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I bought this camera when they first came on the market. At the time I couldn't afford a decent digital camera and this seemed like a cheap alternative at £39.99. It comes with software CD, strap, USB cable, manual and tilt stand.
Unfortunately you really do only get what you pay for. The camera works well in bright sunlight and takes half decent pictures, although not amazing quality. But in any other light it is no use to anyone. The pictures go grainy and dark, there is no flash so it simply doesn't work. You'd be better off buying a disposable camera instead.
The camera takes a single AAA battery and eats up the power very quickly. You will go through an awful lot of batteries and if you use the camera a lot, the amount you spend on batteries would be better spent on a slightly more expensive camera.
The Sipix Blink doubles up as a webcam which can be fun, but again this only works in good lighting. After dark it is pointless even trying, even with artificial lighting unless it is really bright.
You can also film short movies with this camera, although obviously they are of limited quality and length.
Overall, I would say this is a fun toy for messing about with friends but nothing more. Do not buy it if you want a decent camera because it cerrtainly isn't that.
Well, it's that time of year again and the thought of what to buy a teenager is always taxing on the brain, they seem ever unimpressionable. A game is to babyish, clothes....well, they have their own styles don't they, money is always good but a digital camera is great, as they can take fun photo's of their mates.
I won't go into the details of what pixels this camera has as I'm not really a technical person, I could copy loads of technical information from the leaflet which came with the camera but that's sure to bore you to death, so here's my laymans effort at telling you what this little camera is all about.
First's of all there's the software which comes with the camera, after all you need this to get it up and running onto your computor. You get a CD which loads up the driver and software you need to store your photo's onto the computor.
there's a USB lead to connect your camera to the computer and you'll also need a small AAA battery for the flash.
On the booklet there's the diagram of where all the funtions are, LCD, Battery Box, Viewfinder, USB plug, Lens ect.
It can be used as a webcam, you can take a short video and it has 8mb for storing pictures.
It's an easy to follow booklet which with fifteen minutes to spare you can take all the neccasary information in and then you'll be ready to use the camera.
Taking photo's is easy aim and shoot like all others and this one stores them on the camera for loading up on the computor later.
You can send the photo's via email, print them off and send them to your friends or store them on the photo alblum which comes on the software on the CD.
If your looking for a really good photo then I'd suggest you but something with more pixels, as you really do need to be in a well lit room or outside to get the best shots from this camera.
For a teenager it's great, just the same quality as a phone camera and it gives them the knowledge of how to use a digital camera before you let them loose with a expensive one .
It's easy to use and they can take it out with them as it will easily fit into a bag.
I was lucky enough to get mine on Ebay at the tiny price of £14.99 , I spotted it when it had five minutes to go and bid and won, so I'm not sure of the price in the shops but I'm sure it's a lot more than this.
My daughter loves it, she has taken it out a few times and there's some good photo's of her friends on the computor, she's taking it to the christmas parties so it will be fun to see the photo's of that after christmas.
If your looking for an idea for a present then you could find oner of these at Ebay for cheaper than you'd pay in the shops.
Firstly let me start by saying for the price it's a nice, fun easy to use camera which gives good images for emailing, messing about with and for internet sites.. But i was greatly disapointed with mine because the first time i wanted to use the camera for real was when we went to a party. I took some great snaps.. BUT by the time i got home the images deleted them selfs from the camera apart from 3 which when uploaded to the computer were corrupt. It's happend quite often so i gave up and just used it round the house. The camera seems ok when you have access to a computer within 30mins of taken the pics. For me the camera isn't relieable enought to take out with you, i've just used it to take pics of our pets which really do have good results. Also this camera is battery-draining (which i think is the result of image loss).
