The first thing you'll notice about this camera, which will be a boon to anyone developing a web site, is a severe lack of buttons. Not that taking a picture should involve more than three, but if it's an SLR you're after this isn't it.
The Agfa ePhoto307 has got to rate as the simplest camera we've ever seen, but it's not just the spartan design or the click-and-go format that makes it a winner, surprisingly it's the software as well. Usually when you get one of these machines in for review purposes, the first thing you reach for is the aspirin - right around set-up time. Thankfully that isn't the case with the PhotoWise software which sets up, detects the presence of the camera (through the serial port connector) and pulls the images down for you.
Downloading images is pretty quick (we used a Pentium 133MHz) with a quoted speed of 115,200bps a 24-bit image takes about four seconds to download and then another three seconds to blow up to full size.
Once you've used up all the space on your camera (that's either 36 images at the high resolution of 640 x 480 pixels in 24-bit, or 72 images at the standard resolution of 320 x 240 pixels in 16-bit) you then have them automatically arranged into a photo album. The album is dated in the Agfa directory so you know where they are and you have the option of either keeping them all or just pulling out the ones you like.
All images are saved in JPEG format so you don't have to convert them - just link them into your web page after you've downsized them.
All in all this is a great gadget that works very well no matter who's taking the shots. At low res, the images are, well ... low res. But at high res, the images are superb, nicely balanced and ready for publishing on your site.
Simplest camera we've seen
- Easy/excellent pictures
- Bravo on the software
- No easier way of getting your own artwork onto a web site
- Bit big (you need a large pocket)
- It isn't the prettiest camera on the market.
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