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Looking for cheap/small camera

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by steev, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. steev

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    I'm looking for a camera to take with me when I travel that will take reasonable snaps and act as a webcam for video conferencing on Yahoo Messenger. I currently have a Sipix Blink, but it's only VGA res and not very good in poor light. I need a second one anyway to allow two-way video with home.

    It's got to be something cheap (sub £100), small and light that I can throw in my laptop bag without giving me. The only extra I want to have to carry would be a USB cable. Ideally it would recharge over that cable.

    I'm not bothered about multiple megapixel, I have a Kodak 2MP for that. Around 1MP should be adequate. It's only to take odd snaps. Flash is not essential if it can handle normal indoor lighting. A screen would be a bonus.

    I don't mind if it doesn't take memory cards as long as it holds at least 30 pictures.

    My laptop doesn't have a microphone, so it would be very useful to have one in the camera that works with Yahoo. I haven't seen this feature mentioned anywhere.

    So does such a beast exist? The closest I have seen is the Mustek GSmart (around £30), but that lacks the microphone.

    Thanks

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    The Enigma looks pretty neat. They say it does webcam duties, but not sure about the sound option.

    I looked on eBuyer as well and they have dozens of sub-£100 cameras. I'll keep looking for now.

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    I've now seen the Logitech 510

    http://***********/gizz

    £100 gets you a 640x480 camera with microphone and flash. They say it interpolated to 1.3MP, but I would need convincing of the quality.

    Maybe I'll wait a bit longer.

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    Interpolation to increase pixels can be done by any decent graphics package so dont let that be feature that swings it.
     
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    I'm always suspicious of features like interpolation and digital zoom, but I could be convinced if the pictures are good enough.

    Found a review here

    http://www.thepocket.com/page8reviewJAN03.htm

    and another with more pictures here

    http://www.thepocket.com/page8reviewJAN03.htm

    They say the interpolation is done by the driver when you download, so no big deal then. Looks a bit bulky for my purposes and would need to take a battery charger with me.

    If I saw it really cheap I might get one, otherwise the search goes on...

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