The Sipix Blink is a cheap method digital photography. At 40 quid it is decent value for money but the majority of photos you take won?t rival those of a disposable camera. The camera comes with 8MB of onboard memory (you can?t add more) which is enough to store around 100 640x480 images. There is also the option to take lower resolution images. The Blink is powered by a single AAA battery but it eats through these at a phenomenal rate. A word of warning ? if you run the battery down completely all saved photos are lost. Thankfully the camera automatically turns itself off after periods of inactivity. Photographs are adequate, but the lack of a flash means that natural lighting must be good. The camera must also be held very still otherwise images become very blurred. The size & quality of the photos makes them ideal to send as email attachments. The camera is connected to your computer via a supplied USB cable which allows fast downloading of the snaps. Software supplied is good and the camera also doubles as a webcam & can be used to record video. The size & cost of the camera & its ability to store so many images makes it ideal for use on occasions such as parties where you want to take a number of photos but don?t want to be weighed down by a bulky camera.
It is small and very convenient - you can keep it with you at all times without it filling a pocket. It stores enough snaps in its memory for it to be useful. Photo quality isn't great but perfectly acceptable for a camera of this price/type. However there are some serious drawbacks: 1. It is unable to take pictures in anything than other than very bright conditions. 2. Photos are lost when the battery runs out - which is relatively quickly, so you need to be close to a computer at all times. I could live with these restrictions, BUT: 3. In the one week that I seriously used the camera it froze on me twice. I had around 60 photos in memory on both occasions when it got stuck on "on" - neither the mode or shutter buttons would work. The first time it happened I wasn't able to get to a PC for an hour and in that time the camera got quite hot, the battery ran out and I lost the photos. The second time (the next day, actually, with a brand new battery) I was able to get to a PC within 10 minutes but again all pictures were lost even though the battery had not run out - I managed to take another 50 pictures over the next few days on the same battery. I wasn't prepared to use a camera that would randomly freeze up and lose pictures so I returned it for a refund.
Camera Specs The first thing that struck me about this camera was it's diminutive size. The second thing that struck me were shards of packaging, as I failed to get through the thick protective plastic without injury. The camera slips quite comfortably into the pocket-size category by being almost exactly the same height and width as the narrowest edge of a credit card. And it's slimmer than a deck of cards, so should even fit into 'tight-fit' pockets. The manual is significantly larger and heavier than the camera itself. Image-wise it stores 100 images in 640x480 resolution, or 400 320x240 resolution images (or any combination of the two). The picture quality is not brilliant, but is superb for the price - think quantity, not quality. It may be worth checking out the quality of a few sample shots before you buy (these are available from the web's usual gadget emporiums, such as iwantoneofthose.com). The camera's memory is trapped well inside the casing and cannot be upgraded (or snapped). The camera can be adjusted for indoor or outdoor lighting, and can even take mini movies, but at just over 2 frames a second, it is probably not suitable for budding directors. It also works as a webcam, and comes with it's own stand (which I haven't quite managed to 'stand' yet, but it should work with most monitor shapes). You also get a keyring attachment and a neck strap, which is made almost unusable to all except teenage girls by it's rather glittery structure. Using the camera Because the camera is so small, it is very difficult to hold steady, often resulting in blurred photographs. This is particularly noticeable in low light conditions, such as indoors. Another annoyance is the lack of a lens cap, which can result in a rather grubby lens (especially if you make the most of the pocket-size feature). A simple solution is to cover it with a small strip of sticky tape - it'
