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Tue, 27 May 2008
Sakar 32480

I just picked this one up from Fry's. It was $39.99 and was worth getting just to play with. The packaging is very exciting with the following specs:

  • 3.1 Mega Pixel
  • Photo, Video, Webcam
  • 1.5" LCD
  • 177 min video recording (with 1GB SD Card)
  • Built in Microphone and Speaker
  • Amazing Software

Wow! Who could pass up such a full featured camera for only $39.99?

Reading the package more closely and having some time to play with it

  • CMOS Sensor
  • Photo Res. 2048x1536, 1280x1024, 640x480
  • Video Res. 320x240 (QVGA), 9fps
  • Internal memory enough for two photos or a short video clip (20s)
  • USB 1.1
  • Requires 3AAA batteries

PoS. To get out of "demo" mode you need to use a SD card. The camera is useless without it. I'm not sure if the CMOS is actually 2048x1536. They usually state the actual sensor resolution and the "interpolated" resolution in the specs but it didn't mention this. Video is QVGA and at a piss poor frame rate. The software... I really don't care because I run Linux.

Even though it is a PoS it still is fun as a toy. I may end up giving it to my kids. It would be perfect for them and if they destroy it, whatever. Or, I could throw it in my car as an emergency camera. It did mount as a mass storage device under Linux so it doesn't need any proprietary drivers and I was able to get it working (some what) under video4linux.

The best thing is that it supports SD. When the batteries die, and they will (this thing sucks power), the photos aren't gone. It is a major disappointment with most "kids" cameras when they've been taking photos and all of them are lost when the batteries die or get knocked out. 1GB SD cards are cheap so your kids could snap photos all day or until the batteries die. At least when the batteries die it's easy to pick up some AAA's and not have to wait until you next charging opportunity. The other positive of this camera was the color, TFT, preview LCD. Most of the cameras at this price point don't have full displays they just have a simple B&W LCD mode display and picture counter. With the SD slot and the LCD, $40 is not bad. So, I'd have to say that this might make a good camera for a kid and when I say a "kid" I mean like a grade schooler. The buttons are small and wouldn't work for a pre-schooler.

Here's a sample (click for the full resolution). I was taken on a cloudy day so I expect it would be better on a sunny day

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