This isn’t too bad a result, by webcam standards, but it’s hardly suitable for publication. There are, according to the specs on the side of the boxes, two versions of each of these cameras, one with two megabytes of RAM and one with 8Mb. Aiptek include a warning note that says you can only expect two weeks of standby life from a set of batteries in the cameras, which might be true of the cheapo carbon-zinc AAAs that come in the box hey, at least the batteries are included! If the rather questionable image quality of a webcam’s good enough for your purposes, the Palm Cam in particular is a pretty nifty little item. The Pen Cam also comes with a second clip you can hook onto the back or front of the camera, presumably to put it in a pocket facing forward; the Palm Cam comes with a rather nice wrist strap, which looks capable of keeping safe a much heftier camera than this one. If you’re looking for a digital camera you can give to the kids, the Palm Cam fits the bill. Now, it’s possible to wring considerably better results out of a Palm Cam than this, using a bit of post-processing.

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Aiptek cameras both have eight megabytes of internal memory, which is quite respectable for an entry level camera, and, you’d think, would give them lots of image capacity. The Aiptek Palm Cam Trio, that’s what. The Aiptek cameras are perfect examples. 3.255 27th, You tell the Manager what frame rate you want the AVI to have, from 1 to 15 frames per second; set it to one frame per second and you’ve got an 80 second video in QCIF mode, but it’s not a very exciting one.

In video mode, you just hold the shutter button down and listen to a string of xiptek as the camera grabs frames in a burst.


No big deal for separate shots, but unsightly in video clips. The stats for the 2Mb models are less exciting. And they’re not much more expensive than tethered cameras with similar image quality.

We recommend UpdateMyDrivers to all our users. For this money, you don’t get no-power-needed Flash RAM storage.

There’s no tripod thread, just a hole that a split pin pops into. They do still sell this little onethough!

Aiptek Palm Cam Trio and Pen Cam Trio

This will help you avoid errors and system freezes, and will also give your computer a performance boost. The cameras draw about 1.

Web hosting kindly provided by SecureWebs. That or-so frame per second rate seems to be the only capture frame rate the Aiptek cameras support in untethered mode, so I’m not sure where the quite lengthy video clip capacity figures Aiptek quote come from. They’ve got low resolution by pixellow cost, colour video sensors – complementary metal-oxide semiconductor CMOS instead of the more expensive, lower noise, higher sensitivity Charged Couple Devices CCDs used in higher resolution cameras – but they’ve got a block of RAM in there too, and batteries, so you can unplug them from the computer and take pictures on the run.

Here’s my CL’s idea of an outdoor, sunlit scene. If you actually use the camera, of course, battery life drops.

Apart from the shape, the only real difference palmca the Pen and Palm cameras is the USB connection. Give Dan some money!

Alkaline AAAs have a capacity of maybe to milliamp-hours mAhso they should be good for hours of standby time – 25 days.

Any half-decent real tripod is likely to cost more than the Palm Cam itself, but you can still put it on one if you like. The interface is easy to use, since there are only two resolutions to worry about, and not much else.


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If the rather questionable image quality of a webcam’s good enough for your purposes, the Palm Aitpek in particular is a pretty nifty little item. There are, according to the specs on the side of the boxes, two versions of each of these cameras, one with pa,mcam megabytes of RAM and one with 8Mb.

If the cutesy translucent-blue-and-cream case isn’t for you, Aiptek also make a “Pen Cam Trio”, which has the exact same giblets in a different shaped case. The cameras both draw about 50 milliamps when they’re on with the memory empty, but the draw rises as you fill the storage, and tops out at more than milliamps with the memory full.

And there’s the usual manual in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, as seen with umpteen palmccam cheapo gadgets made cheaper by not having to have a paper manual in the box. This full-size QCIF shot that’s all you get at this resolution!

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In tethered mode – connected to a computer via USB – the aiotek are powered from the computer, and don’t flatten their batteries. If I stood so the subject was in my shadow, I couldn’t photograph it, even though there was still more than enough light to read by.

The download will only start if the code was entered correctly. Here’s the Hoberman sphere again, now lit only by the W bulb in the middle of the room:. Here’s my Olympus CL’s opinion of my multicoloured test target of the moment, a Hoberman sphere folded up.