s not fashionable, but neither are blurred photos. Don't forget to take the tape off to take photos though, or you get some really weird photos. Another solution is to slip it in the washing machine, but more on that later... Battery life is not fantastic (at about a week of occasional usage), and decreases severely if images are left on the camera while not in use. Top Tip: Save money in the long run by getting a battery charger, as the Blink runs on standard AAA batteries. Another thing to note is the lack of flash, so the camera needs fairly good light conditions to take photos. I tried it in a restaurant, and managed to get about half of the shots I wanted (in comparison to a non-flash stills camera, this isn't all that bad). The shots that are taken indoors are of reasonable quality, provided the subjects don't move too much. The camera is very straightforward to use, and only has two buttons (but is cunningly designed to give the impression of an extra button the front, ideal for impressing friends). With the limited number of ways to configure the camera, it this works very well. On the plus side though, I have dropped my Blink a number of times and it bounces quite nicely without damage. It's so light that it's tricky to actually damage it by dropping, but so small it's easy to drop. Blinkin' Software I found the software to be rather 'unpredictable', to say the least. When I first installed the software, it worked fine if all the pictures were in the same format, otherwise it crashed. Quite logically, or so I thought, I downloaded the 'USB doctor' from the SiPix website, which is supposed to fix this problem. This stopped the crashing by not even detecting the camera, so not giving itself the chance. I left it alone for a while and has now returned to being unpredictable (it seems to work better if I plug the camera end of the cable in first, and clear out the
images from the camera after downloading them). I think this is an isolated problem, however, so it's not lost too many stars for this. I now use friends PCs to download photos it it's having an 'off day'. Machine Washable? I have recently stumbled across a solution to the grubby lens problem. Making the most of the pocket-sized feature, I left it in the pocket of my fleece. Due to a bout of absent-mindedness, this fleece was subsequently washed in the washing machine (with camera in pocket). To my surprise, the camera still turned on after it's swim, using the same battery after only half a day drying. Not surprisingly, it took rather blurred photos. I subsequently unscrewed the cover and popped it in the airing cupboard for a couple of days. It now appears to be working just as well as before it was washed! I'm really quite amazed my Blink still works, as it certainly isn't watertight (there are many gaps in the casing). The water must have sloshed around the inside of the camera. And yes, the lens is positively sparking now. Maybe they should update the instructions to include the phrase "machine wash only at 40 degrees". Summary Overall, an excellent camera *for the price*. Don't expect a £350 camera for £35, and you won't be disappointed. The Blink is best used as bit of fun, to keep on you at all times to capture 'moments'. If you want to capture 'artwork' you'll need to part with more money. It is also worth noting that the second generation Blink, the SiPix Snap is available now for the same price. To my knowledge, the Snap is almost identical to the Blink, but has better memory and a slightly bigger casing. --- EDIT: I went on a trip to Alton Towers a few days ago and took 100 photos inside the park, of my friends on various rides and ofcool stuff around the park. I got home to find 100 colourful quest
ion marks in the camera download software. Not one of the photos I had taken were downloadable. I am very annoyed at this and am now looking to buy a decent camera - not only have I lost 100 photos, but friends I had promised photos to are now without. This may be a fun camera, but if I can't rely on it to take photos for a full day it's of no use to me. Of course, I may have caused this with the washing machine incident but there's no way of proving this (I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and let it keep it's stars). Sorry Blink - it was fun while it lasted.
Well it only cost £40 - so what do you expect? Personally I expected it to be better! I wanted a small camera that I could use for those off-the-cuff pictures, and to double as a webcam. In reality, the photos are only half-decent if taken outdoors and fairly close up. Obviously you don't get a zoom/flash or anything mildly technical, but this camera really does only take half-decent pics in natural light and between say 1-4 metres. Pretty limiting. Also the webcam is pretty naff too - in my office where I have a large window, I also have to have the main light and a desktop lamp on just to get enough light for people to see me - and then anything white in the background appears as electric blue! I also have a problem with the camera crashing if you move too quickly in front of it - as though it gets confused. Now this could be Yahoo! Messenger playing up - I'm not sure. The other problem with using it as a webcam is the weight of it - I know it's supposed to be light and small, but that makes it very difficult to use as a webcam - a slightest touch of the cable and the camera shoots across the desk. All in all, if you have £40 to spend on a toy that you will rarely use, go for it, but I for one would recommend putting that £40 towards a slightly more expensive camera and getting pictures you would actually enjoy seeing.
