Sipix SC-2300 Review
Features & Controls
The SiPix SC2300 has a 6-element glass lens with a fixed focal length of 39mm (in 35mm
equiv.) and a maximum aperture of f3.0. The focus distance is 0.5m to infinity in
normal mode and in Macro it is 20cm-60cm (7.8"-23.6"). There is no optical zoom but it
does have 2x digital zoom.
The built-in flash offers Auto, Forced-flash, Forced no-flash, and Red-eye reduction.
It recycles and processes the last image in approximately 10 seconds.
Flash range is unspecified by the manufacturer.
The optical viewfinder is bright with cropping marks to depict the image capture
area. It shows approximately 80% of the captured image. There is no diopter adjustment. The
LED to the right indicate flash and memory card status.
The above image shows the four- way navigation control with the OK button in the center. The up arrow accesses the Digital Zoom in Record or the image magnification in Playback. The four directional arrows are used to navigate the menus and in playback the captured images. The center OK accepts selections.
The next control down is the Index mode button. It toggles the display in playbackbetween 9 thumbnails or a full screen single image. In Record it controls the color rear LCD display by toggling between; OFF, ON and ON with the standard info superimposed as shown at the top of the next page.
The bottom button access the menu(s) of the mode the camera is set to which
are also explained on the next page.
The main Control Dial to the right of the shutter release sets the camera's mode of operation to Record, Play, Off, SET-up, or transfer.
The large monochrome data LCD on the top lets you see all the important camera settings at a glance without the need to turn on the color LCD. The settings displayed on the above display are: three stars for 1600x1200 high quality, fresh batteries, enough space remaining on the SM card to record 64 images at these settings, flash forced on, macro, and self timer.
The switch marked with a STAR sets the picture quality:
The CLOCK icon indicates self timer which is a settable delay of image capture. It can be set through the Menu to: 5, 10 or 15 seconds.
The FLOWER icon next to the clock allows the camera to be set in MACRO mode which sets focus range from 7.8" to 23.6" and pressing the button again activates the self timer with macro.
On the side is the I/O port for connecting the full sized USB data cable. Above you can see the
DC INput jack for the optional 6.0 VDC power adapter. There is no video output.
The SC2300 is equipped with a SM (SmartMedia) card slot and
ships with a 16MB SM card. Any size 3.3v SM card can be used. It is somewhat
difficult to remove the SM card as there is no ejector and very little finger room.
Power is supplied by four AA type batteries. High-capacity NiMH rechargeable AA's are strongly recommended over the alkaline batteries shipped with the camera.
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