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I was waiting to 'jump in at the right price/performance point' before snagging a digital camera. Sure - I had a webcam but I needed something portable, with a flash with a high enough resolution - in short - a proper digital camera. Friends had spent around £500 on theirs - and the images looked pretty good. Suddenly I noticed a rave review for the Digital Dreams L'Elite. It boasted 1.3 megapixels (my minimum resolution level entry point), it could take movies, it had a self-timer but best of all was the price - sub £100 - the holy grail! I found another very positive review before ordering over the net. I ordered one L'Elite plus 1x32mb flash memory card. The package duly arrived but - they sent the wrong camera (the ridiculously small, low-res but rather interesting L'Espion). Eventually they sent the right one but this time with 16mb instead of 32mb - grrr. Installing the software (some reasonable image-editing software) on my PC proved challenging (and I have enough challenges!) but eventually I was fairly impressed with the results from this fixed focus camera. The build-quality is very low (the fascia is already starting to fall off), there is no screen in order to preview each photo and the small buttons operate differently from the pdf manual. I have yet to have success displaying photos straight to my TV - but y'know what? The L'ELite might just prove to be a good buy after all.
*** Update - Good and bad!
First the good. Managed to connect L'Elite to my TV. reasonable image quality (but no way to rotate portrait pictures).
Now the bad. The camera is being returned for replacement - It kept switching itself off and the flash would not fire. The guys in support are very helpful and sympathetic.
Looks like this story will run and run - will keep you posted ...
Hi a very good op. Sorry I rated Helpful, but the information was there, with a good layout this will be a VH. I have the L'espion camera and it is pretty good for only being the size of a matchbox! I know exactly what you mean about waiting for the prices to come down a bit. I had been waiting and I saw one for about £75, but it didn't seem as though it would last, so I chose the fun and very small L'espion instead and a bit cheaper too! Pete (PS I'll happily rerate if you set the op out in paragraphs to make it a little easier to read.)
petersmyth1 20.11.2001 01:46
Hi there I've just read your previous comment but it's not much help here. Put it in your opinion, click edit and add it. It is a professional op but you're writing for amateurs so explain in plain English the technical statements you make and the reads and vh rates will come. Cheers, ...Peter
ClearPresence 17.11.2001 16:55
Oops sorry guys - bit low on facts.
Camera Resolution: 1.3 megapixels (1280 x 1024)
16.7 million colours
it can also do videos - @ 16 fps
Has auto white balancing and auto white balance.
Dimensions: 195 x 65 x 35 mm
Comes with a mini tripod, case cable, s/w etc
With 16mb you can take about 40 photos