But even if it goes completely flat, at least you don’t have to buy more AAA cells. 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 bit of image quality’s valuable. No additional import charges at delivery! The VR 2’s eight megabytes of on-board memory allow it to store 26 by images, or by ones. The Ultra costs more because it’s got a rechargeable battery built in, which is a neat feature for more reasons than one.

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It comes with a rechargeable lithium polymer cameea already installed, and the battery charges whenever the camera’s plugged into a PC.

I wandered around the garden with the PenCam Ultra snapping things at random, and five minutes of that, quite a lot of deleting, and then a bit of Photoshop punch-up work resulted in this shot.

If you want to at least have a swing at taking quality photographs, though, the Hercules DualPix is the way to go. So it’s actually not too bad for basic macrophotography purposes – it manages about 30 pixels per millimetre at xigital closest setting, or better than dots per inch.

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Grainy, once again, but for some reason the little capsule-cam has a much better idea of the actual hue of the little red car. Skip to main content. Dgiital third and last outdoor scene – an idyllic little creek a landscaped storm drain on its way to the river, actually, but who’s counting with a brightly lit meadow beyond it.

A quick scan revealed a few dealers selling basic digicams pwncam reasonable Buy It Now prices.

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But, once again, the DualPix wins. Its distortion’s not too bad, and its colour rendering is notably superior. Instead of the high-pitched beep that means “photo taken” you get a low-pitched one that means “nope!

The DC’s got no optical zoom, but it’s got a flash, uses CompactFlash storage, and has by aiptrk. And diigital the VC 2’s typically lousy look at it. It won’t hear a person talking in a camsra voice unless they’re only a few inches away from it, but it seems to be really good at picking up extraneous noise.

If your camera doesn’t have zoom and doesn’t have a flash and doesn’t have a lot of resolution then there are obviously some things you just can’t do. But it doesn’t totally stink.

I’m not expecting these tiny cameras to remember how far they’ve got and start counting from the next number caemra real digital cameras do this – my CL’s file names are up to PC Those two things may be pictures in either resolution, or they may be video clips.

Super-cheapies give you, basically, a webcam with batteries and a bit of storage.

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

Then I tried a “lens cap on” clip with the camera pressed against my leg, so every frame was black, and the data rate unsurprisingly plunged to only The DualPix looks more like a normal camera than the Aiptek offerings, and it works more like one too.

There’s also a software bundle, exactly the same as the PenCam VR 2’s. I shot the same scene in both modes, and then compared it with the VGA version which had just been scaled up by a factor of 1. Note the horizontal lines on the road in front of it; this is a 90 degree rotated image, and they’re the vertical-line noise I was talking about. First, the hardware details.

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

Sony V Mount Wh While the PenCam’s tethered to the PC it’s a standard Windows video source that any appropriate software should be able to access, but its digital still camera mode is different. JPG, the last five digits being the actual picture counter It’s really simple – if there isn’t quite a lot of light, they won’t take a picture. It’s also surprisingly sharp – the focus of the VC 2 I got for review is set rather close.

The other side of the Ultra’s circuit board, with the battery dangling. Would you like to make a calendar? If you’ve got no digital camera and someone buys you this one then it’s indubitably better than nothing, although it really won’t be any use to you for anything but close-ups if the focus of the one I got is representative.

It’s so convenient, you can slip it into your pocket, and take it with you everywhere! The VR 2’s eight megabytes of on-board memory allow it to store 26 by images, or by ones.

Still washed out, still replete with circular tiny-lens distortion effects, but not horribly fuzzy.