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OT tip on a CHEAP digital camera

Hey kids,

A lot of people in real life and in herre seem to regard me as being knowledgeable about digital cameras. I bought one when they first came out and have gone through a few progressively nicer ones since then. My most recent is a Nikon Coolpix 990, which i like very much. I paid about 1000$ for when it first came out, so I certianly hope it should take nice pictures. I could probably replace it for a lot less these days, but that's the nature of the market.

I wanted to get a cheapo digital camera for my 5 year old daughter to play with since she likes taking pictures. She had a "JamCam", but it doesn't have any XP drivers and the company is out of business.

I was in Walmart the other day and saw a little Vivitar Digital that takes pics at 640x480 (VGA) and has a built in flash. I also wanted it to take standard batteries and connect with USB, and this one fits the bill. It's also really CUTE and little (like my daughter).

This is a link to the manufacturer's website:

Vivicam10

Below are some examples of the pictures this camera takes. First two are just shots of my vehicles in the fading sunlight, taken with the default settings of the camera:



This next picture is taken with the camera in "Macro" mode, which allows shooting as close as 9" away. A problem with a lot of fixed focus cameras is that they need to be at least 3 feet from the subject. Not so with this little unit. nice for taking closeups of stuff on your truck for sharing on the BBS, etc.



This last oneis because lots of people also want to be able to take pictures of their kids and dogs. I snapped a quick one of my Son, Xander, standing in front of the couch withy just sunlight from the window coming in.



All these pictures were taken at 640x480 and then reduced in size to about 400x300. I used Photoshop, but the camera comes with ARCsoft Photoimpression which works fine, though is a bit cumbersome in my opinion.

The camera also has a short movie mode which i have not yet investigated. The flash works fine but can easily overwhelm the sensor in the camera causing washout and overexposure if you are too close. The programming of the camera is kinda clunky, requiring you to scroll through the same choices over and over to get to what you want before holding "select" and waiting for some beeps to confirm your selection. It shuts off after 1 minute of idle time to conserve batteries and resets all the options. It defaults to cloudy outdoors and no autoflash when turned on. There is no provision for memory cards, it has 8 MB of internal memory allowing for about 70 pix in normal mode.

The best part? It goes for $44.95 at Walmart. If you always wanted a cheapo digital to take with you on trail rides or to take pics of your projects, this is a good choice. It is a great camera for the $$.

Anyone interested in more info can email me directly or ask here on the BBS. I can take more sample shots if anyone is interested.

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Thanks for the heads up on the camera. Some of us don't have a digital camera for at home or the trail ride [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Maybe now we will.
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daxe, on the website it says USB 2.0 not supported. what does that mean? [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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USB 2.0 is a newer standard for USB that supports faster speeds for data transfer. If your computer wasn't bought in the last year I wouldn't worry about it. If your computer is from a major manufacturer, you can probably visit their website or check your documentation to see if you have USB 2.0 as opposed to USB 1.1.

I am not sure, but you may also be able to determine which version by downloading and running this utility:

intel USB utility

In general, if you determine that your ocmpute rhas USB but it doesnt mention a version number, you can probably presume it is 1.0 or 1.1

If you cant make head or tail of this, let me know and I will see what I can do to help.

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this uSB question made me do alitle searching to confirm what I thought to be true. USB 1.1 devices are compatible with USB 2.0 connections as a general rule (but not vice-versa) and they simply operate at their specified speed rather than the faster USB 2.0 speed.

Of course this camera may be an exception to that rule. I dont have any USB 2.0 ports on any of my computers, but I have a laptop coming in a week or two with USB 2.0 and can test it on there to get an answer to this question.

Of course this presumes you know what a USB port is in the first place... [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]

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thank you for the heads up, guess who willbe going to wally world tomorrow.

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thanks daxe, I'm pretty sure I'm safe. my computer is about two years old... I think. [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img] I'm definately gonna check 'em out. thanks for the heads up. [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Re: OT tip on a CHEAP digital camera

yeah..at 45$ how can you say no!!

digital cameras for everyone!!

The camera is packaged in a bubble pack kinda thing hanging on a rack near the rest of the camera stuff. Its not on that little display of cameras Wallworld usually has. I think I found it near the FRS radios.

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Thanks for the heads up. Just went and got one. Cool as could be. And like you said it was on sale. GOt it for 44! The best part is, if you drop it, loose it or something, you will only cry for a couple of minutes. Again, thanks for the great heads up. Ive been dying to get a digital camera and finally, one I can afford.

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How do the batteries hold up ?
I own a KODAK Easy Share CX4300 and it seems to go thru batteries pretty fast. I have rechargable ones too.
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