This is the second credit card size digital camera i have purchased within the last 12 months, and NEVER again.
Im not sure if it is just my luck with cameras or weather these little things are just, rubish.
I bought this JD350 very cheap from ebay, now i was sold very genuine equipment and im, not saying the ebayer ripped me off, but Jenoptik certainly have ripped off everybody to ever purchase one.
Yes it is a nifty little gadget, it has many functions and even a flash, which not all small digi cams have, BUT and a big BUT, it is extremley difficult to load the software for it on to a lap top.
My lap top doesnt have a floppy drive and the only thing i received with the camera was two floppy discs and a minidisc, none of which work on my lap top.
Realising after purchase i couldnt use the software, i got in touch with Jenoptik and was given relevent downloads to use so i could install the camera and its software. Again this didnt work, and after a week of trying to just get the camera to work i gave up. A couple of days later i gave to a friend of mine who managed to get it working on his pc, then i started to change my mind.
I have been through the manual inside out and played with the camera to know a fair bit about it.
It seems like a clever device for such a small thing. You have the choice of 20 high quality photos or 50 low quality, either way the quality is pretty pants no matter what resolution you set it on.
It has a very easy to use menu on the camera and you wont find yourself getting confused with what button does what, mainly because there are only about 3 buttons. 1 to take a photo and two to flick through the functions.
The flash isnt too bad, it takes reasonble photos at night, but obviously not as good as in the day.
The two thing's that lets this camera down the most are,
1) The poor build quality ....The batteries are constantly falling out.
2) You cant see the photos you have taken untill you have downloaded them due to no preview scren on the reverse, but in all fairnes it is only a small camera. (might aswell have a disposable kodak).
Thank you for reading my review, look forward to your comments.
Aaah the Jenoptik JD-350, my first ever digtial camera. I purchased this little box of tricks from a work colleague for £40, almost brand-new. A bargain you would think, a flash, USB cabled, wonderful. No. No No NO! This camera is diabolical in every sense of the word. The main problem was the battery compartment. Its shoddy build quality had resulted in it no longer staying shut properly. The only way to use it without it disconnecting the supply was to tape the battery door in place and then press on it hard as you took a photo. The camera itself has tech faults also.. a tendency to decide itself when to use the flash or not, and it enjoys crashing at spontaneous points, often taking the ntire picture memory with it. The pic quality is heavily pixelated.. I took ONE decent quality pic with it.. and the RS232 cable? just DONT BOTHER! Its very very slow and the quality that comes out of the end is APPALLING, akin to a picture of a photo drawn by a blind man using a pair of ink covered scissors. The final insult which resulted in this piece of rubbish being cast binwards was its complete incompatibility with Windows XP, I upgraded and found it did not function with it at all. The only positive thing I would say is that the camera is easy to use.. when it actually works that is. This may be down to the fact that this camera features no special equipment whatsoever.. no LCD screen nothing, it is THE bog-standard in digicams. A serious waste of £40 if ever there was one.. DO NOT BUY IT! To my knowledge (and relief) I believe this product now to be discontinued.
I do agree,it is a good cam to buy!but the downfall is that if you update your p.c to window's XP the twain driver for the cam only works for win/95/98 and 2000.i have looked every were for a down load of an updated driver! but with no luck! I even went to the home page of Jenoptik,yes they do have updates for cam's but sadly not one for XP if any kind person know's were i can lay my hand on one! i would be very happy to hear from you, many thanks Skyredd@hotmail.com
I purchased a Jenoptik JD350 digital camera from the Internet eBay, It was my first ever digital camera. I liked the look of it from the start, but after I had won the camera whilst waiting for it to arrive I went on the look out for opinions, the ones I had read was very dissappointing. and a few that had nice results. But when the camera arrived I was in for a pleasant suprise. The camera was like the advert said, credit card size, in my honest opinion I though it was not going to be much good. But after installing the Twain floppy disk and CD ROM to the hard drive and studied the program, I took some pictures. Was I surprised, the pictures I took of varying objects and people was very clear, I had no problem at all with the camera, but having said that the only fault I could find was on the Twait program I can not see any pictures I have taken from the camera unless I use the "Acquire" option this then goes into the "Ulead Photo Express" program.I must say this program is excellent it has a lot more featues than I thought it would have. The camera itself is small compact, smart design, light weight, and simple to understand and use. The manual is not that good, a few pages of English and thats it. But as for quality of the camera I am very pleased with the pictures I have taken. My wife also purchased a digital camera that is far more expensive that my JD350 but does not offer the same picture quality. I have taken some pictues in Best and lower resolution and I cant complain on either display. The memory is 8 meg I think it can hold 50 pictures on lower resolution and 26 in high resolution. It has a LCD display on the top, with many options, like pics taken or pics left, 3 options on the flash, red eye reduction, you can delete one or more pics from the camera itself, the flash I have taken 3 with the flash in my lounge the ones with flash have turned out very well indeed, better than I had expected. Comes with a nice carrying case. So far
I have taken 54 pictures 95% in high resolution and the batteries are still good. Would I reccomend it to another person? yes with out a doubt. So all in all I would give the camera a 9/10 despite the fact other people have given this camera a bad rating, I can only say the one I have is very good indeed. Dont be put off, give it a try its well worth it. Mike.......
