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Premier DC2302 Digital Camera [2MP 3xOptical]

by Premier
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • 2.0 MP (1632 x 1224) for outstanding image resolution
  • 6X Zoom (3X Optical, 2X Digital)
  • Brilliant 1.6" Colour TFT LCD Screen
  • Inbuilt memory with SD Card expansion to 128mb for multiple shots
  • Exceptional image quality in any light setting
  • Easy to use handy joystick menu controller
  • Compact pocket size design - 105mm x 45mm x 65mm
  • Includes Strap, Protective Soft Case, USB and AV Cables, MGI Photo Software
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: DC2302
  • ASIN: B00008IHCJ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,903 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

The Premier DC2302 is a two-megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom lens at a great price. It certainly looks the part too, being compact, silver and sleek. The controls are nicely laid out with all the main buttons lying on a natural arc for your right thumb. There are separate buttons to set the flash and image quality modes, delete image, view last image and set the macro. This means you can very quickly set things up without messing about with the menu system. The body is plastic, which detracts from its otherwise swish looks and design, but it does keep the model lightweight.

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


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115 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A whole lot more than cheap and cheerful 15 April 2003
Here is a digital camera packed with many features that you normally only find on more expensive camera's. When first casting your eyes over the spec you cant help but be impressed. Optical zoom, large LCD panel, 2Mega Pixel. Fantastic. All on a camera for less than 100. It can take MMC or SD memory cards upto 128Mb and comes with 8Mb built in internal memory. If you are buying a memory card for it then the MMC cards are really the best option, as they are nearly half the price of SD cards and about the only diffence is you cant write protect a MMC card. Boohoo.
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.
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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied 31 Mar 2003
By A Customer
The camera is very neat and the case which comes with it is very adequate for my needs. The photos it takes are really good, and with a 64mb expansion i can take over 80 photos on highest quality. The movie mode is good, as is the macro mode. The two main niggles are that:
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.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premier Digital Camera review 11 Jun 2003
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With a new baby girl, I wanted to be able to take loads of pictures and not have to worry about processing.
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.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value Quality Camera 25 Mar 2003
I purchased this camera wanting to change to digital from my 35mm camera but didnt want to spend a great deal of money, this camera was the ideal option, i was a little unsure as to the quality of it given that it was far less in cost than other equivalent cameras but was very happy when i started to use it. The camera has an ideal set of features including optical zoom, a TFT screen, manual adjustment of most photographic features and an excellent movie mode that can run for up to 7minutes on a 128MB Secure Digital card. The quality of the images is excellent as is the movie mode which although not as good as a digital camcorder, is a very handy addition for when you want to capture a short film or something interesting that a single photo wouldnt do justice for. The menu options and camera controls are intuitive and easy to control the camera also has a sturdy feel, and is genuinly well built and pretty rugged. The camera also comes with a handy carry case and all cables required to link the unit up to a computer and the TV. I recommend buying some rechargeable batteries for this camera as battery life is short if you use the TFT screen all the time, however the camera includes a small digital display which can be used with the main TFT screen switched off, dramatically extending battery life and the camera can be used in this mode like a conventional camera through the view-finder. This is a very handy addition and compensates well for times when you want to conserve battery power. Overall this is an excellent camera at an affordable price and is highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I had wanted a digital camera for some time but did not want to spend 150+ for one. I wanted a 2MP camera and many within my budget of 100 had this but only digital zoom. Then I came across the Premier DC2320 which also had 3x optical zoom.
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Had it now for years
Had it now for years, and still working great. If this is still available, buy one! You will not be disappointed!
Published 2 months ago by T. J. Maker
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying camera
This camera has infuriated me on many occasions.
Firstly it eats batteries at fast rate, you need to buy the top rechargeable batteries, but even they run out quickly and... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2004 by "headboydave"
2.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for
I bought this as my first digital camera six months ago. I was initially impressed by the price (of course!) and ease of use, but frustrated by the slow refresh rate between shots. Read more
Published on 28 July 2004 by PJM
2.0 out of 5 stars Digital Battery Consuming Device
eats AAs at a prodigious rate.. a pair every 20-25 pics.. and this is without using the LCD screen... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2004 by S. Rao
5.0 out of 5 stars a great little camera
great value for the price and some good basic software, just right forbeginners like myself. Simple to use and a huge in built storage- 40 highquality pictures! Read more
Published on 23 April 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value For Money
I purchased this camera at christmas as a present for my wife, since then she has taken some excellent pictures no fuss at all she quikly learned how to use it the optical zoom is... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2004 by Mr. Tony A. Rosier
3.0 out of 5 stars Premier DC2302 Digital Camera
i bought this camera at 49.99 and i am glad i did because it has now gone up to 100!!
As a first fancy digital camera, and if you haven't a clue what you're doing like me... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Only 1 star because 0 is not on the scale!
I purchased this camera and regreted it, when I started using it I put the new pack of battries in and had a play, after about 10 mins they were flat! Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and cheap! Win - WIn
This little camera is excellent value for money. It has everything you can want in a budget camera. 2 Million Pixel, Digital Zoom (very flash! Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2004 by Netlagged
1.0 out of 5 stars Do any of them work
Had four (yes four!) of these cameras and all returned as faulty. Ended up with a refund and a lot of hassle. Avoid Premier products!
Published on 18 Feb 2004 by D. Wells
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