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As all digital photo aficionados will tell you, digital cameras eat batteries like there's no tomorrow. The designers of the gSmart Mini have cleverly added a built-in rechargeable battery which is good for several reasons, the most obvious being that you don't need to buy lots of batteries. The other Very Good Reason is that the gSmart protects your shots by shutting off when its low on power - giving you time to get to your PC and download those valuable snaps before they get wiped off.
A fully charged battery lasts around an hour with continuous use, with a standby time of around 2 weeks. When batteries are low, standby time is reduced to around 2 days.
The gSmart takes photos up to 1024x768 pixels (after software jiggery-pokery), despite being only a touch larger than a Zippo lighter. A macro select dial allows you to adjust focus for close-up shots, although it does stick out around half a centimetre from the camera's body, bulking it out slightly.
Set the camera to low resolution and you can store up to 200 shots on the MiniÂ’s internal 8MB memory. Included in the package is a neck-strap and video conferencing cradle to pop your GSmart in while beaming your fizzog to friends across the globe, alongside all the software you need to digitally manipulate your photos.
If you're after a tiny digital camera under forty quid with decent resolution you've definitely come to the right place. The rechargeable battery makes the gSmart an irresistable package.
||0.3 megapixel CMOS sensor (16m colours)
||8MB built-in SDRAM
||- Digital Video Recording (no sound)
- Still Photos
- PC Webcam
||- 320 x 240 (QVGA)
- 640 x 480 (VGA)
- 1024 x 768 (XGA, through software only)
||- 200 images (Lowest resolution)
||1/15 ~ 1/4000 second
|Video Frame Rate
||15 fps (VGA)
30 fps (QVGA)
||Fixed (Macro/Normal); f = 6.2mm
||Two settings: 20cm ~ 30cm (Macro) and 30cm ~ infinity (Normal)
||Lithium ion polymer battery and charger sealed inside camera unit
||4.7cm (H) x 6.9cm (W) x 1.1cm (D)
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