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
Down to the performance then. This camera is capable of shooting decent quality images in well lit rooms or in fair to sunny conditions outdoors. Its at its best for close up/portraits rather than panaromic photography. Even in a dull or barely lit room the close up photo's are good. The flash is therefore adequate for this purpose. It does have its down points though, the LCD panel is not very high quality hence it is a bit 'grainy'. Battery performance is shocking. I managed to ware down some standard alkalines in 5 minutes. I quickly bought some high power nimh rechargeables and a recharger which has solved this problem. I have now achieved 60 photo's with flash and LCD panel on and about 3 mins of movie in one battery set. Also picture quality isnt as sharp as on the more expensive camera's such as the Fuji FinePix A204 - so dont expect crystal clear images as the images the premier produces are a bit soft on closer examination.
You will only get approx 10 images on the 8Mb internal memory so a 64Mb MMC card is a wise investment. With this you can fit more than 89.Read more ›
1. It gets through batteries like they are not there, i got through 4 batteries in about 45 mins!!!
2. The flash can be too bright ruining the photo.
Overall though ... this camera offers fantastic value for money, and i am very pleased with it.
2 Million pixels is more than enough for anyone wanting to take decent normal sized pictures. You will only need more if you are going to print out posters!
The Premier is superb! Even on it's lowest resolution( which allows me to take 80 pics on the internal memory) the quality is great. Battery consumption is fairly good too provided you don't take too many flash photos in a row. I would recommend that you buy a charger and some batteries too though.
The optical zoom lens is great allowing you to get really close up. I have some beautiful pics of my daughter because of this. A three times optical lens at this price is excellent!( DOn't be swayed by digi zoom- it means nothing).
In short if you want a decent digi camera with a great zoom that takes brill pics-you won't go wrong with the Premier.
Most of the reviews were positive about the camera. However, I was concerned about it being made by Premier, who I had not heard of. I investigated and discovered that the company, also known as Pretec, are a major manufacturer of cameras and produce them for some of the well known brands.
The Premier DC2330 is the same camera as the Konica KD-220Z, albeit in a slightly different case. However, it is identical to the Vivitar Vivicam 3675 and the Ricoh Caplio RR230. You can check this out on their websites (and download the instruction manuals which are identical to the Premier DC2320’s manual). These cameras retail for around £130-150, so the Premier DC2320 is a real saving. I therefore decided to purchase the camera, along with a 64MB SD card and a charger plus 2000MAh batteries.
The camera has a good quality feel about it. The casing is silver plastic as are most of the buttons. There is no lens cover, but the supplied case should protect it.
Picture quality seems quite good from the few days use I have had of the camera. In natural light it is very good. When using the flash, it does seem a little on the bright side in some pictures I have taken, but the pictures are still OK.
The 8MB internal memory doesn’t hold many pictures at the highest resolution (approx 10), so the 64MB SD card is essential. With this it shows that it can hold 88 of the highest resolution photos and 700+ of the lowest resolution!
Battery life is very short if you use ordinary alkaline batteries.Read more ›