gSmart Mini 3 Digital Camera

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(Not sure which digital camera to get? Check out our comparison guide.)

These days, a man's worth is measured not by the size of his wallet, or his motor, but by the magnitude of his CMOS. It's all well and good flexing a one or two megapixel shooter, but anyone looking to elevate his status in life from mere "good bloke" to "uber-chap" should be quite prepared to sell his mother/wife/girlfriend for extra output from his binary-crunching snapper.

gSmart Mini3 Digital Camera It's a good thing, then, that Mustek, purveyor of fine men's digital accessories and accoutrements since 1988, is well aware of the correlation between social status and CMOS resolution and has addressed the problem with its latest digital effort.

The gSmart Mini3 conjures up a 2.1-megapixel CMOS, which, via some arch software meddling, produces images of up to 3.1-megapixel resolution. All the gain, then, without the credit-card trouncing pain of lashing out on a ‘true' 3-megapixel affair and all in a tiny package that's unlikely to make you any less flight of foot should the need arise for you to depart the scene in a haste.

gSmart Mini3 Digital Camera Another purchase incentive, as if one were needed, is the rechargeable battery that's topped up via the USB cable when the camera is connected to your PC. Unlike other cameras in this price range that unceremoniously abandons all your photos when the battery runs out, the Mustek features an ‘auto power off' function that turns the camera off when the battery is low, leaving just enough power to store your pictures while you dash to a nearby PC. The Mini3's 16MB of onboard memory allows up to 180 640x480 images to be stored at any one time and the neat Macro/Normal lens option means you can get "up close and persona" with your subject.

gSmart Mini3 Digital Camera That's not to mention the webcam mode and 120-second video clip function that allows you to make modest, yet strangely fulfilling films while you're out on the town, or the software bundle that includes the PhotoExpress editing software.

All this makes the Mini3 the perfect camera for the man who simply refuses to compromise. Except when he really has to. Like when Weird Science is on one channel and Star Wars is on the other. Although the powers that be would never allow two quality items of programming onto our screens at the same time. It's more likely to be Time Team on one side and Ground Force on the other...

Technical Specification:

Image sensor 2.0 megapixel CMOS sensor (16m colours)
Internal memory 16MB built-in SDRAM
Modes - Digital Video Recording (no sound)
- Still Photos
- PC Webcam
Resolution - 640 x 480 (VGA)
- 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
- 3048 x 1536 (QXGA, software interpolated)
File Formats 24-bit JPEG
Storage capacity - 180 images (at 640 x 480)
Interface USB
Shutter Speed 1/15 ~ 1/4000 second
Video Frame Rate 15-20 fps (VGA)
Lens Fixed (Macro/Normal); f = 9.8mm
Aperture F2.8
Focus Two settings: 40cm ~ 65cm (Macro) and 70cm ~ infinity (Normal)
Power Source Lithium ion polymer battery and charger sealed inside camera unit
Power control On/Off button
Self timer 10 seconds
Dimensions 4.7cm (H) x 6.9cm (W) x 1.1cm (D)
Weight 40g
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    Description
    (Not sure which digital camera to get? Check out our comparison guide.)

    These days, a man's worth is measured not by the size of his wallet, or his motor, but by the magnitude of his CMOS. It's all well and good flexing a one or two megapixel shooter, but anyone looking to elevate his status in life from mere "good bloke" to "uber-chap" should be quite prepared to sell his mother/wife/girlfriend for extra output from his binary-crunching snapper.

    gSmart Mini3 Digital Camera It's a good thing, then, that Mustek, purveyor of fine men's digital accessories and accoutrements since 1988, is well aware of the correlation between social status and CMOS resolution and has addressed the problem with its latest digital effort.

    The gSmart Mini3 conjures up a 2.1-megapixel CMOS, which, via some arch software meddling, produces images of up to 3.1-megapixel resolution. All the gain, then, without the credit-card trouncing pain of lashing out on a ‘true' 3-megapixel affair and all in a tiny package that's unlikely to make you any less flight of foot should the need arise for you to depart the scene in a haste.

    gSmart Mini3 Digital Camera Another purchase incentive, as if one were needed, is the rechargeable battery that's topped up via the USB cable when the camera is connected to your PC. Unlike other cameras in this price range that unceremoniously abandons all your photos when the battery runs out, the Mustek features an ‘auto power off' function that turns the camera off when the battery is low, leaving just enough power to store your pictures while you dash to a nearby PC. The Mini3's 16MB of onboard memory allows up to 180 640x480 images to be stored at any one time and the neat Macro/Normal lens option means you can get "up close and persona" with your subject.

    gSmart Mini3 Digital Camera That's not to mention the webcam mode and 120-second video clip function that allows you to make modest, yet strangely fulfilling films while you're out on the town, or the software bundle that includes the PhotoExpress editing software.

    All this makes the Mini3 the perfect camera for the man who simply refuses to compromise. Except when he really has to. Like when Weird Science is on one channel and Star Wars is on the other. Although the powers that be would never allow two quality items of programming onto our screens at the same time. It's more likely to be Time Team on one side and Ground Force on the other...

    Technical Specification:

    Image sensor 2.0 megapixel CMOS sensor (16m colours)
    Internal memory 16MB built-in SDRAM
    Modes - Digital Video Recording (no sound)
    - Still Photos
    - PC Webcam
    Resolution - 640 x 480 (VGA)
    - 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
    - 3048 x 1536 (QXGA, software interpolated)
    File Formats 24-bit JPEG
    Storage capacity - 180 images (at 640 x 480)
    Interface USB
    Shutter Speed 1/15 ~ 1/4000 second
    Video Frame Rate 15-20 fps (VGA)
    Lens Fixed (Macro/Normal); f = 9.8mm
    Aperture F2.8
    Focus Two settings: 40cm ~ 65cm (Macro) and 70cm ~ infinity (Normal)
    Power Source Lithium ion polymer battery and charger sealed inside camera unit
    Power control On/Off button
    Self timer 10 seconds
    Dimensions 4.7cm (H) x 6.9cm (W) x 1.1cm (D)
    Weight 40g

     

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    Ships complete with: gSmart Mini 3 digital camera, carry pouch, plastic webcam cradle, USB cable, carry strap, Getting Started Guide and the following software on CD: gSmart Mini3 Digital Camera
    • Installation Software/Drivers
    • PhotoExpress SE
    • PhotoExplorer Cool 360
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Video Capture Drivers
    First charge takes around three hours, subsequent recharges take around two and a half hours.

    Minimum System Requirements: Pentium PC (166 MHz) with MS Windows 98se/ME/2000/XP, 64MB RAM, 200MB available hard disk space, Super VGA graphics card and colour monitor, CD-ROM drive, USB port.

    Not Mac compatible, sorry.

    Technical Support: Please call 0870 013 2017, or email support@mustek.de
    Click here for the latest software drivers.

     

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