The Jenoptik JD-350 Digital Camera If you are looking for a cheap reliable digital camera which does the job, then go no further, as the JD-350 digital camera is just the ticket!! The camera is the same width and length of a credit card, and is just under 1 inch deep!! That means it is light weight and fits into you pocket with ease. The camera is silver in colour, with blue rubber buttons. At the time or purchase the JD-350 Digital camera was priced at £120. This was around 4 months ago, so the price will be around the same. There is a cheaper version of the JD-350 which is £100. The cheaper version is simply a digital camera, but for an extra cost of £20 you can have a digital camera / web cam all in one. I purchased the camera from the “INDEX” catalogue. The Main Features Of The JD-350 The package contains the following 1 x JD-350 camera 1 x Camera clip 1 x Camera stand 1 x Camera strap 1 x Camera case 1 x Serial port lead 1 x USB lead 2 x AA batteries 1 x Floppy disk containing the Twain driver software 1 x CD – ROM containing photographic editing/ Web Cam software The Functions Of The Camera The camera can be run in two distinct modes. The first is to use the camera for taking photographs. The camera has a main power on rotary slide switch on the front face of the camera. By rotating the slide in an anticlockwise direction, the camera is switched on. The camera has an “auto off” facility in which, if the camera is left on for a one minute interval with no use, the camera will switch off to conserve power. This saves your batteries, as you will find that the camera will eat up batteries quickly. This is mainly due to the flash on the camera. The batteries are loaded into the bottom of the camera through a small flip cover that clips into place, flush with the bottom surface of the camera. I find using rechargeable batteries, you sav
e the cost of replacing batteries. The camera has three main buttons to control the operation and set up of the camera, which are situated on the top of the camera, along with a small LCD screen, (Liquid Crystal Display) which is in the centre of the top surface of the camera. The main button is situated on the left hand side of the camera, and is used to actually take a photograph. This button is the largest of the three buttons. This button must be held down for a few seconds for the camera to take the shot. Once the camera has taken the photograph, it lets you know by making a small beep noise. The remaining two buttons are situated on the right hand side of the LCD display. These buttons are smaller than the main button, and are of equal size. They are slightly recessed from the top surface of the camera. These buttons are labelled up as, “MODE” and “SELECT.” The mode button allows you to select the setting you wish to change by going through a menu loop. The select button allows you to change the setting within one of the menus. The menu is as follows, Flash Auto timer Resolution Files stored Delete Picture DC/PC mode The flash mode can be set for, “Red Eye Reduction”, “Standard Flash On”, “Flash Off” and “Auto Flash.” These can be selected by pressing the select button once you are in the “Flash” menu. There is a small light that is situated on the rear panel of the camera. This light indicates when the flash is charged. At the same time the camera beeps to indicate that it is ready to take the photograph. The auto timer mode allows you to take a picture without having to operate the camera manually. The timer has a 10 second delay before it will take the picture. This gives you time to press the main button and get in place for the photograph in time. There is a small red light that indicates how much t
ime is left before the picture will be taken. It starts by remaining on all the time, then it starts to flash at a steady rate, and finally just before the picture the red light starts to flash very rapidly. The resolution selection allows you to choose the required quality for the photograph. There are two settings, “Normal” and “Best.” The best resolution is set at 640 x 480 pixels which I use all the time. The camera has a built in memory of 8Mb. This allows you to store up to 50 photographs at the best resolution. If you were to take all your photographs at the normal resolution, you could store up to 199 photographs. The picture function tells you how many photographs are stored on the camera, and allows you to select a picture number from the stored photographs on the camera. The delete function works in conjunction with this mode. The delete function allows you to delete unwanted photographs from the camera. The DC/PC mode allows you to select whether you want to use the camera to download your photographs or to use the camera as a web cam. Connecting The JD-350 To Your Computer The JD-350 comes with two methods of connecting to your PC. The connection ports are situated on the left hand side of the camera, which are protected by a small rubber flap. You can either connect using an RS232 serial cable, (which connects to your