On the plus side, blurriness means good compression; an unexciting blurry pan around my computer room gave me a 6. Stick it up in the marquee lights in front of a shop. The DualPix has a proper threaded tripod socket on the bottom of it, too. The PenCams’ “digital camcorder” function is just a take-lots-of-pictures-in-quick-succession mode. Otherwise you might have to take a laptop on holiday to save all the videos. Turn it in a circle as you take a shot. The VR 2 and the smaller Ultra both have lenses with two little holes that you ought to be able to stick pointy things in to let you change the focus, but they were both too stiff to move when I tried.

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Would pebcam like to tell us about a lower price? I was aitpek to see what the Ultra’s little battery looked like, so I cracked the camera’s case. And with no flash, no zoom and a grainy low-res image sensor, there are some hard limits to what can be achieved.

It puts a dumb little always-on-top box up on the screen while it does it, but you can’t have everything. The Aiptek Pencam 1. When I was using the Ultra, I had to keep reminding myself to hold it delicately by the sides.

Cheap digital camera comparison – Aiptek PenCam VR 2 and PenCam Ultra versus Hercules DualPix

PenCam Manager lets you get your hands on the images easily enough – it just dumps them in directories named according to the “gallery” name you’ve selected. If you want real video clips, the DualPix can make them. Intensity curve tweaking would make the picture even nicer, but I didn’t do any; this is just the scaled uultra straight off the memory card.


Well, it was easy for me. Buying Format see all. The one pictured on Amazon was an Aiptek Megacam camera. There seems to be a problem serving the request at this time. You just hold the shutter button down while you want the camera to shoot, and it’s ready to take another clip right after finishing the last one. See our Returns Policy. Skip to main content. PenCam Manager shares one highly irritating feature with the software for a variety of other tiny-cams. Product details Colour Name: Its background overexposure is the least awful of the three, and everything else looks better, too.

Roughly the size of a highlighter pen; you can slip the PenCamHD into your pocket and take it with you everywhere!

The XGA mode itself, though, penczm actually worth using if you need higher image quality, as you’ll see in the sample-pictures section below. The Aiptek software works in much the same way for both PenCams; it’s quite straightforward, if limited. I wanted a small camera to keep in my every day carry bag and figured this would be cool since it was small and cheap.

Aiptek PenCam Ultra Digital Camera Batteries at Batteries Plus Bulbs

If, of course, you have an interesting subject, and something that could with a following wind qualify as photographic ability, and if you post-process the bejaysus out of the washed-out, grainy output from your cheap little camera. Requires 2 AAA alkaline batteries included. See offer for details. First, here’s the VGA excerpt, scaled up with dumb nearest-neighbour pixel-doubling interpolation, which is easy for very low powered hardware to do quickly, but which is also ugly.


Good colour, good exposure, good focus. Very flimsy, like all Chinese products.

Aiptek’s tiny PenCam Trio HD records 720p video, 5MP stills, and audio

Top 10 most innovative cycling products of As others have commented, the printed instructions are rather inadequate, though people used to connecting USB devices to computers should be able to use most functions.

But it worked OK for me.

More in a moment. Please try again later. Note the horizontal lines on the road in front of it; this is a 90 degree rotated image, and they’re the vertical-line noise I was talking about.

USB plug broke the jack in the camera the first time I tried to plug it in. Use video-conferencing software such as NetMeeting to “see” your family and friends on the internet.