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:
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.