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Agfa ePhoto CL30
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Agfa ePhoto CL30

The Agfa ePhoto CL30 digital camera is an entry level megapixel digital camera that is available in two versions. The CL30 we reviewed here is the standard version that uses CompactFlash memory cards. Agfa also makes another version called the CL30 Clik! that uses the new 40MB Clik! disks as it storage medium.

Both cameras offer a USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface and a maximum resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels using Agfa's PhotoGenie image enhancement (interpolation) technology. The non-interpolated High mode delivers 1152 x 864 sized images. The user can also select 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 or a special b/w Text mode 1152 x 864.

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Agfa ePhoto CL30

The user controls are very minimal. On the left of the LCD is the EasyPilot wheel that is used to navigate the menus by rolling it up or down and then selecting options by pressing it inward. You also activate the menu system by pressing it inward. On the right at the top is the mode switch to turn the camera on in either the Record or Play mode. The switch below that controls the LCD display or puts the camera in the Connect to PC mode.



Agfa ePhoto CL30

On the top the only thing you'll find is the shutter button.



Agfa ePhoto CL30

And the only thing on the bottom is a plastic tripod socket.



Agfa ePhoto CL30

The I/O ports are clearly marked on the inside of the plastic door. On the top is the USB port. Next is the Video Out port that is switchable between NTSC and PAL format. Below that is the slow RS-232 serial I/O port and on the bottom we have the DC input port for the optional AC power adapter.



Agfa ePhoto CL30

Next to the I/O ports you will find the CompactFlash Type I card slot. The card slot has no ejector mechanism so Agfa has included an extractor tool attached to the CL30's wrist strap to facilitate removing the CF card.



Agfa ePhoto CL30

The CL30 is powered by four AA-size batteries, alkaline, NiMH, NiCd or lithium type may be used.



Agfa ePhoto CL30

Here's a closeup of the LCD display with the menu turned on. More on this on the next page. You can also see the data LCD display above the color LCD. It gives you the status of the camera but all options must be changed using the menu on the color LCD.



Agfa ePhoto CL30



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ePhoto CL30 Specifications

Resolution :

P-Genie - 1440 x 1080
High - 1152 x 864 pixels
Text - 1152 x 864 pixels, b/w
Medium (XGA) 1024 x 768 pixels
Low (VGA) 640 x 480 pixels

Removable Storage:

Removable CompactFlash memory. Included 4 MB card stores 6 - 36 images depending on capture mode:

P-Genie - 6
High - 12
Text - 30
Medium (XGA) -16
Low (VGA) - 36

CCD Resolution:

1 million (1152 x 864) pixels

Screen:

1.8" color LCD display for capture and playback plus optical viewfinder

Lens:

Auto and manual focus with macro

- Lens aperture range: f/2.8 - 8.0
- Lens focal length: 43mm equivalent with macro
- Lens focal range: macro: 10 cm - 1m
- 2x digital zoom in low (VGA)mode
- normal: 50 cm - infinity
- Autofocus with macro; four manual focus positions
: (1M, 2M, 5M, infinity)

Flash:

External flash synchronization support
4 Flash Modes:
- Auto
- Fill-in
- Red eye reduction
- Off

Lens Aperture:

f/2.8 - 8.0

Lens Focal Range:

macro: 10 cm - 1 m
normal: 50 cm - infinity

Shutter Speed:

1/30 - 1/700 second

White Balance Control:

Automatic with manual white point override

Color Depth of Sensor:

30 bits (10 bits per RGB channel, produces 24-bit color output, 8 bits per RGB channel)

Image Format:

JPEG

Timer:

10 second self timer

Interface:

Serial cable for PC (included)
USB cable for Windows 98, iMac and other USB compliant systems
Serial Mac adapter
Video cable for TV (PAL and NTSC)

Video Out:

NTSC/PAL

Processing Speed:

6 - 11 seconds depending on resolution

Number of Pictures:

6 - 36 images depending on capture mode:

P-Genie - 6
High - 12
Text - 30
Medium (XGA) -16
Low (VGA) - 36

Mount:

Standard tripod mount

Dimensions:

80.3 mm H x 127.5 mm W x 37 mm D or 3.16"H x 5"W x 1.45"D

Weight:

265 g or 9.4 oz (excluding batteries)

Battery:

Includes 4 AA alkaline batteries (also works with NiMH and lithium or 6.5V AC adapter)

Software(Included):

Agfa PhotoWise software with PhotoGenie technology (stand-alone application for Mac and Windows 95 or NT; TWAIN driver for PC)

Box Contents:

- ePhoto CL30 digital camera
- 4 MB CompactFlash memory card (stores 6 - 36 images)
- 4 AA batteries
- Soft case, Wrist strap with CompactFlash extractor tool
- Agfa PhotoWise software with PhotoGenie technology for managing, and enhancing digital images and Twain driver for PC
- Serial cable for PC
- Mac adapter cable
- USB cable
- Video cable
- Manuals in printed and electronic (pdf) format

Available Accessories:

AC adapter and softcase; Memory Kit (8 MB SSFDC batteries, NiMH); Cable Pack; Agfa Software (PhotoWise); Batteries (4x NiMH); PCMCIA adapter card; FlashPath floppy adapter

PC System Requirements:

50 MB of available hard disk space
VGA monitor with at least 256 colors
Microsoft Windows 95, 98 or NT
Pentium processor or higher
RS-232 9 pin port or USB port
2x or faster CD-ROM

Macintosh System Requirements:

System 7.5.3 or higher
Power PC processor
Modem or USB port





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