Sipix Blink

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SiPix StyleCam Blink





Samples Photos

These photos were taken with a full production SiPix StyleCam Blink
camera set at Auto Exterior mode and HI resolution.

blink_0023.jpg
blink_0023.jpg
640x480
192,539
blink_0034.jpg
blink_0034.jpg
640x480
216,927
samples2_0019.jpg
blink1_0019.jpg
640x480
193,523
samples2_0022.jpg
blink1_0022.jpg
640x480
209,456
samples2_0026.jpg
blink1_0026.jpg
640x480
203,524
samples2_0028.jpg
blink1_0028.jpg
640x480
207,853


 

Steve's Conclusion

The SytleCam Blink is a very basic 640x480 focus free non-zooming Micro-digicam. The unit is very inexpensive at a street price of $39.95(as of August, 2002) and can't be expected to yield high quality images and it doesn't. When tethered to the computer via the USB cable and operated through the supplied Twain driver was a lot of fun to play with and could function well as a web-cam in a brightly lit area. Obviously, SiPix designed this camera at the entry level youth market and web-cam fans. It does produce almost always recognizable imagery.

One of the most limiting factors in its use as a still camera is the fact that it lacks an LCD to see if you captured what you thought you did as the viewfinder is pretty tough to gauge if your subject was completely in the picture if you frame it tightly. A built-in LCD would certainly change pricing and would take the camera out of budget of SiPix's target market so no intention to be too critical here.

As for outdoor picture quality, well, see the samples above. White balance, color balance and exposure is often way off the mark. The Blink's fixed-focus lens and imager produce a less than detailed image that exhibits severe barrel distortion and chromatic aberration all over the place. These pictures are barely useable for email and then only if they're color and brightness corrected first. I wouldn't want to try to make photo-quality prints any bigger than wallet-size. But what do you want for $39.95?

The reality of this camera is not to compete with "real" digicams, it's to snap, have fun and get some images the kids can Email there friends. Even better, if I get my friend's 11 year old daughter one of these maybe she'll leave his 'good" digicams alone...maybe. SiPix designed it to be simple and fun for the kids and at that they have a winner. It should be a hot stocking stuffer this Holiday season purely based on price.





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