The Praktica Dpix 750Z is a digital compact camera that looks several years old, but infact can be purchased new in shops today. As well as looking like an older generation compact digital, it also handles like one but for an average price of £50 you can't really expect much more.
So what sets this camera firmly in the past compared to other cameras? - - It's 7mp (which in itself is not something that bothers me as mega pixels only have a small effect on image quality as a whole, however most modern camera's have more mega pixels than this).
- The LCD is very poor quality (fuzzy, flickers etc)
- Takes 2 AA batteries
- Very slow (takes about 3 seconds to save each image taken before it is ready to take another, plus the power button isn't instant - you need to press and hold it down for a few seconds)
Other than this the camera has many features you would expect to see, although they are not particularly extensive in nature and don't always work that well...
The ISO is adjustable from 50 to 1600, however there are problems with both of these - if you set it to 50 the camera automatically triggers the flash to compensate, however it also (inexplicably) lowers the shutter speed to a point where it is impossible to shoot a photo hand held - all the results are ridiculously blurry. At the other end of the scale, 1600 is unusably noisy. Other possible adjustments the user can make are: metering, white balance, exposure compensation, colour eg. black and white, date stamp, increase the zoom digitally (camera has 3x optical) and the option to add a 'photo frame' (a selection of designs to be imposed around the image).
Shooting functions include, movie auto, macro and scene - the scene setting has a smile capture option, however I have tried this and it doesn't seem to work. As for the movie function, the sound has very high levels of white noise and the image is generally fuzzy however there is no fluctuation in focusing.
There are a few good things I can say about this camera - it's cheap, easy to use (very much a point and shoot) and the delete function is easy to access.
Other points of interest: the LCD is 2.5" and it has SD compatability.
In conclusion I don't recommend this camera - yes it's very cheap but you'll sacrifice a whole lot of image quality for that and to me it just isn't worth it. The camera isn't able to cope in even the most simple of shooting situations, it's bulky, it feels like it will break easily (as well as looking cheap), the AA batteries won't result in the camera having a good life span (unless you buy lithium AA's but they're expensive and not as good as lithium ion which most cameras take). I'd say save yourself money in the long run and don't bother buying this.