computer via a com port) or using a USB cable, (which connects to your computer via a USB port.) When the camera is connected by USB, it is powered by the USB port. Therefore, you do not require an external power source. However, when you connect your camera by RS232, you have to supply power to the camera by either the batteries or a low voltage adaptor. The adaptor does not come with the camera, but it is available from the manufacturers on request at a given charge. However, I find that batteries do the job, so I have not purchased the adaptor. The Twain Driver comes on a standard floppy disk, which can be installed on a double click of the mouse. This tells you computer where to find your camera so that you can communicate between camera and PC. The software requires that you have Windows 95/98/2000 with RS232/USB and a Pentium or above processor, 32Mb of RAM, CD Rom drive, VGA Display or above, and at least 110Mb of free disk space on your hard drive. To download the pictures from the camera, you simply connect the camera to your PC and open the installed software. The PC will look for the camera, detect it, and then show a small frame for each picture. You then have the option to save the pictures to your PC’s hard drive, or delete them. The pictures can be saved as a JPEG or BMP format. Once the download is complete, you can just disconnect the camera and take more pictures as and when you wish. There is also a CD-Rom which has picture editing software and other useful bits and bats. It also contains some software to run the camera as a web cam. The camera comes with a small stand so that you can mount it on top of your monitor, or any convenient space. As a web cam, the camera has a video resolution of 160 x 120 pixels, and a video frame rate of 28 fps, (frames per second.) You can use the software supplied with the camera, but you can use any software you wish to run the camera as a web cam. You are provided with the driver software for the camera which is all you really need. This is good as you have the freedom of choice to use whatever software you feel at ease with. The JD-350 is a small, neat looking camera that you can take anywhere!
I was brought this digital camera by a family member last Christmas and was really pleased with it, mainly because of the way it looks and it’s so compact, which means it’s easy to carry around. The downside to this digital camera is it doesn’t have a LCD screen so you have to just hope for the best when taking your pictures and wait to see what they have come out like when you download them to your PC. This can be a bit annoying so I would not advise people to take it on holiday, day trip outs or party’s as you maybe disappointed with the out come of the pictures, just something to bare in mind. I have tried my digital camera outside and inside now and the pictures from outside are really good but when it comes to taking pictures inside well that’s another matter, the flash is to powerful for close up pictures and in my case I have a very small flat so I don’t have much space to move around to take long distance pictures, so that’s another downside, well for me anyway. But from the flash being so powerful it makes really good outdoor pictures. Price wises it’s cheap and you pay for what you get, it cost £100 from a catalogue so you could probably get it cheaper elsewhere. I will list now what this digital camera features and any specification’s it has: Functions Twain driver to easily download pictures from the camera to the computer software Plug & play USB interface, no need additional power adaptor. Quick image processes, point & shoot your targets anytime, anywhere. Excellent VGA image quality. Simple and easy-to-use LCD panel. Automatic power saving device. Credit card size,light weight and easy to carry. Systems requirment you need: Windows 95/98 or above Pentium or above, or same level CPU 32 M RAM or above VGA display or above CD-ROM Driver
110MB Free disk min. The Package you get with it Twain Driver – Floppy disk AP softeware – U-Lead Photo Express RS-232 cable USB cable Strap Pouch 2x”AA” batteries 3V AC adaptor (optional) User’s manual Features Flash – RER, Fill-in, Flash-off and Auto flash Self-timer – Off and On Delete – Del. All or Last one Resolution – Normal or Best Picture – REMAIN # and Pic. # Battery indicator – Full or Drained PC linked indicator - Linked Automatic Power off – Camera will be shut off automatically after being idle for one minute JD 350 entrance-specification Image Storage – Internal 8MB (stores up to 50 pictures) Image Resolution – 640 x 480 pixels (VGA) Sensor Resolution – ¼”, 350K pixels CCD Lens – Fixed focus View Finder – Optical view finder Focal Length – f=5mm Focus Range – 0.5M to infinity Shutter Speed – 1/30-1/5000 second ISO Equivalent – 100 Flash – Strobe Flash (range up to 9.8’ (3M) Self Timer – 10 seconds Interface – Serial rs232, USB Power Sources – 2x “AA Batteries, 3v AC Adaptor, USB Power I think that’s about it now so I hope this information comes in helpful to you all.
