The 2.1-megapixel sensor in the camera is nothing out of the ordinary these days but does translate into images of up to 1600 x 1200, which is more than adequate for most uses and capable of producing prints up to 10 x 8 inches. The 8 MB internal memory isn't generous but is still enough to take between 10 and 15 images at the highest resolution settings. Lower your sights a little and 40 or more is easily possible while still retaining decent quality. This capacity can be expanded with an SD memory cards.
When used outdoors under bright daylight the results are well up to the mark with lots of detail, even in shadows. At the lowest compression settings there is little sign of the false sharpness that can mar compressed images. The images can appear a tad flat however and often benefit from a contrast tweak afterwards. The DC2302 also struggles with too harsh a change in contrast across a scene, though this is a common failing of digital cameras. The flash copes with indoor scenes well and detail remains crisp, the contrast and the colour balance in particular being commendable. Without the flash, shooting indoors at night produces less favourable results, low light levels leading to rather flat and grainy images unless you turn all the lights in the room on.
Using the macro mode to get close to your subject requires some experimentation. The flash completely overwhelms the subject if you are too close and you'll need to experiment with lighting and manual exposure modes to get the best. The macro mode also, rather annoyingly, turns itself off after every shot.
If you stick to less demanding tasks and lighting conditions the camera produces commendable results. Like most digital cameras it is demanding on batteries. It takes two AAs and if you use standard alkaline the camera will struggle to keep going for half an hour if you use the LCD screen for long. High-powered alkaline are recommended; a couple of sets of rechargeable batteries and a charger would be a wise investment. The low battery power also means the flash takes about 10 seconds to recharge itself between shots, which can be troublesome when you want to capture spontaneous action.
All in all the DC2302 is a capable and easy-to-use camera able to cope well with day-to-day photography. The real joy is the price; it is a real bargain. When measured against other models in its price bracket, its performance looks even more stunning. --Miles Berkeley