmm, link didn’t go through. Here’s another.

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Eugenia wrote on March 18th, 2008 at 12:45 PM PST:

Bill, the camera already has the latest firmware, I checked that before reviewing it.

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