The Blink's tiny dimensions make it ideal for party animals, sports freaks and clubbers alike. And because it's digital you'll never have to explain yourself to those pesky processing people! At just 5.5cmx5.5cm the Blink is small enough to secrete from any boss, no matter how perceptive. In fact, anyone with a passing interest in espionage should get their mitts on this little baby. Taking quick pics while nobody's looking is simple and infinitely less conspicuous than sticking small mirrors to your shoes. But it's not all about size; the tiny Blink is crammed with so many features. It's a digital camera, streaming video camera, USB video camera and video conferencing camera all in one. Each Blink features Streaming Snapshot® mode, which means 100 images can be rapidly captured and 'streamed' to create your own AVI clips. All the software is included so sharing video clips via email or on the web is a doddle. The Blink's 8MB memory means it can save up to 300 photos (at 320x240), and its 640x480 resolution is just right for capturing every single moment of drunken mayhem on holidays and nights out. Complete with handy neck strap and swivel belt clip, the Blink is also great for sporty-types who like their cameras sleek, small and overloaded with nifty functions. The Blink really is the business when it comes to transferring snaps and clips onto your PC. It comes complete with a powerful but user-friendly software package that makes editing, enhancing, retouching, and printing and a total doddle. The Blink's software also allows you to place photos in calendars, frames and greetings cards. The possibilities are endless. **Update** Since buying the JVC GCA50 I have noticed the difference between low quality and good quality cameras. Read my review on the JVC to see how good the new JVC digital camera is.
)))-The bit where I tell you a bit of general info-((( I've got one of these and have used it for a range of things. I'll first zip you through what it does, and then tell you what it does badly (or goodly). For those who don't know, you'll need a computer to use this camera (I assume from the fact that you're reading this that you have a computer). Your computer will need USB sockets (most modern machines do). You'll need to install some software. It comes with everything you'll need though. When all that is in place, you can take piccies, or even short jerky video clips. And hey, you'll also have a webcam! Brilliant for £40 eh? Well maybe..................... )))-The low (ie. poor) quality pics-((( It's got two settings. The low resolution gives you a huge capacity for a high number of pictures. It's just that you could probably draw pictures of similar quality. Of course, I'm exaggerating, but it really isn't useful for very much except when you need 400 pictures of something. If you do - tough, the battery won't last that long unless you're very lucky. )))-High resolution-((( Firstly, people seem to insist on using the term "hi-res". I don't. There, that feels better. This mode can store 100 pics. The quality is quite nice at around 640x480 pixels (which is known in the trade as "quite nice"). You wouldn't want to use it for your wedding, but I took it on holiday recently, and it was perfect for those times when you just need a snapshot reminder of something. The word "snapshot" is apt. These are not high quality images. The alleged white-balancing (when the camera adjusts exposure to avoid a bright background dazzling the picture) does not work too well. In contrast it manages to justify forty quid. )))-The Battery-((( I've given this it's own section due to a bad flaw in the camera. On average,
the battery will only be around for around 50-70 shots. When you take the battery out to change it, you switch back on and the camera indicates the same number of saved images as when you powered down. When you upload to your computer, you find that the first 50-70 pictures are question marks. Yup, you lose your images. This renders the low resolution mode redundant, as you'll never exceed 100 pictures. )))-Video clips-((( The adverts boast that you can record short video clips, and in a way, you can. You can, if you like video VERY jerky, with no sound (yes I know it's only £40) and extreme motion blur. The instructions recommend that you keep the camera still and avoid your subject moving too fast. I call that a 'photo'. I have not used the video clip recording function often as it is very poor. )))-Webcam-((( Yes, webcam. It comes with a little bracket to sit on your monitor. Software is provided to use the SiPix as a webcam so you can do whatever people do on webcams. I don't use mine, but I have experimented with the software to ascertain the capabilities. It is substantially better at this that clip recording (see above). I would heartily say that it earns the £40 easily on this. )))-Alternatives-((( There is a camera called "L'Espion" which is a fellow tiny camera. It works at up to the lowest resolution of the "Blink", and has an eyepiece that sticks up from the camera. It is, by comparison, rubbish. I'm usually more objective than that, but other than it's size - it is smaller then "Blink" - it is much worse, and costs the same. )))-Big Finish-((( Look, it's £40. Go out to the Gadget Shop, or log on to firebox.com or iwantoneofthose.com and buy one. If you really don't like it, you'll get £30 for it on ebay anyway. You'll like it though.
