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Last year I changed to an iPhone which did not have a good camera at all, coming from a sony ericsson Me and my partner decided to get a cheap camera.
I have never heard of Praktica but this camera cost me ~£35 and I thought at that price it would be worth a go.
In the box there was more than I expected, for the price anyway, There was the camera, two batteries, the CD rom, The user guide, a lanyard loop, a basic case and a USB lead.
Mine was silver though on the site there was a few options, I had to steer the wife away from pink. But it didnt look cheap at all, it is compact and it takes decent photos and it was cheap. Bargain.
The photos, while not the best i've ever seen, were still very good. even on the default settings and mode, you get some very decent shots. I like that there is a lens cover as it keeps the camera lens from getting marked. The Flash isn't the strongest but it does improve the quality of the photo's in low light conditions somewhat, so i'm thankful to have it.
The SD card slot is easily accessible and it supports the new larger SD cards so you can snap away!
I really like the size, the price and the functionality, and while I'm sure there are much better camera's out there, this one performed very well, something you can sling in your bag on a day out ready for that perfect photo opportunity.
One downside was that this camera ate batteries, I recommend getting a few pairs of rechargable batteries and packing a few with the camera.
Last summer myself and my wife were complaining to each other that every time we went out, we had to lag around our large digital camcorder camera. We commented how much easier it would be to have a small digital camera with us for those moments, we felt we didn't need the extra quality. So one day I bought this camera. It cost about £45 at the time.
Personally I had never heard of Praktica, but for the price I was preapred to give it a go.
When I bought the camera it came in a box along with a CD Rom, Soft Case, Strap, USB/AV Cable, 2 AA Batteries and a users manual.
The model itself was made in several different colours, but the one I purchased was silver (somehow I couldn't see me going around with a pink one) :-)
As with most digital cameras it came with a monitor screen, complete with a menu etc. This allowed you to check what mode the camera was in, along with resolution, balance, falsh, quality and datestamp. It would also allow you to see if you had a memory card inside.
Another good feature of this camera is the lens cover. As you can see by the photo above, it slides across for extra protection.
It is a 5 Mega pixel camera which can offer image resolutions of
2592 x 1944
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
It also has built in a storage of internal memory of 32MB flash but will take an external card of 8MB to 1GB.
Like most cameras it captures images in JPEG and has an electronic shutter. It also has a built in video.
Over the last 12 months we have used this small camera for all kinds of things, and have found it to be very reliable. The images have been sharp, although we have noticed that for outside use, in full sun, it is better to adjust the settings manually rather than rely on the automatic light effect.
I also found the batteries ran out very very fast and soon invested in some rechargeable ones.
I have only had to call the manufacturers support line once, and that was on a freephone number. On this occasion I found them extremely helpful. I had lost my USB lead and none of the 8 different sizes, I had in my house fitted. I had tried numerous places and all had said it was pretty unique in size. The manufacturer wanted £10 for a replacement.
So all in all thumbs up for the camera!!
Copyright stebiz 2010 - also on ciao.co.uk
I bought this camera for £35 from Littlewoods. It's currently availalbe on Ebay for £12 plus £4 postage.
The instructions provided are easy to follow and the camera was set up in under a minute.
As this is slimline, the controls are small and compact, but once you are used to them, it is really easy to operate.
The 2.4" display is excellent, and shows images in brilliant colour and contrast.
The menus are straight forward and easy to follow.
You can use the camera to record video and sound clips.
Connected to a PC, the camera can be used as storage device or a web camera. Both features are easily accessed.
The camera can also be connected to a television, to play video or to browse images. The TV out format can be PAL or NTSC.
Due to the compact size, approximately 85x56x22m and in inches, 3.3x2.2x0.86. This means it fits easily into pockets. The weight is 85g without batteries.
In the instructions and on the box, it informs that it accepts a SD card between 64MB and 1GB. It can also accept a 2GB SD card, as this is what I am using.
The camera comes with the following:
2 AAA batteries
I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for a compact digital camera.