The third and last outdoor scene – an idyllic little creek a landscaped storm drain on its way to the river, actually, but who’s counting with a brightly lit meadow beyond it. The closest the DualPix can focus is about 30mm from the front of the lens surround, and at that range its whole field of view is only about 20mm across. If your camera doesn’t have zoom and doesn’t have a flash and doesn’t have a lot of resolution then there are obviously some things you just can’t do. But then again, the penny whistle is a pretty darn limited instrument, and yet people can play a whole bunch of tunes on them. And, of course, there’s the basic driver program for the camera. For convenience and versatility at a price that you can afford, the Aiptek PenCam VGA 2 truly is an unparalleled value.

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Oencam little focus-bracketing gave me this quite sharp, though still grainy, low light image In dim light, moving objects will be blurry, because the camera’s using a long shutter speed. So if you want your photos in a reasonable format, you’ve got to recompress them yourself.

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

Which is good, because the DualPix’s default-to-XGA behaviour means you’re likely to take a few by pictures even when you don’t mean to, and there’s no way to delete just the last picture you took if you use XGA mode by mistake. The PenCam Ultra does a better job of the swing and slide picture. It comes with a rechargeable lithium polymer battery already installed, and the battery charges whenever the camera’s plugged into a PC.

Select a valid country. Not to mention some exceedingly funky design. And with no flash, no zoom and a grainy low-res image sensor, there are some hard limits camerw what can be achieved. Utilize its 13 minutes of recording time, then play your messages back via the built-in speaker or download them to your PC.


But many tiny-cams won’t give you anything worth bothering with in such a situation, if they’ll take a picture at all. Behold, therefore, three recent contenders in this market.

Driver Aiptek PenCam VR N/A

There’s also a software bundle, exactly the same as the PenCam VR 2’s. Skip to main content. I’m not expecting these tiny cameras siptek remember how far they’ve got and start counting from the next number all real digital cameras do this – my CL’s file names are up to PC There’s a bi-colour LED next to the mode button, which glows red when the Ultra’s plugged into its Camer lead and the battery’s charging, and green when it’s charged.

It’s missing the VR 2’s audio features, of course, and also lacks the delete-last-picture option, which is a bit of a pain. Photos So what kind of images do these cameras generate? When it’s in the on position, the Ultra behaves like any other PenCam, and slowly flattens its battery if there are pictures in the memory. A quick scan revealed a few dealers selling basic digicams with reasonable Buy It Now prices.

The micro-size casing of the Ultra, though, creates another usability problem. Learn more – opens in a new window or tab.

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Contact the seller – opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location. Refer to eBay Return policy for more details. The L’s hardly a new camera now, but it still takes better pictures than all but the nicest consumer digicams, and it still sells for a great dkgital more than all three of the little cameras put together.


The supplied USB cable makes connection a snap! You also can’t turn the Ultra off by holding down its mode button on the back, below the slightly smaller but otherwise standard two digit displaybut it’s got the same 30 second auto-power-off feature as the VR 2. If its performance in truly low light turned out to be appalling, after all, then it’d do better to behave like the PenCams and just not let you take pictures.

First, the hardware details. If your camera doesn’t have zoom and doesn’t have a flash and doesn’t have a lot of resolution then there are obviously some things you just can’t do.

Aiptek PenCam VR

This PenCam’s shutter button is located just below its lens, which isn’t the greatest possible place for it to be. The PenCam Ultra is seriously nifty looking; macho it ain’t, but if you don’t feel that your sexuality is threatened by wearing what appears to be a giant Ecstacy capsule around your neck, this little blighter’s not too bad at all. I took pictures of this test scene at two light levels – once with the room lit by just the hundred watt bulb in the ceiling fixture, and once with more watts of illumination pointing at the ceiling, and a 40 watt bulb pointed at the test scene from a few feet away.

Now, a few general PenCam caveats. Subject to credit approval.

Put it on the pavement turn a PenCam sideways and its lens will be about 15mm above the ground – bug’s-eye view! There are 1 items available.