Take a 1.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, some neat image tomfoolery, 55 seconds of video with sound, a webcam mode and loads of free PC software, and what have you got? Your very own amateur film studio by the sound of it. Now that can't be right...
A 1.3-megapixel CMOS sensor might not be the stuff of legend in digital camera terms any more, but a 1.3-megapixel camera for fifty pounds certainly is and for those of you who turn your nose up at anything sub-2 megapixels, we've got two words for you: 'software interpolation'.
The StyleCam Groove takes the images rendered through its 1.3-megapixel sensor and then uses a proprietary bit of software (supplied on CD) called Picture ALIVE
(Advanced Living Image Via Enhancement) to enhance the resolution to 2 megapixels. Unlike most software shenanigans, though, Picture ALIVE delivers a more natural-looking final image that doesn't look as if it's been attacked by a 2-year old with an impressive arsenal of crayons.
The onboard 16MB of memory is enough to store a massive 155 640x480 images, or 9 at the highest resolution setting and can also store up to 55 seconds of 320x240 video with sound. As you'd expect, there's also a webcam mode to make chatting face-to-face with auntie Rosa (you know, the one that used to be uncle Roger - moved to New Zealand 18 months ago) a very real possibility.
The StyleCam has a built-in flash and ships with a comprehensive suite of software, including photo and video manipulation software and a nifty program that lets you use the camera as a mass storage device for music, video, or boring old Word and Excel documents. All these features mean there's never been a better time to bag yourself a StyleCam, so isn't it about time you got a groove, erm, on. Sorry.