Mustek 832z Review

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Mustek MDC-832Z

Review posted 5/19/2006


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The MDC832Z is an 8.0 megapixel CCD camera boasting a high-grade 3X optical zoom AF lens, super-fast USB 2.0 downloading, a bright 2-inch LCD, 32MB internal memory, and an accessible interface that delivers convenience to both experienced and new "digicam" enthusiasts. Sleek and stylish in its durable aluminum casing, the MDC832Z is the ideal take-along digital camera for families, travelers and business professionals. The palm-sized MDC832Z measures a mere 3.6" x 2.4" x 1.1" and weighs just 0.3 lbs.

At the heart of the MDC832Z is its impressive 8.0 megapixel CCD image sensor. Combined with the all-glass, 3X optical zoom AF lens the CCD captures TIFF and JPEG images with stunning clarity in resolutions up to 3264 x 2448 pixels for printouts up to 11" x 17" size. In addition to photography, the MDC832Z works as a digital camcorder or web camera capable of 30 frame-per-second, VGA-resolution video.

As simple to use as a traditional "point-and-shoot" film camera, the MDC832Z is equipped with a range of automatic controls that significantly flatten the learning curve for novices, such as super-fast autofocus, auto exposure, auto white balance, and auto flash, along with a handy "scene mode" that instantly adjusts the camera to the optimal setting for portraits, sports, night-time and landscapes to assure perfect pictures in challenging conditions.

For the more sophisticated shooter there is a rich array of manual controls that encourage the creative vision. These include manual white balance (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent), black & white and polarized digital effects, exposure compensation, and manual control of the flash (red-eye reduction, forced, suppressed). In addition, the photographer can choose from various resolution settings (fine, normal. economy) to meet their quality and memory requirements.

Rounding out the MDC832Z's feature set is a crystal-clear 2.0 inch TFT-LCD (882 x 228 pixels) perfect for sharing photos with family and friends, a self-timer that puts the photographer in the picture, and a lightning-fast USB 2.0 interface for downloading photos and video to a Windows or Macintosh computer. Built into the camera is 32MB of internal flash memory along with a slot to fit SD cards up to 1GB.


MDC-832Z Features:

  • 8.0-megapixel imager for up to 3264 x 2448 pixel images
  • 3x optical zoom (36-108mm 35mm equiv), 4x digital zoom
  • 2.0" color LCD monitor
  • TIFF or JPEG (3 quality levels) formats
  • 640x480 movies at 20fps w/sound
  • Exposure modes: Auto, Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual and Scene (Portrait, Sports, Night, Landscape)
  • Single frame, Burst and AE Bracketing modes
  • Center-weighted and Spot metering
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • Shutter speeds of 2 seconds to 1/1000 second
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, 50, 100, 200
  • Powered by 2 standard AA type batteries
  • USB Direct-print with any PictBridge compatible printer
  • USB 2.0 connectivity for PC and Mac
  • 16MB internal memory and SD card slot
  • Audio-Video output for connection to TV


The Mustek MDC832Z package comes with Photo Express 5.0 and Photo Explorer 8.0 software to edit and manage photography, along with USB cable, camera strap, camera carrying bag, two AA batteries, AV cable and manual. It is expected to ship in March with an MSRP of $249.99 (U.S.).



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Mustek MDC-832Z

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The MDC-832Z compared to an average CD disc.





Mustek MDC-832Z

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The Mustek MDC-832Z and the 5-megapixel MDC-530Z.





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MDC-832Z Specifications
FunctionDigital Still Camera / Digital Camcorder / PC Camera
Effective Resolution8.0 Megapixels
Image Sensor8.1 Megapixels CCD Sensor
ResolutionDigital Still Camera

•  Fine/Normal/Economy: 3264 x 2448 / 2272x1704 / 1600x1200 / 640x480

Digital Camcorder

•  Economy: 640 x 480
Video Frame Rate20fps
Internal Memory16 MB
FlashInternal, Range: 0.5 m - 2.7m, Modes: Auto, Forced, Off, Pre-Flash, Red-eye reduction
Zoom•  Digital:4x

•  Optical: 3x
F NOF = 2.8 ~ 4.8
Focal Length f = 7.5mm ~ 22.5mm (36-108mm 35mm equiv.), AF
Focus Range Normal: 50 cm - infinity
Macro: 6 cm (W) / 30 cm (T) - infinity
Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200
Exposure Modes Auto, Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual and
Scene (Portrait, Sports, Night, Landscape)
Shutter Speed2 sec ~ 1/1000 sec
Exposure Compensation1/3 EV step, -2~+2 EV
Color Display2.0" LTPS TFT-LCD / 130k pixels
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent
Memory Slot TypeSD Card Slot, support up to 1GB
Self Timer2 sec and 10 sec
Image File FormatJPEG / Exif 2.1 / DPOF
Video File FormatASF
MicrophoneBuilt-in
Mass Storage•  PC: Win 98 / 98SE / Me / 2000 / XP

•  Mac: OS 9.0 or above
InterfaceUSB 2.0
Power2 x AA alkaline or NiMH
Dimension91 x 61 x 27 mm / 3.6" x 2.4" x 1.1" (L x H x W)
Weight0.15kg / 0.3 lbs
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)




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