I've had this camera now for a month or so and am still amazed by it. For the price, you really don't expect that much, but I have been pleasantly surprised by it time and time again. I got the camera as I a) couldn't afford a 'proper' flashy digital camera and b) thought it would be really useful for taking lots of snaps (summer BBQ's, days out etc) and emailing them to family and friends. My first tentative shots were of things inside the house - the cat, vase of flowers, a pair of trainers (??) and I legged it upstairs to the computer to plug it in (tiny little USB cable comes with it) to transfer my pics which was quick and easy to do using the software provided. I would say that from then on, I have achieved probably about a 60% success rate - meaning that more often than not, the shot you take, comes out the way you intended it to. What tends to happen, is that the shot blurs around the edges, and it is very difficult to capture anything that is moving (even remotely) as the shutter speed is so slow, you need a VERY steady hand indeed, and if you can remain statue still for a couple of seconds, your sorted. Outdoor pictures look fantastic, helped along by all that natural light, and the pictures I have of my garden are really very good. Don't under-rate this camera because of it's size and price, but don't expect too much from it either, I'd recommend this camera for people wanting to store their pictures digitally, and for emailing. To get the best results, I tend to take several pictures of the same shot, to ensure I get one of good quality, but it's just so cute and easy to use. The only niggle I have about it, is that it eats up batteries like anything, make sure you buy a bumper pack at the same time as purchasing it!
Just got one of these, and have to say I'm mightily impressed. I'd spent a few days looking round the web for opinions and reviews, and came to the conclusion that 75+% were positive, and the few that were negative didn't understand the thinking behind the camera. My 'real' camera is an Olympus E10 - big, bulky and gives excellent professional results. The Blink is small enough to be with me constantly, and is unobtrusive enough to allow use where the Olympus would mark me as a target. Ok, so its 'just a toy', but fun enough not to put down after a week or so. For: Size, size and size! Quality of software bundle Ease of use Value for money Fun! Against: Picture quality is dependent upon adequate light levels. Can't handle contrast too well (try taking a shot of a white object against a black background). Not a professional camera (but at this price who'd expect it?) No case supplied (but I'll get a coin purse to hold it in) Overall, I can't recommend this camera enough. Understand its limitations, and you'll feel the same.
For those of you that do not know there has been a craze for mini digital cameras over the last few months that was all started by the L'espion digital camera. This camera was miniture at 58mm x 40mm x 15mm and weighing 40g. Not only that but it only cost £40. However this camera had one major problem and that was that the quality of this camera had a lot to be desired at only 352 x 288 and these pictures were quite grainy. However this was not enough to stop it becoming the fastest selling product in almost every online gadget shop I could think of. Other companies were not however content to allow the L'espion to steal the show and out of this situation the Blink was created. Now do not get me wrong the L'espion was great fun but every it was the blink was much more so. Firstly for the picture quality. The resolution is nearly 4 times as high at 640x480 and the picture is crystal clear as opposed to grainy. At this resolution it can take 100 pictures compared to the 20 of the L'espion which is at a lower resolution. The number of pictures is slightly puzzling since the Blink only has 4 times the memory at 8mb and yet is obviously holding more picture data. I think this is because the pictures on the Blink are properly compressed. Either way the picture quality of the blink is far superior and if you do not beleive me just check out the pictures people have sent in to firebox.com which can viewed while looking at the products. Another element which makes this camera superior which might not seem like much but is, is the viewfinder. Onthe blink it is built in and accurately shows what you are taking a picture of. On the L'espion however it is just floating above the camera and depending on where one positions ones head in relation to the camera determins what picture you see through it and hence it rarely if ever actually corisponds with the actual pictures. One slight problem is that it is slightly b