This is an update on my original review, the previous text of which is below. As stated I was unable to get my camera and computer to talk to each, despite umpteen calls to the patient Jenoptic help desk (0208-327-4240) and my computer supplier. I have recently upgraded my computer from Windows 95 to W98 second edition, enabling me to use USB instead of RS232, and everything works! I have revised slightly my evaluation, but it has been such a protracted saga that I forget why I bought the camera.... ORIGINAL REVIEW: This is my first experience of "dooyoo" and I am impressed by the number of responses to my review of this product. I have revised what follows slightly to clarify my original comments. If I am successful in making my camera work, I will let you know! I am attracted by digital cameras for occasional snap-shot use, but am not prepared to spend a lot of money. So I was delighted to find the Jenoptik JD350, made by a company that used to be part of Zeiss, which is renowned for its high quality optical products. It seemed suitable for my needs, especially as it comes with Windows 95 compatible s/w and I found one for just £68, a snip! However, the first one packed up while trying to download images from it, so I exchanged it for a new one, which appears to work, but I cannot get it and my computer to talk to each other! I have tried both USB and Serial connections, without success. At this price, the camera has no built-in screen for viewing the photos taken, but is supplied with Photo Express s/w, into which the images are downloaded for processing. Whereas all the s/w supplied with the camera loads OK and appears to function, Photo Express fails to open my camera. The camera tells me it has taken photos and how many more I can take, but I cannot see the results! So unlike other reviewers I have not been able to see any photographs at all as yet. With no product support facili
ties available, to help sort out my problem, it seems destined to be dumped in the back of a cupboard. If anyone has any suggestions.....
For Christmas I bought my husband a digital camera as he had always wanted one. The one I got him was the Jenoptic 350. The camera is silver and very small. It easily fits in the palm of your hand. It comes with a carry case. It's about the size of a credit card. As well as been a digital camera, you can also use it as a web cam, with this you can video mail and net meeting. We have not tried it out as a web cam yet though as we mainly got it for the camera itself. You need to install the software first. Just put the CD in the hard drive and follow the on screen instructions. This allows you to download your photograph's off the camera on to your PC. TO take a photograph, turn the camera on, set the mode to what you want it at, for example flash or self timer etc, then wait till the light turns green and then press the button. The mode settings are:- Flash Self Timer Resolution Picture Number Delete Video Normal The resolution for this camera is 640 by 480 pixels. You can store up to 199 pictures on the camera before you have to download them on to your PC. WE have not taken that many picture's yet though. The photo's turn out really good too. You get software so that you can change your photo in any way, for example make it lighter etc. We have not use it as a web cam yet as we got it mainly for the camera. I'm sure we will try it out one day though. The system requirements are:- Windows 95/98/2000 Pentium or above cpu 32 mb ram VGA Display 110 mb free disc CD rom drive The good thing about having a digital camera is that you will never have to buy films for it again, which will save you money in the long run. But the downside to this digital camera or other digital camera's is that the batteries do not last long at all, so it is best to use recharchable batteries as it would work out
cheaper than buying new batteries all of the time. I bought this camera from Index and it cost me £120 but it is worth every penny and my husband is always using it. I would recommend anyone to buy a digital camera.
