When you use XGA mode, the camera scales the image before it compresses it, and it also uses a noticeably lower level of compression – the by image has 2. Outdoors during the day you’re pretty much OK; at other times, you’ll find yourself leaning and twisting and fiddling to try to get enough pale-coloured stuff in the image for the camera to take a shot. But if you want a simple webcam-style turn-the-lens focus system that’ll let you get really sharp focus for both close-ups and landscape shots, you can’t get it from a PenCam; they’re set for a compromise focus that ought not to suck too badly for anything. So it’s actually not too bad for basic macrophotography purposes – it manages about 30 pixels per millimetre at its closest setting, or better than dots per inch. The super-cheapie digicam market sector didn’t even exist until a few years ago, but it’s been around long enough now to have gained a definite character. On with the show. Best Selling in Digital Cameras See all.

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Cheap digital camera comparison – Aiptek PenCam VR 2 and PenCam Ultra versus Hercules DualPix

You can easily do something about that, though. Moody night-time tree with a floodlight behind it. Learn More – opens in a new window or tab Any international shipping is paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc. Please enter 5 or 9 numbers for the ZIP Code.

So if you want your photos in a reasonable format, you’ve got to recompress them yourself.

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And there’s often also a general make-this-photo-nicer button, which produces results about as good as anybody could, if they were starting from a tiny-cam picture. And with no flash, no zoom and a grainy low-res image sensor, there are some hard digittal to what can be achieved. Here’s the test scene, as viewed by my Olympus CL reviewed here. Would you like to make a calendar?


Best Selling in Digital Cameras See all. It’s a TWAIN driver, which you normally invoke from another program in order to get image data transferred into that other program.

But, as any pinhole photographer will tell you, you do not need fancy gear to take great photos. But its compression is clearly struggling – all of the crunchy detail in the scene doesn’t squish down well into a JPG file not much bigger than 53 kilobytes.

If you want to get a sharply focussed close-up picture and you don’t have the DualPix tethered to a computer whose monitor you can see, you have to take several shots, tweaking the focus and framing in between.

On the right in the picture, the Aiptek PenCam Ultra.

The audio feedback’s a bit loud for many situations, but better too loud than too quiet – if you want to make it quieteryou can just stick a piece of tape over the speaker grille on the back of the aptek. Select a valid country. Which you probably can’t afford to do, when you’re starting out with the product of a super-cheap image sensor and every little cr of image quality’s valuable.

You get so many options without the added hassle of carrying around more tools and bulky hardware. Minimum monthly payments are required.

And now, some outdoor photography. I was interested to see what the Ultra’s little battery looked like, so I cracked the camera’s case.

You can get the latest PenCam software from Aiptek Taiwan’s download page here ; the US Aiptek site here has downloads, too, but insists on asking you impertinent questions first. Since the DualPix works in any lighting conditions, I felt obliged to do some night shooting with it. There are 1 items available. Plug the micro-USB connector into the tiny socket in the VR 2’s pencak and you can transfer images and sounds to the PC using the included driver software, or you can switch the camera into webcam mode.


On to the DualPix. There’s a click-in detent at the most clockwise point in the lens’ rotation; that’s where you’re meant to leave it when you’re using the DualPix in carry-around camera mode, and it gives you the usual mid-range-to-infinity fixed-focus sort of setting. Then, the preeety peeectures.

Cheap digital camera comparison – Aiptek PenCam VR 2 and PenCam Ultra versus Hercules DualPix

If you’re looking for a really cheap digital camera, but you’d like a few more normal digicam features – czmera a flash, and perhaps expandable storage, and better than by resolution – then get yo’self over to eBay and start fossicking. Its background overexposure is the least awful of the three, and everything else looks better, too.

Evidence camsra this assertion can be found at Google hit number 1 for “pencam” at the moment, Dave Faris’ pencam. PenCam Manager shares one highly irritating feature with the software for a variety of other tiny-cams. The big news in the DualPix software bundle is, unusually, its driver utility. Which clears its memory, so you’d better camerx moved any pictures or audio you want to keep first.

You can mix images and clips as you like, up to the full capacity of the camera.