igger than the L'espion at 15mm x 50mm x 50mm compared to the L'espion at 58mm x 40mm x 15mm which is not really much different anyway. My main point though is however is that the L'espion was good just has been suppased by the blink and at £35 from ebuyer.com for a working quite high quality digital camera it is a must buy.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this is a bad camera at all. I've had mine about three weeks, and I love it, but anyone who buys one should think carefully first and be sure they understand the limitations and what it is they're actually buying. Make sure you're clear in your mind about what you want to use this camera for. It's cute and undeniably cool, it's very cheap, and it holds quite a lot of pictures, especially at the lower resolution. Plus it's incredibly easy to carry around with you at all times, so you're always ready for an unexpected picture-taking moment. But..... Resolution ========== The maximum is 640x480 which is very low compared with the 3-4 mega-pixel market that is out there now. The lower resolution of 320x240 is hardly worth using, unless you really want to take 300 very grainy pictures rather than 100 grainy ones. No Flash ======== Combined with the low res, the lack of a flash facilty really reduces the quality of pictures you can take. On a bright day with plenty of colour, the pictures are pretty reasonable, however indoors is another matter. It really doesn't cope well with indoor lighting - the pictures are grainy and the contrast isn't great. Usability ========= I wouldn't have thought I would ever say this, but I now actually believe a camera can be too small. The buttons are tiny and really fiddly to use, I managed reasonably ok, but my partner (no fingernails!) really struggled. Also, daft as it may sound, the fact that the camera is completely square doesn't help much either. It takes an extra few seconds to make sure you've got the thing the right way up, and by then your photo-opportunity may have gone. Also, being so small and light, it's actually quite hard to keep it still when you're snapping - the pressure you need to put on to push the shutter button can be enough to make it fe
el quite unstable in your hands. Memory ====== The memory is totally reliant on the battery power, so make sure you've copied all pictures off it if you notice the power dropping. If the battery goes, you lose any pictures still on the camera. Software ======== You do get quite a lot of software with this camera, but personally I've found it really difficult to use. I actually entered the digital camera market fairly early, and I still make a lot of use of my first purchase, a Kodak DC280. It's fairly big and bulky compared with the newer ones in the marketplace, but its incredibly easy to use and the picture quality is superb at 2.0m mega-pixels. (Oops, I don't mean to write an op on that one here!). To view the pictures on a PC, you either plug the camera into a USB port, or (better as you don't use the camera batteries), remove the flash card and stick it into a USB Flash Card Reader. Either way, the flash card immediately appears as another drive on your PC, and you can move, copy or delete the photos as you would with any other files, and they can be viewed with any software that can read jpegs - just use whatever you're most familiar with. Not so with the little Blink, unfortunately. So far I've only been able to read the picture files with the software package they provide, and since you don't see the camera as simply another drive, it's much more fiddly to get the photos off the camera and onto your hard drive. Once they are there, of course, it's fine and you can view/edit them with Adobe Photoshop, ACDSee or whatever takes your fancy. It's just a bit more complicated than I feel it needs to be, especially when you'e in a hurry to see your photos! Summary ======= I don't mean to sound too negative with all this - like I said, I love my little camera, I'm just aware of its limitations. As long as you just want a fabulously cool little ca
mera to stick in your pocket or handbag, so you'll always be ready to capture a moment that would have slipped by otherwise, then it's great. Fantastic, in fact. Just don't expect it to replace your "real" camera for those important holiday/wedding snaps, and don't expect the picture quality to be out of this world. There are a couple of good, well-written ops on this camera already which give a pretty positive view of it, on the whole. I don't disagree with what those ops are saying at all - I just want people to be aware that there is perhaps more of a downside than they might realise....
