Alkaline AAAs have a capacity of maybe to milliamp-hours mAh , so they should be good for hours of standby time – 25 days. There’s no tripod thread, just a hole that a split pin pops into. And there’s the usual manual in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, as seen with umpteen other cheapo gadgets made cheaper by not having to have a paper manual in the box. As you’d expect from the identical hardware, the Pen Cam takes pictures that look exactly the same as the Palm Cam ones. When you transfer the image data to your computer, the frames come over as ordinary stills, but there’s a simple button in the Manager software to save a block of images as an ordinary Windows AVI file, in ascending or descending order. Nine frames per second is the best the Aiptek cameras can officially manage in CIF resolution. Select Your Operating System, download zipped files, and then proceed to manually install them.

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The Pen Cam stand is a cup you park the camera in. You press the back button to pick the capture mode you want, you press the shutter button to confirm the selection and take pictures.

For this money, you don’t get no-power-needed Flash RAM storage. If I stood so the subject was in my shadow, I couldn’t photograph it, even though there was still more than enough light to read by.

If you encounter problems with the direct download for palmvam operating systems, please consult the driver download manager for the specific Aiptek Pencam-palmcam Trio model. If you actually use the camera, of course, battery life drops.

Aiptek cameras both have eight megabytes of internal memory, which is quite respectable for an entry level camera, and, you’d think, would give them lots of image capacity.

You could buy about 20 Palm Cams for the price of the CL this shot is massively scaled down ; it’s here to show you what the target actually looks like. After downloading and installing Aiptek Pencam-palmcam Trio, or the driver installation manager, take a few minutes to send us a report: Compressed QCIF video is small enough to be transferred over a modem link, and the Aipteks can do 20 frames per second in this mode. Aiptek Pencam-palmcam Trio was fully scanned at: If you’re not making movies, images are saved as plain 24 bit BMPs.


Teeny little cheap fixed focus lenses such as are used by the Aiptek cameras are renowned for funky distortion effects on distant targets; they’re not good at landscape shots. As you’d expect from the identical hardware, the Pen Cam takes pictures that look exactly the same as the Palm Cam ones. Give Dan some money!

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Finally my PC got up to speed! Its image quality is good enough for fun ‘n’ games purposes, there are no expensive memory cards, the plug-and-go USB connection and driver software is simple enough that even quite little kids shouldn’t have much of a problem, and the whole thing’s cheap enough that you’re not going to have to tell your broker to sell the lot if the camera happens to meet a terrible fate.

Web hosting kindly provided by SecureWebs. Cheap webcams tend to deliver washed-out images and have lousy low light sensitivity. Leave the camera alone for about a minute and it automatically powers down. They’ve got low resolution by pixellow cost, colour video sensors – complementary metal-oxide semiconductor CMOS instead of the more expensive, lower noise, higher sensitivity Charged Couple Devices CCDs used in higher resolution cameras – but they’ve got a block of RAM in there too, and batteries, so you can unplug them from the computer and take pictures on the run.


On to the daylight samples. The stats for the 2Mb models are less exciting.

Aiptek Palm Cam Trio and Pen Cam Trio

Get a basic 35mm camera and save up for a scanner, or find a place that’ll put your pictures on Photo CD. I took this picture without flash, but with a watt halogen flood pointed at the ceiling, so the subject’s illuminated a lot more brightly than it would be in a normal night-time indoor setting. This option requires basic OS understanding. Aiptek Pencam-palmcam Trio aitpek installation manager was reported as very satisfying by a large percentage of our aiptrk, so it is recommended to download and install.

Nine frames per second is the best the Aiptek cameras can officially manage in CIF resolution. This option requires no OS understanding. This isn’t too bad a result, by webcam standards, but it’s hardly suitable for publication.

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In this mode, they act like a normal webcam, ignoring their internal memory, and you can use them to grab long video clips or do time exposures or anything else that your Windows 98 PC can do with a webcam. The cameras are Windows 98 only, like a lot of cheap USB gizmoes. If the cutesy translucent-blue-and-cream case isn’t for you, Aiptek also make a “Pen Cam Trio”, which has aipte, exact same giblets in a different shaped case.

Apart from the shape, the only real difference between the Pen and Palm cameras is the USB connection.

The cameras can grab video because their built-in compression is fast enough that they can dump about 14 frames per second into their memory.