Advantages So easy to use, cheap, good quality photos
Disadvantages Slightly fat, rubber inserts somewhat fragile
Digital cameras are everywhere these days, aren't they? Expensive ones, cheap ones, big lensed ones, ones with 6.6 megapixel resolution, some with TFT screens that are bigger than my first flat....where do you start?I really haven't ever needed a digital camera; I've always made do with disposable Kodaks and been happy enough with the (relatively expensive, after developing) results. However, last weekend I found myself at a polo match (not my usual cup of Pimms, it was a competition prize) and at the ceremony at the end I found myself feet away from Prince Harry and had no camera to hand. Bum! My wife had her Olympus D-390 and was snapping away, wouldn't let me have a go, and so a few days ago I resolved to buy a cheap, small, good enough for the job digital camera for myself.
Being quite mean - they'll probably find me dead at the back of a pay-as-you-leave bus one day - price was an important parameter. The cheapest brand new digital camera in Argos or Comet is/was around the £50 mark, and a 2.1 megapixel spec....having used my wife's small silver curved pleasuregiver (the Olympus....whaddaya think I meant?), I know that 2.1 megapixels is okay but a little limiting at times.So I hit the well-trodden virtual streets of EBay. For around £60, you can get a 6.6 megapixel non-optical zoom beastie imported from Germany. Oy vey, too expensive. Any second-hand, previously-cherished 3.1 megapixel cameras around? Not many, actually.....but in the end, I bid on and won an Aiptek PocketCam, boxed and used twice, for £26 including delivery.
Next day, it was in my hands, service faster than a bat up a nightdress. And I'm very impressed; here are the techie speccies...Features:
Sensor Type: (1600 x 1200) CMOS sensor
LCD Display: 1.5" TFT LCD
Flash strobe: anti-red eyes / auto /off
External Slot: CF slot , 16MB card included
Digital Zoom: 4x
Still Image Resolution: Max 2048 x 1536, Normal 1600 x 1200
AVI Movie Format: 320 x 240, 10 fps
Memory: 16MB SDRAM
Image control: Auto Exposure & Auto White - Balance
Self Timer: 10-seconds
Power Saving: Auto power off if idle over 60 seconds
Battery: 2 x AA Alkaline , included
Dimension: 2.3" x 3.86" x 1.9"( 59 x 98 x 47 mm)
Software Support: Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
A smart looking, silver and blue (very Sony) camera than fits neatly in your hand...it's a little fat, like a gutsy robin, but feels good.A very simple to use switch/button interface - click the knob on the top to the function you want ( WebCam/OFF/Camera/Playback/Video) , and use the zoom and menu buttons to choose the menu item you need.
A really good webcam that's easy to use with the comprehensive and simplistic ULead software enclosed.A video camera that will record for as long as you've got space on your CF card.
Lots of accessories; a tripod (more useful than you realise), a 16MB CF card, video editing software, a USB cable, a TV out cable for reviewing the pictures on your TV, and a carrying case.
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Aiptek PocketCam W3
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