Cool-Icam Aqua 2100 Review

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Cool-iCam Aqua 2100

Review posted 8/28/03

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The 2-megapixel Cool-iCam Aqua 2100 is an economically priced underwater digital camera. Its housing is rated waterproof to a depth of 30 meters and also provides protection from any weather condition. This housing also makes the camera perfect for skiing, snowboarding or any water-based outdoor activities. The camera can be removed from the U/W housing and then be used like any other compact digital camera.

The Aqua 2100 is equipped with 8MB of internal memory that can be expanded using the Secure Digital (SD) card slot. This is an automatic point-n-shoot camera with a built-in flash, 3x digital zoom and a 1.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor. It captures still images in 1600x1200 or 800x600 resolution as well as full motion video with sound at 320x240 resolution. Pictures and movies are uploaded to the host PC using the built-in USB port. The camera's JPEG images are Exif, DCF and DPOF compliant.

Aqua 2100 Features

  • 2.1-Megapixel CCD, up to 1600x1200 pixel images
  • 1.5" color LCD monitor
  • Waterproof housing rated for 30 meters depth
  • Automatic exposure control
  • Manual mode with exposure compensation and white balance options
  • Fixed focus lens with macro position and 3x digital zoom
  • 320x240 resolution movie mode with audio
  • 8MB internal memory + SD card slot
  • Powered by standard AA type batteries
  • USB connectivity for PC and Mac

The Aqua 2100 camera outfit includes the camera, housing, hand strap, USB cable, Video output cable, user manual, two AA alkaline batteries, O-ring grease, spare O-ring, Cool-iCam drivers and ArcSoft software CDs.

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Aqua 2100 Specifications

Image Sensor 2.1 Mega Pixel CCD sensor
Internal Memory Built-in 8MB Flash Memory
External Memory Support SD Card (not included)
Still Image Resolution High Resolution - 1600 x 1200 pixels
Low Resolution - 800 X 600 pixels
Storable Images Approximately 16 images (Hi-Resolution), 86 images (Low-Resolution)
Lens 5-element aspheric hybrid lens with IR filter glass
Focus Range Normal: 60mm to infinity
LCD Display 1.5" color TFT LCD
Flash 2-way auto flash (Auto, ON/OFF)
Flash Coverage Angle: 55 degree
Effective Distance: 3 - 7 feet
Exposure Automatic
Video Frame Rate Approximately 10 fps (frame per second) in 320 x 240 pixel
Video Clip For the Live Video, it is unlimited when connected to the computer via Video Capture software
File Formats Still Image: Compressed in JPEG format; Video: AVI format
Self-Timer Electronic Self-Timer with 2 or 10 seconds delay
Auto Power Off Standby mode (after 30 seconds inactivity)
External Connector USB 1.1, Video Output (NTSC/PAL)
Power Supply 2 x AA batteries (Alkaline, Ni-MH, lithium)
Waterproof 30 meters
Dimensions 104mm (L) X 42mm (W) X 70mm (H)
4.16" (L) x 1.68" (W) x 2.8" (H)
Bundled Software Digital Camera Driver (PC),
ArcSoft Funhouse 1.0(PC & Mac),
ArcSoft PhotoStudio 4.0(PC & Mac),
ArcSoft PhotoPrinter 2000(PC & Mac),
ArcSoft VideoImpression 1.6(PC & Mac) & Microsoft NetMeeting(PC),
Acrobat Reader(PC & Mac)
OS Compatibility Microsoft Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP
Mac OS version 9.0 or above

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