No, not that dafty? I?m talking about my camera! I bought the SiPix StyleCam Blink some time last week and I haven?t left it alone since. My main reason behind its purchase was its price. At £40.00 you could be forgiven for thinking that you were about to buy the worlds worst digital camera. In fact that?s further from the truth than you could believe. The reason for the low price is simple. SiPix have done away with all the modern conveniences that your everyday digital cameras have, such as a display to show the photo?s taken, a timer, and noticeably, a flash. This really is a no frills camera. So what?s so great about it I hear you say? Well? Its size is one great factor. Measuring 5x5x1 cm it?s not much bigger than a matchbox. This makes it unbelievably useful for when you're out and about and humping a camera about is one think you really don?t want to be doing. Secondly, its 8MB?s of SDRAM let it hold up to 100 pictures of high quality (640x480 pixels) or about 300 low quality (320x240 pixels), though I think quality is the wrong word to use. The quality remains the same throughout; it?s simply the picture size that varies. Powered by a single AAA battery, it is very cheap to run, but you must download your photos onto a PC before your battery dies otherwise your photo?s die with it. Having said that, it does give you plenty of warning that the battery is on its way out. As well as its ability of taking pictures, when connected to a computer (Via USB) it also acts as a more than able web cam, video camera (Making MPEG videos) and can also be used as a camera run through the PC, with the added function of a self-timer. As if all this isn?t enough for your money, SiPix also very generously provide a CD-ROM with a whole bundle of software on it, such as: PhotoImpression 3.0, ArcSoft VideoImpression, ArcSoft PhotoMontage 2000, ArcSoft PhotoFantasy, Inetcam iVISTA, StyleCam Blink AVI Maker, Adobe Ac
robat Reader, and also a PDF copy of the owners? manual (A paper copy is provided too). Bearing in mind the price of the StyleCam Blink and the price of its competitors, and also bearing in mind that any other camera in its price range has far inferior picture quality, it is a winner every time. Additional: My original report was written about six months ago. During these six months, everything written above still holds, but I will warn you of one problem that I've experienced... Although it claims to hold 100 high quality photos, but battery (without fail so far) will die at around 40, so although its memory allows for 100, the battery allows for somewhat less. But hey, as long as you've got a PC handy and some AAA Batteries, its still a great buy.
SiPix StyleCam Blink I've been waiting to get my hands on one of these since I read about them a few months ago. It is by far the most exquisite piece of miniature kit I have had the pleasure of owning! The camera can be used for: - Taking Photographs - Video Conferencing - USB Video camera - Streaming Snapshot Mode (letting you create AVI clips out of 100 continuous photos) The camera comes with the drivers and software on CD-ROM which is easy to install and intuitive to use. It also comes with a good stand for when using as a web-cam or using the self timer (so that you can take good pictures of yourself), two straps (one with a belt clip and one for round your neck), the required USB cable and a good quality manual - which makes a change. It stores 100 images at 640x480 pixels (the default resolution) in its 8MB of built in memory or a whopping 400 images at 320x240! - Easily good enough for on screen/website work. The overall picture quality is very impressive considering its tiny size and weight. The streaming snapshot mode at 3-4 frames/second is a far cry from recording video though. The LCD display is clear and easy to understand/use and switching camera modes is simple. There are two exposure settings - one for indoors and one for outside. The software is not compatible with Windows NT or Macintosh, which is about the only let down. Other than that I can't recommend this camera enough! --------- UPDATE 28th May 2002 ------------ I've had the Blink for a couple of weeks now and am still well pleased with it - however one major drawback has come to light - the memory in the camera requires power from the batteries i.e. if your battery runs out before you can get to a PC to download your pics they are gone - vanished - no more! Obviously this is a problem if say you are on holiday and unable to use a pc for a couple of weeks intense use - I
still haven't worked out how long the batteries will last under (normal) use - I'll let you know. I don't think it would have taken too much technology to store at least enough power to allow at least a battery swap....? ------------------------------------------ --------- UPDATE 1th July 2002 ------------ Just back from a very enjoyable holiday in Portugal. Before I went I did some experimenting with hot swapping batteries in the camera - it turns out that if you are quite swift you can change the battery and sustain your pictures - this practise is turning out to be a little hit and miss - but hey its better than nothing and I thought worthy of letting you know. ------------------------------------------