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-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2004-12-01
-- Price: ~ $48.25 USD
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The camera is easy to use, just slide the lens cover notch on the front down and the unit turns on.

On the back, look through the viewfinder to position your shot. There is a red and green led underneath the viewfinder. The red led will blink when charging and turn off when fully charged. The green led will blink when data is being transferred.

During camera operations, the camera will beep twice when a picture is taken after the top button is pressed. The red led will stay solid if there is full power, blink when it's low and turn off when it is depleted. The green led will stay solid when there is space available on the drive.

One drawback is that the camera can not be used when it is plugged into your computer. Also note, the drive can only be used when formatted in FAT16. Drivers are NOT needed unless you are using Windows 98, in which case you will need to grab them off the CD-Rom.

The Jetflash DSC comes with Photo Explorer 8.0 software to help organize and manipulate your photos. The drive is treated as a removable hard drive, so I find it much easier to just open up Explorer and grab them.

I took a night time shot and a day time shot from a recent trip to Italy. I noticed in a darker setting, the camera did not fair to well as it caused a lot of extra noise in the picture. The day time shot was actually quite clear.


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The drive itself was benchmarked through Sisoft Sandra 05. For some reason, it benched a miserable 544KB/s on average. It was tested on a USB2.0 port on an Abit IC7 motherboard on Windows XP Pro. I moved it to an AMD XP 2000+ using an Epox 8K7A motherboard with USB1.1. The scores did not improve much at all. Not a huge problem as the capacity of the drive is not large at all.

If you have a vertical standing USB port that you want to plug this device into, like the ones usually under the PS/2 ports, you may want to take a measurement first. Since the drive will sit vertical, it will push up because of it's size. For the people with extra horizontal USB ports on the front of a case, it should not be an issue. Just something to think about.

Overall, this device is a fun toy to carry around. Instead of relying on your 320X240 fuzzy camera phone picture, pick this guy up for 640X480 shots that are quite clear in broad daylight. Add to the fact you can carry around 128MB of storage, it turns out quite useful.



Pros:

  • Small and compact
  • Camera and storage device in one
  • Above average day time shots


Cons:

  • Slow transfer benchmark
  • A bit bulky to plug into the back of a computer
  • Cap feels like it can fall off it pushed a bit
  • Noise filled night time shots

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