Philips, everybody’s favourite global electronics company of Dutch origin, is launching a new range of low cost digital cameras that focus on ‘fun’ rather than features.
First up is the DSC2000 PocketCam. This £99 camera packs a reasonable two megapixel CCD into a credit card sized sliver of a housing.
Images can be stored on an SD memory card, but the camera also contains 8MB of internal memory, which is very useful if you forget your card in a card reader. That said you won’t normally need to take the card out thanks to the dedicated docking cradle, that enables images to be uploaded while the camera’s batteries are being recharged. It also features a built-in flash and LCD preview screen.
Battery life is impressive, with Philips claiming that as many as 2000 pictures can be taken on a single charge, or 450 with the flash.
Next up is the £89 DMVC1300 ThumbCam, which combines a 1.3 megapixel digital still and video camera, with 128MB of storage.
This multi purpose device enables you have a video chat with friends in Quarter VGA resolution at 25 frames per second. You can arrange a meeting and when you get there, show them some holiday snaps you've stored on the internal memory, and then capture the momentous occasion with another photo.
For road warriors, the ThumbCam is ideal. A special mounting clamp is provided for attaching it to a laptop, or it can be transported with the supplied neck cord. The ruggedised metal housing and lens cover will protect it from the rough and tumble of life on the road.
All the necessary software is supplied and the camera is charged when plugged into a USB port. However, thanks to the integrated memory, no data can be lost even if the battery is completely discharged.
For those looking for a really cheap camera, Philips offers the £39 FunCam. The resolution of 640 x 480 is low but the emphasis is on ease-of-use, rather than quality images designed for printing.
Up to 50 snapshots can be stored in the 8MB internal memory and it's even possible to record mini video clips up to 40 seconds long.
Like the ThumbCam, the FunCam is supplied with a docking station. This charges the camera’s batteries and has a built in microphone for video chatting at 25 frames per second (QVGA). The FunCam can be hung from a key-ring or the supplied neck cord and belt clip.
If these new cameras float your boat, they’ll be available in July, and you can find out more at www.philips.com.