I wanted one! I wanted one as much as I wanted a Rubix cube when I was 11. A tiny silver digital camera has been my passion for the last two weeks, walking past Dixons and Jessops without first drooling, then wincing at the three figure price tags that end in nines.... Hubby has a big old Olympus with apertures and flashes, bits you fix on and little lights everywhere, but everytime we go out those silly little silver batteries need replacing, and we end up carrying the thing around for nothing. So after seeing a digital camera at work a basic Samsung model, point - click - download I was impressed. A little research on prices at Kelkoo opinions on the internet, check the bank balance (can you hear my cashpoint laughing?) and off to QXL. One quiet Wednesday afternoon, a live auction for the Jenoptic JD350, I joined in the bidding, wasn't going to go any higher than £60, no way...got carried away bid £71 and won! Happy Stickywicket as this camera retails for £120. It arrived yesterday, a small parcel, how could a camera be in there? In the box USB, RS 232 leads, twain drivers, strange looking bulldog clip thing, VP-EYE software, carry case...oh there it was a very small credit card/cigarette packet sized camera. Whoops nearly forgot.....the instuction manual, Fench, German..English...about three pages of very limited information, in fact I think I've told you more already! The camera itself has a small LCD display on the top for extensive information and settings; four flash modes including red eye removal, normal/best picture quality, battery levels, pictures taken/remaining deletion of last/all images and self timer settings to name the essentials. All accessible from two small buttons alongside the display. However these buttons are small, not ballpoint pen small, but nearly. This camera is sold as a two in one, it takes 24 pictures in 'Best' quality 50 in 'Normal' and is also a webcam - (ah th
ats what the bulldog clip is for.....), something I've not used and thought rather over rated..until yesterday afternoon - read on. So this little silver beast what does it do? Well once the twain drivers were installed I thought I'd take a couple of test pictures and examine them in my own persinal favourite picture editor, however Jenoptic's Twain tookover as soon as I chose to download displaying very dodgy looking thumbnails. Once enlarged I was quite happy with the results, and thought with a little practice and detail I could acheive the desired results. The twain program does have some reassuring little pop ups confirming what you are doing and is useful to that extent. What next? Webcam? Yeah, for this I had to install the VP-EYE software fairly easy process. However I took an instant dislike to the look and feel of the software, cartoon buttons and icons and bright tacky colours, yeuch! Video email and Netmeeting are all part of the installation aswell as Photo EZ and other greeting card programs. A bit of playing around, summoning of 7 year old son and 20 minutes later Lamorna had a 15 second email of Michael explaining what life was like on this particular Saturday afternoon! Next I thought we'd have a go at the webcam online, so there's Lamorna in Dorset in her attic, along with Ginck (my Grandmother) awaiting great things from me in South London. Again a bit of fiddling and messing around and it happens, Lamorna screeching with delight at seeing our jerky waves and giggles while jostling for position, everyone talking, screaming and laughing at once, great stuff! Right so I've had this little marvel for 36 hours, been playing with the settings and software and can only say it is wonderful. The software I dislike so much has the facilty for you to create a photo album and record a commentary with each picture, (sounds a bit like an Ever Decreasing Circles nighmare of home videos doesn't it?
) but that still doesn't make me like it, it also seems to have quite a few grammatical errors ie 'taged' instead of 'tagged' and confimation of saving files is written strangely. (Sorry I'm nit-picking!) The pictures did look better in VP-EYE than MGI Photo Suite. Battery consumption is a problem but at least it's not those little silver ones.When using as a webcam it is powered by your PC though. Two main negative points, the view finder really is small and has no 'guide' for your picture, and my main niggle the instruction manual and lack of info.even if I do toss it aside at the beginning at least it's there for reference, I loathe and detest 'online help' buttons! I think that if within 2 days I can produce some half decent pictures/video then I look forward to seeing what it is capable of after a little practice. My final word? Don't buy on the High Street, do your research there if you want but those prices are a joke.
I've been on the look out for a semi-decent, cheap digital camera and spotted this camera in my Index catalogue, so I ordered it and paid the extra for the video version. It arrived today, and because I was out the delivery driver hid the parcel behind the dustbin. Having used the camera for an hour, I wish I had left it there. The camera itself is very small (about the size of a cigarette packet) which is it's only redeeming feature. I took a few quick snaps in a well lit room both with and without flash. There is a short pause between snaps while the camera charges. I then loaded the camera's TWAIN drivers and used Paint Shop Pro to load the images to my PC. The camera's TWAIN software shows the photos as thumbnails, but it's difficult to distinguish anything in the thumbnails. Every photo that I loaded into my graphics software was awful. The flash photos were over exposed, and the non-flash photos were under exposed. I'm not the world's best photographer, but I'm not the worst either. This camera would make David Bailey look poor. I then loaded the software that came with the camera, so that I could test the video functions. The software is amateurish and low on functions. There are better freeware programs available. The video from the camera was dark and grainy, no matter how much I tweaked the settings, although it was a decent frame rate. Summing up, I have to say that even at £120 (for the video version), there is nothing of value in this package. Half the price of this will get an excellent web camera, while you have to pay at least £250 plus, for a decent digital camera. Save your money and get a decent mega-pixel camera (Kodak or Fuji).