Sipix SP-1300 Review

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Features & Controls



SiPix sp-1300

The SiPix SP-1300 has a 5-element all glass 6.03mm (35mm equivalent=46.6mm)lens. It is a fixed focus system lens that has a hyper focal distance of 22" to Infinity. The auto aperture settings are F2.8 or F8.0 with auto shutter speeds of one half second to a five hundredth of a second. There is no optical zoom but it does have 2x digital zoom.



SiPix SP-1300

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.



SiPix SP-1300

The upper left control on the back of the camera is the print mode switch used to activate the printing sequence when the camera is connected to the optional PocketColor 100 or 200 printer.

To the Right is the exposure compensation control. It allows 1 stop compensation in 1/3 stop increments over exposure (display and recorded image get brighter) or 1 stop under exposure (display and recorded image get darker) also in 1/3 stop increments.

The cluster of buttons are the 4-way navigation controls for the menu system and image playback. Above them is the MENU / OK button used to call-up the menu and accept menu selections. Below the Navigation cluster is the Color LCD switch which turns the display ON / OFF.



SiPix SP-1300

The Mode Dial has positions for Record, Play, SETUP, Print and Connect to PC for downloading images to your computer.



SiPix SP-1300

The switch marked with a STAR indicates the picture quality setting:

  • ONE STAR: 640 x 480 economy resolution, 110 pictures maximum (w/ supplied 8MB CF card)
  • TWO STAR: 1280 x 960 fine resolution, high compression, 24 pictures maximum (w/ supplied 8MB CF card)
  • THREE STAR: 1280 x 960 superfine resolution, low compression, 10 pictures maximum (w/ supplied 8MB CF card)
The LIGHTENING-BOLT is the flash control switch with four settings, default is Auto Flash, followed by Flash always on, No Flash and Red-Eye reduction pre-flash.
The CLOCK icon indicates self timer which is a setable delay of image capture. It can be set through the Menu to: 5, 10 or 15 seconds.

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.



SiPix SP-1300

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.



SiPix SP-1300

The SP-1300 is equipped with a CF (compact flash) media storage card slot and ships with a 8MB CF card. SiPix states that you are -not- to use a CF card larger than 32MB, if you use the camera's "format" function it can damage larger cards.



SiPix SP-1300

Power is supplied by four AA type batteries. Rechargeable high-capacity NiMH AA's are strongly recommended over the alkaline batteries shipped with the camera.
Hidden in this view by the open battery door, is the standard 1/4 x 20 thread tripod socket.









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