Advantages Inexpensive entry level digital camera
Disadvantages Heavy on batteries / DC adaptor extra
Our Residents Association has gone from strength to strength , and with an Awards for all Wales Lottery Grant available for IT equipment amongst other things , we decided to purchase a new PC system , c/w priter , scanner and digital camera .Being in charge , I checked out the various local retailers to see what was on offer in the camera range . Boy oh boy are there lots to choose from ! The most common and preferred sale for all salesmen were the Kodak range . Ok they had their benefits , esp. the docking station , but I found them a little bulky and quite heavy .
What did catch my eye was the C-100 from Olympus , which was of similar proportions and weight to a standard 35mm point and click camera . The average price for this was £145.00 , and with a resolution of 1.3 megapixels was on a par with the rest , yet a good £35.00 lower than the nearest equivilents .And a little about appearance.....
As I said previously , styled on a 35mm camera , this is a sleek looking silver piece of gear . On the front you have the shutter which acts as the on/off switch , and when in the open position shows the viewfinder and 4,5mm 1:4 lens . Immediately to the right of the shuuter is a small red LED which is put to use when using the flash feature. To the upper right corner is the built in flash.On the top of the camera you have just the shutter button .
At the back you find the view finder , 2.5cm * 2.cm monitor screen , and a total of 6 push buttons for various functions that wil be detailed later on.When looking from the rear , the left hand side of the camera has a rubber cover that protects a USB port and DC adaptor socket . The right hand side has a flip cover that protects a smart card socket , and a hook for a strap .
The underside provides a standard tripod screw fixing and the battery compartment.As for size , without going into exact measurement details , lets just say it fits into the palm of my hand ( not much use to you though ! ) . Without batteries , the camera weighs in at just 190 g ( 0.4lb ).
What you get - basics......Ok , so I've bought the camera and unpacked it and what do I get . . . the camera , 1 * USB cable , 4 * alcaline batteries , 1 * strap , 1 * accessories booklet , 1 * guarantee , 1 * multi-language instruction manual and finally 1 * software disk .
Now the software is suitable only for Win 3.x/95/98 , and limited in ME/NT. However since most windows applications are plug and play compatible , and this is no exception , then use of the software is limited and can be omitted . I myself do not use the software supplied , Win. XP easily recognises the camera and is easy to access your photo's .Additionally the camera comes complete with 1 meg of built in memory .
In use.....This camera is able to take pictures in four qualities , namely SHQ , HQ , SQ1 , SQ2 . At SQ2 the quality is easily acceptable for mass photography for reproduction in home made news letters etc. SHQ is publicity quality .
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