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3.0 out of 5 stars It meets my specialist requirements, 26 Oct 2003
This review is from: Digital Dream Enigma Digital Camera [1.3MP] (Electronics)
I would not recommend this as your first or only digital camera, but if you need a small, light, relatively cheap digital this could be the one.
I have a Nikon Coolpix which produces excellent results, but I am a white-water kayaker and would not risk taking it on a river trip! Kayaking rule: never take anything out in a kayak you are not prepared to lose. So, I wanted a camera small enough to carry in the pocket of my bouyancy aid (in an AquaPac watertight-bag), with a low enough value so that I could live with losing if it came to it, but which would produce photos suitable for the club web-site.
I have had the Enigma 1.3 for a month or so and tried it out on a couple of trips plus several evening and weekend visits to the local river and it does the job nicely.
I have used it almost exclusively on its highest resolution (1280 x 1024) and highest quality setting and, with a 32mb Smart Card added, I get just over 80 shots (only 18 with just the built in 8mb though). In daylight the quality is good, although they don't stand much enlargement before JPEG artifacts are evident. But to resize down, or crop, to get a 600x400 image for a web site they are ideal. I agree with other reviewers that pictures taken in poor light suffer a magenta cast. I have not yet had cause to use the inbuilt flash.
As other reviewers note, there is quite a long pause between pressing the button and the picture being saved (I make it nearly 2 secs). In my experience, all digital cameras suffer from this to some extent, but the Enigma is perhaps towards the longer end. This, coupled with its small size and the fact I am often operating from a small boat on turbulent water makes camera shake a real problem. In these circumstances I find the "annoying beep" when the picture is taken a very useful confirmation.
To the reviewer who complains about it "eating batteries" and having poor software, I can only say I am still on the original batteries (2xAAA) and the indicator shows about half used - so I am not complaining and I just installed the TWAIN driver that is supplied, which I use from Paintshop Pro, and downloading images has worked flawlessly for me.
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