640X480 Digital Camera for $50 after $30 staples mail in rebate. ( 3-17-01and 3-18-01only)

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Supports 1024x768 interpolated pics.
Built in 8-meg memory, comes with usb cable, batteries, stand.
This is a B+M only I think.
This camera apparently works well in good lighting conditions.
Perfect for photos of auction items.
I haven't seen any digital cameras cheaper than this.
Some reviews
Here

I got my local manager to hold one w/rebate form until this sunday for me.


Sorry if this is double post but I searched and didn't see it.

I want to give credit to whoever linked the staples ads on idealwiz.


Check out page 14.jpg for details
 

bambam

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2 gotchas - internal memory (non-removable) and AAA (much lower capacity than AA) batteries but for the price...a deal - and I guess its still a step better than the Agfa CL18 I bought at OD for $35 after rebate in Dec. Time to look for some high capacity AAA rechargable batteries.
 

MisterE

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jtthebiggafigga, can you post a link to the camera at Staples' website? I can't seem to find it.
 

bladerunner8

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8MB hmm not too bad Coolpix 990 comes w/16 [removable]. No flash is a problem, but that's what eats the battries so might be trade-off. Yeah, a novelty photo item and want to take web pics at night like I do, just prepare for spotlighting. Have 1 of D-Links webcams and it looks like a nice, state-of-art product entir. based on USB. And this digicam presumes to subsume the webcam functions as well.
 

HaVoC

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For taking auction pics under very bright lights this might be worth it. Otherwise the lack of flash will make it essentially useless indoors. I don't know if it can sync with an external flash. The difference in light levels between indoors and outdoors is extreme, so outdoors in daylight it might work nicely.
 

fornax

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I bought it and returned it. The video mode was not bad (even under low light), but the still pictures were extremely poor. It would have been a nice camera for the price if it weren't for the poor still pictures. It had two nice features: variable focus and 8MB built-in memory (enough for many tens of pictures).
 
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In order to get decent still pics you need to hold your hands really dang still.
This camera seems to have a real long exposure time, or f-stop or whatever.
Hard for me as I am a caffiene and nicotine fiend, but for $50, oh well
 

Richard98

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Assuming it's not on sale yet (Doesn't it normally sell for 99.xx), you could buy something small to get to $100 then use the printed $20 off $100 coupon, bringing the total down to $100 -$20 (Coupon) - $20 (Refund next week)- $30 (MIR) = $30. I'm probably going to exchange the mymailist software from the palm 3 deal to sweeten it a little further.

Anyone have any opinions on whether this would be a decent webcam? Improvement over a Logitech Quickcam? They advertise that it can be used for this purpose.
 

fornax

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I took the pictures with the camera mounted on a small tripod -- same result. The pictures were VERY grainy -- as though the sensor was covered with a lot of dust.