Logitech Pocket Digital 130 Review


Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £73.00

Over the past couple of years digital cameras have become ‘must have’ items mainly due to them becoming more affordable and easier to use. Most mid to high end mobiles phones feature an integrated digital camera now, but the quality of these is poor.

Logitech is well known for its web cameras and has produced a few low end digital cameras in the past that also doubled up as web cameras. The Pocket Digital 130 is the second generation of Pocket Digital cameras from Logitech and the first one to feature an integrated flash. The standard picture resolution is 1,280 x 1,024 which equates to 1.3 megapixels. The camera can also take low resolution images at 640 x 480 but there are no other settings. The integrated, non expandable 16MB of memory is capable of storing just over 40 images in high resolution mode and over 130 in low resolution.

The build quality of the Pocket Digital 130 is first rate as the camera body is made of stainless steel. This makes for an impressive overall feel for such a small camera as this. The camera slides open to reveal the lens and the flash and the sturdy camera body helps protecting the lens and the flash. The slide mechanism is very smooth and there shouldn’t be any problems with it over time.

One problem that you might encounter during the life span of this camera is the integrated lithium-ion battery. The battery is not user changeable, which could cause a problem after a year or two. The other problem that you might experience is that the camera can only be charged over USB. This means that if the battery runs out while you’re away from a computer, there’s no way of recharging it. However, as the camera needs a PC for the pictures to be downloaded, this would be a rare occurrence.

On the positive side the battery life is quite good and according to Logitech it should last for “hundreds of pictures” which means that you should be able to fill the memory at least twice before having to recharge it. This review unit didn’t run out of battery power, so there are no complaints here. It takes between two and three hours to recharge the battery over USB once it’s depleted and my personal tip would be to use a powered USB hub, as you don’t need to have your PC switched on while the camera is charging.

The controls of the Pocket Digital 130 are very basic with only three buttons and a small LCD info-display around the back. The first button allows you to set the image quality and delete unwanted snaps. The second button is for enabling or disabling the snap shot sound as well as for enabling the timer. The third and final button activates or deactivates the flash. The buttons look somewhat out of place as they are made of soft white rubber, which doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the camera. The LCD display shows how many pictures you have left and if the flash and timer are on or not.

There is no way to review pictures on the camera, but this is a low cost pocket solution.

At the bottom of the unit you’ll find a mini USB port as well as a reset button in case the camera locks up. I didn’t experience any lock ups however and didn’t need to use the reset button. On the top of the camera you’ll find the shutter release button for taking pictures and apart from this there are no other buttons on the chassis. This makes the Pocket Digital 130 dead easy to use as it works like any other point and shoot camera.

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