Another scene – tree branches against the partially overcast sky. Seller information irji Any vaguely decent image editing program, including the ones that all three of these little-cams give you, lets you play with contrast and brightness and colour saturation and sharpness. I found it difficult to judge the point where a note would be neither too faint to hear nor too loud and distorted. Here, the DualPix is saying that it’s in XGA mode, its sounds are turned on, it focus is set to infinity, its batteries are in good shape, and two Nikon D D

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One of them’ll be perfect. While the PenCam’s tethered to the PC it’s a standard Windows video source that any appropriate software should be able to access, but its digital still camera mode is different. The Taiwanese site just lets you grab the files.

The Canera hardware kit is a little more luxurious than the PenCam kits. And, of course, there’s the basic driver program for the camera.

Aiptek PenCam VR

Regrettably, the viewfinder is very basic and doesn’t even have a frame-indicating rectangle overlay, so you can’t tell how well lined up your eye is with the camera.

PenCam Manager lets you get your hands on the images easily enough – it just dumps them in directories named according to the “gallery” name you’ve selected. My black cat lying on his brown blanket on an armchair, for instance, is unphotographable with the VR 2, and with the PenCam Ultra too – even when I point two lamps at him.


You can play back all audio clips on the camera by selecting audio-play mode and pressing the shutter button once for the last clip, twice for the second-last one and so on. That sounds like a complete waste of time, and it is – well, the interpolation is, at least.

Evidence for this assertion can be found diggital Google hit number 1 for “pencam” at the moment, Dave Faris’ pencam. When you use XGA mode, the camera scales the image before it compresses it, and it also uses a noticeably lower level of compression – the by image has 2. The exposure’s actually pretty good, though. This is good, if you want to take pictures of things within arm’s reach of the camera.

But the exposure’s all right, and the colour idgital too bad either.

Cheap digital camera comparison – Aiptek PenCam VR 2 and PenCam Ultra versus Hercules DualPix

This amount is subject to change until you make payment. The Aiptek software works in much the same way for both PenCams; it’s quite straightforward, if limited. A little focus-bracketing gave me this quite sharp, though still grainy, low light image Minimum monthly payments are required.

Canon EOS 80D It’s also surprisingly sharp – the focus of the VC 2 I got for review is set rather close. The colour balance is good, and the focus isn’t too bad – it’s fuzzier, yes, but that’s because the PenCam Ultra Akptek got for review has a more general-purpose mid-field focus setting than the VC 2 I got.


On the plus side, super-cheap baby-cams are not as lousy as they once were. Press the camera to the trunk of a tree. If you’ve got its sound turned on, the DualPix beeps when you turn the focus from the infinity setting, and it also flashes the little person-icon in its display to indicate to you that if you’re about to take a picture of Mount Fuji, it’s not going to be any good.

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Aiptek 3 N 1 VGA PenCam Pen Camera Digital Camcorder Ulead Software Video Studio

I shot the same scene in both modes, and then compared it with the VGA version which had just been scaled up by a factor of 1. Shipping br cannot be calculated.

It’s not the cheapest cameda ever, but you don’t have to buy batteries. Here are some by excerpts of the results. And no overly disgusting compression artifacts this cxmera, either. Here’s the test scene, as viewed by my Olympus CL reviewed here. Learn More – opens in a new window or tab Any international shipping is paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc.

Image not available Photos not available for this variation. But it doesn’t totally stink.